Book Review: Drive by Kate Stewart

Title: Drive
Author: Kate Stewart @authorklstewart
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 412 pages
Rating: 5 Stars


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.

Grace Review

Ever hear a song and it immediately brings up old memories?
That’s the heart of this story. The power of music and its impact on one’s life well beyond the last notes.

Stella Emerson career is just about peaking when a phone call and a song have her reeling. Lost in the memories that shaped her past and who she’s become. Rather than avoid those memories, she sets her play list and takes a drive, literally, down memory lane.

From the beginning, I loved Stella’s passion. The author perfectly captures how much music means to this character and this story is built around her passion. From the playlist, with songs linked with each chapter, to Stella finding her place in the Austin scene, music is layered throughout this book in such a flawless way that it becomes part of the story, rather than just an extra component.

Despite her wild and at times, overly dramatic personality, Stella never wavers on her end goal as a music reporter. I loved how she set a goal for herself, and never let anyone change that goal. Not that the road to success is easy for her. Although her lack of funds and downfall with her sister add stress to her everyday life, the biggest obstacles comes in the form of two men. One may be her downfall, one may be her savior.

It took three seconds to close the distance between us, two seconds to lock together like we’ve 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.

It is worth noting that while two men play a big part in Stella’s life in Austin, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a love triangle. Without giving things away, you will likely find yourself rooting for one man over the other. There is a good bit of angst as the author toys with your emotions. If you are like me, you’ll keep wondering what guy was featured in the prologue. And you’ll have to wait a loooooong time for that answer. *curses at kindle*

“I want you in a million different ways, but when you look at me like that, all I can think of is one.”

I don’t want to get into the details on both men, but I actually did like both of them, for very different reasons. I think it will be clear early on which is her soulmate, but that doesn’t make her path easy, in fact, it only adds to the angst level. What was most interesting was I didn’t fault any of the three characters for their actions.
One needed to fix their broken pieces before they could be worthy.
One had to prove their worth with patience and positive guidance.
One had to grow up and learn to spread their wings on their own.

This story is beautifully written and so easy to connect to. I kept finding myself reflecting on my own past, and the mention of Dave Matthews’ song “Say Goodbye” reminded me of my own regrets. I loved how this author captured the power of music and its role in shaping the storyline. The book definitely delivered on the hype and is one I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

– Grace

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