REVIEW – THE REAL by Kate Stewart


They say it happens when you least expect it.

It did for me.

It started the moment I saw the simple message pop up on my computer screen:

Cameron’s Mac: Hi.

And when I met the eyes of the gorgeous man messaging me from across the coffee shop, I never thought my reply would lead to the most intense, sexual, and passionate relationship of my life.

We both agreed to check our bags at the door and put our future hopes and aspirations on the table.

It worked.

I fell in love with his no holds barred attitude, sexy smirk, and undeniably good heart . . . and for a while we forgot about our baggage. We happily tripped over it to get to the other, neither of us willing to show the contents of our pasts in the off chance it could ruin us.

We built our love on a foundation of gray.

It was life in black and white that threatened to tear us apart.


*****Dee’s Review*****

A Million Stars*****



Heart-rending, raw, and utterly beautiful. The Real is hands down a top ten favorite read of 2018.

This story flipped all the switches inside my heart. It made me crazy with so many emotions. Leave it to Kate Stewart to give it to us sooo good, but not before making us hurt a little, in the process.

I almost feel like, I don’t want to go to much into detail about what the story is about because this book is meant to be savored, slowly. It starts as a slow burn romance between two people; Cameron and Abbie. They both have major baggage stemming from past relationships, but when they decide to start dating they’ve agreed not to talk about the past or bring anything that hurt them before, into their new relationship. They start gently and very slowly, getting to know each other, working towards trusting with their hearts again.

Cameron and Abbie were perfectly flawed, and so great together. But what starts as a fairytale, can later turn into a nightmare…

I loved all the twists and turns this unique story offered. When I started reading this beautiful book, I had no idea what Kate Stewart had in store for me and my poor heart. I highlighted so many stunning sentences and phrases. Chapter after chapter she owned every single one of my emotions until I was a panting mess of tears and laughter. I felt like my heart was going to burst. So good, such a magnificent book. DO NOT MISS IT. DO NOT STOP.. Simply give in to the intense puzzle that is The Real.

One more thing I have to mention is that this author always creates the most amazing music playlists, that complement her stories perfectly. For days on out, I’ll be listening to the music and remembering every kiss, every tear, and every feeling. So, make sure to check those out too.


*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC & BETA Read Generously Provided by Author}

I looked at the love of my life and got lost in the beautiful plains of his face, the angle of his jaw, the jade of his eyes. He was the same man I fell for, but nothing made sense. We’d been torn apart by truth and lies.



Kate is the only author I will beta for because I know without a doubt that every story she writes will touch my heart one way or another. She’s the Queen of the ”slow build”, which honestly I am not the biggest fan of because I tend to want instant gratification, but with Kate’s stories it always ends up being well worth the wait. Once this story takes off, get ready to be taken on a wild roller coaster ride of emotions. ”THE REAL” had heart. It was beyond angsty and had an overabundance of Ms. Stewart’s signature steam. Get ready to fall in love with the story of Abbie Gorman and Cameron Bledsoe!



Abbie has a successful career and a beautiful condo in one of the most beautiful cities in America…Chicago! She has a great family and the coolest best-friend but her love life has been in need of a boost for far too long. Abbie’s last relationship has left her shell-shocked and untrusting of her judgment in men. She thought her ex was “the one” until he turned out to be borderline psychotic. That relationship has left lasting scars, but then she meets Cameron, the handsome stranger at her favorite coffee shop, and it seems that he might be the one to pull Abbie out of the protective bubble she’s placed herself in over the past year.



Cameron and Abbie’s courtship is a slow burn. They only interact with each other via online chatting whenever they agree to meet up at the café. The two agree to take things slow and to get to know each other better through their online chats before taking things to the next level. They both seem to have issues from past relationships, so the initial arrangement between them works out the best for the couple. Once they do away with the laptops, the barriers between them start to dissipate and the story took off for me. They still keep things seemingly chaste. Even though they’re both nearly dying to be with each other intimately, there is still that slight hesitation on Abbie’s part. Through it all, Cameron remains the perfect and extremely patient gentleman. I really was beginning to think this guy was too good to be true. The romance was just too perfect and once Abbie could no longer deny her physical need for Cameron, the two couldn’t get enough of each other. Something kept me on edge. I knew things were a little too amazing and that the ”shoe” was somehow going to drop sooner or later.



Abbie and Cameron agreed, in the beginning, to leave the past behind them but in not facing it from the start it left them open to impending heartbreak. We knew what Abbie was hiding, but Cameron was a big mystery. We never got much about his past except for his relationship with his parents and the fact that he was a huge player in his younger days. When the bomb drops, you won’t see it coming and it will break your heart.

Will Cameron and Abbie be able to face their biggest challenge to save what they know is the ”the Real” that they only have with each other?

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5



THE REAL is currently available!! If you love angst and a heart-achingly good romance, this is one you will want to bump up your TBRs!

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