Title: Room 212
Author: Kate Stewart
Publication: March 27, 2014
****Mature Audiences only**** (language, explicit sex, some drug use)
In every life there is always that…one.
Twenty-one year old Laura Sedgwick is a rebel without a cause. Her only plans for life are to make no plans. She revels in her fascination of the unexpected as she navigates her way through mid -1990’s Dallas nightlife. One very bad night brings her face to face with the one man likely to change her mind about…well…everything.
Twenty-three year old Seth Whitaker has every intention of seeing through with his well mapped out life. He is a hard working over-achiever that has no intentions of slowing his pace for anyone. With a fierce determination to not let life pass him by without taking a huge bite, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the one distraction that could keep him from his best laid plans. Little did he know his determination to keep his life on track would be the very thing to trigger the events that change the course of both their lives.
In this life she had only done one thing right…
…and she was his only chance at salvation.
All I was feeling was showing in the bathroom mirror on my reddened face. I was having a hard time enjoying it, instead of being terrified. I cupped some water from the faucet and swallowed, willing myself to get it together. I walked into the hall of the long corridor that led back to the rooftop door and found Seth waiting for me, arms crossed over his chest, casually leaning against the wall. I stood on the opposite wall, placing my hands behind my back. I felt a drop of water drip from my bottom lip onto my chest and slide into the V of my dress. I saw his eyes follow it with envy as he spokes his first words to me.
“You are all I think about, and I come here and you look…like this,” he breathed the words to me and I felt them on every inch of my body. I moved to go to him and he made a small gesture that kept me where I was. He still wanted to play and I was game.
“What do you think about?”
“Your laugh, the way your voice is raspy in the morning when you wake up, the arch of your perfect feet, the way your hair falls over your face when you’re on top of me, the way this feels right now and every time I’m with you.”
I pulled my leg through the thigh high slit in my dress propping my heel on the wall behind me and smiled. He cursed as he came toward me in a blur. He stopped himself inches away, placing both hands on the side of my face against the wall.
“Temptress,” he whispered into my ear.
The first words that come to mind as I try to describe this book??….WOW! It’s been so long since I’ve read a story that truly touched me. Kate Stewart did an amazing job telling a story of two great characters and their love. From the moment I began reading the prologue, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to read on. The story between Laura and Seth was extremely well written and heartwarming.
The love story amidst the raving times of the 90s was well described. Kate did a wonderful job depicting the times giving the back drop to this story an eclectic atmosphere and way of the youth in those days and included a playlist that brought back memories of my own and set the mood for Laura and Seth’s love as well as their pain and heartache.
After a time, Laura and Seth finally had their first moment of intimacy and it was very passionate and sweet. So much so, I could feel what they felt for each other. As time drew on and their relationship grew, it was truly moving. There were moments that were so well written, their pain was my pain. Truly tear jerking moments are provided in this story. I do not tear easily but this story truly pulled at my heart strings with ease.
I have to say that Room 212 happens to be my first 5 star review in quite some time.
About The Author:
Kate Stewart, a native of Dallas, now resides in Charleston, S.C. She moved to the city three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, declaring the city her creative muse. Since her move in 2010, she has launched a photography and event planning business as well as written her first novel, TITAN. She lives with her husband of 7 years, Nick, who is featured on the cover of the novel. Her second novel Room 212 is set to publish March 2014.