Book Review – The Brave Line by Kate Stewart

Raw. Emotional. Gritty.  – A must read!!!!

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.

 

Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 19th 2017
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Wow –  I need to sort my thoughts!!

This book was so much more than I expected.

It’s eleven at night, and there is no way I could go to bed without putting my thoughts to paper.

The Brave Line was gritty, emotionally wrecking, and so raw that I felt like a wide open wound at times.

The story gripped me from the very first page and didn’t let me go.

And OMG the feelings, they gutted me.

Not only did Rowdy and Michelle make me feel raw with emotions, but also the underlining issue of what police officers face every day was emotionally draining.

The amount of research Kate Stewart put into this book was palpable and turned this novel into an exceptional piece of writing. It felt too authentic and realistic to be anything else than a masterpiece.

Reading about Rowdy’s internal turmoil broke my heart. Rowdy was an AMAZING character.

He fought an inner war – demons, darkness, and guilt. And almost succumbed to it. Until he met Michelle and she slowly became his rock and reason to fight the good fight.

The book was just amazing.

It grabbed me and kept me going. It was not so much the action but the undercurrents and subtleties that waved their way through this book that kept me on my toes. Both main characters were extremely complex and layered. Neither were an open book. Both kept essential parts of them selfs locked away. And even so I thought I knew them, they still surprised me and drew me in.

Rowdy, with his taciturn personality had a tendency to be a jerk and was not willing to be more than a fleeting distraction to Michelle. From the very first moment he made sure that she understood where they were standing so there wouldn’t be any confusion or devastation later on.

And Michelle, such an amazing women, understood completely. Even so she had a crush on him for over a year, she knew the score. And she was pretty confident that she could keep their relationship purely physical.

I loved her dearly.

Michelle was such an unique character. She was funny, almost like one of the boys, her vocabulary was not safe for young ears, she was upfront about what she wanted from Rowdy, confident in her needs, all in all FASCINATING.

And I wasn’t the only one who thought so.

Rowdy was immediately intrigued, curious, and couldn’t get her out of his mind.

He was drawn to her more and more. Rowdy still kept himself closed off, and Michelle became very good at giving him space when needed. Their chemistry was insanely hot and they were perfectly matched in the bedroom. Rowdy was the dominant one that allowed Michelle to give up control, to enjoy herself without feeling like something was wrong with her.

Those two were scorching HOT!!

Even so they were evenly matched in the bedroom, outside they were often very opposite in nature. She was a fun loving women, her goal was to live her life to the fullest, and embrace the good in life. He was at a point in life where the darkness of his job almost swallowed him alive. She was the light, to his darkness. The peace to his turmoil.

And together they were ONE.

I loved how The Brave Line centered around Rowdy and Michelle. There was nothing in this book that took the attention away from what was IMPORTANT. It was all about Rowdy and Michelle.

I don’t think my review gives the book justice. Honestly, I don’t think my words are adequate to describe how this book made me feel. I can only recommend….

stop what you are doing and READ IT!!!

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