Say When

Say When

by Tara West


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Say When by Tara West

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

He told me to say when, but I can't. Not with Andrés. It's so hard to say anything when he's trailing feather soft kisses down my neck, or when his touch sends hot currents of lust rippling across my skin.

Then there's the way he smiles and offers soft words of encouragement when I'm creating art, almost like he believes I have talent.

He's not like any guy I've ever met. Not like my ex-fiancé. Not like my father. He's got me thinking that maybe we can have something more. More than just lust, degradation, and abuse.

And now I'm scared, because that means I'll have to trust him with more than just my body, but with my heart, too.
Christina Duval

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490965383
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/10/2013
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

A former Texas high school teacher, Tara enjoyed coaching her writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise her baby girl, Tara now works from home as a cover artist.

In her spare time, Tara loves to read, exercise and spend time with her family and friends. She contributes the cover art for her Whispers novels and has designed covers for over 500 other books.

Book five in the Whispers series, Sophie's Secret Crush, is out now! Tara is currently working on book two in her Keepers of the Stones fantasy saga. Book one, Curse of the Ice Dragon, and the prelude, Witch Flame, are available now. Say When is Tara's first new adult romance.

You can visit her website at or her blog at

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Say When (Something More, #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I loved thecharacters but I think the ending was kind of abrupt. Great book otherwise
SaraNurrenbern More than 1 year ago
"Say When" is the first novel in Tara West's Something More series. In this book, she does an exceptional job of laying the groundwork for what could be a real life love story! That is one of the things I enjoy so much about Tara's books: the characters and story are so grounded. As much as I love a good crazy hot, completely unrealistic adult romance, I liked this story because it felt very real. The main characters (Christina and Andres) make mistakes, curse, have trouble with friends and ex-significant others....that makes them relatable.  That being said, this is still a great read that does not disapoint in the steamy romance department! Christina and Andres have an immediate chemistry that I think we are all looking for. I absolutely recommend this series to anyone who loves a good love story (but also wants a plot ;-) 
CDKeith More than 1 year ago
A well written book but there was too much drama and not enough inspiration.  It was a short read so there wasn't enough story lines to build up.  Christine is weak and controlled by everyone in her life.  She does start seeing others for what they are and standing up to them but again just not enough to pull off the story.  Andres is there for her and helps her break free for him.  The point of views was to back and forth though.   Thank you Indie Inked and NetGalley for ARC.
SaSers More than 1 year ago
I had the honor of beta reading this for Tara and I absolutely loved it.  After some tweeks and add in's this went from a good read to a great read in my opinion. There was only one bit that I questioned but it didn't stop me from enjoying this read cause it was handled well.  You will fall in love with Andres and I can not wait till I get to beta read number 2 next.    You will laugh, you may even cry (I did) and I loved every word of it. Great job Tara!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading a book by the author , I was not disappointed . Good story , enjoyed reading it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first time with this author , will read more .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the first book in this series was realy good it had lots of drama and backstabbing with alot of betrayal can't wait to read the next one
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I like!
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Can relate
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Just OK
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I was looking for something to keep me busy the weekend, this was a great choice. All 4 books were entertaining.
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This book contains some hot, panting, sex scenes. Christina comes from a dysfunctional family despite their evident wealth. She is surrounded by shallow low-lives, starting with her mother. It's not until she meets Andres that her life seems to turn around.
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purpinkrose More than 1 year ago
Christina Duval lives with her controlling rich mother. Her father died of a heart attack. Her fiancé Jackson is just as controlling, belittling Christina. Her Best friend Karri is a drug addict. After getting a bit brave one she ends things with Jackson and faces her mother telling her she's broke it off. She's in the gas station with Karri after her car breaks down and a hot guy comes to help. After leaving Karri Christina meets her friend Grace at the local club, where she again bumps into the hot guy from the gas Station. The attraction is electric. And Christina goes home With The hot guy Andres to spend The night. They both have secrets, they think they cant tell the other-It's just a one night stand right? I love this. I love the characters. I love Christina and the way she starts to stick up for herself, and gets wise to those around her who isn't good for her. I like the way she doesn't let what happened to her ruin her life. I love Andres character. This is a great story. I don't like her mother. Another hot book boyfriend joins the block. I would give this 5/5 stars.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this refreshing read as it is different from the contemporary romance out there at the moment. The characters and plot are not anything we see in typical romance novels. Christina has always been told her entire life what to do. Even as an adult by her fiancée.  In the very beginning she stands up to everyone in her life and begins to live life for herself.  At this moment, we have been just been introduced to Christina, and I loved her already!On her way to freedom, she ends up meeting Andrés who is a sexy mechanic. He is not what her mom would want for her, and Christina could care less. Andrés is recently back from Afghanistan and is dealing with returning to normal civilian life. He is instantly drawn to Christina the moment they meet. What they both have in common is that they are both afraid to give their heart to another because of their past.Although a quick read, I felt instantly connected to all the characters. The book is written from both POV, which I think added to the authenticity of the story and proved that these two people are genuinely in love. The love between Andrés and Christina is intense but passionate. With him, Christina feels free and confident. He supports her in everything. The emotional growth of both Andrés and Christina is a very important part of this story. This sweet, sexy read was enjoyable and I look forward to more of Andrés and Christina. It is far from over. 
