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The Real

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,191 ratings  ·  821 reviews
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
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Published April 12th 2018 (first published April 5th 2018)
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Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!


Kate Stewart is one of those authors that always seems to toy with my emotions. I’m all happy and carefree reading this awesome book, then bam! All these feels hit me at once and I’m wrecked. Reading a Stewart book is an experience, and The Real took me on a beautiful ride. I loved everything about this book. I smiled, I laughed, I cried, I may have cursed at Kate a bit, but by the end, I loved her more than ever! This book is fantastic and going straight on my 2018 favorites list.

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THE REAL: Is a full length romance novel from author Kate Stewart.
In this we meet Cameron and Abbie. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.'

Thirty year old Abbie Gorman is a quirky character that had many an issue from imaginary things that didn’t go bump in the night working by day as a corporate financial consultant.

Thirty four year old Cameron Bledsoe owned a few small chain sporting good stores an
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC & BETA Read Generously Provided by Author}

I looked at the love of my life and got lost in the beautiful plains of his face, the angle of his jaw, the jade of his eyes. He was the same man I fell for, but nothing made sense. We’d been torn apart by truth and lies.

Kate is the only author I will beta for because I know without a doubt that every story she writes will touch my heart one way or another. She’s the Queen of the ”slow build”, which honestly I am not the biggest
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've had the pleasure of acquainting with Ms Stewart's book, Drive on the last day of last year. What a spectacular read to the end my year on a high note and she had enamoured me with her skillful handling of the complex matters of the heart, with such ease and grace, I had to pick up the next book to read, that was a given. Even if to just flow with the words. The REAL is just the book that sweeps you away. The book is rich in feels and embellished with sparkling emotions, of every colour poss ...more
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

A kiss can be an introduction, statement, and a promise. I plan to make all three when you let me.

My heart. Oh my poor, cold black heart. It will never be the same again because Kate Stewart stole it with this incredible story. This is hands down, my favorite book by this author to date, and easily one of my favorite reads of the year. I still can't stop thinking about it.

The Real was a poignant, emotional, and unforgettable romance. It was unique and beautiful. It was grippi
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
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MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 King of Woo Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-Love is only meant for the brave.

-Real love is a fucking miracle. And if you’re lucky enough to find it, you throw every one of your preconceived notions away and you hold onto it with every ounce of your being.

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Abbie Gorman is a beautiful 30 yr. old woman living in Chicago. She has a place she loves in Wicker Park, and works as a corporate financial consultant. She has wonderful friends & family, but hasn’t found that special someone yet. She’s a
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Abbie the witchy woman and Cameron the king of woo. These two had me spellbound immediately after reading the first chapter. I was intrigued as they were when they caught each other’s gaze in that Sunny Side Cafe drinking coffee. Their looks said it all as did their hilarious coffee mugs but it was Abbie’s quirky, cautious and sarcastic personality that screwed it all up. Luckily fate strikes again and that second interaction in The Violet Hour is filled with chemistry and of course Abbie’s BFF ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“You never really know someone unless they want you to.”

One of my favorite things about being a fan of an author is seeing them grow as a writer as the years go by. My first ever book by Kate Stewart was Loving the White Liar, then Room 212 and with those I knew this was an author I enjoyed. Then The Fall released and the fangirl in me was activated. Since then, Kate has only continued to deliver wonderful and beautiful stories. None of them are the same, everything she writes is u
Olga therebelreader
I did really enjoy this book. I love contemporary novels that are unique in their own way as this one was. The romance in The Real is enchanting! I loved it so much because it made me giddy. I wanted nothing more than for Cameron and Abbie to have their happily ever after and throughout the whole book, I rooted for them, even through the shakiness. Their chemistry is instant, their passion undeniable. The writing is compelling and incredibly delectable. The author writes her characters so wonder ...more
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I have to admit that I read some big spoilers before going in to this. I did, I don't regret it, but I also set myself up with expectations of an angstfest that would have me in tears and heartbreak. Sadly, that didn't happen. I know other readers felt it, but I really didn't. I wanted to shake the h and have her snap out of the initial shock sooner. I wanted her to realize what she had with the H and that it wasn't as big of a betrayal as she was assuming. Context is a
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I need more Kate Stewart in my life. Like right now.
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦You know... I'll give this book 5 stars just for the fact that it managed to surprise me. I rarely read the blurbs, especially when it comes to reading books by my favorite authors. Needless to say, I went in blind. The beginning of the book was exciting and I was sucked in from page one. Two strangers meeting at a coffee shop and communicating only via their laptops? Seriously cool. But that's all I'm gonna say about the book. :)

