The Mind by Kate Stewart
5 lightning stars
“I’ve had enough years of doing the wrong shit and being with the wrong women. I took one look at you and a thousand memories we hadn’t made hit me in waves. I can’t explain it and it may seem fast to you, but to me, it’s as natural as taking my next breath.”
The Mind is a spinoff novella of The Fall, as well as being a prequel novella to the next book in the series. We met Rose and Grant in The Fall, and fell in love with them there. This book has their whole love story. I highly recommend reading The Fall before reading The Mind because they are connected fairly well.
When Grant saw Rose for the first time, it was love at first sight. He just had to convince Rose of that fact too. Due to sheer persistence and an undeniable connection, Grant and Rose forge a relationship unlike any the two of them have ever had.
“Grant moved me in a way that he had taken complete care of both. My heart was heavy with love; my soul was filled with contentment.”
So if I am being completely honest here, I expected to enjoy this book but I didn’t plan on loving it as much as I did. Having read The Fall and knowing the result of Grant and Rose’s love story, I was a bit hesitant going into this one. But like I said despite my reservations I loved this book and couldn’t put it down until the very end.
So there is instalove in this book, not something I typically enjoy in my romance books but I kind of knew going in that there would be, so I was able to suspend my disbelief early on and enjoy. It also helped that Grant’s feelings were entirely believable based on his persistence and honesty with Rose. Also for a short story, instalove is kind of necessary because otherwise it wouldn’t come altogether. I loved that Rose on her end struggled with her intense feelings and their fast relationship. While she was initially attracted to Grant and could not deny their connection, she didn’t believe she could love someone so quickly and it took some convincing from Grant to bring her over. This is actually one of my favorite tropes in romance, where the guy is the one convincing the girl to be all in.
I will say this book completely broke my heart and had me SOBBING. The real ugly cry snot and all. I even knew what was coming and that almost made my heartbreak worse because I KNEW. So now that I’ve cried all of the water out of my body I am going to go and watch something very happy. I rate books on how they made me feel, and since this one had all of the feels, I grant it a 5 star read.
“I won’t ever give you a reason to want to walk away. I’ll love you the way you deserve to be loved, always. That’s my promise.”
ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review