REVIEW – THE BRAVE LINE by Kate Stewart

SYNOPSIS

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.

*****Dee’s Review*****

5 Phenomenal Stars*****

I read The Brave Line from cover to cover in two days; two days that felt like pure literary heaven in my hands. I cried, I laughed, I got aroused and everything else in between.

Reading a Kate Stewart book is like having a visit with your best friend; you know you are guaranteed to have a great time, you’ll laugh hard, and perhaps cry too, but in the end, you know you’ll leave with your heart full of wonderful.

This book was everything!

Michelle was such a memorable heroine and perhaps even my most favorite one this year. She is so funny, so courageous and lively, I just loved her. And Rowdy, well… this hero was perfection in my book. I’m still not sure if I wanted to fix him or let him break me, I think either way I would be happy. The Brave Line was truly an irresistible read, and I can see myself reading it again, and again.

Michelle has a very painful past that she’s escaped from. She moved to Charleston from California with a new perspective on life. Her new job as an emergency operator is not easy but she loves it, especially the part when she gets to talk to the sexy cop who’s been in her mind since the first day she met him, Rowdy.

Of course Rowdy has noticed Michelle, her good looks and larger than life personality are impossible to miss. But Rowdy has two rules in life, he doesn’t do commitment, and he doesn’t date anybody he works with. Rowdy has experienced enough losses in his life to know that love only leads to heartbreak. Also his only focus in life in his job, and is too dangerous to afford any distractions.

The more Michelle sees Rowdy the quicker she’s falling for him, and she has decided that if she’s going down, she’s going to take him down with her. Lucky for us we go along for the ride, and like a car chase you will feel exhilarated, excited, and even a little bit scared.

Read this book and surrender to the amazing pen of Kate Stewart as she takes us on a beautiful journey, that will incarcerate the hearts of anybody who reads The Brave Line.

*****Mel’s Review*****

5 Fearless Stars!

-You can begin again anywhere you want to in life but you can’t recreate your past or the way it shaped you.

Michelle Long is a beautiful woman who moved to Charleston from California after one tragic night changed her entire life. She is strong, confident, brave and a survivor who will never stop fighting for the kind of life she wants to live. She left the fairytale life behind & has built a life she is proud of. She now works as a 911 operator for the City of Charleston.

Randolph Owen Day aka Rowdy is a police sergeant in Charleston. He’s a great guy who has wonderful friends but doesn’t have lasting romantic relationships. He’s been through a lot in his past & has his heart locked away. He’s been a cop for about twelve years, & never breaks his rule of no business with pleasure, but lately one gorgeous, aggressive, openly flirtatious, feisty dispatcher has him wanting to cross that line.

Michelle has been crushing on Rowdy for over a year & he never seemed interested. She’s starting to believe her open & shameless flirting is a waste of time. She’s highly sexual & made it very clear on more than one occasion she wants him. He had a body she daydreamed about, & the sound of his voice in her ear every night made her fantasize about him even more.

Rowdy wants Michelle badly. She was after him & he was starting to have trouble resisting her advances. She was pure temptation & the thought of having her became harder to ignore. They both felt the undeniable pull every time they were in the same room. He finally decides he has to have her at least once.

-I’d be damned if every second I looked at him, I wanted him a little more.

-Something about the way he watched me made my pulse kick.

-I wanted him without a doubt, no preface of a future, no plans of any kind, no problem. I wanted him. And from the look in his eyes, I was about to have him.

-He’d read my body and my mind and completely owned me from the minute he touched me.

-I was at his mercy and I loved every second.

Michelle & Rowdy cross that line, and they are explosive together. They decide to satisfy their mutual cravings & just make it a one-time thing, but they couldn’t get enough of each other. They share an intense connection & he soon becomes a part of her, as her heart gets involved.

Rowdy doesn’t think he deserves her, & they both have demons from their past that have forever changed them and altered their lives. Michelle breaks through all Rowdy’s boundaries & he begins to fall for her. He doesn’t do relationships, but he can’t lose her. Will the darkness that still has a hold over him prevent him from having the future he wants, or will he open his heart completely to love?

I really enjoyed this book! I loved what a strong woman Michelle is. She’s funny, fearless & lives life her way. She is a woman who knows her worth & loves herself. She was a fabulous heroine, & Rowdy is a delicious cop who I fell for right away. He’s kind, sexy, alpha and hot as hell.

-The truth was, I wanted her.

-She wanted to know me. I loved it. I hated it.

-I didn’t need commitment, but I wanted her.

-Michelle was my only pinpoint of light. We’d been sliding through the dark together with nothing to hold onto but each other.

-She lived out loud and loved like no other woman alive.

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