➦I had no idea where the book was going to take me. But by the ha
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I need a minute, a minute to sit and breathe because wow!


I’m breathless. That was... I can’t even explain the feels. It’s unreal. I’m stunned. One minute I was relaxed, lured into a delicious bubble of happy, sweet, sexy, fun romance and then the next BOOM!

Explosions of angst everywhere.

I’m so overwhelmed by this story as a whole. The emotions. The romance. The quirky characters. The everything. I’m blown away. I’ve been a fan of Kate Stewart’s for a bit—she wrote Drive, The
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4-4.5 ★'s

It's funny how you feel one way about a book and then something flips and it totally changes your perception. The first two thirds of this book is super sweet, I mean, we are talking about the King of Woo so what else should we expect?

Cameron and Abbie meet in a coffee shop and only converse through their Macs. Abbie sets up some rules that include them both leaving their past baggage behind and just enjoy the present...and enjoy they do.

They have a very lovely and romantic relations
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

This was a sweet story, I loved the romance a lot!Cameron and Abbie have an amazing chemistry!They were flirty,sweet and funny, I adored them!I loved that the romance was developed slowly between Abbie and Cameron and the way was refreshing!There were some twists that I didn't expect them that makes the story even more unique!It was a beautiful story with a lovely romance!I loved the writing and the characters were realistic!


Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Taking the 6 hours sleep I grabbed between reading out of the equation, I polished The Real off in one sitting. And I ran the whole gamut of emotions along the way.

description A set coffee date every Saturday with no expectations, what could be better?”

When you first begin reading, the little seed Kate Stewart plants in the opening chapter could be classed as fairly commonplace—it’s not the first story to begin with a guy meeting a girl in a coffee shop—but it’s what unfolds that transforms this story f
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Wil Loves Books!
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Big “Absolute” Stars!!!

Love is only meant for the brave.”

Wow! Not often does a book leaves me speechless and absolutely devastated (in a good way) but this book absolutely has. So much beauty, so much pain and so many feels, way too many. Kate Stewart is responsible for one of my absolute favorite books last year with Drive. And now with The Real, she once again wrote a book that will top my favorites list!

At that moment, I was transparent, and I knew it. I wasn’t doing anythi
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5+ 'We are absolute' Stars!
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Who would have imagined a simple “Hi” in a computer screen would be the start of an epic love story? Well, I knew it because Kate Stewart is the author behind it. I have the most huge crush on her, seriously! Her words just make me feel. With her novels I feel, I love and I connect. Her books are just something out of this world and The Real was no exception. This novel is pure PERFECTION. It was everything I
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 “Wooing” Stars

The Real is as real as it gets. It’s a sweet old fashion kind of love story. Where the art of “Wooing -to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman” is beautiful played out by Cameron Bledsoe when he meets Abbie Garmon at a coffee shop with the aid of airdrop between MacBooks. A simple “Hi” and their journey begins.

