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.
Jeremy and Sierrra are my favorite couple in Tessa Teevan’s ‘Explosive’ series. They are just fantastically fun and their romance is epic in it’s own right. We met their daughter, Ava, at the very start of the series when she’s a young girl. As a fan of this series, I was excited to read this book. A note to fellow readers, this can be read as a complete stand-alone. You don’t have to read any of Tessa’s other books to enjoy it!
Ava Banks is destined for great things. She has big dreams. Going to California and acting is one of them. Ava’s best friend and neighbors name is Tucker. They have been best friends since they’ve been babies. Literally. They have a bond like no other. It’s always just friendship between them, until one night in high school, it becomes more. Shortly after that night, something happens in their lives and that something changes everything.
One kiss had changed everything. And then one night turned our worlds upside down.
As I’m sure you can tell by the blurb, this is a second chance romance. Ava and Tucker truly did have an epic love. The things that I’m normally leery about in a second chance romance didn’t exist in this book. That normal drama, or other people stress was not there.[ I loved Ava. Don’t get me wrong, I really did. HOWEVER, even as a teenager, there is NO WAY I could have left Tucker like that after that tragedy he faced. Even if they were just best friends. Going to school is one thing, but I wish she would have handled how she left him differently. I wish she would have tried harder, pushed harder to keep Tucker in her life. He needed her and I felt that he was somewhat abandoned. (hide spoiler)]
Tucker is one of my favorite heroes Tessa has written. He was pretty darn perfect. I loved how patient and understanding he was. He was sweet, kind and just the best kind of guy. I loved the relationship he had with his brother and the whole Banks family. Speaking of the Bankses, not only did I love Ava, but her little brothers! They were fantastic. And Jeremy and Sierra <3 as="" br="" couple="" earlier="" favorite="" i="" most="" my="" re="" said="" they="">
Words I Couldn’t Say is a story of friendship, second chance romance, and true love conquering all. I laughed, I teared up, I smiled and my heart soared while reading this book. It’s a great escape and a beautiful love story I highly recommend! 3>
“I’m yours. For always.”
“I’m yours, too,” I admitted.
“For always?” he asked.
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.
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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