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 picked up Say You Still Love Me on a whim while browsing the library last week. I had seen K.A. Tucker’s other novel The Simple Wild all over bookstagram, so I figured I should check this one out. I was not disappointed.
Say You Still Love Me flashes back and forth in time. We see Piper in her current life, being a highly successful business woman. Then after running into the one that got away in the lobby of her office building, we begin to flashback to her summer camp days. As we get acquainted with who Kyle and Piper are now, we also get to see how they fell in love so many summers ago. What I enjoyed most about this novel was that the story did not evolve like how I expected it to, in the best way. I enjoyed the “now” chapters a bit more than the flashbacks, only because you knew things ended poorly and I really just wanted to get to the meat of the story.
I really enjoyed Kyle and Piper’s relationship, the attraction, heat and banter are all really strong here. It has you rooting for them from the very beginning. I also loved that the novel didn’t shy away from Piper’s privilege. I mean one of the reason Piper is sent to Camp Wawa in the first place is for her to gain some perspective and make sure she realizes how privileged she is in life. This is a central conflict to Kyle and Piper’s relationship, and without them having a serious conversation about their relationship can’t really go anywhere.
Overall, I really enjoyed Say You Still Love Me. If you are looking for a bit more compelling romance, this book is for you. I will definitely be checking out more of K.A. Tucker’s books.