Synopsis via Goodreads: Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Your first love is always the hardest one to forget and Piper Calloway knows all about first loves, especially how it feels to be burn by it. Now years later, Piper has recently been promoted to second in command at her father’s real estate development firm and while the new role comes with some challenges, she’s determined to prove that she’s earned the position. But she’s thrown for a loop when an old flame, Kyle Miller, comes back into her life and Piper becomes distracted by the boy who once broke her heart. As Piper tries to understand what happened between her and Kyle all those years ago, she finds herself slowly starting to fall for him again. Can Piper and Kyle move on from the past or will the pain of one’s first heartbreak prove to be to hard to forget?
Every time I crack open a new release by K.A. Tucker, I know I’m in for a good story and her latest release was no different. Say You Still Love Me is told from alternating chapters of the past and the present. It’s start off in the present as we see Piper trying to gain respect in her new role and then she comes face to face with Kyle as he is the new security guard in her building. We are then thrown back into the past as we see how Piper and Kyle first met, back at Camp WaWa when she was sixteen. The chapters told from the past definitely have more of a “young adult” vibe to them and even though we could’ve done without a few of these chapters, I still liked being able to see where Kyle and Piper’s relationship all began. The alternation between the past and the present also adds a bit of suspense to the story (and we all know Tucker is like the QUEEN when it comes to suspense in romance) as we’re trying to figure what exactly happened all those years ago and it kept me glued to my eReader because I was dying to get answers! The twist at the end was something I wasn’t expecting and I did shed some tears for one particular character. It was such a bittersweet moment.
I connected with Piper immediately. She’s a forced to be reckoned with and doesn’t take shit from anyone. One of my favorite things to see was watching Piper finally stand up to her father. While he had the best intentions, Piper’s father really needed to let her find her own way and trust that Piper was capable of making the right decisions. She proved a lot of people wrong in this book and I loved seeing her stick it to them! I’m still on the fence about Kyle. Don’t get me wrong, I like his character and I understand why he made certain decisions but I didn’t quite connect with him on that level like I did with Piper. This romance is so angsty! And I know I should be used to this by now because Tucker loves to drag out her romances but gosh I still couldn’t wait for these two to get together. Even after all the years apart, Kyle and Piper’s feelings for one another still held strong and I was rooting for them to get their second shot at love.
There were only a few things that didn’t work for me in this book. The first being that I felt like we needed some more chapters set in the present. I wanted to see more scenes of Kyle and Piper working through their issues as adults and trying to figure out where they stood as a couple now that everything was out in the open. The shortage of chapters in the present is also why I felt that this story ended a bit too soon. I just needed a little bit more before everything was wrapped. I also wished Kyle hadn’t given up so easily when Piper had pushed him away after she found out the truth. I wanted him to fight a bit more for her love instead of waiting for Piper to come to him instead.
Say You Still Love Me is a story of first loves and second-chances that made for the perfect summer read and I definitely recommend picking it up.