What I love most about Tell Me is that it doesn’t rely on fancy plot twists or super adventurous sex scenes to pull readers in. No, it’s way classier than that. This book is all about the feels, and all the things REAL people would feel if they were put in the situations like the ones these characters are faced with.
Jane is a great heroine. She’s the smart, nerdy, quirky girl who is a little jealous of her beautiful, athletic sister, but never lets her jealous feelings hurt her relationship with said sister. Jane doesn’t dwell in bitterness, and I really appreciated that about her.
Caleb, as Jane’s sister’s best friend, has known Jane for years, and at the beginning of the book, he’s only just beginning to realize how deep his feelings for Jane go. Sadly, his timing couldn’t be worse. I won’t spoil anything, but Jane and Caleb face some real obstacles to their relationship. Sure, most of them are self-imposed, but the struggle is heart-wrenchingly REAL.
I’ll admit that I got a little irked with Caleb toward the end of the book when he acted like a complete asshat who was unwilling to compromise on any level. But fortunately, the asshattery didn’t last long, and Caleb came through with an absolutely adorable (and super emotional) “grand gesture” that totally made up for it. (Me being irked, though, did cost the book a solid 5 out of 5 rating, leaving it with a 4.5 instead.)
But, long-story-short, this was an adorable, emotional, sweet, sexy romance that is highly 1-clickable. Get to your Kindles, folks. This one’s another keeper from one of my favorite “comfort read” authors.
Full disclosure: We received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
Read the Abigail Strom backlist. Then if you’re still hungry for more comfort reads, try Kristan Higgins. My all-time fav Kristan Higgins read is Too Good to be True.