REVIEW – DRIVE by Kate Stewart

SYNOPSIS

Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

10 ROCKING STARS*********

This book checks every box on the list of what I exactly look for in a romance novel. Beautiful writing style, unique plot, multi-dimensional characters, explosive love scenes, tons of angst…and done the right way, and last but not least, a fabulous music playlist that enhances the experience of each chapter, as you read. Words and music will travel through your veins and straight through your heart. Kate Stewart takes her readers on an incredible ride where tears, smiles, and adventures will leave an everlasting mark in all our hearts. Solidifying once again, her top spot in my favorites authors lists.

 

 

 

We meet Stella as she turns twenty years old and is making big changes in her life in search of a bright future. She just moved in with her sister in Austin, Texas. She’s in school, her major is journalism and her dream, to write about music. Music is what moves Stella, what she is made of, and she wants to leave her mark in this world as she documents the rhythms and lyrics that people both love and hate. Her sister’s best friend is a moody and gorgeous drummer that Stella mostly hates but is also utterly curious about. Reid has a ton of issues, and the last thing he needs is a new friend or love, but he can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful, opinionated Latina, that is always trying to save him.

Reid’s demons are stronger than any feeling he might have developed for Stella, and as much as she wants to look the other way, she knows she will end up with a broken heart. But lucky for Stella, her road is a long one and it is full of music, love, friends, and of course very dark nights but also bright days.

Every new day brings Stella a new song; some sad, and some happy. Lyrics will inspire her to continue on, despite broken relationships, fantasies and new love adventures, she will forge on her dream of being a successful music journalist.

Stella’s story is told from present to past, taking us through the beautiful and heartbreaking journey of her life, and I gotta tell you that I loved every single minute of it. Her story is easy to love, easy to relate and impossible to forget.

Make sure to read this book, I can guarantee that you too will lose yourself in the music and the love. TOP TEN FAVORITE READ OF 2017!!!

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

It was always the music that reminded me where I’d been and where I was going. Aching from the truth of the lyrics, sweet relief came in the form of the beautiful man who appeared on the other side of the stage. He was desperately searching for someone, for meI stood waiting, as different tears—tears I’d sworn I didn’t have left—swam in my eyes.

In that moment, I let my love show and tears fall freely as Don’s raspy voice conveyed more to him that I ever could. Because our love was real. It was truth. And I would never take what we had for granted.

 

 

I’m sitting here trying to process all of the feelings this story instilled in me. All I can say is that with each book Kate Stewart writes, her talent shines brightly in technicolor. She is the Queen of ANGST. There is so much gut-wrenching angst poured into the pages of this book that I recommend a shot of whiskey before even attempting to dive into this one. Be forewarned that this is definitely a love triangle and that both men are so incredible in their own unique ways that they will both own your hearts and it will be hard to choose between them. I knew that no matter whom the Heroine picked, that my heart was going to feel like it had been ripped to shreds for the man she must end up saying “goodbye” to.

We are taken on an emotional and often heartbreaking journey with the Heroine, Stella Emerson, whose love of music runs deep in her veins. Her life’s playlist has gotten her through her lowest of moments and has even helped her come to deep revelations. Throughout the story, we shift from past to present and I must admit that a few times I was confused as to what point in time in Stella’s life we were at, but this was just a minor hiccup because once I got my bearings the story flowed beautifully for me.

 

 

Stella Emerson is a young woman on the path to self-discovery. She’s an extremely passionate woman and her emotions run hot at times. Lost love has shredded her heart over and over. Stella’s ready to put the matters of the heart on hold while she focuses on fulfilling her dream of becoming one of the top music journalists of her generation. While living temporarily with her older sister in Austin, Texas before her college semester begins, she meets the gorgeous and broody Reid Crowne. The animosity that instantly generates between them is a sure fire indication that what’s burning beneath is some blazing hot chemistry.

 

 

Life has been one uphill battle after another for Reid and at times it takes everything in him to make it to the next day. Stella comes barreling through his world and while her tenacity to learn all of his truths tests his patience, there is no denying that this impossible woman is stealing his heart, and he’s having the exact same effect on her. Stella and Reid eventually fall into a torrential romance obliterating other friendships/relationships in its path. But neither of them are in the right place in their lives to make this relationship a healthy one and so they go up in flames. This nearly destroys Stella because for the first time she knows that she had the real thing and all those times before were schoolgirl infatuations.

 

 

 

While licking her wounds, she meets Nate Butler, owner of SPEAK, a local newspaper. Their first encounter is intoxicating and Stella’s shocked at how instantly attracted she is to him. I mean the guy is older, gorgeous, and has a winning personality. He gives her what her soul needs at the moment. They fall into an easy relationship filled with friendship and incredible passion.

 

 

Things are turned upside down when Reid shows back up in Austin with his band, the Dead Sargeants for an exclusive interview they are only giving to Stella. Now that her past and present are colliding, will she be able to make the right choice? Or will things get so screwed up that she ends up losing both men?

 

My stomach was twisted up in knots from the 60% mark till the end. I shed quite a few tears and wasn’t sure that my heart would be able to heal once Stella made her choice because I’m not lying when I say that both men were so awesome it was very hard for me to choose between them, but there was one that sort of had a little bit more of my love.

 

 

Kate’s writing is absolutely exquisite in DRIVE. I am so very proud of her. I fell in love with so many of her words and I’m sure this book should catapult her to the top of the bestsellers lists. She deserves to be a New York Times Bestseller! Let’s make it happen people!

Here are my overall ratings on the book:

Heroes: 5++++++
Heroine: 4
Plot: 5
Angst: 10
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Heroes & Heroine: 5++++++

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*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!

 

Stella Emerson is a gorgeous Latina woman from Dallas, Texas. When we first meet her she’s nineteen & moving to Austin to live with her sister. This story takes us on her journey through her early twenties. Stella has a passion for music, & is studying journalism at UT. She wants to be an entertainment columnist. The Barbara Walters of the music industry. As a huge music fan, she wants to do interviews & ask the hard questions. The questions of a fan.

 

-Music was loyal and stayed with me, my constant, my comfort, and, at times, my enabler.

 

After being dumped by the lead singer of a band, Stella decides she’s done dating musicians. Then she crosses paths with two men who will greatly impact her life. They are complete opposites, but over the years she falls in love with both men. She’s lucky enough to experience love twice when some people never feel this kind of love in their lifetime.

This book was full of angst & beautifully written. I really loved Stella. She’s feisty, opinionated, & lives life to the fullest. She’s a glass half full kind of girl who follows her dreams & sees the best in those she loves. I also adored the men who own her heart. Sometimes we meet the love of our life, & the timing isn’t right, but maybe if it’s real we can get a second chance. This book is about soul mates, following your passion in life, & the love of music that unites us all.

 

-“You saved every part of me. The parts I thought were empty, you filled up. The parts I thought were lost, you brought them back to me.”

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