on July 31st 2018
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.
SOMEONE ELSE’S OCEAN
by Kate Stewart
Kate Stewart could write an instruction manual on filling out tax return forms and she’d make it enticing and entertaining. That is not to say that Someone Else’s Ocean is boring. No. Fucking. Way. What we get with her new release is a little bit of everything – a romantic feel-good story with an enemies-to-lovers trope, friends-to-lovers, a little light angst, lots of smiles, all packed into a captivating summer read that feels like a balmy breeze on your dream vacation or the chocolate and caramel sauce on your ice cream.
The story starts with a gripping prologue in which Ian’s life collapses with one sentence. His soul has taken quite a beating and he retreats to the one place he thinks he will find a little peace to put himself back together: his parents’ house in the Caribbean Sea. But no, childhood friend and irritating neighbor Koti is also there and she doesn’t take a no for an answer when he asks her to leave him alone.
We were both matches on an island of fire and couldn’t be helped. For us, our ashes were all there was left to work with.
Koti returned to her home on the sparkling gem amidst the Virgin Islands a year ago when her body and mind botched a billion dollar deal. She walked in Ian’s shoes, being at the end of the rope, exhausted, her life falling apart. On St. Thomas she found herself, peace of mind and good friends. When her old friend and teenager crush Ian moves in next door again she doesn’t recognize this tortured, hollow, cold man for her smart, lively best friend.
Despite Ian being a complete jerk from the start you could feel their connection almost instantly. I was pulled into the story right from the beginning – Ian and Koti’s little push-and-pull game was entertaining to watch, their blazing attraction oh so delicious, which only got better when I found out what a filthy bastard Ian is. Holy moly. The guy can dirty-talk with the best of them.
“And even though I’ve had you, I’ve touched your skin, and buried myself so far inside you that you won’t forget, you’re still a dream for me, so beautiful it hurts.”
I loved both main characters so much – Ian for his unshakable love for his daughter who he was guiding with love, support and humor but also with rules Ella had to follow. She was his life and it was sweet to see that both women in Ian’s live didn’t have to compete for his attention. I adored that he called her “little woman.” It felt like a gesture of respect for his daughter which is rare.
“Look at me, little woman. I’m your father, your Dad, forever. Don’t be afraid of this change, of this baby, or of losing an ounce of my love. Don’t be afraid of anything, because you are mine.”
While he was a douchebag in the beginning he soon shows remorse toward the woman who has been nothing but kind to him. His inability to commit to anything but a summer fling was understandable but it was only a matter of time until the avalanche of feelings for each other burries them under it.
Koti has such a sunny and kind disposition, despite the lot she has been dealt. But her sass and wit, her strength, backbone and sweetness are what make her stand out. She doens’t let Ian get away with his attitude but also feels compassion and looks for ways to help Ian with soft force.
Koti was a safe haven, and I drank with greed from her never-ending fountain of beauty and warmth.
Toward the end I had an “Oh sh*t” moment and worried if the author had broken her character but let’s not forget, this is Kate Stewart and I should have trusted her. In the end it was all good.
Again, Ms. Stewart has swept me away with her wonderfully eloquent, brisk writing style packed in a sweet, enchanting and emotional story that will make you swoon, laugh and get your eyes a tiny bit glassy. I had so much fun with this book! We are left with one of the sweetest epilogues I’ve read and everything is tight up neatly with a bow. There are hints of how Koti’s best friend, Jasmine, will have her own turbulent path to her HEA. I can’t wait to find out who it’s going to be. And now? I’ll be waiting for the next story this favorite author has in store. I bet it’ll be, again, different from everything I’ve read before.