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Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt

Sigh…  love it when I get NetGalley prompts that turn out to be so captivating I think about them for days after finishing reading.

This one I read in one gulp. Yeah, I was drinking the book – it was that good.

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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.

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Not delving into where I grew up and such, I keep thinking about all the security lectures and safety warnings we used to get in the army, before going home on leave. Yes, I was raised in a country where army service is mandatory. They kept telling us to change our routine, take different paths to school/work/home, diversify the people we hang out with and such. If you’re wondering, I did NOT grow up paranoid. Lol

Nothing would’ve prepared me for what Amber Scott went through in Tell Me When.

The story actually begins about a year after Amber’s trauma, and trauma is a very casual and light word to what she’s been through. I want to avoid discussing plot details, because I enjoyed reading and discovering all the plot twists and backstory information so much, you should too.

I found Amber’s character arc to be very profound, true and in a way (and while I hadn’t gone through anything even remotely close, or dreamed it in my worst nightmares) even empathized with her. She grew from a timid, worried and severely damaged young woman into a beautiful and vibrant college student with friends and loving family.

And yup – it’s all thanks to Marcus. And Marcus is exactly what you thought he’d be from the synopsis – he’s a manwhore. Which is fine, because you know his whoring days were over the minute he found Amber. But Marcus’ damaged past is what makes him understand and relate to her, and appreciate her strength.

The few minor characters, in their own way, play a very important part in moving the story along, but it’s very seamless and natural. I loved that flow of the story, where one scene easily melts into the next and creates a clear yet intriguing picture for the reader.

This journey Amber and Marcus go though, including their friends and families, is a beautiful tale of finding yourself when you think you’re lost.

Lindenblatt is truly gifted. Writing such difficult scenarios cannot have be easy, and weaving a beautiful love story into them just made everything more magical. Tears and all.

Yes. I want more words from Stina Lindenblatt. I’m ready for them, even with the angst and all.

My rating: 5

My thanks to Carina Press and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Stina Lindenblatt lives in Western Canada, where she loves to dream up New Adult and Young Adult stories, especially those with romance. She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina enjoys photography, especially the close-up variety. She is the author of TELL ME WHEN (01/20/14).

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