Title: Room 212
Author: Kate Stewart
Publication: March 27, 2014
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****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
nightlife. One very bad night brings her face to face with the one man likely to change her mind about…well…everything. Dallas
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…
“Love is a lot of things, but it is not kind.”
I love second chance romances and I especially love non-traditional romances, so this book was a hit for me! The story had many twist and turns and kept me on my toes. It also had a cute little story about the book’s title “Room 212.” I didn’t want to put it down. I read it pretty much everywhere for a day.
“Once your heart decides to give itself away, time has nothing to do with it. It’s not a choice you made, it’s a choice your heart made.”
This is a real love story full of the ups and downs of a relationship and the heartache that sometimes comes with it. It’s not the typical unicorns and rainbows with an easily repairable hiccup down the road. This story had grit, angst, and drama, as this slightly dysfunctional couple has to put in the work to make their relationship work ( which obviously doesn’t work out too well for them the first time around.. hence the second chance romance part).
We are introduced to Laura. She comes from a prominent family, but has chosen to walk away from that life and make her own path in life. She parties a lot, makes many bad and careless decisions, and is a little lost until she meets Seth. He’s full of ambition and works 3 jobs to put himself through school. There is immediate chemistry between these two as they embark on the love of a lifetime. They were entertaining and I loved their banter with one another. I also liked that they acted their age… they were ridiculous at times, impulsive, irresponsible, and reckless. It really added to the realness of the story.
My only problems with this story was Seth .. I loved him and hated him. I swooned, but I also spent an equal amount of time angry with him. He could be a real jerk and he didn’t always redeem himself… but I guess that’s true to life too. Laura was the redeeming character in this book for me. I felt she was honest with herself and others and although I wanted her to have a little more drive at times, she was “doing her” for the time being. Despite my frustrations, she had a lot of growth and I really loved the person she became.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this. It’s an enjoyable and unique read that takes a step out of the box to create a memorable and heartbreaking story.
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.
Kate Stewart, a native of
Dallas, now resides in 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. Charleston, S.C.
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