Title: Say You Still Love Me
Author: K.A. Tucker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Devon Sorvari
Length: 373 pages (~14 hours)
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Source: Library (Libby app)
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.
This just didn’t grab my attention or capture my heart the way The Simple Wild did. Piper and Kyle had great chemistry and I enjoyed their second-chance romance, but I just didn’t have the emotional connection to this book that I expected.
The story is told in dual timelines: present day and thirteen years ago when Piper and Kyle were camp counselors together. Chapters alternate between Piper and Kyle falling in love for the first time as teenagers and them reconnecting as adults.
I think the story spent too much time in the past. I don’t think we needed so many scenes from summer camp to understand the significance of their relationship. We also learn early in the book that Piper and Kyle got fired that summer, but I think the reason should’ve been revealed sooner to keep the plot moving.
I appreciated that there was so much more to the story than just the romance. Piper faces challenges at work and struggles to gain respect as she takes over a high-level position at her father’s company as a young woman. Her relationship with her father becomes strained. She struggles to balance meeting others’ expectations and following her heart. I think that several characters show an impressive amount of growth throughout the book.
While I don’t think this book will stick with me like The Simple Wild, I did enjoy it, and I can’t wait to read more from K.A. Tucker.