REVIEW- THE HEART (The Reluctant Romantics, #2) by Kate Stewart

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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 Fall
The Mind 1.5
The Heart
Books that compliment the series (Room 212, Never Me.)

Explicit Sex and Strong Language



*****Patty’s Review*****

{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I was paralyzed with my need for her. I didn’t want to be anything else than the man I was when I was with her. No matter how much strength I found, she weakened me in a way only she could validate. I belonged to her.

And her heart belonged to another.


This story was utter perfection from beginning to end. Kate Stewart’s writing is flawless and she couldn’t have written a more perfect ending to Rose’s story. She obliterated our hearts in The Mind, but she puts us back together and then some with The Heart. Ladies, there’s a new book boyfriend in town, and his name is JACK SAWYER!! Get ready to be swept off your feet!!!

Those of you who loved Grant will not be disappointed as well because he is not easily discarded from Rose’s heart. She clings to the love she had for that man with all that she has. Three years after his death and every day Rose has to will herself to get out of bed to go on with her life. She makes a conscious effort to think back to all of the precious times they shared in order to never forget the man who had been the greatest love of her life. Rose has put all her efforts into graduating from med school and into the plans for the new cancer center she is building with Dallas, but she has closed herself off from the opposite sex. She doesn’t want to move on from Grant and she’s not all that positive that lightening can strike twice in that department. She’s about to meet the man who will definitely be challenging her beliefs. As soon as Jack Sawyer enters the story, it’s hard not to be completely consumed by this man.


He’s the architect her father hired to complete work on the cancer center. Jack is one seriously sexy Alpha male, ladies. He knows what he wants and he doesn’t play games. Jack challenges Rose at every turn and he’s exactly the man she needs. The chemistry between these two is definitely off the charts HOT!! The slow build to the sexy times had me clenching my thighs and panting till I almost thought I would combust, but oh was it so worth the wait when they finally get down to business. Mr. Sawyer is packing some serious heat in his boxer briefs.

As they start to spend more time together they each begin to develop deep feelings for each other. Can Rose move beyond her past or will she let her fears hold her back from true happiness? Is Jack willing to fill the shoes of a man who is virtually impossible to compete against?

Get ready to be swept away by this story of lost love and new love. I had a really hard time putting this one down. Not only was I crazy about Jack but I also thoroughly enjoyed all the funny and tender moments Rose shares with her beautiful family. Seth, Laura, Dean, Dallas and their children just helped to deliver this story in the most perfectly wrapped package.

THE HEART is the third book in The Reluctant Romanticsseries, but can totally be read as a standalone. I HIGHLY recommend this entire series and I tell you, this is the way you end a series!!! It’s been days since I read this one and I still can’t get it out of my mind. I will definitely be reading it again sometime soon!!





*****Mel’s Review*****

5++++ Stars!
(ARC provided by author)


Rose Whittaker is a 28 yr. old woman living in Dallas, Texas who has given up hope for love. After the future she planned with the love of her life was abruptly taken from her, Rose has put all her focus on her career & her family. She is a dedicated surgeon who is finishing up her residency at Dallas Memorial, & then plans to open one of the largest Cancer treatment centers in Texas. Building this center on the land that brings her peace & serenity has become her dream. After suffering such loss, she is just living day by day trying to keep it together, when a gorgeous blonde man from New Orleans shows up on her property. His name is Jack Sawyer, & he’s a contractor/architect that is friends with Rose’s father. He was hired to install the medical equipment at the center. The chemistry between Rose & Jack is undeniable & it shocks Rose. She didn’t think a man could still affect her like this, & begins to wonder if lightning can strike twice? Could love really find her again, the earth shattering kind that already consumed & almost destroyed her?


Rose is scared of how much Jack makes her feel, but also excited about life again. She knows she needs to exist beyond work. She wants to feel whole again & Jack makes her feel so much. He’s sexy & so tender with her. This man is stunningly beautiful inside & out. He is blonde hair, ocean blue eyes, chiseled face, tan muscular body, just absolute perfection to the eyes, but inside is what really gets to Rose & captures her heart. This man looks at her like she’s his whole world. He has such a beautiful kind soul & wants to give it all to Rose. She just has to be willing to risk her fears, put her heart back out there, try again, & accept the life he’s offering her.


-Jack was everything I’d been missing, temptation, lust, hunger, and comfort all wrapped up in the perfect package. I felt strangely safe with him.

-In Jack’s arms I felt beautiful, needed, wanted, cherished.

-“You have nothing to be afraid of with me. I can only prove it to you if you let me.”

So, this book was absolute perfection for me! Best book I’ve read by Kate Stewart & one of my top reads for 2016. I couldn’t get enough of the swoony Jack Sawyer with his creole accent & southern charm. This man is smoking hot! HOT! HOT! HOT! Omg, I was dying! So damn delicious!!!! I also loved getting more Dean & Dallas & ADORED baby Grant! He melted my heart! This book was so beautifully written & is a story that touches the heart and stays with you.

-All that there was to feel I felt for him, and with him. He’d become a need for me, a want and a hope.

-“I’ll never regret giving you my heart. You are the only man in the world I want to have it.”

*****Dee’s Review*****

5++++Very Romantic Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

Kate Stewart stole my heart with this story. Jack is a hero like no other and every aspect of this unique novel made my heart sing and my body dance in a beautiful rhythm, that will be impossible to forget.

The Feels!!!! The feels!!!!!!


As we know from reading the previous two books Rose lost what she believed was the great love of her life. She lives now in the house her and Grant had dreamt about on the beautiful land he gave her. She keeps his memory alive by locking herself away from the world inside the beautiful home that once held every beautiful promise for her future.

Rose is devoted to her job as a surgeon and her role as the aunt of her sister’s kids. Now she looks forward to fulfilling her and Dallas’dream of building a cancer research and support center, that even before it’s opening is already a success. Her father has hired the gorgeous and talented Jack Sawyer to design and assist in the construction of this special project. Rose knew he was coming from out of town but when she first sees him, she’s speechless and completely breathless by the man’s raw beauty.

Jack has lived a very interesting life. He has a very colorful family and has traveled the world and goes from city to city, creating beautiful landmarks. From the moment he sets eyes on Rose he is captivated by her beauty and charm. The more he gets to know her, the more he knows he wants all in, no games, no gimmicks, he wants her. Rose, on the other hand, is skittish around the subject of love, and even though she can’t escape the strong emotions Jack stirs in her, she’s scared to death to fall in love again.

Jack and Rose are the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. They become the shelter each of them needed from all the heartache and pain they’ve experienced in the past.

It won’t be an easy road for them. Will Jack grow tired of Rose’s insecurities? Will Rose realize it’s okay to be happy again and to love again, after Grant?

There was so much love in this book, I thought my heart was going to burst. From Dallas, Dean, and their kids, both Jack and Rose’s parents, it was all a grand love fest. The writing style of Kate Stewart in this book takes us to a whole new level of romance. She comes back each time with much more magic and beauty in her words. You would think the woman was the wizard of romance, and I’ll tell you one thing, I have completely fallen under her spell. Her books feel majestic to me and any fan of the romance genre will be easily captivated by her amazing talent.

Before I finish my review, I must share with all readers that if you fell in love with Rose and Jack’s parents, their love stories are available too as :

Room 212 (Laura and Seth) Rose and Dalla’s parents:…

Never Me:…

My The Heart music playlist:
*Only Love by ben Howard
*Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
*Where It All Begins by Hunter Hayes, feat. Lady Antebellum
*Somebody To Love by Kacey Musgraves.

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