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Title: Words I Couldn’t Say
Series: Promise in Prose #1
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Date: Nov 22, 2016
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Photo Credit: Sara Eirew Photography

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.


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. 

*ARC in Exchange for Honest Review*

Tessa Teevan... amazing lady to meet in person and just as amazing as a writer.  When I heard she had a new book coming out, 'Words I Couldn't Say', I instantly knew I had to have a copy of this book to read.  She has always been a go to author for me from the first book I have read, with this latest one and she will always be. She puts so much feeling into her books and this one she definitely does not disappoint.  She takes you on an emotional ride and makes you fall in love with Ava and Tucker.  Believe me when I say Tucker Manning is now my new book boyfriend and you will soon fall under his spell when you read this book!

We first met Ava Banks in Fusion as a spunky, curious little 6 year old girl.  She is now all grown up, 23 years old, and living her life of her dreams as an aspiring actress.  It's like she says, "I mean, my name is Ava for a reason, and I wouldn't have been doing my namesake justice if I hadn't at least tried to make it on the silver screen."  Landing the role of a lifetime is a dream of Ava's and when she finally gets the call for the next big movie in Hollywood, she jumps on the chance!  Her best friend and roommate Tawni makes her read the book that her new movie is based off of and when she does, it ignites old memories and feelings for the one boy that she never got over and can't seem to ever forget.  Re-living the memory of what happened five years earlier that broke her heart, she is vowing to herself to fix the problem when she returns to Cincinnati to film the new movie.

Tucker Manning grew up best friends with Ava his whole life. When tragedy strikes his family, he has to make some decisions that will change the course of his life and his relationship with Ava. Now, with five years past, and as a successful author, he is on his way to the big screen with his book that he wrote.  The one catch... he wants Ava Banks as his leading lady, and he has just the plan to get her. This man will pull out all the stops until he gets her back!

I heart Tucker Manning!  He has a heart of gold and is the absolute sweetest man in a book I have read about in a while.  Tessa really made him an amazing character and he will make all women fall for him.  Just wait and see! Tessa's writing on Ava was amazing as well. She really put a lot of emotion and thoughts behind both of them and it makes the reader understand more of why they did what they did and why they felt the way they felt.  I was in love with this book, 2 chapters in and did not want to put it down!

5 Loving stars from me and I cannot wait to see what Tessa comes out with next! 

Reviewed by Jodi N.

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.