Title: If You Say So
Author: Teagan Hunter
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Novella
Release: May 24, 2018
Blake and I weren’t always together. But, to be fair, we weren’t always not together either.
It began innocently. We were friends, nothing more.
Then two years ago, everything changed.
I noticed his stares. He noticed mine.
We weren’t just friends anymore—we were a whole hell of a lot more than that.
And that’s how we remained, blissfully in love and ready to conquer anything that stood in our way.
Except for ourselves.
If You Say So was my first read by Teagan Hunter and while it was only a novella, Blake and Nate’s emotional journey back to one another, told from both of their perspectives, introduced me to Hunter’s writing style and her ability to write a story filled with heart – one that provides her readers with an in-depth understanding of her characters and the situation(s) that they either created or found themselves in due to miscommunication and hurt feelings as well as the steps they take to mend the fractured parts of themselves as well as the relationship that means so much to them.
Blake and Nate’s story illustrates the start of their relationship, the actions that led to their break up, and the steps taken to heal their broken hearts and perhaps find a way to be together despite everything that happened. And what’s made perfectly clear from the beginning is that these two men love each other and those feelings haven’t dissipated even though they both screwed up, destroying everything that they had worked through to be a couple.
I definitely enjoyed If You Say So; I’m a huge fan of M/M stories, especially ones that provide a full picture of the couple’s relationship. I would have liked to receive a bit more insight into Blake’s depression as well as Nate’s impulsive decision that pretty much destroyed everything he had with Blake. I understand that a novella condenses information and takes readers to the heart of the couple’s issues, focusing on those details, but I feel like a big part of Blake and Nate’s problems centered around Blake’s need to take care of himself so that he could be his best for not only Nate but for himself as well and I wanted to know how he went about doing that and what the focus was for him during these sessions.
Despite my need for more insights into Blake’s issues, Blake and Nate’s novella was a really good story and because their best friend Carsen and his girl, Elliott, are a big part of Blake and Nate’s lives, so I’m going to need to find some time in my reading schedule to read their story because they intrigued me throughout the course of If You Say So.
4 Poison Apples