Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
I’m a huge K.A. Tucker fan and I was thrilled when I saw the cover of this book. Tucker can write some of the best love stories and I was intrigued that the cover looked like it tied in with a sweet, young summer love.
I really liked the premise, and I really enjoyed Kyle as the hero, but Piper was just alright. She had her moments when I really liked her but then she would start to bore me. She didn’t have an especially distinct personality the way I would’ve expected her to being one of Tucker’s characters.
Speaking of characters, I also didn’t particularly like Piper’s friend, Christa. She came off as super snobby and uptight when they were teenagers, but I knew they were friends later in life so I kept waiting for her sort of “redeeming” moment where she and Piper finally bonded. But she just came off as this unlikable bitch for the entirety of the book.
Despite just feeling okay about the book, I do have to admit that it tugged a couple of tears from me, which I did not expect. I was just reading and next thing I know a tear slips out. That’s difficult to do if I’m not particularly invested in the characters.
Tucker’s writing is good; however, I did notice a few obvious mistakes that I was surprised were in there. At one point, she even refers to a character as the wrong name at one point. It was so obvious and startling that I had to go back and read it several times just to make sure I wasn’t confused. Piper is having a private conversation with her friend Eric, and during it she clearly refers to him as Kyle. Honest mistake, but I’m surprised even in an “uncorrected proof” (that certainly has been edited) that this wasn’t caught.