Title: The Brave Line
Author: Kate Stewart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 17
She is a five foot seven long list of things he can’t have.
He is a determined cop, desperate to keep his heart sealed behind his badge.
Michelle is a survivor. With a fresh perspective on life, she trades her tragic past in California for the coastal waters of Charleston. Fueled by a new career as a dispatcher, she’s determined not to let her scars weigh her down. She apologizes for nothing, especially her insatiable need for a certain police officer.
Rowdy is a newly minted sergeant dedicated to his job, but the life of a Charleston police officer has never been more dangerous. With his need to take order of a city spiraling out of control, the last thing he wants is an entanglement with a mouthy dispatcher. But, there’s just one problem. He can’t get enough of her.
As the heat rises between the unlikely pair, so does the tension.
Three months of summer was all it took to shake their foundations, rattle their walls, and bring them crashing down.
It was lust.
It was love.
It was real.
And it would have been perfect . . . if it wasn't already over.
Note to reader: This book has several elements and explores topics that some may consider triggers. For mature audiences only. Explicit sex, violence and language.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.25 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kate Stewart delivered an emotional story and showed us what it’s like to be a police officer. She showed us the beauty of knowing that when you put on a uniform, you’re risking your life to not only help others, but to make a huge difference. She showed us what it’s like to love a partner that puts himself in the line of fire EVERYDAY and what it means to have a brotherhood.
For all the beauty in the world, this author also gave us a glimpse into another side that comes with the job and the way she depicted both sides was something that I admired. Michelle and Rowdy were two of the most lovable a and frustrating characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
We were locked bodies and scarred souls completely exposed. And it was okay because I wanted him to have piece of mine.
Having lived through her own personal hell, Michelle is now at a point in her life where everything is good. She takes care of herself, has her own career, and answer to no one. Being a 911 dispatcher is stressful but what makes her job more worthwhile is not only knowing that she’s offering some sense of calm in a very hectic situation, but getting to hear the voice of the hottest Sergeant in Charleston? Day. Made.
What happens when the guy who’s been the object of your affection for the past two years suddenly becomes a very hot reality?
You’re going to need your own 911 dispatcher because Rowdy Day is about to make you assume the position.
Rowdy has been a police officer for the past thirteen years and his job is definitely not an easy one. Trying to stay alive in his line of work is only half the feat and when the temperature rises in Charleston, so does the crazy. But the one thing that keeps him sane is knowing that the sexy temptress has him on her radar and she wants nothing more than to get a little piece of him for one night. But will one night be enough?
“I don’t fuck and fall in love, no matter how good it feels.”
I fell in love with this story so hard!! Rowdy and Michelle were two passionate characters that put their all into everything they did. They both had their own demons and seeing how they each dealt with it so differently was what I loved about this story. They were good times, heartstopping moments, but the loyalty and love always remained the same. This is why we read. To feel the emotional connection to the characters that we secretly wish we could be and bask in all the angst filled sexy goodness. If you’re a fan of hot cops, feisty heroines, and a beautiful love story in the making, this one is for you guys.
“I don’t fuck and fall in love, no matter how good it feels.” I rolled my eyes as he made a quick move and gripped my face firmly. His eyes were dead serious.
“Tell me you heard me.”
Gah! This book!! It has all the feels. In as much as I want to say that Major Love is my favorite book of Kate Stewart, The Brave Line topped it. This is her best book to date and I am loving it to bits!! Ahhh I coudn't thank enough Anne of AC Book Blog for introducing me to this awesome author. Because of her, I've been a fan of Kate and her works.Yeah, you get the idea. Been stalking her and her love for Kate is contagious and here I am, with all heart eyes and a warm heart after reading her masterpiece.
So, The Brave Line..where do I begin? To be honest, I find it hard to write a review of this book. Aside from it was so different from her other works, the book itself is so hard to express without it being spoiled. It speak so much of emotions and the realness of it is so vivid. I guess I would just say, the blurb is enough, teasers here and there, but read the book blind so you'll get to enjoy the story more. One thing is for sure. Kate Stewart, did not disappoint, as I said, this is her masterpiece.
True, when I read this book, I jumped immediately on the first page. I trust Kate and I trust my instinct to read it blind. Honestly the cover alone piqued my interest and I was so excited to dig in. Oh boy, first page and I was hooked. I love how the author started the story. And with just the right pacing, I was engrossed over Rowdy and Michelle.I love both of them. They are perfectly/imperfectly portrayed and my curiosity heightened over them in every situation they're put into. Each are unique in their own ways. I love how strong they are but vulnerable at some point, and I couldn't ask for more better characters than them.
Michelle for instance,she's the heroine you'll want for your book boyfriends. Her attitide towards her past and her present is awe inspiring. She might have a rough past, but her resilience made me root her even more. Gahd! This woman brought girl power to the highest level! And I adore her for that. Rowdy on the other hand, is your usual cop. Bossy, alpha, but then sex on a legs so that's an added bonus right? Way to go fantasize over a cop!! However though, just like Michelle, he's got baggage on his own that mold him on what he is and what he thinks is best for everyone. But make no mistake, when you finally read the book, you'll understand him, and you'll even want to hug him so tight and whisper, "Man up, everything's gonna be alright". And them together? PERFECT CHEMISTRY!! I had so much fun with them. I was swooning, loling, so turned-on.. yeah I know way TMI, but holee WOW their sex scenes is scorching and sizzling!!! I tell you this, they are match made in heaven!!! I was panting just reading the deed. But hoenstly more than that, i admire them too with their highs and lows. Again, you'll fully understand what I'm talking about when you read the book.And I tell you, read it. You'll not gonna regret.
And this quote from Bob Marley,
The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just have to find the ones worth suffering for. — Bob Marley.
It will all made sense. You will appreciate it more reading Rowdy and Michelle's journey. You'll just not gonna admire them. You'll love them even more.
Overall, the book is excellently written there's no question about that. It was on point. I was enthralled, enamored, gutted, but then I fall in love too. This book even with the fun, scorching scenes, angst and heart ache leave me with heart warming feels. It doesn't just speak about love of two souls with a baggage from the past, it speaks highly of everything and I appreciate how it was inspired by true events. It made the story even real. I love it to pieces.
A native of Dallas, Kate Stewart now resides in beautiful Charleston, S.C. She lives with her husband of 10 years, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring the city her creative muse. Since the move in 2010, Kate has written and published several novels including Room 212, Never Me, Loving the White Liar, The Reluctant Romantics Series (The Fall, The Heart, The Mind) and The Balls in Play series (Anything but Minor and Major Love.)
Kate writes messy, sexy, angst filled romance books with ‘hard to get’ happy endings because it’s what she loves as a reader. She has a scary addiction to chocolate milk and a deep love for rap music specifically the genius known as Marshall Mathers.
In addition to her addiction to romance, Kate also lets her alter ego take over on occasion and writes erotic suspense under the pen Angelica Chase.
Check out Kate’s works as Angelica