Title: Words I Couldn’t Say
Series: Promise in Prose #1
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Date: Nov 22, 2016
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Photo Credit: Sara Eirew Photography
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.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“You are my woman. You do not run from me. You run to me.”
I adore second chance romance, while the stars may not have aligned the first time you can normally guarantee they will the second and boy did these stars align. In some books, the hero’s make the grand gesture to win their heroine back, some have been mighty impressive…but in Words I Couldn’t Say said grand gesture was the grandest of all and from that moment I was lost, lost to anything Tucker.
“I love you. I’ve always loved you. I will always love you. I was a fool once…I will never be that fool again.”
Tucker is one fine specimen of a book character. This man had been put through the mill but still came out of it with a heart the size of Texas and a propensity to forgive like no other.
Tucker and Ava were born days apart to next door neighbours. Their friendship was born from diapers and these two were truly inseparable. These two were best friends, where one was you would find the other and they were permanently attached at the hip. Everyone knew that these two would get married eventually, everyone that was except them. Tucker’s hormones kicked in way before Ava’s but it took Ava a while to catch up. Just before they embarked to college, these two finally crossed that line and with their lives mapped out before them their lives were their oyster’s until it cruelly wasn’t.
“I guess our hearts both knew the truth. It just took a while for our brains to catch up.”
Fast forward five years and neither has got over the other. Ava is an up and coming actress and Tucker runs the family construction business. Both kept apart from thousands of miles and a huge dose of stubborn pride and guilt. Ava lands the lead role in a film based on the book “Those Three Words,” a book that had catapulted to the top of the best sellers lists and had attracted the attention of a top director, this was Ava’s big break, but it is also a break that takes her back to her hometown and to the boy next door that she left behind.
“My life would be lived either with Ava by my side or completely alone. I hoped beyond hope the latter wasn’t the outcome.”
Be still my beating heart…Tucker, there are no words to describe this man. Tucker has morals, fantastic family values and is the most self-sacrificing when the chips are down. He gave up everything he ever wanted when needed and didn’t gripe about it. When he and Ava parted, he was at the lowest of the low and had a tremendous fight to pull himself back up, when most would have given up, he carried on regardless with the love for his brother as his incentive. He was totally and utterly and perfect.
“Her eyes shimmered with unshed tears, and I knew, I fucking knew she felt it. She felt me. She felt my heart.”
I have to admit, I found it hard to warm up to Ava, I didn’t agree with some of her actions and while she wasn’t to blame by any stretch of the imagination her empathy and sympathy were extremely lacking. For two people that were so inseparable her actions didn’t ring true and if so, were in my eyes unforgivable.
Now given the time to right some wrongs, beg for forgiveness, explain their actions and reactions, can these two put the past behind them and begin where they left off? Tessa Teevan gives a soul touching account of these childhood sweethearts, where actions spoke just as loud as the words recounted in a book. Where sometimes the written word has so much power, so much emotion that even the guiltiest of hearts doesn’t stand a chance. Where grand gestures go above and beyond yet get the job done, where families are the be all and end all, where neighbours are always there for one and other and where blood doesn’t matter at the end of the day, family is family. Beautiful, touching and unforgettable.
The air around us was silent save for the crickets chirping off in the distance. The cool Cincinnati breeze nipped at my skin while I waited for his reaction. When I’d started writing this novel, it had been an ode to my past love. My past life. But then it’d taken on a life of its own and become so much more. Which had made it that much more poignant. That much harder to fathom the one word that’d been haunting me for years.
At long last, he turned to the final page and sucked in a breath. My stomach twisted in knots because he was about to read the end. And I didn’t know how he’d interpret it. Half scared he’d tell me that I’d lost my mind and no one would ever want to read this story, especially with that ending.
He didn’t make me wait long. As his head slowly rose, I was taken aback at the tears shining in his usually cheerful eyes. This man, who had always been like a second father to me, had been reduced to tears by my words. My words. Words we both knew for whom they were meant. And, instead of calling me a fool or attempting to kill me, he watched me with tearful appreciation, switching between nodding and shaking his head as if trying to process it all.
I didn’t know how to react, so I simply stared at him, waiting for him to say something. Anything.
He closed the manuscript and set it on the table in front of us before taking a long swig from his whiskey glass. I followed suit and enjoyed the smoky burn that did little to soothe my nerves.
“Jesus Christ,” he muttered, his eyes locking in on mine. “Tucker. You did it. You fucking did it,” he whispered, seemingly unashamed of his emotional display.
I nodded, the same emotion welling up inside me when I remembered the ending of my first novel. So many love stories begin with the girl who got away. Mine wasn’t any different. Not only in my novel, but in real life as well. Ava Banks was, and always would be, that girl for me. But, instead of slipping through my fingers, she’d made the conscious decision to leave. And, like most dumbass men, I’d let her. Hell, I’d pushed her away. I’d regretted it ever since.
But, now, I was hoping like hell I could get the second chance Trevor did. Hoping like hell my story would turn out differently than his. But, either way, I was putting myself out there, as terrifying as that was. She finally, finally would hear the words I couldn’t say all those years ago.
Now, I just had to wait to see what she’d do about it.
About the Author:
Tessa Teevan is a twenty-something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are who she spends her time rooting for. She’s a research analyst by day, reads/writes by night, and is married to a guy 15 inches taller than her, making them quite the pair! They currently reside just outside of Dayton, OH with two adorably grumpy cats.
If she’s not writing or scouring through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find her curled up with her Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. She loves her sports almost as much as she loves her books. Her other obsessions include red wine, hot men, rock music, and all things Corey Taylor.
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