Review: Someone Else's Ocean by Kate Stewart


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity.

I had the summer. I could give her the summer. I studied her gorgeous face in the flickering light and got fixed on her lips. She stirred awake and gave me a small smile. I turned my attention back to the screen and felt her lips on my Adam’s apple. My chest ached in that moment at the idea of leaving her.
I could give myself the summer.

Oh my heart. My poor, battered heart. I wasn't even fully done reading Someone Else's Ocean, and I already knew it was going to take me a good, long while to get over it. A week later and I'm still experiencing one hell of a book hangover from Kate Stewart's latest standalone. Having read her three most recent novels, it's dawning on me that I may have missed out on even more stellar reads penned by this author, so I'm torn between wishing she wouldn't release anything else this year so I can catch up with everything that came prior to Drive and wishing that she would release a couple more new ones before the year is out. Would it be too much to wish for both? Maybe...not.

Someone Else's Ocean is the story of Koti Vaughn and Ian Kemp, childhood friends who grew apart due to time and distance only to find themselves as neighbors years later. The simplicity and innocence they had as children has been washed away by their respective shares of trials and tribulations. Seeing the friend she once cared a great deal about shattered in a way that she understands has Koti reaching out, but Ian makes it a point to rebuff her each and every time. Living so closely to one another may not bond the cut ties and frayed fibers of a friendship gone, but it does allow for a new connection to take its place. Will the heat burn them or will they drown in regret?

This book is, hands down, one of the best I've read, and I'm not just talking this year. Kate Stewart took me on a journey of a friendship borne out of childhood wants to an adult relationship that seemed doomed from the get-go. There is a great deal of heartbreak, and I'm going to insist that you have a box of tissues on-hand because you're going to need it. This isn't Koti and Ian's story alone either. There are peripheral characters that may make you wish they would simply go away and those you wish you could pull closer and bring comfort to. If you've never read this fab author or are craving a touching romance, look no further than Someone Else's Ocean. Five-plus stars. ♥

Date Read: 30 July 2018

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