The Heart is LIVE!!! This is the stunning conclusion to Rose's story.
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
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Other Books in Series:
The Fall (Book 1)
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The Mind (Book 1.5)
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Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Pz2leI
Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“You’re afraid you’ll love me less.”
“No…I’m afraid I’ll love you more.”
Kate Stewart is fast becoming the author who has the knack of obliterating my heart and then slowly piecing it back together. Once again I had streams of tears, some happy, some sad as she perfectly captured the love story of a couple who thought that their propensity to love another had been cruelly stripped away. Both Jack and Rose had loved and lost, both had thought that their once in a lifetime love had gone and for them there was no other, but this book perfectly captured the essence of lightning can indeed strike twice and for Jack and Rose it struck hard… would they believe in it though?
“…I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m jealous of a dead man.”
I desperately wanted Rose to find love again, but after The Mind I was seriously worried that Kate Stewart wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. After delivering a love story so epic in The Mind would my heart let in another and take Grants place? Could I believe? I needn’t have feared, Jack Sawyer deserves his own place, he owned it, he earned it and he couldn’t have been a more perfect partner for Rose. Sometimes you are truly lucky to find that once in a lifetime love twice, maybe, just maybe that first love was always intended to be short for a reason but none the less, its lasting effects would be felt forever. While at the time it feels like your heart has been decimated you know that you have found that extra special someone if they have the power to start cementing over the cracks and piece you back together fragment by miniscule fragment. Jack Sawyer was that special someone and this was such a beautiful story that I couldn’t tear myself away. I wanted these two to believe and I wanted their love to win, it was never going to be easy but for me the rewards far outweighed the risks.
“After years of begging my heart, it finally stopped beating.”
We have seen Rose in The Fall and of course The Mind so we all know that she lost Grant, her one true love. Rose had never been the same since and had thrown herself into her work as a doctor and getting the cancer centre up and running that she was opening with her sister. Her work was her focus, her work and her morning mantra’s are what got her up every morning, her aspirations are what kept her going as were her memories of Grant. No man had ever caught her attention since Grant, her man radar was well and truly turned off and she had no inclination to even put herself out there again, but sometimes fate has other ideas.
“If the Kardashians can live with the size of their asses and profit from it, you can get out of bed, Rose.”
Jack had been a friend of Rose’s father for years and when his help is required to finish the cancer centre Jack jumps at the chance to help a friend out. Jack used to be suited and booted and a power player in the business world until life threw him a curveball. Stripping himself of Mr Business he threw himself into travelling the world and making good use of his hands and this is how he meets Rose’s dad, Seth. Seth takes him under his wings and between them a fantastic working relationship was born. Jack had had his heart broken and at thirty-seven had given up on finding love again, until he bumps into Rose, a fiery red head that on first meet had captured his every thought since.
“I wanted a new kind of home. I wanted to belong, but I wanted to belong to her. She was that home, she had the heart I needed, and I wanted in.”
The Heart is a perfect title for this story. This is all about The Heart, about the power it wields over us and its ability to heal. The heart wants what the heart wants but what happens when the heart can’t have? Kate Stewart delivered a perfect story as she consummately captured those push and pull of emotions from past to present. The hearts pull to Grant, her past and that present push that she feels towards Jack. Her inner turmoil and that fear of guilt to Grant’s memory while still having guilt over not giving herself completely to Jack, a man that sincerely deserved it. Coming to terms with grief and its ability to debilitate until you finally find the inner strength to move on while never forgetting. Just because someone is no longer on this earth, you can still love them, they will always be there in your heart, they will always have that piece of you, but also coming to terms that your heart still beats and it is more than okay if it beats for another.
“Love doesn’t have to hurt to be real. You reminded me of that.”
Neither love took away from the other, neither love overshadowed the other. Grants love was Grants love, Jacks was totally different and Kate Stewart never lessened one or the other. Rose was truly blessed to have found love twice and I was truly blessed to have read about it. Another fantastic read from Kate Stewart.
“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.”
About the Author:
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 https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9085278.Angelica_Chase