Book Reviews, Favorite Authors, Romance  |  12.09.2019

The Guy on the Left by Kate Stewart (Book Review)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 Stars)

The Guy on the Left by Kate Stewart is LIVE! This is a standalone contemporary romance packed with all the feels! Find the book here.

I thought The Guy on the Right was a great book, but I was NOT prepared for Troy’s book at all. It was a perfect combination of sweet, funny, heartbreaking, endearing, steamy, and real.

Clarissa is a high-school teacher that hit it off with a crazy good looking guy in a bar and had a one night stand. Three months later and she’s pregnant and trying to figure out how she’s going to break the news to him. Troy told her he was a teacher as well, but when she goes to his ”work-place” she finds out not only that he isn’t a teacher, but an 18-year-old student. Devasted about the lie and scared not only for the child but that this can actually be portrayed as a crime, she tells him to stay away from her and the kid and that they can never be seen together, ever.


Troy is devasted, yes, he is a sweet-talker that takes what he can get, but he grew up with a single mom, and abandoning his son is not ok with him at all. But, he’s young and really doesn’t know what to do. So he keeps his distance but is always lurking and stalking Clarissa through social media, trying to see his son’s first steps, watching them in the park and sending checks that she never uses. Clarissa notices him and doesn’t do anything. She never invites him in, but never properly sends him away.


That’s until Troy is in his senior year of college, it’s five years later and he is finally in a position to man-up. He rents a room in the house next to Clarissa and their son Dante. If you read The Guy on the Right you know that he starts living in Theo’s house. And that’s just another great thing about this book, how it perfectly intertwines with TGOTR and gives you all the explanations the first book didn’t. We all thought we would never like Troy when seeing him through Theo’s eyes, but it happens that we just didn’t have any context at all, and seeing how both stories complement each other is just another example of Kate Stewart’s perfect writing.

Now, it’s time for Troy to try to make up for lying and not being present. But, he’s not the only one who’s guilty, and in trying to construct a family he in Clarissa understands that loving someone is complicated and it takes so much effort, but also, it’s worth it. They embark on a rollercoaster slow-burn romance where there’s so much to overcome, but the payoff is beautiful. Especially, because it just seems so real.


But truly, TGOTL won my heart in showcasing Troy’s relationship with his son Dante. Troy’s commitment to being a good parent, the way he just noticed and guided his son was so beautiful and had me teary-eyed half the time. It was just an amazing thing to read, and Troy was not only redeemed he probably became Kate Stewart’s best hero to date.


I will keep this book in my heart for a long time. It’s everything that I want to find in a contemporary romance, full of depth, compassion, drama, and a heartfelt resolution.

Thank you to Kate Stewart and WordSmith publicity for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

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 Choice awards for best contemporary romance of 2017. Her works have been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, and translated in five languages.

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.

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