In any type of love story, the slow build up between characters is crucial. It must feel Real and True. Cameron and Abbie, with the help of their friends
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Where do I even begin? I loved this book SO MUCH but for entirely different reasons than I loved Drive. Drive was my very first Kate Stewart novel and it was one of my absolute favorite books from last year. So naturally I was not only anxious for more of that angsty deliciousness but I couldn't help but compare The Real to my only other experience with Stewart's work. If I'm being completely honest, there was also a brief moment where I grew worried that The Real wouldn't live up to the expecta ...more
Kelli C
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*5 Stars for Wicker Park!*

I feel like it has been ages since I have been on GRs, due to personal health issues I have been away from reading and removed from reviewing completely. When given the opportunity to read a Kate Stewart book, I knew I could do it. I knew she would give me something to be joyful about. I knew I would find a story worthy of my time. She did not disappoint.

The Real is just another book by Kate Stewart that shows her ability to flat out write. From erotica to rom-com, she
3.5 stars 🌟🌟🌟

Sadly not my favorite book by Kate Stewart.
Once I finished it though, I realized that I liked the overall story and the message it sent out quite a lot.
However in reading it, I struggled a bit.
Essentially I see it as a book in three parts-1 sweet. 2 sexy .3 angst.
The first part where Cameron and Abbie meet was initially entertaining but then I started to lose interest with the online chatter and wanted more. 🌟🌟
Then in part two, their relationship deepens and becomes more intimate.
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Incredible chemistry, a realistic timeline, lovable characters, great writing, funny.
A plot twist many couldn't see, sadly I did.

hoping for a romance that awes me 💖
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

“It was his name that wrote itself across by heart; it was his eyes that spoke to my soul.”

Is it possible to love the book even harder the second time around? HELL YES!!!! Kate Stewart blew it out of the park with this one. Truly magnificent. The Real is phenomenal, unique, unforgettable, and well… REAL.

This author continues to blow my mind with every book that comes out. She is such a versatile and unique writer – you never know what you are going to get. Lucky
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
I am enamored by The King of Woo and his Witchy!

There's just books really that you can't help but be fascinated and amazed. Not because it was the most unique book you have ever come across but because with it's simplicity, comes ALL THE FEELS that made it EPIC and SURREAL.

That was The Real for me by Kate Stewart. Goodness, this author can definitely write and touch you with her words. I love it to bits of pieces as I have yet again given a chance to ride a journey I did not just enjoy but becam
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m completely, 100% in awe of this book. The title says it all, REAL. Their feelings, their troubles, heartbreaks, everything is so REAL that it leaves you feeling more than you could even expect. I laughed, I smiled and you better believe I freaking cried!

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t want to go to much in to detail or give anything away because no but I will say Abbie and Cameron story is a beautiful slow burn to get to know one another. Watching the storyline roll
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
When you are in a committed relationship with someone, married or not there is always those lovely warm feelings of hope, that this is the person you were meant to be with. Everyone wants to find their one, their something real. However, life is not a fairy tale and things don’t always work out that way.

I know couples who have split up / divorced and fallen in love with someone else. They are the same people inside but can be someone quite different in the new relationship. Like the relationship
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5 Cameron Woo’d me Stars*****

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WOW JUST WOW!! I don’t even know to begin to review this book. I’ve only recently started to read Kate’s work not that I didn’t know of her but I never got round to it. Then I fell in love with her writing last year and I can tell you this will grip you like nothing else. This story is EVERYTHING.

What’s it about?
This is an epic love story of all proportions.. I was gripped to the pages from the beginning.. I was wooed by Cameron just like Abbie was. This begins w
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USA Today bestselling author and 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. Kate's title, Drive, was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads ...more

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“Love by its definition is a lie, its true definition is work and a fuck lot of it. It also means so much more than that one syllable. It’s a one-word representation of everything that can make or break a person. Love is only meant for the brave.” 5 likes
“Hers was the love I craved all along. It was a gift. And real love is a fucking miracle. And if you’re lucky enough to find it, you throw every one of your preconceived notions away and you hold onto it with every ounce of your being, because it’s unforgiving in its wrath and if you’re not careful it will let go of you as fast as it took hold.” 5 likes
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