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Say When, while a sweet romance, unfortunately was one of those books that just didn't work for me. I read through it easily enough and was somewhat engaged in the storyline, but I found myself having some difficulties with the writing style. We would be reading from Christina's first person POV and I felt that would flow well enough, but then the author would intermittently switch to Andres's third person POV. While I enjoy dual POV's, I don't feel the transitions were made very smoothly and reading from his POV just felt awkward to me. Reading from Christina's POV felt more natural and I could have done without the change. Christina and Andres are both emotionally damaged characters- Christina has been betrayed by her father at a young age and we get a glimpse in the beginning of how her ex-fiancée treats her. It is at the beginning of the book where we see Christina have a change of heart- suddenly she is no longer going to be the passive girl she is used to being- she is going to stand up for herself and the first thing she does is break the ties between her and her fiancée. We don't really get to see the Christina she was before, so we miss out on that developmental aspect of her character. We do see that she is tired of trying to appease her mother, who is insistent she remain with her ex because of his financial status. Christina's mom is a piece of work, that's for sure. She is a vapid woman who does not care one bit about her daughter's happiness or welfare- she is only concerned that her daughter's marriage is beneficial to her needs. Once Christina finds out that her mother knew more about her horrible situation with her father than she let on, it really makes you feel for this girl who had to suffer so much at a young age and live with a mother who was too cowardly to do anything about it. Andres is my favorite character in this book. As former military, Andres really struggles with the after effects of being stationed in Afghanistan. He feels immense guilt over what happened and I really wish we would have seen more development on this. (I believe the sequel Say Yes will delve deeper into Andres' feelings.) However, after meeting Christina and spending the night with her, he realizes his usual nightmares do not plague him. While originally looking only to spend one night with this beautiful girl, he realizes that maybe it wouldn't be so bad to want more. He is thoughtful, caring, and genuine and I really liked that about him. I hated there was a point where he felt like she was too good for him- if anything I felt it was more the other way around. Christina, while not an unlikeable protagonist, did have her moments where I was annoyed with her. An incredibly sexy hunk of a man goes out of his way to make you breakfast and you call your friend to pick you up? It's amazing that after that, he still decided to give her his number and then meet up with her the next night again! I realize Christina has a lot of insecurities due to her past, and I am glad she was able to put them aside and take a chance on Andres, but she was still plagued with doubts that they could have any kind of a relationship together. I also found it a bit unlikely that a few nights with one girl could completely take away nightmares of what happened to Andres in Afghanistan. Luckily, this is not the case, as West shows us later on, that he does still encounter these nightmares. She was able to build credibility back up there and I'm glad she didn't stick with the idea that Christina was the cure-all for such a post-traumatic encounter. I was not a big fan of the side characters in this novel either. Karri, Christina's best friend, is definitely not someone I would call a friend at all. I don't like friends who believe sex is the solution to everything. After picking Christina up from her 21st birthday dinner fiasco with her ex, Karri's solution is to hook her up with a random guy for sex. She has an infant son, Tyler, and is not fit to care for her son- she ends up pawning him off on her mother more times than not. This is actually a good thing, since she is an unfit mother who is using drugs again. Christina worries about Tyler, and instead of giving her friend tough love and taking her to rehab, she just lets it go instead of bringing it to the attention of Karri's mother. Overall, this book just wasn't one that worked for me and while there is a sequel I do not think I will be continuing Christina and Andres' story. *Received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Jetches More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you about Say When. First hottie machanic/ex-military man that really knows how to carry himself in that oh-so-sexy way and really knows how to treat a girl. Oh, and did I mention that he is humble? And will inherit quite a bit, but feels bad about it? He’s the trifecta. His name...Andres. He kind of runs into Christina when she is in a bit of a pickle and her friend is being a jerk. At first I didn’t really like Christina. She stomped her foot and threw chinese food (and in my circle of friends you DO NOT throw chinese food...that stuff is delicious), and I thought “How old are you?”. Luckily that lasted all of one page. Then she became someone I rather liked. You see at the beginning of this story Christina is finally getting her head out of her butt. She is finally starting to see things clearly. Her fiancé is a total douche and her best friend doesn’t act like a friend at all--and has some serious problems that she needs to deal with. Anyhow, back to the point. From the moment Christina meets Andres something changes between the two of them...and it may or may not involve some really hot moments. There were some things that bugged me. They really didn’t seem that into each other. The kind of seemed more awkward around each other. On top of that they also don’t really get to know each other. She reveals her love of painting, and he reveals what happened over seas, and in the end she lets the “big-thing-in-her-past” slip. But does anyone learn what each others favourite colours is? Or food? That kind of random little things never really come up. It was more focused on the sexiness and I guess they got to “know each other” that way. A little bit more of a connection between the two would have been nice. Also...I don’t think he even tells her that he is/will be rich. It doesn’t matter, but it was written in the story and therefore should have been mentioned to Christina. And finally...the ending. The ending sort of ends abruptly. It doesn’t really leave anything hanging I just thought there would be a little bit more to bring the story down from its climax. Luckily there is a second in the series that also stars these two awesome characters.. But, all of that aside it was still a very good read and I really enjoyed the characters. Good: Christina--Finally standing on her own two feet and getting her life together. Congrats Andres--He suffer from something deep and I really feel for him. Not to mention he is a pretty great guy that loves his family and treats people well. Bad:  I guess just the way the plot was laid out, and a little bit more romance (not sexiness, but romance) would have been better. But...luckily there is a #2 on the way that is all about these two characters. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the story was easy to follow. I didn’t have any issues with regards to writing style or being able to follow along. the story was interesting and I liked how the main female wasn’t dependent on anyone and learnt to find her own way in the world This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.