In Review: Drive by Kate Stewart

Posted October 24, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Drive by Kate StewartDrive by Kate Stewart
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 13 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 412 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | iTunes
My rating:

Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

This book. Holy hell, y’all. I was utterly addicted to it. I could barely put it down to do things like sleep. It was emotional and raw and completely perfect. Kate broke me and put me back together and then made me question everything. It was gorgeous, heart-wrenching and amazing. One of my favorites of the year, no doubt. Love.

Those are the words I originally wrote on Goodreads after finishing Drive. I don’t think I can say it any better than I did in that moment, when the book was so fresh in my mind. I’ve been struggling for a couple days to try to figure out how to best review this book while not giving anything away and I’m still not sure I have it right, to be honest. I’m going to be intentionally vague, because you should go in as blind as you possibly can. Read it soon, before you have a chance of having the story spoiled for you.

I finished Drive on Sunday and I *still* have a book hangover from it. It’s one of the angstiest books I’ve read in a long time and I loved everything about it. I fought the urge to flip to the end to find out how the story ended and who Stella wound up with. I’m glad I did, too, because that allowed me to get entirely wrapped up in the characters and the story and the “how is this going to end” uncertainty. I didn’t even know how I wanted it to end, if I’m being totally honest. I wouldn’t want to be in Stella’s position, having to choose between Nate and Reid. They were both spectacular in their own way. I’m not typically one for “love triangle” stories, but this one just worked. It more than worked, if I’m honest. It wrecked me.

I could probably talk forever about all the things this book made me feel, but I’m not going to. I think I highlighted roughly half the book because the words spoke to me on a cellular level. Just look at the number of favorite quotes I selected for this book. I could’ve included twice as many and still not highlight all the passages that spoke to my heart. This is the first of Kate’s books I’ve read and I can say I’m addicted to her writing now. I need to binge her backlist. I suspect Drive will wind up on my “must reread” shelf, too, for when I’m in the mood to feel EVERYTHING a character is going through.

If you’re like me and music has defined your life and so many of the moments in it, you have to read Drive. Immerse yourself in the AMAZING playlist Kate shared with readers. Get lost in Stella’s story and find yourself as she’s doing the same.

Favorite Quotes

If anyone tells you a song is important to them, you should turn it up loud, close your eyes, and really listen. Because at the end, you will know that person so much better.

Because music is the heart’s greatest librarian. A few notes had the ability to transport me back in time, and to the most painful of places. Take any song from the Rolodex of your life, and you can pin it to a memory.

Love doesn’t die, even when you stop feeding it. There is no expiration date on the ache of missing someone you shared your heart, life, and body with. 

It took three seconds to close the distance between us, two seconds to lock together like we’d been doing it our entire lives, and that last second… that last second when his lips devoured mine was the second I lost a piece of myself I could never get back. 

“One minute past desperation,” I whispered. “You have to wait one minute past desperation, Reid. That’s when it happens. You’ll get a break. You will. It’s coming.” 

Heartache has the most annoying sound. It’s an echo. An echo of heartbeats stuck on a loop. 

“You wonder what it would be like if we were together, if we had gone further. You still want the fairytale, but it’s mine to give you, and I can’t give it to you if you’re with the wrong fucking prince.” 

“Tell me that life magically starts to happen.”

He was my song, my soul, my everything, and his love had propelled me forward into the woman I wanted to be. And that woman would burn out with the man who was made to keep her warm. 

I used to think I was cursed for having fallen in love with two men. But, in hindsight, I realized what a gift it was. They were my lovers, my teachers, my best friends, and I would love them both until I took my last breath.

About Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. 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 only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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