Monday 15 February 2016

Review ~ The Mind (The Reluctant Romantics #1.5) by Kate Stewart

Book Description:

We fell in love in a lightning strike, a sudden anomaly in a sea of lost people. 
He knew right away, yet I was hesitant. I could have never prepared myself for a love like ours. 
No one could. 
As a child, I had conjured an amazing story in my mind. It was a story I could retell about a man that would move me like no other; a story about the way we met and how he had swept me off my feet. But, the ending to that fairytale was so far from the reality. 
No one will want to hear that story now, but for Grant, I will always tell it. 

***Explicit Sex and Language. Not for those who are not fans of spontaneous love affairs. 

Reading Order for The Reluctant Romantics Series 

The Fall 
The Mind 1.5 (Novella for Grant and Rose) 
The Heart (Coming March) 2016

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars

“She was my match, my heart, my soul, my future…”

It is very very rare I give 5 stars to a novella, but this book, albeit only 141 pages packed one mighty emotional punch. Instalove is something that is extremely hard to “get,” we all have our doubts about it in reality, but having felt it when I first met my now husband I do believe in it and Kate Stewart captured this perfectly in The Mind.

This novella covers two characters that were featured in The Fall and I highly recommend reading this book before attempting to read this novella. While those that have read The Fall know the background of Rose and Grant, nothing can prepare you for the words that Kate Stewart delivers in The Mind. This novella is also a warm up to book two, The Heart, which is Rose’s story.

“It wasn’t luck. It was lightning.”

When Grant meets Rose he knows that she is his forever, he knows that this is the woman he is going to marry and he knows that Rose will be the mother of his kids. Just one chance meeting and that was all it took and this man goes all out to make his fantasies a reality.

Rose is a bit more hesitant and takes a lot more convincing. While at first she thinks that Grant is absurd with his declarations she cannot deny the chemistry that sparks between them and it doesn’t take long before Grant has Rose eating out his hand. Rose is extremely focused and dedicated to her studies, she is in med school and all she wants to focus on is that but Grant makes it extremely difficult for her to concentrate. Rose has never felt like this about anyone and even she eventually admits that what they have is something special and she can see the same future that Grant has mapped out.

“My weak heart never had a chance against my mind, which I decided loved Grant the most because it kept perfect memories.”

This is an epic love story, it was beautiful to read, totally convincing and extremely emotional. This is the story of a love that was unconditional a love so deep and so intense that there was no beginning and no end, these two were so in love with each other it radiated off the pages and that is hard to nail in such a short story, but nail it Kate Stewart did.

“The whole world would not make a damn bit of sense until I fell in love.”

While I was reading I had the bile in my stomach churning, the trouble with knowing how the story ends is you know what is coming but you don’t know when and as hard as this story was to read it was a story that needed to be told. It was a love too epic not to be told. Having read The Fall, you don’t really appreciate just how real and intense Grant and Rose were and once you see the complete picture behind the fragments we were treated to in The Fall you finally understand and you hurt, you hurt REAL BAD!

I have to say kudos to Kate Stewart because she manages to pull off the impossible with this novella. The emotion in those pages captures your imagination and captures your heart and soul. These characters live and breathe with you and while you are reading with dread and anticipation you cannot help but wallow in the beauty of what they had. Kate Stewart totally captivates you with their love for one another. While this was such a hard story to read it was a story that needed to be told and even though it broke my heart I feel all the better for reading it. It would be wrong to brush what they had under the carpet as a side character that held no merit. Grant had a HUGE heart and wasn’t afraid to wear it on his sleeve. While this story ended all too quickly the love that these two had will live on forever, at least in my heart it will.

“The mind is a cruel thing. I was now a firm believer that it controls your heart. We are led to believe that they are two separate but powerful adversaries, battling it out for control, but I no longer saw it that way…”

Kate Stewart you made me cry a river, a river that was bursting banks and keeping Kleenex in business for years, but man you nailed this story. You really did Rose and Grant justice and this is one story that I will never, ever forget. You should be extremely proud of yourself.

Other Books in Series:

The Fall

Book Description:

He was the beginning of my heart . . . and the end of it.
I was only fifteen years old when he claimed it and twenty when he took it with him.
They say what is meant to be will find a way. But when you have changed to the point of no return, how can anything ever be the same?
Seven years later, Dean Martin waltzed back into my life in hopes of resuming what I had fought so hard to forget, but he was in for a wake-up call.
I was no longer the naïve woman he had left . . . and I was no longer his.
I met the love of my life and my soul mate when I was fifteen. I knew that; he knew that. He wanted that girl back. I wanted to forget she ever existed.

What I thought was my pre-destined path was very much an illusion. Living seven years with regret, I realized too late that I was broken, and that I only had myself to blame.
I thought love could wait . . . but it didn’t. 
We’d had it all those years ago, and then I foolishly left it behind.
She was all that mattered. She was all there ever was.
There was no life without Dallas, no reason . . . except her.
No matter how hard she tried to convince me, I knew I had to once again make her mine, to make her remember . . . the fall.

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