Tuesday, April 23, 2019

REVIEW: Method by Kate Stewart

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Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
Cover Designer: QDesign


Shel: If you’ve read the synopsis for Method you can see why my interest was piqued; this novel sounded interesting and different. Mila (great character name, btw) - despite how I imagine she’d describe herself-is an up and coming sommelier. She's good at her job and becoming a resource to many in LA. I think she’d think of herself as an average girl—she’s not. Lucas was a rising Hollywood star when they met—though he might just say he was an actor (way downplaying how the world saw him). His method acting technique (hence the title) garners him bigger roles and respect in the industry.

Court: Immediately, the writing grabs you in with the characters and their development is a really fun ride. I loved how many layers there is to them, and really just dove into this book and then could not put it down, at all!

Shel: Mila and Lucas meet and they really didn’t stand a chance. Their love story is fast. Intense. And their marriage? Based on rules to help them manage how Lucas dives into his roles and transforms from the man Mila knows and loves to whatever the character needs him to be. As you can imagine, this makes for some challenging times for these two—especially Mila, the person who shows us exactly how hard living like this can be. She and Lucas show us how they’ve gotten to the dire point shown in the prologue through interchanging his and her sections and by weaving in their past with their present. Each section of their present lives is a launching pad for a story that shows us something about their past (so if flashbacks aren’t your thing, prepare yourself). It’s through this we see one character begin to deteriorate and the other one go through the stages of grief as she tries to keep everything together. Throw in a significant loss—the death of a friend—and everything is compounded.

Court: It is. This is a highly emotional story, and we definitely needed all of the bits of the story that we got. I liked how it interwove the past and present, but sometimes it was a little bit hard to follow late in the novel when that started to happen a lot more. I figured it out, but just be a little aware of that, as she said, that there are some changes...they mostly follow chapter or are italicized instead so that helps a lot! The thing that kept us coming back though was definitely how intense they are. Their story is larger than life, and it just flowed that you wanted to know what secrets are they keeping and how in the world will this end the entire time - though without wanting it to end!

Shel: This romance is what I’ve come to know through Kate Stewart’s serious works (I read her romcoms first)-she delves into her characters and makes them complex and interesting. Method is part steamy love story, part Hollywood tragedy, and part deep dive into the impact of grief on a method actor and how much it touches every single person in his life. I thought the concept was interesting and the execution worked —I don’t think it could be done without using flashbacks.— I really felt like I was a fly on the wall for the birth and demise and aftermath of this relationship.

Court: There is few tropes I love more than something about a movie star and the person who loves the person they are behind the scenes...and it was a very interesting ride to see Lucas lose sight of who that is. Who is he when the cameras aren't rolling? Kate Stewart did an incredible job showing (not telling) us and taking us on a powerful journey. I really think her research into acting and Mila's job and knowledge of wines were very well done.

Shel: My one criticism was the Blake storyline. Sometimes I totally got how it fit and worked and other times things were alluded to and I didn’t always see the connection or reasoning. Overall this is a small quibble that didn’t impede my reading or enjoyment at all—but something I noticed. Perhaps if Stewart has a few more hundred pages, we’d get more of that and a more fleshed out section of events leading to the epilogue but that’s not the vision for this novel and would’ve probably packed on many more pages--something I'd be interested in seeing (of course). So all in all, a very good and interesting read. 

Court: I've thought a lot about this too. The conclusion I've come to is that it is a showcase of how very different men and women react and relate to things. Their friendship did not make sense most of the time, but ultimately it was a huge part of who they both were and I think I get it now. However, you'll have to read it yourself to see!!! 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43444744

Signed paperback: www.katestewartwrites.com

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.

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- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com

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