Series: Promise in Prose #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 20, 2016
Format: eARC, How I got it: From the author
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You know the old adage “if you love something, set it free?"
It's the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
The dumbest thing I've ever done.
I loved her. I lost her. Hell, I let her go. And then spent five miserable years without her.
To cope with the loss, I put pen to paper and wrote her a love story, knowing when she was ready she’d hear the words I couldn’t say all those years ago.
Turned out, not only would she hear them, but when Hollywood came calling, I made sure she got the lead role. After all, no one else could portray the character whom she’d inspired.
Now she's within arms' reach and finally, she'll know the truth in my heart.
Because that other cliché, “Actions speak louder than words?”
I’m going to prove it.
My words may have brought Ava Banks back into my life; I have to be enough to make her stay.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Y’all know I love my second chance romances. When I saw Tessa was writing this book — a spinoff from her Explosive series, which I loved — I was all over it. There’s something about reading about a first love revisited that makes my heart incredibly happy. Especially when it comes from characters like Ava and Tucker, who were easy for me to fall in love with. Long story short: Words I Couldn’t Say was a great read. It was practically made of feels and had plenty of sexy times as well.
I have a terrible habit of not rereading a book’s synopsis before I go into reading the actual book. Because of this, Words I Couldn’t Say seemed like it had a bit of an abrupt start. I wasn’t sure what I was reading, but it had me in tears in the prologue, serving up major feels for characters I’d never met. (I also spent a fair amount of time stretching my brain to make sure I hadn’t met an Abigail or Trevor earlier in the Explosive series. I hadn’t.) What seemed like an abrupt start actually made a lot of sense a few pages in and it began the setup for a story I thoroughly enjoyed. I mean, a hero who wrote a romance story based (somewhat loosely) on his childhood sweetheart? Yes, please.
Ava and Tucker were wonderful. I loved reading about them being reunited in a rather unconventional way. I loved both characters and found it really easy to root for them. It was just so obvious they were meant to be together, no matter how much time had passed since they were a couple. The feelings were intense as they navigated their way through the past and back together and there were a fair few feels along the way. It was sexy, too. *eyebrow wiggle*
I enjoyed Words I Couldn’t Say so very much. As I said above, the characters and story were wonderful. Tessa’s writing is great. While this book can absolutely be read as a standalone, fans of her Explosive series will enjoy getting a chance to hear from some favorites from that series. It was one of my favorite things, for sure. All in all, this was a great, strong start to a new series. It’s great to see Tessa releasing new books. I can’t wait to see what’s next!
“I guess our hearts both knew the truth. It just took a while for our brains to catch up.”
“You have the power to slay me, Ava. I don’t know what I’d do if you did.”
Do you love a good second chance romance as much as I do?
What are some of your favorites?