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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, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors 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 still alive and strong, 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.
Summer camp has the ability to create a lifetime of memories for most individuals. For Kyle and Piper – those memories from their teenage years hold a lifetime of ups and downs. Years ago, the two teens found themselves meeting for the first time. Both were from very different ways of life, but it didn’t stop the duo from falling into love with one another. They were determined to have a life beyond their time at camp, but things turn a turn that neither would have predicted. Kyle disappeared after that last summer together, and was never heard from again. Well – until he showed up as an employee at the same company Piper worked for.
Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker is one of those books that you find very hard to ‘rate’. The majority of the book is spent bouncing back and forth between the present and the past. Sometime that type of writing works, and other times it distracts from the overall appeal of the plot. The flashbacks in this case take us on a journey to rediscover just how strong the bond was between Kyle and Piper during those days at camp. It lays the groundwork for discovering that this was more than just a summer crush.
What left me in a twist was trying to decide if the book felt like more of a Young Adult novel or a Romance. Both elements were present in this book, and both were essential to setting up the grounds for the two to meet again. In fact – the YA elements actually overshadowed the plot that I would think should be devoted to gaining ground for the characters of ‘today’. See what I mean?
Did I mention the secondary characters? Ooopsss – can’t forget those!! I loved the added depth the secondary characters added to this story. Those friends from camp really made you feel like you were back with the crew in that summer of love and uncertainty!! Overall – the book left me pleased with the outcome at the end; something that had me teetering on uncertainty throughout much of the book. Say You Still Love Me is definitely a sweet second chance at finding love through the turmoil that can haunt your life.