The Brave Line by Kate Stewart: Review

The Brave Line by Kate Stewart: ReviewThe Brave Line by Kate Stewart
on March 18, 2017
Genres: Love & Romance

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.

Alexis says…

I am a bit overwhelmed by how much I loved The Brave Line. There  was so much more to this story than what meets the eye. I finished it yesterday and I’m positive it is going to leave  me in a tortured book hangover for quite some time.

Michelle has escaped her life in California and is now residing in Charleston as a 911 dispatcher. She’s a bit quirky, tells it how it is, and really makes no qualms about who she is.   Michelle is also quite the survivor after what happened to her back in California. Truthfully I admired her so much, her strength especially…if only I could be more like Michelle.

Rowdy is a “no time for a relationship” officer. Nor does he mix business with pleasure so to speak. He’s hot as hell, quite the alpha-male, but also carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Honestly, at times he came off like such a jerk. I will say I spent half the book pissed at him. The baggage he carries around is indeed heart-breaking and hard to move past.

After a two-year crush, Rowdy finally gives Michelle what she wants. He finally allows himself to give into the temptation of that sexy little minx.  After saying this is a one-time thing, he just can’t stop himself from coming back for more sex. And when I say sex…I’m talking HOT AF sex. But Rowdy makes it clear that this is all he can give her. Being as she works at the call center, he can’t escape her, nor does he actually want to. The more time they spend together, the more it becomes apparent that they are more than just hook-up buddies. These two start to depend on each other yet it seems that sex is the way they express themselves. It takes Rowdy a bit more time to open his eyes and realize it what is right in front of him…but by then it might be too late.

“Are you going to worry about me tonight?”

Like I said above, there is more than just a romance in this book. This book delves deep into what it means to be a police officer. The way they put their lives on the line each and every single day.   And not only putting their life on the line, but how thankless at times the job can be. The pressures it comes with, the attachments you form to your fellow officers, etc. On the flipside, it shows what a pivotal role the dispatchers have and how they are impacted during an intense situation as well.

I commend Kate for putting this book out there. The lengths she went to make sure everything was perfect shows throughout the pages. The relationship between dispatcher and officer is a pivotal one and part of Michelle and Rowdy’s interactions are based on their time in that role. This book has its fair share of angst but you will definitely want to read Michelle and Rowdy’s journey.

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

The Brave Line has quickly become a favorite of mine and definitely will be a top ten of 2017 contender for sure.





About Kate Stewart

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.