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The Brave Line by Kate Stewart

The Brave Line Book Cover The Brave Line
Kate Stewart
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
March 21st, 2017

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.

ARIANNA’s Review

I’ve read and enjoyed several books by this author and I truly loved her Balls in Play series, but, in my honest opinion, ‘Brave Line’ is Kate’s best work to date. This author’s newest release is gripping and held me captive from  the beginning until the end. Filled with sweetness, sexiness and emotion, ‘Brave Line’ is engaging and real. If you, like me, are a fan of this author, or you are looking for an entertaining story filled with pretty much everything, you have to try this awesome read.

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just have to find the ones worth suffering for.”

Bob Marley

Looking for a fresh start, Michelle has moved from California to Charleston a while ago. She now works at the Charleston Police Call center and most of time loves her new job. She has been crushing on Sergeant Randall Owen Day, aka Rowdy, for over a year and knows that this crush is a complete waste of time, since he has made it clear he is not interested. His crystal blue eyes, however, at times tell otherwise. Needless to say, Michelle knows that Rowdy feels…something too.

“Michelle was a 5’7” list of things I couldn’t have.

                Through our brief conversations, she seemed like a good woman…for some other man.”

Rowdy likes Michelle…more than ‘likes’ her actually. He is aware of her beauty and is intrigued by her. However, he has one rule he has to respect – he doesn’t mix work and pleasure. Things change between Michelle and Rowdy one night, when Michelle becomes too alluring for Rowdy to resist the temptation. When he finds out she’s looking just for some fun between the sheets, Rowdy is more than eager, to show her how much he wants her… but just for one night.

“I’ve thought about putting my cock in your mouth since the minute I met you. As soon as I get you alone, I’m going to spread those legs and wrap them around my head and then I’m going to lick everything between them. And then I’m going to come down your throat. I warn you now, though, I’m fucking filthy.”

One night, however, is not enough for Rowdy. He is more and more fascinated with Michelle, but he’s convinced that he can’t be the man for her because of his past.

I loved this one! I loved the sweetness, the sexiness and the emotional aspect. ‘The Brave Line’ is wonderfully written and very engaging and has an interesting premise. The story-line is fantastic, mainly because it has a little bit of everything in it, my favorite being the angst.

I adore these two main characters. Both of them are well portrayed, likable, real and relatable and have a lot of depth.  Michelle is definitely my kind of heroine. I found her character to be very endearing and genuine.

“She kept me engaged, kept me occupied, kept me hungry.”

Michelle’s past is heartbreaking and I truly felt for her. She’s a survivor – a warrior, a woman who despite her tragic past continues to be strong and continues to believe in good men. I loved her strength and resilience as well as her personality, sense of humor, confidence and intelligence.  And I loved how, despite everything, she continued to move on. Her vulnerable side, which I found to be endearing, made her more relatable, at least for me.

I also adored Michelle for the fact that she taught Rowdy how to move on, how to smile and, most of all, how to love. She is amazing!

Rowdy is yummy…most of the time. Even if he pissed me off a couple of times, overall, I found his character to be likeable and well-developed. He’s protective, possessive and bossy. I liked how his past was revealed and I really sympathized with him. The way he kept Michelle at arm’s length frustrated the hell out of me, but, in a way, I understood his point. Even if he was a douchebag at times, I still liked him. He was sweet and caring with Michelle and I loved seeing how he gradually figured out that she’s perfect for him in every way.

“She was perfect in every way for me…and no other man.”

The chemistry between these two is off the charts! Together they are fantastic – in and out of bed. I loved their banter, their interactions, the sweet times, the fun and happy scenes and, most of all, their sexy times. These two are simply combustible together – the author did an amazing job portraying their deep connection!

“I’m not breathing for ghosts anymore. I’m breathing for you.”

Overall, ‘The Brave Line’ is a fabulous read! It’s sweet, sexy and emotional, and I highly recommend it if you want to read something enthralling and well written!

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