October 8, 2013

Say When Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Say When blog tour! Today I have my review of the book to share with you and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the giveaways!

Say When (Something More #1)
Author: Tara West
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2013

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble


He told me to say when, but I can’t. Not with Andrés. It’s so hard to say anything when he’s trailing feather soft kisses down my neck, or when his touch sends hot currents of lust rippling across my skin.

Then there’s the way he smiles and offers soft words of encouragement when I’m creating art, almost like he believes I have talent.

He’s not like any guy I’ve ever met. Not like my ex-fiancée. Not like my father. He’s got me thinking that maybe we can have something more. More than just lust, degradation, and abuse.

And now I’m scared, because that means I’ll have to trust him with more than just my body, but with my heart, too.

Christina Duval

Say When is a steamy New Adult contemporary romance that follows our two main characters - Christina Duval and Andres Cruz. The two have a chance meeting when Christina is out celebrating her birthday and the end of her horrid engagement. Christina and Andres are immediately attracted to one another, but each have secrets from their past that keep them from getting too close to anyone. Will they each be the key to opening the other's heart?

I found this book to be a great start to a New Adult romance series. The story is told from alternating points of view - between Christina and Andres. I like that the author wrote the book this way because the reader is able to see what each character is thinking and feeling at different times in the story and most of the time you don't get that much insight. Both main characters were well written, if a bit cliched at times. Christina is a good girl who is trying to live up to her mother's high expectations for her life - basically to marry into a wealthy family. Andres is former military and now works as a mechanic. He's incredibly gorgeous and sweet (of course). Each main character has some secret in their past that keeps them from getting to close to anyone so they don't get hurt. Another thing that I didn't really care too much for was the insta-lust turned insta-love almost at the same time. It's natural to have instant attraction to someone else, but at the same time feel like you could fall for them? It felt really cliched and far-fetched to me and sometimes corny too. There were incredibly steamy sex scenes in the book along with swearing - so be aware of this before you pick it up. It's definitely New Adult and not YA. Overall, this was a good start to a series that has lots of potential and will have fans of the genre wanting more.

A former Texas high school teacher, I enjoyed coaching the writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise my baby girl, I now work from home as a cover artist.
In my spare time, I loves to read, exercise and spend time with family and friends. I contribute the cover art for my Whispers Series and have designed covers for over 500 other books.

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Giveaway: (1) ebook copy of Say When - Open Internationally!

Tour  Wide Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card

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  1. This looks like a cute, and sweet romance
    GREAT review!
    Your reader,

  2. This is a great read and going to be an awesome series. The love between Christine and Andres is out of this world. I highly recommend Say When and don't for get to mark Say Yes on your TBR list. Get them both. A must by Tara West.

  3. I love books told in dual POVs I love getting to see each side of the coin if you know what I mean! I'm glad you liked this one, Steph! It sounds like a strong start to a series! :)

  4. Sounds sweet. Cannot wait to read. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. I wonder if this is something the wife would read? She's a big Kindle-addict.

  6. This does sound like it's going to be such a great series.

  7. This book sounds amazing! :) Thanks for the chance! :D

  8. This book is a must read. The story of two broken hearts coming together is captivating. I found it very difficult to put this book down when I was needed elsewhere. I ended up staying up half the night to finish it with no regrets of having an early morning with little sleep.

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read!

  11. Hi, thanks so much for your review. :) Tara