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Tell Me When

Tell Me When

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by Stina Lindenblatt
     
 

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

Overview

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.

85,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426897887
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
01/20/2014
Series:
Lost in You
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
174,016
File size:
345 KB

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Meet the Author

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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Tell Me When 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I've heard a lot of really positive buzz surrounding this book, so naturally I jumped at the chance to review it. I knew after reading the synopsis that this would be an emotional book with two very broken characters. I also like that the synopsis hinted at some suspense and intrigue! We get both Amber and Marcus's POV's, which I am always fan of, as it always helps me connect with the characters on a deeper level. Both Amber and Marcus have painful pasts that still haunt them and in Amber's case especially, affects her daily life. We have your classic case of bad boy player meets sweet, nice girl who ends up wanting to be the guy she needs in her life and changing his player ways in order to do so. As tried and true as this particular storyline is lately in NA, I found it did not bother me once I found out Marcus's reasons for being this way. It is quite heartbreaking and I can see why Marcus would use sex as an outlet, especially having been dealt the hand he was at way too young of an age. Having run into Amber a few times, he is interested in making the beautiful blonde his next conquest. However, unlike most girls, Amber doesn't fall at his feet and into his bed. She rebuffs him at every opportunity and even accuses him of stalking her. However, after failing Math, she has no choice but to ask the engineer major to tutor her. Tutoring becomes more than just tutoring and soon Amber finds herself asking Marcus to be her fake boyfriend so that she can go out with her persistent friend Jordan. Because of what happened in her past, the last thing Amber needs is unwanted male attention. Marcus is a good buffer and even though he doesn't know her history, he knows something bad has happened to her and he finds himself wanting to step in to play the role of protector. He is kind to her and assures her she is safe with him. She is the first girl he's even considered more with, but feels unworthy of her. He doesn't think he is capable of being the right guy for her and I hate that he has let his own past screw with his head so much. Amber has undergone things that no person should ever have to face and it's disgusting how one person has managed to take away so much from her at such a young age. Amber knows loss better than anyone and has never opened up and talked about what happened before. She doesn't want the pity or attention. She just wants to go to school and become a veterinarian like she's always wanted. However, Amber suffers from PTSD and is still tormented by nightmares, as well as flashbacks of what happened. Her nightmares disrupt her roommate and causes undesirable tension between them and her flashbacks occur at any time of day. They are triggered by external forces and there's no stopping them. Sometimes Amber is able to come out of them and act like nothing is wrong, but there are other times where she is literally curled up in the fetal position still fighting and trying to keep her demons at bay. Marcus ends up being the person to get through to her and after sharing his past with her and realizing the two have some common ground (having both lost people they loved dearly), ends up opening up to him and telling him the sordid details of her own. Marcus still has his doubts of whether or not he's good enough for her, but wants to take a chance and start a real relationship with her. They both still live with the horrors of their past, but are stronger together. However, there are forces that want to keep them apart and will go to extremely drastic measures to do so, leaving Amber questioning if she can really subject Marcus to her past catching up with her and hurting him. While the story is a heavier one, there are a lot of really great moments between not only Amber and Marcus, but also with their best friends Jordan and Chase. They are both great friends to the two and even though Jordan has a boyfriend, I found myself wishing that Stina would write a companion novel with her as the lead. I personally felt there was more than friendship between Chase and Jordan and I wouldn't mind a book about them! Marcus and Amber's families do play an influential role in their story. Amber's mother is having a hard time dealing with her own grief and instead of being a loving, nurturing parent to her, she ends up coming across as cold and unfeeling- drowning her sorrows in alcohol. Amber's grandmother is the one who steps in for Amber's mom and I'm really glad she had her to lean on and take care of her cat (who has special meaning to Amber). Marcus on the other hand, really has no one to call his family. His mother has made it clear she chooses his worthless step-father Frank over him. Marcus volunteers at a youth center and has formed an attachment to a few of the troubled kids that spend time there, especially one named Alejandro. Alejandro is a good kid who Marcus fears has gotten in with the wrong crowd. Marcus's former neighborhood is a tough one and with gang activity being as prominent as it is, he has afraid Alejandro has been recruited. I definitely did not expect Alejandro's story to go in the direction that it did and I felt my heart splinter into pieces for Marcus at the revelations that were brought to light concerning his past. There are a few other notable characters, Emma and Tammara. Emma was Amber's former best friend and hasn't been able to mend fences with her after what happened. She goes out of her way to avoid her and when they do run into each other, Emma is hurt and even angry. Tammara is one of Marcus's hookups who doesn't seem to get the hint that they will never have anything more than just sex. She is manipulative and catty and the lengths she goes to in order to keep Marcus are insane. This girl needs to be dealt with and I hope Marcus and Amber make the right decision regarding her future. Overall, I really enjoyed the emotional depth to this one, as well as the suspense and mystery that surrounded it. Some things were quite typical of New Adult, but I thought Lindenblatt wrote her story well and I thought she did a good job with her characterization.
