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This book is a complete stand-alone, but we do meet Rowdy and Michelle in the ABM/Major Love books. Michelle is April’s crazy fellow 911 operator, and Rowdy is a cop and one of April’s best friends. There are sparks between Michelle and Rowdy from the start, but Rowdy doesn’t date/sleep with anyone he works with so Michelle is off limits… until she’s irresistible…
One of my favorite things about this book was how real it felt. It took two people with challenging jobs and shed some light on their professions. Being a nurse, I know how it is to work in a high-stress/critical field. That being said, I could never imagine being a cop. Or being married to one. Rowdy is honorable in his profession. I can’t even explain how I felt when given the insight to this profession. And knowing that the scenarios in the book were real life scenarios just made the story that much powerful. This story will give you a whole new respect for our men in blue.
Michelle is a hilarious and fun heroine, but I loved getting to see her soft and vulnerable side. She has a past that has scarred her, but she’s open to love, which only shows how strong she truly is. Rowdy has his own issues that have to do with his job and things that have happened to him. He is a hero and he’s a bit damaged, but he is also strong and tried his best to work through his issues. I adored the two of them together. I loved the laughter, the banter and all the fun they had. I also loved seeing the serious and emotional side of their relationship. And the steam… the sexy time in this book was intense and smoking.
This book has everything I love in a story. Emotion, steam, laughter, and just enough angst to keep me completely and thoroughly engaged. Kate Stewart took her writing to a whole different level with The Brave Line. I was blown away by this incredible story. One of my top favorites from this author, as well as a top favorite of mine so far this year. I can’t recommend this book enough!
Kate Stewart, she really loves messing with my brain. Straight up, I’m going to admit something that will probably shock you. Nearly every one of her heroes I’ve hated for a time. Rowdy, well he takes the cake. I wanted to kick the douchewaffle where the "sun don’t shine" numerous times. Officer Rowdy, doesn’t do relationships and makes it as plain as he can that for him, sex will not make him fall in love. The problem is that his attitude was just plain rude. Sure, he doesn’t want to lead women on, but common courtesy goes a long way. So, for the majority of this book, I hated Rowdy. The problem is, Kate Stewart always talks me round. She works on my heart strings, brings on my tears and pushes their deep and true feelings at me, that I cave. I’m as bad as the heroines.
Where Kate Stewart excels, though, is her real way of portraying the characters. They point blank admit their stupidity. Own their mistakes and can articulate why they are the way they are and where they’ve gone wrong. It’s very hard to hold a grudge against someone who admits their faults AND is willing and prove their willingness, to work at changing. How’s a romantic gushy mushy reader supposed to deny that? Well, this little ducky can’t.
So, knowing that I may hate my hero for a wee while, I stepped into The Brave Line waiting for the first blow. Well, it came and I survived. I think it may have a wee bit to do with having a soft spot for men in uniform, so I have to give them a little leeway. I mean, what these guys face on a day to day basis is awful. What I have now come to realise, is that the call centre workers who take the emergency calls, have it just as bad…but in a different way.
How would you handle taking numerous calls where someone is either screaming or crying in your ear? Me…not sure I could do it. Well, Michelle, she’s a tough chick. She’s FEARLESS!! Unfortunately, she became fearless after making one of those calls to the call centre. This chick was amazing. Michelle has faced danger, lived through it and became a fierce and lively woman who makes the best of every day. She also needs to protect her heart a little better.
I really enjoyed the journey reading The Brave Line. We got to see some of our old friends pop up and got to meet some new and interesting ones too.
There were plenty of steamy scenes to get the heart pumping and it was obvious to me that these guys had a connection.
The Brave Line was not an easy read. Some of the scenes were a little hard to take but never more than I could handle. There is one scene that broke my heart and what made it even worse was the fact that it was something that we are unfortunately seeing more of lately.
Police officers don’t just have to face the bad guys, they also have to face that some bad guys are standing by their side. The fallout of a bad decision by an officer, especially in this day of social media, can be catastrophic. There are no easy answers…but my heart goes out to the good officers (doing the right thing) and the victims (who may not have been doing the right thing) who have to live with their consequences.
I enjoyed this story and the authors work. I can’t wait for more suffer, pain and torture…that leads to a happy ever after.
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Continuing my New To Me Author challenge for this year I picked The Brave Line by Kate Stewart. This was my first but definitely not my last book from her.Read more
This was given to me fo honest opinion. Michelle and Rowdy.
A dispatcher and a police officer, both having a lot of emotional baggage.Read more