Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 7/30/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The first time I met Ian Kemp in the sparkling blue waters of St. Thomas, I was six years old and we shared a summer beneath the stars.
The second time I met Ian Kemp, he was a shell of the boy I once knew. Turbulent and infuriating, he refused my friendship at every turn. Like me, he was a casualty of life’s cruelty, but we were planets apart.
We’d both sought refuge on the island, hoping to find our anchor. Instead, we found each other and managed to reclaim our stars...until we both got swept away.
Kate Stewart is one of our most favorite authors. When she has a book coming out, we immediately want to read it. Someone Else’s Ocean is a heartfelt, intense and sexy read that we both could not put down. This is book that stays with you, one that you think about for days after! It’s a unique, riveting romance with some topics that leave a mark. I loved it. Jess loved it. Can’t wait for you to dive in. Reviews below.
4.5 “OMG. LOVE” Stars!
“Kissing you feels like a free fall, touching you makes me ache, and being inside you is so damn addicting.”
Kate Stewart’s books are my favorite. I honestly can’t get enough. Every time I read her words, I’m pulled in and shaken up. She has such a way of grabbing you by the heart, of devastating you with her unforgettable characters. Her writing is rich and pure, layered and beautiful, and there’s a tangible realness to her stories I can’t even fully describe. This author digs deep and it shows in her well thought and detailed chapters that force you to live the heart wrenching moments in full clarity. Someone Else’s Ocean is another angst-filled ride that completely consumed me. It’s not Drive angst (super brutal), but it is an angst that stings and bruises, the kind where thick tension, heart stopping push and pulls, and turbulent ups and downs kill you one potent word at a time. It wrecks you, but it also makes you swoon and fall in love, and I just absolutely adored it. Without a doubt another Kate Stewart fave to add to the bookshelf.
Ian Kemp is a 38 year old divorcee. He’s spent years chained to his ex-wife for the sake of his daughter. Fresh off that breakup, he learns a devastating truth which sends him into a downward spiral. Koti Vaughn’s been living on Saint John for a year now. After a devastating blow in New York, she needed a fresh start and is just getting herself together. But when Ian—a childhood friend—shows up on the Island, a hurricane out of control, Koti is more than a little concerned. The man she once thought of as friend is a mess, a catastrophic disaster that threatens to ruin the calm she’s so meticulously worked to find. Koti’s intuition tells her she should probably stay away, but when she looks into Ian’s eyes she sees herself a year before and can’t help but want to be his safe spot.
Koti and Ian are broken people who find solace and respite in each other. It’s breathtaking, unbelievably sexy, downright unforgettable. Every moment these two have together is taut with chemistry, hot with the burn of attraction. It had me on edge, stuck to my Kindle, desperate for more. I read this in a day. Found myself wanting and hurting and longing for these characters. Someone Else’s Ocean is a story I related to. The hero is South African (like me) and God, did I absolutely love that. I loved the way he talked, his quirks and mannerisms. It gave me a little glimpse of home. On top of that, Ian is a big, broody, cocky, arrogant alpha who is so damn filthy in the bedroom. He had my pulse thrashing. Add in Koti who deals with some heavy issues, things I most definitely feel smothered by on the daily, and I just got this story. I understood this couple. I FELT it all.
Overall, what more can I say?! This was incredible. It’s a love story that makes you hurt but also swoon and smile. It’s a story about love and heartbreak, about second chances, about putting yourself first, about understanding personal limitations, about being kind and compassionate, about living free and happy. I absolutely adored it, devoured and obsessed over it, and just couldn’t get over the slow-burn, friends to lovers romance that unfurled. I honestly can’t wait for you to read this. It’s so so so sooooo good. And once again, I think Kate Stewart nailed it. Another epic read.
“You grew up beautiful, Koti Vaughn.”
Our eyes met before I gave him a lopsided grin.
“And you grew up so handsome, Ian Kemp.”
His smile was a sledgehammer to my chest.
4 “YES. THIS” Stars!
I’ve been on the lookout for the quintessential beach read this summer and THIS. IS. IT!! Someone Else’s Ocean sweeps you away to an island paradise and into a whirlwind romance full of steamy scenes and complicated emotion. This story is light and breezy but perfectly peppered with just the right amount of sultry attraction and delicious drama. Kate Stewart’s writing in this story is as beautiful and lush as the romance itself on these pages and the more I think back on it, the more I fall in love.
Ian and Koti are castaways. Or maybe runaways is a more apt term. Childhood friends, they haven’t seen each other in years. That is, until they find themselves unsuspecting neighbors on the island of St.Thomas, both running far from their mainland troubles straight into an intense dynamic that complicates their lives even more.
Someone Else’s Ocean exudes a much different vibe than the last two books I’ve read from Kate Stewart. I went in anticipating some of that high angst that was so prominent in The Real and Drive… spoiler alert: it’s not in there. What is there though is an intense attraction between two magnetic characters who truly find themselves in the right place at the wrong times. Neither are mentally prepared for the complicated emotional entanglement that runs beneath their physical attraction and that messy dynamic allows for a whole lot of steam and an equal amount of heartache. But the vibe of this book is much sweeter. This is a story of friendship and acceptance layered seamlessly with humor and sensuality all set against the sultry backdrop of ocean waves and sandy beaches.
Grab a cocktail and a hammock and prepare to be swept away on an island adventure of the heart right along with Ian and Koti. This story is a little bit enemies to lovers, a little bit friends with benefits, and it’s all on a gut wrenching timeline where the clock is ticking down painfully. The journey these characters take together is an unforgettable, tender, heartbreaking one and, I swear, it is the perfect summer read. I tasted the ocean air as clear as I could taste the delicious romance on these pages and I think readers are going to just devour this story. I really enjoyed this refreshing storyline and I think Kate Stewart fans, new and old alike, are in for a light and sexy treat with his book.
About the Author
Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.