Say You Love Me (2018) by Heather B. Moore is the third book in her Pine Valley series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 198 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy six-year old, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from Mirror Press Publishing via Kathy at I Am a Reader. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Say You Love Me 5 STARS. This book is a Contemporary Clean Romance.
About the Book
Clara Benson is not looking for a relationship, especially not after her losing her teaching position, followed by a disastrous breakup with her fiancé, and the sudden death of the grandma who raised her. In fact, Clara picks up and moves to escape her mess of memories. She hopes that Pine Valley will be the perfect place to heal from heartache.
When she meets her boss’s lawyer, Dawson Harris, Clara can’t deny her attraction. Yet she’s determined to choose herself, and her healing, over a guy who might be charming, attractive, and oh, so appealing. Easy, right? But when Dawson becomes the one person who can straighten out her mess, she realizes that finding herself doesn’t have to be mean losing Dawson.
Say You Love Me is a quick and easy read that warmed my heart! The characters are well written — especially Dawson. The plot is engaging. And, the romance definitely made my heart do flips quite a few times!
Dawson Harris is the hero of this novel, and he is my favorite character. Yes, he fits all the criteria of a stereotypical Romance hero — he is tall, handsome, built extremely well, employed, and highly intelligent. But, Dawson is so much more. What I really love about his character is how he treats Clara. Clara is reeling from an awful year of tragedy. Within one week she lost her beloved grandmother, her boyfriend of many years left her for someone else, and she lost her job as a kindergarten teacher. Her heart is tender to say the least. She is not looking for a boyfriend. She isn’t really looking for anyone or anything. She wants to hide. Dawson is instantly attracted to Clara, but understands that she needs to be treated with kid gloves. So, he legitimately befriends her. He listens to her. He takes her out on “friend” dates. He purposely buys a couple of girly novels so he can take part in what she likes. Most importantly, Dawson respects Clara and the boundaries she needs in order to heal. This fact alone is enough for me to adore his character. There is nothing more sexy than a man who truly respects a woman.
Another aspect that I appreciate about Dawson’s character is his ability to make changes when necessary. He can take criticism. I don’t know too many people who can take criticism. Most of the time, people react awfully to the critic, and rarely take to heart that there might actually be things they can change to make themselves better people. Dawson’s ex-wife does a really messed up thing to him. I won’t spill the beans…go read the book. Suffice it to say, it’s pretty rotten, and it hurt Dawson deeply. But, over time, Dawson realizes that he did make mistakes. He takes responsibility for those mistakes. And he does what he can to change some quirks and habits in order to become a better man. Not only does this make him an excellent fictional hero, but it’s a good reminder to me that there are plenty of things I can do to make myself a better wife, mother, teacher, friend, and daughter. I need to learn to better evaluate criticism for the truth within it and make necessary personal changes rather than immediately react with hurtful words in an attempt to mask any embarrassment or hurt feelings. For this reminder alone it was totally worth reading this book!
Overall, Say You Love Me is a really fun and quick read that I highly recommend. I enjoyed the relationship between Clara and Dawson. I loved their quick wit and banter. I loved their friendship. If you are looking for an enjoyable and satisfying read that will leave your heart happy then I absolutely recommend buying a copy of Say You Love Me today!
NOTE: Say You Love Me can be read as a standalone novel, but it is the third book in the Pine Valley series. I do highly recommend book #1 (Worth the Risk) and #2 (Where I Belong) in the series. You can read my reviews here: Book 1 and Book 2.