on April 19th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
Kate Stewart is that author that nails it very time! She is a master storyteller and although I didn’t think she could top herself after Drive and the co-authored book Heartbreak Warfare, but she has done it. The minute I heard about it, it became a most anticipated and quickly turned into one of my top 10 reads of all time. The premise is original and the execution is outstanding to say the least. It’s gritty and sexy, heartwarming and heartbreaking, and a story that demands a re-read.
Lucas and Mila have one of those rare love stories. As Hollywood couples go, they have experienced many of the ups and downs of all the entrapment’s that come with his work, but their devotion to each other has never really been questioned. The story is shared in both past and present moments and while not always perfect, they are resilient to outside forces.
“Most would consider our relationship a bit co-dependent, and they would be exactly [bleeep] right. We don’t do much of anything without the other. We don’t need space to be individuals, because we’re the better version of ourselves when we’re together, at least I am.” ~ Mila
But Lucas experiences a great loss and he deals with grief in a most unique way, one that starts to pull on the frayed threads of their marriage. With Lucas in a new role, the most challenging role to date, it doesn’t take long for everything to go sideways. Lucas is certainly not himself and it seems so ingrained in the part that the line between their reality and the persona he’s taken on melds a bit too much. I was so nervous throughout the entire read, waiting for the moment where Mila comes to understand just what she, what they, are up against. I had to read and re-read a few key moments just to absorb the twists. As she works her way through just what’s going on she became one of my top heroines.
There’s good reason as to why all her books turn into award winners and top sellers. Congrats to Kate Stewart on another top selling, 5++ star and #MustRead story.
~Review by Cyndi
A method to the madness, they say? What if the method IS madness?
This story sucks you right in…just like other Kate Stewart stories. But what I felt set this story apart was how it was captivating, devastating, frustrating, and disjointed. But there was a method to the storytelling. This is far more than just a tale about romance and love. It’s what happens when you fall in love and then you truly discover who you are and who you love.
“Okay, Hollywood,” I admit tearfully, “you got the girl. Now what?”
“Now everything,” he promises before his lip crush mine.
What we don’t always realize or think about is what exactly “everything” entails. Lucas and Mila are so very swoon worthy in their candor, passion, and even their mistakes. That is part of the devastation; you end up feeling so much as you jump through this twisted tale that you’re not sure whose story you’re actually following. Stewart twists up your emotions so deeply that they almost feel lost until she untangles them, one by one, and reminds Mila, Lucas, and us that each endeavor – love, career, family – has a method and requires work. The question becomes can they work through the method – do the work – and come out the other side?
The entire set up of this book from the format of jumping from the past to the present, weaving in different characters and exploring their flaws, and the plot itself is a “method”. Seriously, Stewart could not have picked a better title. Even when you experience these depths of emotions which may want to cause you to toss your kindle…remember there is a method to the madness…even if some of it is madness.
Take the journey, feel the feels, live the method…if you dare.
Top notch effort and writing. You won’t be disappointed for devouring this book!
About the Author:
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.Contact Kate- Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org