Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Cover Designed by: Amy Queau- Q Design Cover and Premades


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.

My Review

In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy for people to lose sight of what’s most important…of what provides a full heart…of what should be focused on…of what truly matters, and when that happens, it’s difficult to feel grounded…to feel like life isn’t weighed down by superficial and unimportant matters…to feel at peace.

Somewhere along the way, childhood friends, Koti Vaughn and Ian Kemp, allowed others to dictate all aspects of their lives, sending them spiraling and losing themselves in the process, so in order to reclaim much needed peace and gain perspective, both characters, at different times, run away to St. Thomas and focus on finding their true selves again, leaving immaterial people and things behind, and determining their own happiness based solely on their hopes and dreams.

Kate Stewart poignantly contrasts Koti’s life on the mainland to her life on St. Thomas, and as Koti relearns who she is and what she values, readers clearly see her transformation and can’t help but want to experience some of the serenity that Koti obtains by putting herself first and leaving societal dictates behind.

Before Ian escapes his old life, his world imploded in drastic and altering ways, so it makes sense that he can’t immediately find solace or much needed comfort that it’s clear he desperately needs, and this struggle not only frustrates him but his behavior also threatens to undo some of Koti’s progress and healing, which she refuses to allow regardless of her feelings for Ian and her desire to help him find a bit of the peace that she already has. 

The fact that Ian can’t instantly heal and find his footing illustrates just how far he’s fallen and the damage that’s been done to his heart and his soul; it’s more of a work-in-progress kind of situation, so it makes sense that there would be ups and downs as well as highs and lows, but determination can also go a long way and it’s clear that Ian wants to desperately reach a point where his pain and heartbreak doesn’t control all aspects of his life.

Koti and Ian’s reunion creates a palpable connection, but there’s work to be done in order for the push and pull between them to turn into something that would bring them both joy and peace. Stewart does a great job of illustrating how the characters work to heal themselves and then work together to build something worthwhile…something that unites them in powerful ways.

Someone Else’s Ocean is a perfect summer read because its setting is captivating and it allows readers to truly understand the serenity that Koti and Ian seek and ultimately find in this little slice of paradise. Stewart vividly describes the splendors of the island, which makes it incredibly easy for readers to envision where the characters are and exactly why it’s a place for them to heal.

Stewart doesn’t add unnecessary angst to Koti and Ian’s story. The focus remains on the process of healing and the need to redefine themselves and then once that work is done, moving forward as their ‘best’ selves allows Koti and Ian to create an unbreakable connection – one that can weather anything that comes their way, especially the chaos the comes with reentering the life they left behind.

4.5 Poison Apples

A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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