Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 6, 2019 by Atria Books
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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 this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Say You Still Love Me was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and overall I was disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it more. It wasn’t a bad book, it just was not what I was expecting and was left unsatisfied and let down by the story.
K.A. Tucker’s newest release follows Piper a VP at her father’s multimillion dollar business, as she runs into Kyle her first love from summer camp 13 years before. Now not only is she busy making sure she’s taken seriously in her male dominated profession, she’s also trying to figure out what happened 13 years earlier that caused Kyle to forget all the promises they made and ignore her.
I really enjoyed reading about Piper in a male dominated field. She was constantly being belittled by older men at work, but she stood up for herself and always proved them wrong. It must be exhausting being on all the time, and frustrating that people don’t take you seriously just because you’re a woman, and I enjoyed reading about Piper standing up for herself and not letting negative comments get to her.
The chapters in SYSLM alternate from Piper’s point of view when she was sixteen, to now when she’s 29. I enjoyed reading some of the chapters from summer camp. It was important to understand who Piper met there, how she changed, and see her and Kyle’s relationship grow and then fizzle out. However, I didn’t like that the entire book followed this format. I wouldn’t have minded a few chapters from the past, because I think they’re important to understand who Piper is now, but because there was such a big age gap in the two storylines, I felt like I was reading two different books, one a YA contemporary and the other an adult contemporary. Also because there was so much switching time back and forth, I couldn’t connect to any of the characters because just as I was getting to know them the chapter would end.
I definitely enjoyed the second half of the book a lot more than the first. I know it’s because we got to spend more time with 29 year old Piper in the present, and the summer camp chapters were a lot shorter.
Overall it wasn’t my favorite book, but it was still a cute summer contemporary. I think if you like K.A. Tucker and don’t mind switching timelines this will definitely be a book you enjoy!