Title: Say You Still Love Me
Author: K.A. Tucker
Summary: At twenty-nine, Piper Calloway is living the high life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. She’s also VP at her dad’s multi-billion-dollar real estate development firm, considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated field who constantly has to prove her worth. Then Kyle Miller becomes her building’s new handsome security guard. The first love of her life, Kyle went radio-silent after they were summer camp counselors together more than a decade ago. 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, the loopy cursive and idyllic setting luring me in to what I’d hoped would be an engaging romance. And, hoo boy was this book an engaging romance! Split by chapters, the narrative follows Piper and Kyle as both teenage camp counselors and then as an almost thirty VP and security guard, respectively. I thought I’d get annoyed by the time breaks, but K.A. Tucker is such a good writer that it kind of felt like I was reading two stories simultaneously, things playing out in their respective timelines until the camp story finally resolved and we could focus exclusively on Piper and Kyle as adults.
Although Say You Still Love Me is very clearly a romance, it introduces Big Issues without them feeling contrived or like they’re there just to make a splash. Tucker makes space for the incredible wealth disparity between Piper and Kyle and how it affects a romance differently than a friendship. Then there’s the fact that Piper is the rich one, the professional one, the powerful one—and suddenly there’s space to talk about gender and power dynamics within both a romantic relationship as well as a professional space.
To be honest, I did not have any expectations with this novel—but it was so engaging and heartbreaking and swoony that I am most definitely adding K.A. Tucker to my favorite authors list asap.
PS. for those of you who’ve read it: can we please discuss Kyle’s tattoo? BECAUSE I MEAN. 😍