on July 31st, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder Koti moves from New York to St Thomas to begin to recover and rebuild her life. But anxiety doesn’t just go away and for Koti there’s really no getting over it. A year in and she’s fighting the shame of letting her parents down and is slow to recover financially. Ian, suffering from a blow that truth delivers to him also finds himself back in St Thomas where a family’s summer home awaits his return. Only he’s not supposed to be there and Koti’s work is dependent on this fact.
Someone Else’s Ocean is about human connection and friendship, as Koti and Ian find themselves on the rollercoaster of emotions that accompany doubts, fears and hope. As Koti and Ian close the gap of the dozen years he years since they’ve seen each, there’s is a push and pull between them that generates heartache and angst. But they also help each other heal, and true to Kate Stewarts storytelling, Someone Else’s Ocean is sultry and steamy read as well. This story is really captivating and the characters are well developed and I always love getting a story through multiple POV’s and flashbacks. 4 stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into with this book. But what I did get is a gamut of emotions, an insider taste to someone else’s grief, the ongoing process of healing (it’s always a new stage and learning to adapt). I think that is what blew me away in Stewart’s writing. She gave us raw emotions – the good, the bad, the ugly, the gritty, and the uncomfortable – and made them feel incredibly tangible.
On a whole, I think I had more of a mental connection with Ian. We saw more of his raw, ugly, and beauty. That bonded me to him. However, watching Koti handle her curveballs with grace – grace isn’t always offering someone a genuine smile and glass of tea – is what sold me on her soul.
I mean we are all just extra’s sipping coffee in the background of someone else’s life. But that could change at any second. If I wanted to, I could put my coffee down and become responsible for you. We are all responsible. We could all choose to take responsibility, couldn’t we?
As I chewed on these insights through all of the messy relationships, open wounds, and familial complexities, I keep thinking about how right Stewart got it. We can be extras or we can choose to take responsibility; live in the moment, maybe even someone else’s ocean. Ocean of love, pain, hurt…possibility?
The writing will make you think and make you feel. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, but it certainly strikes a chord with the human condition. What exactly is that? Trying to navigate the gravitational push and pulls in your own ocean. My recommendation? Read it and be ready for the tides it will unleash in you.
~ Review by Loredana
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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