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.
**The Brave Line generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**
5 "It's called Rowdy Red..." Stars
I adored the stand alone, contemporary romance story in The Brave Line. A book with an important message and a beautiful purpose that makes you laugh as much as it makes you feel deeply resides within the pages of Kate Stewart's latest release. Throughout the book I felt everything. The angst, the heart warming moments, the passion, the turmoil, and the fun - this book was just so much fun woven between the dire moments and the tragic histories of both main characters.
The Brave Line brings a captivating case study of main characters. Rowdy Day - good guy, straight edge, law man with a cynical and battered attitude about life hails as our lovable jerk of a hero. I loved that Stewart's hero walked a straight line and was honorable at his job. His loyalty and love for his friends endeared him to me from the beginning. His futile resistance against a fiery dispatcher made for intensely hilarious and sexy reading. I loved his demons and how he chose to fight them by not fighting them at all. I loved that he was a total alpha domineering in all aspects of his life. Curt to the point of rudeness and he didn't give one solitary crap. Rowdy Day is who he is without apology whether you like it or not.
Enter Michelle Long. Oh Michelle Long, how I wish to grow up one day and be like thee.
"You just couldn't leave it alone, could you.?"
Michelle Long plays the hero in this book too, without a doubt. I loved that she's a wild child from out of town who's insanely attracted to the good-guy-yet-jerk of police sergeant. She's perfectly sassy and sarcastic, and so very sure of herself, who she is, and what she wants. A little spitfire of a woman who's the resident bulldog when it comes to Rowdy and his feelings. She plows right through all his defenses with her wit, charm, and devil-may-care attitude. Her history was fascinating and alluring juxtaposed against great sadness. It's the kind of history with an end result that should and needs to be told more. She's neither fake nor needy just bursting with love and loyalty. Michelle was uplifting in her strength and zest for life. And because of that she innately understands something within Rowdy and allows him to be who he is without resistance on her part - she likes that he's the lovable jerk with the short answers and sarcastic charm. Her strength in this book is unmatched even by him.
What I think I loved most about The Brave Line revolves around the basis of the story starting with the kind-of relationship required between a cop and a dispatcher. By nature, it's a symbiotic relationship that maintains a level intimacy between the two. Whether their romantic or not, the feelings conjured are real and directly relate to the vitality of the men and women who risk their lives for the general public; an always thankless, often fruitless job. The gambit of emotions both uniform and dispatcher run through on a daily basis would make anyone's head spin. The heart Kate Stewart infuses in her words about their jobs and who they are was real and emotional in and of itself. They walk a fine line which I thought she represented well without crippling bias. In addition she highlights the importance of these people and their importance to each other which was really startling and eye opening to realize.
"People wanted perfect cops, but that could only happen if there were perfect people."
This is my second book by Kate Stewart and I'm once again thrilled with the level of "realness" she creates for her characters. These are real men and women who live real lives with ordinary jobs doing extraordinary things. Fueled by issues from their pasts, Rowdy and Michelle take us for a bumpy ride through heated lust, amazing banter, unbridled passion, and the building of a great connection all the while serving the needs of others and trying to perpetually create a goodness within themselves. The Brave Line is romantic and pure with angst and fun laced throughout. I really enjoyed reading this book and think all romance readers will too.