Title: The Brave Line
Author: Kate Stewart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 17
5 BRAVE CROWNS
My introduction to Kate Stewart was with Anything but Minor, and I absolutely fell in love with her humor and writing. My love was solidified with Major Love, and now, now my love has been amplified with The Brave Line! It is so incredibly different then the other books, rightfully so since they are connected per se, but is still beautifully written with angsty, sexy times, and humor.
These characters, Michelle and Rowdy, are both intense, just in different ways. Michelle is wild with an off beat humor, and she has this child-like mentality to her, a live in the moment attitude that is often subdued in adults. She isn’t reckless though, and Kate Stewart does a phenomenal job balancing her c’est la vie attitude and her more mature adult side. One of her greatest attributes though is her heart and compassion. She loves immensely, and never pushes, sensing what others need and providing it. And her strength, God, her strength and determination to move on, to make it on her own, and to save herself twice will amaze readers. Just as intense is Rowdy, and Lord, does that name match this man’s personality, especially in the bedroom. He is honorable and good, trying to fulfill his role as cop, upholding all the ethics obligations of the job. This man has lost, though, so many times that he has closed himself off. His walls have been built out of self preservation, and even at the end he acts to save himself, finally realizing who and what he cannot live without. Additionally, this man in the bedroom is unparalleled. I don’t know if I can recall a man as virile. He dominates, and not in a BDSM way, but in a I will own your body and dole out your pleasure as I see fit! See? Hot! These two together are electric. Readers may think their intensity might be overpowering, but it matches and complements each other. These two find a new life together, they heal together, and they continue to become a stronger couple together.
The tone of The Brave Line is much more intense and serious. With this story, Kate Stewart has introduced readers to complex characters who have been damaged by violence and suffering, which has inspired their current professions but has also erected walls. Their feelings for each other attempt to break down the walls, and each brick being removed is emotional and tumultuous. Readers will absolutely fee it all. On top of the romance, Ms. Stewart sheds light on issues that plague police officers working the streets, the danger, the uncertainty, and so much more. She exposes a side that the media doesn’t often cover. Additionally, she shows that difficulties of being a dispatcher, of being behind the phone. With both jobs she shows that hardships and the readers, leaving the reader with a deeper appreciation for both professions.
The Brave Line is another angsty, emotional must read. Like all of her previous books, it is wonderfully written with lovable and three dimensional characters who earn reader affection. This story will engage readers with the romance and exposes them to issues plaguing the profession. It is truly what reading should be about.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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. Hecan’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.
Get your copy of The Brave Line today!
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