For the last ten years, I've roamed the globe, captivated by the world around me. I've seen the seven wonders and admired sunsets from every continent. I'd lived and loved and that was enough for me. It would have to be.
I was content, satisfied with my collection of experiences . . . until a phone call led me down a road less traveled.
If I'd known my fascination would pique and be forever quenched only a few hundred miles from where my curiosity had been born, I may have never set sail.
Stripped of the future I'd planned with the love of my life, my family and my career were now all that mattered. I'd lived and loved and that was enough. It would have to be.
I struggled to move forward, to discard the part of me that held out hope for my obliterated heart. But I was bred a romantic, so it was easier said than done.
The chances of being struck by lightning are 1 in 960,000.
The odds of being struck twice are 1 in 9 million.
I risked those odds every minute, often cursing the dark sky, praying for static and a rumble of thunder, but it never came.
No, that second bolt hit me on a clear day.
The Heart can be read as a stand alone but it is HIGHLY recommended you read the first two books in the series first.
The Reluctant Romantics Series
The Mind 1.5
Books that compliment the series (Room 212, Never Me.)
Explicit Sex and Strong Language
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“I don’t want you regretting anything. I want to deserve you.”
As if I couldn’t love this series any more than I thought possible, The Heart has absolutely solidified that this author is easily a top favorite of mine. I highly suggest reading the series from the beginning to truly understand the depth of Rose's tragedy, however this can be read as a standalone and you will still feel everything. THE FEELS.
“You make it hard to breathe, Rose Whittaker.”
“And you make it easier for me.”
Rose Whittaker’s heart has been broken in the worst way imaginable. Her first and only love. Gone. Now left with the pieces of her life to pick up, she dives headfirst into her career of being a doctor. While finishing her residency, she is also in the process of opening a cancer patient treatment center with her sister. Even with all that chaos, when she is in solitude she remembers the missing piece in her life. Grant. Determined to move on, but still held down by the guilt of the thought of moving on. Until Jack.
“…but Jack was both disarming and charming without bounds.”
Jack. He is like a breath of fresh air. But he represents everything she would never get close to. Not again. Because love? Love hurts. Love ends. At least for Rose. That’s just her reality. But he comes in to her life like a storm. The guards around her heart are of no use. He gets around them one by one.
“You’re afraid you’ll love me less.”
“No. I’m afraid I’ll love you more.”
Jack opens her heart in ways she never thought possible. He makes her question everything she ever shared with her past loves. He loves so deeply. Loudly. His love endures. Overcomes. Endures. Through the pain, the doubts, and insecurities, his love always remains. His love saves. Oh Jack you beautiful soul. He is hands down one of the most romantic lovers I’ve ever read in my life. You feel the moment he falls for Rose. And Rose? Her love for Grant cannot be denieD. Her love for him has also opened his heart. She makes it easier for him to breathe. All the pain he endured in his past? She simply kisses and loves his fears away. Their love is simply deeply profound.
“I want your breaths, your minutes, your movements, and to be included in your memories. I want to be the man you run to. I want to be significant. I want you. It’s that simple.”
The writing in this story. Can we discuss this? The author's words are beautiful. Moving. Inspiring. I found myself highlighting sentences and paragraphs. Every word is masterfully crafted. Her writing is poetic in the way it flows. The way she speaks of love will leave you breathless.
“And even with all these jagged pieces he left…you’re here, too. Andyou don’t fir, or you weren’t supposed to but somehow you’re making all those pieces smoother and easier to carry around.”
Is there a way to truly express my deep love for this series? Every single book has touched me in some way on a level that I can’t even explain. This author has easily become one of my top favorites. Her words resonate with me. She has this innate ability to make me believe in love and all the power it holds. This book pushed and challenged every notion on love.
“I want you too much. Jesus, every time I look at you, it’s like lightning to the chest.”
The Heart was a beautiful and heartfelt ending to this amazing series. Jack and Rose’s story is the most beautiful love story. The pain that these two have endured at the hand of love and then for them to find each other is a testament to love and all it can overcome. The Heart is a story that will stay with me for a long time to come.
A native of Dallas, Kate Stewart now resides in beautiful Charleston, S.C. She lives with her husband of 9 years, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie.
Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring the city her creative muse. Since the move in 2010, Kate has written and published four novels including Room 212, Never Me, Loving the White Liar and The Fall.
Kate writes messy, sexy, angst filled romance books with 'hard to get' happy endings because it's what she loves as a reader. She has a scary addiction to chocolate milk and a deep love for rap music specifically the genius known as Marshall Mathers.
In addition to her addiction to romance, Kate also lets her alter ego take over on occasion and writes erotic suspense under the pen Angelica Chase.
Check out Kate's works as Angelica
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