on November 26, 2015
Genres: College, New Adult, Romance
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After years spent harboring a shameful secret, I finally felt...alive, reawakened and brave. Willing to break down my walls and let love in. Let him in.
We had conquered our pasts. The truth had set us free, and we were looking toward our future. Until a crazy twist of fate brought my worst nightmare back into my life.
The voice and soundtrack to every one of my haunting dreams now had a face. One he won’t easily let me forget.
The hits Ben endured on the football field will be nothing compared to the devastating blow his heart will take if he finds out the whole truth. He knows the story, but he doesn't know the monster. Not like I do.
Just as the wounds of my past had begun to heal, he's come back to rip them wide open.
Maybe some things are better kept from those we love.
Maybe some secrets are never meant to be told.
Maybe it's better to Say Nothing....
I don’t even know where to start with this book! Romantic Suspense has quickly become a favourite sub-genre of mine and this story was done quite well. When I first picked up this series I wasn’t expecting a whole lot but am so happy that I started it. This series starts out light, flirty and a little cheesy, then progresses into darker emotions and a grittier, harder read. This book is not easy to read, and it does contain triggers which could be an issue for some. It’s not light and funny, so if that’s what you’re looking for then this is not the book for you. For readers who enjoy suspense novels and drama, this will be up your alley!
Say Nothing is the second book in the Speak series which need to be read in order. Say Something is the first book where we are introduced to Ari and Ben and follow the ups and downs of their relationship, and let me warn you, it ends in a huge cliffhanger! I had no idea how it would end until about two pages before it happened when I could finally make a guess. Say Nothing picks up with Ari and Ben right where the first book ends off – thank goodness!
I will admit I enjoyed this book more than the first. Say Something seemed to play more so on the couple getting to know each other and their insecurities within a new relationship, where as Say Nothing dove head first into some deep and gritty issues. I’m usually fairly good at distancing myself from the content I read, but this just seemed so incredibly real, I was honestly freaked out. All night I’ve been coming up with plans of what I would have done in Ari’s situation and I still can’t decide on a good enough one, so I understand how she was so conflicted with telling others and then how to deal with the problems. Since finishing, I’ve even double checked the locks on the doors in my house.
The emotions in the relationship between Ari and Ben were pleasing. When they were happy, the reader could feel it, and when there was anguish, confusion or doubt, we got that too. Ari was so incredibly strong it amazes me. What she was able to accomplish and how she dealt with the issues in Say Nothing gave me tremendous respect for her character. Ben was also a great boyfriend for her to be matched up with. He’s strong, he’s determined, he’s caring and dare I say it, I loved when he would go into alpha mode!
“Mine,” he whispers across my lips.
“Always yours,” I pant back.
The element of suspense was portrayed excellently. Not only with Ari trying to deal with this burden on her own and deciding if she would ever tell anyone, what would happen, how Ben would react, etc., but also the fact that I had no idea what the antagonist was going to do. Every time I thought I might have a leg up and be able to figure it out, 98% of the time I was wrong. Not only did this story keep me on the edge of my seat, I had a very unsettling feeling for a while. It may have been because we got to experience some paragraphs in the antagonist’s POV, and to be in their head is an experience I never want again. While reading you witness the natural progression of the story and this situation, and at times I wanted to scream with the frustration I felt for it all. I not only wanted to help Ari but felt that I needed to. I simply cannot comprehend what this would have felt like. The build to the climax was consistent and made sense while as a reader I was continually getting closer and closer to the edge of my seat.
That ending was nuts, absolutely crazy and definitely not what I had predicted! There were a few guesses I had made about how everything would come to its peak but this is not at all what I expected. I even love all the little details that were included. The reader never has to guess or fill in blanks about different character’s thoughts, whereabouts, of how they came to certain decisions and conclusions – everything is given to you. After the last page, I would have thrown a temper tantrum like a damn toddler if that’s how their story was going to be left. Can I just say All Hail the Epilogue? The beginning of the epilogue once again is in the antagonists POV and this I really wasn’t sure about, but thankfully it moves on quickly and is justified. The rest of it had me almost in tears because it was so perfect. Then looking at the cover again afterwards, it ties everything together so well. This may very well be one of my favourite covers ever!
“Four words come to mind: Strength, Courage, Truth, and Love. All of them sum up the past year. I found the strength to carry on when I didn’t think I could, gained the courage to face my fears, and shared my truth, which in turn led me to the most epic love.”
These two books are TA’s first works, and I was simply astounded between her progress from the first and second novel. I enjoyed Say Something and rated it as 4 stars, but Say Nothing really sucked me in. When I opened to Chapter 1, I planned on reading for maybe an hour before getting on with my day; yet here I am later that evening having finished the entire thing. I read both of them in less than 48 hours – that’s saying something (pun intended) for this series and author! I look forward to reading more of her work, and will be keeping an eye out for Say Anything, the story of Vonne and Eli that comes out in the summer of 2016!
“Have the courage to battle what stands between you and success.”
*Copy received from Patchwork Press in exchange for an honest review.
Don’t forget to check out the beginning of Ben and Ari’s story in Say Something… It must be read first.