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Contemporary Romance

Stand Alone

Cover Designer: QDesign


Hollywood is a temptress, a trickster, a soul-stealing devil. I married an A-list player, knowing I come second place to his craft. But Lucas and I are a golden couple, a modern-day fairy tale.

I’ve never doubted what we built…until the sudden death of Lucas’s best friend has scandal rocking the Hills and shaking the foundation of our relationship.

I chose Lucas as my safe haven…he chose the role of a lifetime.
For the next three months, I’ll share my nights with a stranger, watching as he buries his pain, immersed in his role and living as someone else.

We’ve done this before. I tell myself it’s just another movie, and he’ll return to me.

I should’ve known this time would be different.

To get my husband back, I’ll need the strength of ten men.

As it turns out, I’ll have to go through two.

My Review

Method acting is an intriguing and complex way for an actor to immerse himself into a role, giving himself completely over to the character, physically and emotionally. It’s a complete departure from the actor’s true self, transforming his reality, his mindset, and his lifestyle. And in doing so, for all intents and purposes, the actor becomes a different person for however long the filming lasts.

It’s important for readers to understand this concept as they delve into the lives of Lucas and Mila Walker and try to sift through the drama that ensues, in both the past and the present, as Lucas takes on the role of a lifetime. Because while it’s a movie that could make Lucas a superstar, it also has the potential to destroy the man himself as he gets lost in the psyche of his character, risking everything that he loves in order to nail the performance of a lifetime.   

It’s absolutely crazy what Lucas is willing to do, to give up, to endure in order to get into character, wow the audience, and garner the acclaim he’s always wanted, and this is the part of the book that I find most intriguing because Kate Stewart brilliantly illustrates Lucas’ descent into madness as he submerges every part of himself into the maelstrom of emotions that surround the character he’s playing.

Through a large amount of flashbacks, Stewart allows readers to understand Mila’s reasons for fighting for her husband, even when it seems like Lucas is too far gone. 

As Stewart toggles between the past and the present, she enlightens readers to the beginning of Lucas and Mila’s relationship, how their love grew, how strong their feelings are for one another, the ups and downs they had, as well as everything that they’ve weathered, both personally and as a couple, to remain just as in love with one another as they were at the beginning, and it’s through those memories that all the struggles, the sacrifices, and the heartache show just how worth it, it is in order to keep their love alive and make it through the personal loss of a friend and a role that has the potential to make Lucas a household name.

Kate Stewart’s beautiful prose, dynamic characters, and the meticulous way in which she creates the complications of the plot kept me in rapt attention throughout my reading of Method, so much so, that when the twist happened, I didn’t know what to do with it because it completely threw me off-guard while also leaving me in a state of awe with how savvy she was to pull it off in the way that she does.

Method is most definitely not a typical Hollywood romance story, but it does use the limelight of Hollywood – the glamour and glitz – the secrets and lies – the fake facades created for fame to prove just how easy it is for actors to get caught up in making it big and the complications that occur for that very reason.

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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