gaele More than 1 year ago
First person point of view narration highlights the character of Amber, university freshman with a laundry list of issues: cranky roommate, nightmares, failing maths and failing to disappear into the woodwork and pass unnoticed through life, especially when that brings her notice from men or questions about her past.  Instantly her character is engaging and requires the reader to move on: why is she so scared, what is she afraid of?   Alternating with the first person point of view we meet Marcus: good looking, bad boy who also has something to hide.  Curious about Amber, who has only shot him down or ignore him each time they encounter one another, the story seems to travel along separate rocky paths, meeting but diverging quickly without progressing forward. Tentatively the two start to interact, both concerned with the ‘motives’ of the other, and worried that their own issues will halt their progress: it almost does until they start to slowly reveal tiny pieces of their story to readers and one another.  Tragic yet all too plausible, these two damaged people slowly work to gain trust in one another, and learn to move forward, still battered, but not wholly broken. There is a solid grounding in the issues and aftermath that these two characters present: realistic damage from traumatic events isn’t exactly the same in every situation, and Lindenblatt manages to display variances in reactions and behaviors that are all just serving as coping mechanisms to hide the inner torment.  Adding in fresh torment was masterfully woven into the tension for the plot, and kept everyone off balance, increasing the tension as the search for answers wore on. This book manages to encompass all that is good in the NA genre: characters on the edge of adulthood, finding their way and learning new methods of interacting and functioning in a world that has left them battered and wary.  Their growth, both personal and as a couple is easy to see and understand, as are their issues as they work to find new healing and better ways to live their lives. Stina Lindenblatt has created an engaging must read for the genre, opening readers to the power of hope.  I received an eBook copy of the title from the Corvisiero Literary Agency for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
slsNY More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review TELL ME WHEN is book one in the Lost in You series. We meet Amber & Marcus, who sadly have too many horrific life experiences in common. This gripping story shares the details of what happened to them, how they handle the aftermath and show a love grow between two survivors. Fantastic read, highly recommend!
psee More than 1 year ago
Amber has really had major trauma in her life. She is barely getting but remains haunted by the aftermath of being stalked. Trying to make a fresh start in college, she finds herself struggling, not only in math but also in forgetting what has happened to her. Marcus is the sexy bad boy who deals with his past in his own way, nameless girls fill his bed on a nightly basis. This all changes when he comes upon Amber. He winds up helping her with math and along the way he helps her to deal with her past. This book started off pretty slow but then hit a point mid way through where I really got in to the story. I loved when Amber and Marcus finally connected. Unfortunately the story becomes a little stagnant with Amber and her running from Marcus and avoiding his emails. On top of that it almost becomes a little to overwhelming between Amber worrying about her stalker coming back, Marcus dealing with a boy from his neighborhood, and even Amber's roommate Brittney having her own issues. It all just became too much and I found myself skimming at times. Once we get to the resolution, it just sort of ends. We don't get much detail and I felt it just needed more. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Once in a while you come across a book that is just so meaningful and written so well, it instantly becomes part of your top ten favorite books. This one is certainly one for my top ten lists. The author did such a beautiful job at bringing us two of the most broken, yet strong characters and making their story a message for all who will read. Amber is lucky to be alive. After escaping a horrific nightmare that left her with scars, fears and guilt, she tries to focus on life in college and staying safe. Feeling like she can’t tell anyone what she endured and what she sees every time she has a flashback, she has not only lost her brother and boyfriend to death, she has lost her mother and best friend. Marcus is this sexy dream come true playboy that every woman dreams about sleeping with. What he doesn’t share is he is a broken little boy who has endured his own hell in life and is alone other than his roommate Chase. When he sees Amber for the first time he tries to make the moves on her but her quick refusal was more than a turn down, this girl was scared. Marcus couldn’t let go of the fear he saw in Amber and a strange feeling like he needed to protect her overcame him, but how could he do that when he couldn’t protect the one person he loved more than life himself? They continue to run into each other and the more he saw her the more his need to protect grew till one day he just took over and became a wall between her and other men. She finally admitted she needed help in her Math class and offered him some money to tutor her. After that, there was no way he was going to not know her story. As both of their stories were revealed, my heart broke for them and they became my couple of the year. I loved how the author didn’t wait till the end for all the answers, she gave us peeks into her nightmares, his fears, by the end of the book we had a general idea of what had happen to them, but the whole picture came together after they had built trust with each other. Stina gave us a story of survival and love. We also see that until you let go of the guilt you carry for others actions, you are never really healed. I cried at times because I just love Amber and Marcus so much it hurt to hear what they overcame in life. I felt such pride in both because when they had every right to hate the world, they both displayed such love and empathy and forgiveness for others, they became heroes to me. This book will capture your heart and mind from the first chapter and give you a renewed sense of survival and the human spirit. I can hardly wait to read more from this author.