Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Review: Tell Me by Abigail Strom

"Caleb put an arm around her shoulders, and she leaned against him, his strength like an anchor in a stormy sea."

by Abigail Strom
Publisher:Montlake Romance
Format: Paperback
Release Date:October 1st, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Shy bookstore owner Jane Finch grew up hiding in the margins of her own life while her vibrant, adventure-loving sister, Samantha, dominated every plotline. She’s made peace with it, unlike Sam’s business partner, Caleb, who’s always nudging Jane to go after what she really wants. Why should she care what blunt, brash Caleb thinks? They’ve never had much in common, except for Sam.

After tragedy strikes, they don’t even have that.

Caleb can’t quite remember when Sam’s little sister stopped being like a surrogate sibling to him and became just…Jane. She’s the most intriguing woman he’s ever met, and so much sexier and stronger than she thinks. On the emotional journey to honor Sam’s memory, the spark they’ve tried to deny becomes an inferno. This journey was meant to be an ending, but will they discover an unexpected new beginning?

Having heard of Abigail Strom before, but never having had the opportunity to pick up one of her many titles, I felt that Tell Me, the first in the "Me" series, was a good way to kick things off. Having been introduced to the title through Ambur of Thomas Allen & Son, I was eager to finally discover why people love Abigail's titles so deeply. Would it be her characters that would win me over, her driven plot, or her way with spinning a delectable romance? Thankfully so, it was all the above!

Tell Me, the first in Abigail Strom's Me series, tells the tale of Jane, a young woman who owns a cozy bookshop with a passion for literature. As a self conscious bibliophile, Jane doesn't see the best in herself and often finds herself struggling to pursue a relationship. Enter Caleb, her sister's business partner and a rabid adventurer. When he stops by Jane's cozy bookshop, tensions are obviously high, but Caleb invites Jane along for a birthday adventure for her sister Sam. Not long after, tragedy strikes the group, and Jane finds herself unequivocally lost. What follows next is an emotional journey for both Jane and Caleb, and one that will bring an unexpectedly new adventure for both of them.

"When Jane woke up, she was sober. She hadn't been this sober for a few days. As she lay awake in the dark, turning her head to see the snow falling in the light of the streetlamps outside her window, she knew why she'd been avoiding this feeling."

Honestly, I didn't know what to think of Tell Me the moment I finished it. I had my ups and downs with it, mostly because I hadn't truly expected it to be so painful and heartbreaking. I'd expected fluffy and sexy, not raw and emotional. Even so, it was a powerful and highly entertaining read. I absolutely loved Jane and Caleb, although it did take me a long time to warm up to Caleb. The duo worked exceptionally well together, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them grow and come to terms with the immense change that was thrown at them so suddenly. With that said, I adored Tell Me by Abigail Strom. It was a surprising read, and not one I had expected to move me so deeply. It was emotionally intense and realistic. I highly recommend it to the average romance contemporary lover who is looking to stream away from predictable titles in the genre.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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1 comment

  1. I have seen this one around and have wanted to pick it up. I think I will now after your review. So glad you liked it!