Friday, November 22, 2019

Book Review: Say You'll Love Me Again

By Sara Steven

Do you know how to keep a secret? 23-year-old piano teacher, Sophie does and it’s kept her hidden for the past five years, but now she’s gone and broken her golden rule: Never let anyone ‘see’ you.

Jazz, a wild and carefree comedian, does more than ‘see’ Sophie but that’s because your soulmate’s the stranger you recognise, right?

With the woman she used to be threatening to surface, will Sophie succumb to the pull of passion and risk everything for Jazz, or will she hide from happiness to avoid further intertwining their lives, which might ultimately cause the unraveling of everything?

Say You’ll Love Me Again is an exciting, flirty book by the best-selling, award-winning author, Kiki Archer, filled with laugh-out-loud moments and intrigue that will keep you guessing until the very end. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

This is my first Kiki Archer book, and I’m sad to say that Say You’ll Love Me Again is her last. There were a lot of comical moments within a sea of serious, a nice balance for a woman who has done everything in her power to become anonymous. The same could almost be said for the dynamics between Sophie and Jazz, two completely opposite personalities who at times compliment one another, at other times create a polarizing effect. It’s in those moments where we strip away the bravado and see who each character really is, and who they really are together.

There were plenty of times where I wanted to reach into the pages and shake Sophie by the shoulders, attempt to put some sense into her. The closer she gets to Jazz, the more she puts up a strong wall of protection. Jazz looks upon Sophie as a fascinating specimen, a puzzle she’s trying to figure out. At first I felt that Jazz was willing to go the distance in terms of accepting Sophie as she is, wholeheartedly, but then I began to see the cracks within Jazz’s own foundation. No couple is perfect, and this one showcases what it’s like when there is baggage coming from all directions. Do you pack it up and carry on, or unload it?

Honorable mentions go to Sophie’s friends. Laura is the crackpot life coach who attempts to either help or hurt this couple, you never really know her true angle. Laura’s mother is hysterically funny, seemingly the voice of reason behind the chaos. Sophie’s coworkers are an odd situation themselves, and it gets to where you’re not really sure who Sophie could count in her corner, who is there to support her when she needs it. There is a bit of parental strife thrown in for good measure on both sides of the coin for both women, but it only adds to the troubles this couple experiences. There are a lot of questions and back and forth scenarios, it was hard to determine if Sophie and Jazz would remain together or do better apart.

A definite perk to Say You’ll Love Me Again were the few heated scenes that are sprinkled into the pages for good measure. Although there were times where it felt the scenes were a little heavy on the dialogue and not as much with the scenery, I still felt as though I was part of the action. One of the biggest things I appreciated was the aspect of acceptance, and strength. Sophie has to come to terms with who she is and ultimately, who she loves, and this means showing a side of her life that no one else has ever seen and might not understand. From her friends, to her parents, even within herself, there is a lot of growth and change that takes place, and it was exciting to see. This might be Archer’s last book, but this won’t be the last book I read from her lineup!

Thanks to Kiki Archer for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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1 comment:

Lovingbird said...

Thanks for your overview, it's definitely worth reading