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I decided to read Tell Me When because it was available on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and it caught my eye because I can't get enough New Adult and it sounded like a premise that I would enjoy.      If you are burnt out on NA, like I know some of my readers are, this may not be the book for you, but if, like me you are still craving and devouring, then I know that you will like this one.      Amber definitely has her own voice, and I was intrigued by her nightmares and the freak outs, and how this happened to her. We get to see her struggle day in and out with very real physical symptoms that can start to take over her life. I like the fighter spirit in her and even though she sees herself as weak and damaged, especially at first, I loved seeing the growth in her as she opened up to a new friend Jordan as well as Marcus who keeps showing up in her life, and the once man-whore who is feeling new things for a girl as well as forming a friendship.      The dual perspective is almost a trademark of NA these days, but I think that Stina Lindenblatt did it well. She captured their voices, and showed pivotal moments of change as well as bringing that ever valuable other opinion of events and see the main characters in another light and through some one else's eyes.       The secondary characters were enjoyable as well, and I especially liked Jordan's (her new friend's) upbeat and accepting persona. I liked how she could probe for an answer but know when to stop as to not push too hard or far. I also enjoyed Marcus and his roomie/best friend Chase, how easy going they were with each other, but still brought that nugget of truth when needed. I also saw a new side of Marcus with the younger guys Juan and Carlos, from his neighborhood, and who he still works with at the community center playing basketball with them.      The revelation of both Amber and Marcus' pasts was timed well, and I appreciated how they opened up with one another because they saw that familiar hurt and pain. They had a lot more in common than they ever would have guessed at first glance, and their stories are so raw and painful. The emotions in this book really got to me, and they were well written.      And oh, the chemistry between Amber and Marcus. The reluctance at first because it is new for them or has been so long makes it even more tense and delicious.       The ending had me on the edge of my seat, but I did like how everything (eventually) wrapped up and where it left them. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story made me cry alot not only what happend to Amber but also Marcaus but im glad that they found each and helped each other and found love toghther.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These stories need to be told so people will understand they are not to blame for others evil doings.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell Me When is an interesting new adult romance. You have your typical broken main characters who are trying to overcome their horrific pasts when they find comfort in each other. Their pasts come back to life to cause drama bombs in the story thus resulting in an unstable foundation. However, with that being said, this was an interesting read with new reasons on why the MC’s are broken. Amber suffers from PTSD due to something that recently happened to her. Little by little you get the story as to what happened to her because every day is a challenge for her. Not only is she afraid of her own shadow, but certain things like lightening and roses bring back horrible flashbacks. So the readers never forget how traumatized Amber is throughout the story. Marcus was your typical man whore who uses sex to overcome his pain. However, when meeting Amber he finds himself wanting a monogamous relationship. Yeah, he’s just like every other bad boy but the thing that torments him isn’t just a deadbeat mom. Oh no, it’s a lot worse than that and it horrified me. Even though this story sort of follows the new adult mold, the author still thought outside the box and brought new elements into the story. I liked that even though the storyline was predictable, Stina was able to surprise me with small twists that I wasn’t expecting.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt is a gut-wrenching tale of two people, each with a tragic and traumatic pasts and their journey towards each other. Amber Scott has been through hell. As the story unfolds we slowly learn the macabre extent of the hell she has survived. She is having night terrors, debilitating flashbacks, and anxiety and paranoia, all while attending college and trying her hardest not to fail math. Marcus Reid is a player. Well, he's straight up about the no-relationship no repeat requirements of sharing sex with him, but he gets around. He keeps noticing one girl in particular that he cannot get out of his mind. His Kitten was at the tattoo shop, the gym, and the party where he just rescued her from an overly eager drunken frat boy hoping to get lucky. He's an engineering major and as luck would have it, he needs money and is willing to tutor none otehr than the skittish Kitten otherwise known as Amber. When things from Amber's past start happening again and scare her into driving a wedge between her and Marcus it's a snowball effect of angst and drama. Amber trusts Marcus and feels things with him she honestly thought she'd never feel again. With Amber, marcus has never felt so connected to another persons soul. He's never wanted to be this close with a woman and emotionally (and physically) Amber is the one for him. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago