With or Without You by KyAnn Waters

With or Without You by KyAnn Waters
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Violet

The best mistake she ever made…

Tessa Brooks is dated. Not dated as in going out with men—having dinner and light conversation in poorly lit restaurants in hopes of finding someone with whom she can get naked. No, Tessa is dated. And the year she seems stuck in is 1988. The year her life changed.

With her twenty-year high school reunion coming up, Tessa’s daughter has surprised her with a makeover on the Jade Star television talk show. However, that’s not the only surprise. Enter Matt Toler, the best mistake she ever made. Tessa might not feel a ribbon of panic tightening around her neck if Matt had spoken to her again after their one-night sexual encounter…and if knew he had a daughter.

Tessa’s Daughter Brianna contacted the Jade Star Show to get her mom a makeover as she has been stuck in 1988 , the year that her life changed. The makeover is not the only thing Brianna has as a surprise for her mother, she intends to reunite her mother Tessa, with the one who got a way, her high school crush, Matt Toler. With their twenty year high school reunion coming up, is Tessa ready to reunite with the one man who stole her heart one day and has never spoke to her since? How could she possibly keep the truth from Matt?

The characters in the story piqued my interest from the very first paragraph. Matt was witty, charming and drop dead gorgeous. Tessa had always been beautiful but when she went on the Jade Star Show, she was absolutely breathtaking. I enjoyed picturing the meeting between Tessa and Matt and I found myself rooting for the two throughout the entire story.

With or Without You really captured my attention and I found myself transported back twenty years to my own graduation. I could relate to the subject matter and because of that it drew me into the story line just that much more. With or Without You took a humorous look into a relationship that was anything but conventional. Delving into their sexual escapades made this book highly erotic. The fact that they knew each other intimately in high school added that special something to the sex scenes. What started out as a strong hunger for each other lead to a greater awareness as to who they were as a couple.

Kyann Waters did an exceptional job writing With or Without You and it is a book that will stay with me for a long time. Ms. Waters very skillfully weaved desire, deceit, loyalty and love in a story line that took my breath away. I was left with a very hopeful outlook that, in this life, anything is possible as long as there is love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a happily ever after with a twist.


  1. Thank you for the review! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the story.


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