One unforgettable summer...
When you're an artist, everything has to be perfect.
Or so I thought, until my professor told me my perfection was boring and unoriginal. Studying abroad in Florence has taught me one thing: I know nothing when it comes to what makes art truly beautiful.
So, with my professor's words in my ear, I step outside one evening and decide to say yes to any and everything I'm faced with until the sun rises.
Of course, I didn't expect him to show up.
Liam Benson, the broody, sexy, tortured artist from my class who I can't stand. He's got a sour outlook on the world and an ego so big no one could properly stroke it to his satisfaction.
When he finds out what I'm doing, he hijacks my "yes" night.
And after just twelve hours with him, I'm desperate for more.
But Liam is running from more than I could ever understand, and with his heart guarded and mind made up about life, I don't stand a chance.
I convince myself that we can keep it casual.
But walking away from him at the end of the summer is as impossible as painting outside the lines.
I used to think when you're an artist, everything has to be perfect.
Turns out everything has to be painful, and messy, and fleeting.
If only I'd known that before I fell under Liam Benson's spell.
4.5 Heart Review by Ashley
Summer romance meets 90's nostalgia meets Italy...no brainer, I'll take two! And while Say Yes is a hair darker than some of Kandi Steiner's other works, it was still angsty and had me hooked from the beginning.
I liked Harley. She was determined to make the most of her time abroad for the summer. But somewhere along the line, her confidence and quest for perfection in all things, took the feeling out of it. Enter Liam. Her opposite, and the definition of a broody artist. He was all edgy and dark with an attitude and aloofness that did nothing but irritate Harley.
He wasn't taking no for an answer, he was going to help her find her spark again. And she was going to hold him accountable. It was supposed to be fun. No strings attached. Liam found a And for a while it worked. Harley found the feeling in creating again. Liam found a reason to be in the light. I think perhaps my favorite thing is the way Liam tried to get Harley to see herself through his eyes. To see the beauty in the flaws and the messy that life can be. But when those dreaded feelings started creeping in, neither were left unscathed.
The clothing, the music, the art, the world events, the sunsets that left me feeling like I was washed in gold contributed to this warmth that wouldn't let me put this book down. Harley and Liam's whirlwind summer romance was passionate and gut wrenching. And that ending...oh my heart...yes- just yes!
About the Author
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing "emotional rollercoaster" stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance -- in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you're a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she's your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women's Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her "freedom of press." She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn't writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine -- not necessarily in that order.
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