Release Date: January 20, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Review Source: Netgalley
Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.
She shouldn't be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn't be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn't be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.
But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she'll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she'd never be able to again.
When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her—and Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.
You know what this book did? It made me not completely hate the New Adult stereotypical story of a player bad boy falling for that one special girl after being all about no commitment for so long. Stina Lindenblatt tells this familiar type of story, but she does so in a way that keeps readers invested in the story. She made me enjoy the story I’ve read versions of over and over again, which is an impressive feat. Yes, this is a NA book about people with troubled pasts who find one another, but Amber and Marcus’s pasts weren’t there just to conveniently explain character flaws.
Tell Me When is a high stakes story with different types of suspense coming from both characters, because of their troubled pasts. Because both characters come from such intense situations, the story easily could have felt overdramatic. Thankfully the author does a great job writing about Amber and Marcus’s experiences, taking the issues and making them a part of the characters. Amber and Marcus are their own people beyond their issues, and this made for a very strong book.
Overall: definitely recommended, especially if you enjoy this type of plot. With Tell Me When you get the high drama that’s common in New Adult, backed up by good writing and strong characters.
Not too bad.
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Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.
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