The Real by Kate Stewart


They say it happens when you least expect it.

It did for me. 

It started the moment I saw the simple message pop up on my computer screen: 

Cameron’s Mac: Hi. 

And when I met the eyes of the gorgeous man messaging me from across the coffee shop, I never thought my reply would lead to the most intense, sexual, and passionate relationship of my life. 

We both agreed to check our bags at the door and put our future hopes and aspirations on the table. 

It worked. 

I fell in love with his no holds barred attitude, sexy smirk, and undeniably good heart . . . and for a while we forgot about our baggage. We happily tripped over it to get to the other, neither of us willing to show the contents of our pasts in the off chance it could ruin us. 

We built our love on a foundation of gray. 


It was life in black and white that threatened to tear us apart.


K3’s $0.02

Who knew flirting on your computer at a coffee shop could be such a turn on. Especially when you are watching each other.  Kind of a look but don’t talk or touch. The Real tells a heartbreaking story of two people haunted by their pasts and at the same time, so hopeful for a future.

Abbie loves numbers, numbers don’t lie. She loves her job. When it comes to her personal life, it is nonexistent. Men are complicated. Playing it safe is the way she does it. Who knew a conversation with a very handsome man, funny mugs and coffee would change her life.

Cam is intrigued by Abbie and her rules for leaving the past in the past and just moving forward with the present.  Cam sees the fear and hesitation in Abbie and he will do anything to get to know this beautiful and smart woman better. She is his sun after the storm he has been enduring.

When days of flirting turn into weeks and weeks into months, Abbie is ready to take the next step and physically go on a date. Let me just tell you. The computer talk and seeing each other without talking to one another was the best foreplay ever!

I don’t want to go into too many details because I feel this is a book you just need to dive into.

I feel in love with both of these characters. Abbie is a bit quirky. She smart and beautiful and has such a good heart.

Cam, this man stole my heart immediately. I loved that he took things slow and he respected her boundaries. I also hurt for him.

Both are fighting their pasts in different ways to get that future they deserve. Their friendship started solid. They built such a great foundation and it easily transitioned to the kind of love they both deserve.  

If you are a fan of a fun and witty banter, humorous mugs and a bit of heartache and angst. You must read this. Great supporting characters, wonderful writing so full of emotion. The characters and situations are so relatable. 

I loved every single moment of this book.

The Real is just that…. Real.