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Blog Tour: Words I Couldn't Say: Tessa Teevan

Words I Couldn’t Say (Promise in Prose #1)
Tessa Teevan
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Release Date: Nov 22, 2015
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Photo Credit: Sara Eirew Photography

An Explosive Series Spin-Off

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. 

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.

Goodbye.

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. 


Sometimes young love can really be true love, but sometimes real life gets in the way.

Ava Banks and Tucker Manning were inseparable as kids and teens. Their friendship finally blossomed to young love once they admitted it, but circumstances changed the course of their lives. She left him behind and went after her dreams. He stayed behind doing what he felt was right.

Five years later, they are having successes with their careers, but both are lonely and miss each other. Tucker uses his passion for writing and makes a bold play to bring Ava home and back into his life. And due to the story Ava has just read, she has had her own epiphany about the one that got away.

But just because they are finally going to reunite does not mean that it will perfectly easy. They have had time to grow and change, and also to realize what they have missed. They have a connection that was forged in infancy and cannot be broken. But they both have fears, insecurities, and trust issues that have to be addressed.

Tucker is a completely lovable hero. He is passionate, devoted, and loving, but also strong and can be a bit bold. He has reasons to be angry, guard his heart, and be scared of her leaving again. But he has a big heart and knows that Ava should have always been his.

And Ava who we saw shine in Ignite and Fusion is still sassy, sweet, beautiful, and caring. She has a successful acting career, but at what cost? She has regrets. She has fears. She misses home and the ones she loves. She needs to find out where she truly belongs. But she knows that she needs to finally face her past and make amends to the one she hurt.

It is obvious these two are meant to be together. But they have some challenges to overcome including some surprises. This is about soul mates, second chances, friendship, and a true connection. But it also deals with the consequences of running away from love versus running towards it. And about forgiveness and sacrifice. They will have to embrace the present in order to move forward from the past to have hope of a future.

I enjoyed the premise of the story within a story component and how Tucker managed to put down the words he needed to say. But it is not just about words, it is also about actions and fighting for what they really need and want. It was mushy-gushy, passionate, funny, and romantic. It was not too angsty, and was super sweet and smile-inducing. But sometimes a fluffy book with adorable characters is just a breath of fresh air.

I enjoyed getting some cameos from characters and their offspring from the Explosive series and especially getting more family time with her parents, Jeremy and Sierra (Fusion). They are still such a funny couple and I loved seeing their devotion to their kids as well as those they take in as their own. I really liked Tucker's brother, Tanner, and would like to see him get his HEA. Her little brothers were scene stealers as well. I am so glad Ava got her own book. I was really hoping she would after Fusion and her love story did not disappoint.

I am interested to see where the rest of this series will take us.

I was gifted a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Tucker Manning lost the girl of his dreams 5 years ago when he pushed her away. Now he has devised the best way to win her back is with his words and actions to back them up. When a movie based on his best settling book is turned into a movie, his only demand is that Ava Banks play the role she inspired.

Neither Ava nor Tucker really moved on in the five years they were apart. But for all the time they have been apart and the hurt that sent them in such opposite directions, once they are in close proximity again there is a very smooth transition into the present.

This was a sweet story with so much love. Ava and Tucker are one of those forever couples, even as time and their choices sent them in different directions. The connection between them is strong. I loved the flashbacks and memories of the time when they were a textbook example of young love: innocent, starry-eyed, and full of promise and dreams. It was nice to see some of that playfulness come out as they reconnected in the present.

This was a low drama book, but was filled with emotion. The easy way in which they come back to each other doesn’t mean they don’t have things to sort out, but they don’t add extra tension to the already tense situation between them.

This books is filled with great cameos for fans of the Explosive series. Ava’s brothers are a hilarious addition to the story. This was a fun second generation story and I look forward to more from the series, possibly Tucker’s story, maybe even Ava’s brothers as they get a little older, or the other children from the Explosive books. 

I was gifted a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tessa Teevan

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. 

She adores hearing from readers, so please feel free to contact via any social media site listed below.

      






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