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.
I found the one person in the world who understood me and loved me wholly as I was. Love stories aren’t always perfect. They can wreak havoc on the heart and distort the soul. I’d gotten lost in love and found the reality at the end of it where I now lived in the truth. Not all love stories come with happy endings.
Kate Stewart truly is one seriously talented author. At this point, I come to expect perfection from her and she has more than delivered that with ”SOMEONE ELSE’S OCEAN”! I am so in LOVE with this story and I know romance readers everywhere will feel the same! Ian and Koti just might be Kate’s HOTTEST couple to date. Their chemistry SIZZLES!!
Ian and Koti met many years ago on the island of St. Thomas, where their parents owned adjacent vacation homes. Even though there was an eight-year age gap between them, the two managed to become the best of friends. But life took them in different directions and it’s been nearly twenty years since they’ve seen each other–until now. Ian’s world has been rocked to its core and he’s run off to St. Thomas to do some soul-searching.
Koti went through her own soul-searching journey the previous year and has made St. Thomas her home. When she sees Ian going through rough times, she tries to comfort her old friend, but Ian is angry at the world and behaves unbelievably rude towards Koti. The two spend a lot of time bickering and getting into heated arguments but little by little Koti is able to break through Ian’s barriers and old childhood friends start to become something more.
Ian has been hurt by his Ex’s deceitful actions and they share custody of a charming teenaged daughter. His life isn’t free of entanglements and his time on the island has a set expiration date. Home is where his daughter is. But while they both know that their time together is due to end they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.
No man has ever captured Koti’s heart until Ian came back into her life. She never believed in love until Ian showed her how beautiful life could be when you found your true soul mate. But her life is very much planted in St. Thomas. How can these two find happiness when there are thousands of miles between them?
The level of angst in this story nearly destroyed my heart. And I guarantee you’ll want to shake the hell out of both Ian and Koti for their stupid stubbornness. I’m so crazy about this story. Just when I think Kate can’t top her last book, she goes and proves me wrong. I am amazed at how her writing gets even more exquisite. I literally highlighted nearly 75% of this book! Her words touch my heart and soul!
Here are my overall ratings
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5++++
SOMEONE ELSE’S OCEAN releases on July 31st! Make sure you add this your TBRs! This is an absolutely perfect summer romance!!
Five Beautiful Stars*****
A standing ovation to author Kate Stewart for writing this phenomenal story. The beautiful beach setting, the lovely and multidimensional characters, and the intense passion in almost every chapter make Someone Else’s Ocean an epic summer read.
Koti Vaughn comes from an important family in New York. She used to be part of the high ranks in society, complete with a high powered job, and a killer wardrobe. From the outside anyone could see she had it all, but at what price?
After one faithful event, Koti was done with that New York life, she packed one suitcase, and left everything and everyone behind. She moved to the one place where she remembered being happy last, the beautiful island of St. Thomas.
Her life didn’t magically change, but she has the life she truly wants. Candles and wine, ocean view, and a best friend that is also her savior.
Koti works with her best friend Jasmine managing a vacation rental company. Her neighbors house is one of the homes she manages and when she notices that their son shows up unannounced ruining all the previous rental agreements , she’s ready to move him to a hotel. All that before she sees the utter devastation in his eyes.
Ian is recently divorced, his pride and joy is his daughter Ella, everything he does is for her. He was married for fourteen years to a woman who made him sacrifice a lot in his life for her, and now he discovers that she’s been hiding the most awful secret that might destroy him for once and for all.
Like Koti, Ian too fled to the island looking for peace, for answers, for clarity. They knew each other when they were kids and spent one summer by the beach, but now the only thing they have in common are , heavy emotional baggage.
Their friendship rekindles once again, and quickly new feelings are born between them. The beach, the moon and the stars will be the witnesses for a passionate affair that they both know can have no future. But the heart wants what it wants, and even if these two characters fight it, love and heart break will light up the beaches of their beloved island.
My favorite thing about this story was the father/ daughter aspect. Ian was not only sexy, tormented, brooding and dirty mouthed, but he was also the most caring father to his daughter. Like Koti he wasn’t perfect, and I loved that too. Kate Stewart created these characters with as many flaws as beauty, humanizing them in such a way that the story felt raw and real at every turn. What a magnificent story. Another thing I loved while reading this book was Koti’s and Jasmine’s friendship, it added the perfect amount of humor and sensitivity to an already great plot, and let’s not forget about cute Disco, the puppy, she was the star of the book, LOVE HER!!!!