Book Review – The Brave Line by Kate Stewart

by Maryse on April 23, 2017 · 11 comments

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The Brave Line
I loved it (and I’m going to say I 5-star loved the second half of the book).

The first half was very good. Second half was intense and the best part of it all. In fact, I devoured it, and I’m surprised I did, ’cause it’s HOT!!!!! Hotter than I usually stick with. eek Like eye-buggingly, cheek blushingly OMG. WHOA. HOT!!!!!!!!

Yet, for such a STEAMY (and I meant steamy spelled D-I-R-T-Y) steamy, this book has SO much emotion, intense feels,  and backstory (and current story) that I fell in love with everyone in it.

Maryse: I just want to announce… if you’re looking for something SUPER-STEAMY HOT (but totally intense-romance), I’m reading just the thing! OMG the things he says… *blush* whoooooooooooooo *blink blink* And I already love this author, and this is bargain-priced right now, so it was a no-brainer.

Heather: LOVED this book. Caliente!!!!

Maryse: HOLY MOLY IS IT EVER!!!!!!!!!

Tracie: I freaking LOVED LOVED this book!!

Andrea: This book was amazing! Kate Stewart really hit it out of the park!!

Nay: Maryse–I actually started The Brave Line last night. I was going to start Room 212 but when I saw the blurb for The Brave Line. I couldn’t resist! I’m on Chapter 7, and so far so good!

Maryse: I totally one-clicked it because I was SO in the mood for this kind of story (and it. Is. HOT!!!! D-I-R-T-Y hot. BUT!!! Not erotica. Totally a romance book). Okay so… they just TOTALLY did er… all SORTS of “it”, and *whoooo* *blink blink* and then… this:

We stood for minutes just staring at each other before a shared, slow building smile lit up our faces. Lost in his eyes and his hold on me, I let myself go and felt the earth shift briefly. Rowdy was a sexual deviant hidden behind his blues the way I hid behind my headset. We were a sexual match. And it would have been perfect… if it wasn’t already over.

SO GOOD (so far)!!!

Amy: Kate Stewart, as in Room 212 Kate Stewart? And with a paragraph like that?? Oh, HECK yeah…CLICK!!!!

Jen C: Excited to start The Brave Line next after all the positive remarks!

Nay: Maryse–so glad you started The Brave Line! I’m loving their chemistry, and it’s super HAWT!!!

And I’ll be honest, guys. I didn’t think I’d be able to connect to the overtly-flirtatious, unabashed heroine. She’s wild, wide-open, and at times… a little obnoxious.

“She lived out loud…”

Oh boy… does she, and she’s no where near “me” (personality-wise), yet by the end, she felt like my absolute best friend in the world.

You guys know me. I tend to skim the sex. I’ll read if I’m so enthralled in the emotional and intensity and then I don’t even realize it’s happening until *whooops* IT. IS. HAPPENING. And this was sort of one of those. ‘Cause OMG did it happen. So blatantly that it didn’t even really sneak up on me, and still… I read every bit of it. Tee hee!!!! ;)

But better than that? This book ripped my heart out (such heartache and even terror for some), had tears spilling out of my eyes TWICE (for two very different reasons, such as… OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!!!!  THAT JERK!!! <— My favorite ;) even though it breaks my heart. And then… OMG I’m terrified with her – you’ll see… such a hard thing to read and this one was no exception), but overall, it healed me whole. And I loved it.

You can begin again anywhere you want to in life, but you can’t recreate your past or the way it shaped you.

So what’s it about?

Michelle is starting over in a new town, in a totally new life (and OMG her “old life” is WAY worth discovering. My heart aches!!!!!). She’s an emergency dispatcher now, and she’s got a HARD crush on one moody, broody cop that they call “Rowdy”. There’s nothing Rowdy about him. In fact,  she teases him on how “straight” he is. Or does she call him a square? Either way, you get the picture. :)


“Jesus, you are a square. Joint.”

“I know what a damn spliff is. And before you ask, no, I never did anything like that. How the hell did an ex-car thief, spliff-smoker become a dispatcher for the police?”

“Michelle isn’t my real name.” It was a half-truth.

He looked me over before he turned back to look above us. “I knew you were wild.”

“I’m not wild. I’m cultured.”

“You’re a dope smoking car thief.” I knew he was playing with me, though his tone was anything but.

“I’ve only stolen two cars— both classics— and I promise you it was worth it. So was the spliff.”

“You are trouble.”

“I was. I really was.”

Rowdy’s not interested. She’s too forward, too bold, too mouthy, and especially too “eager”. Mind you, he thinks she’s plenty hot, so that = too much temptation.

Thirteen years as a cop and not once had I ever thought about breaking my personal rule. Five minutes with her and I was convinced the rule was more of a punishment than a saving grace.

He doesn’t mess around where he works, and she’s just too close, so that’s a BIG FAT NO.

She’d been openly flirtatious, but I kept it friendly. I thought she was beautiful when I met her, but I had to shut it down. I never dipped my cock anywhere near my job. It was sacrilegious, and she’d been my greatest temptation so far.

And as confident and unabashed as she is, that hurts.

So, he didn’t date. Clearly he’d gotten mixed signals from me because that wasn’t exactly the one I’d given him. In fact, I was pretty sure I’d tractor-beamed “I want your hard handyman for a service call” with every flirtation. I didn’t get the hold up, and he apparently didn’t think a grown woman could handle a tryst with a coworker.


So when she finally is just starting to get over her crush, and decides she’s getting back on the saddle with someone else (at least temporarily), Rowdy *ahem* “c**kblocks” her, well, things get heated. Yep. THAT kind of heated.

“Rowdy, I’ll clue you in because we seem to have a communication problem.” I gave him the come here finger. He leaned over slightly as I whispered, “I’m not looking for friendly conversation tonight. Unless you are sushi or an orgasm, you aren’t on the menu.”

But then he thinks to himself… as long as it’s just private fun and nothing more, it can’t mess with his career and principles, right?

“I said dating won’t happen. And now that I know what you’re looking for, it’s a game changer.”

*snort* Okay. You keep telling yourself that Rowdy. And WE’LL enjoy the read.

And boy did I. Yes, it was exceptionally detailed, and he was exceptionally exciting, yet… “ONLY IN BOOKS” would I accept that, with how he spoke and treated her during the heated moments. But I can’t help it when I say… WHOOOOOOOOO HOT and HOLY MOLY he did NOT just say that?!!!!!!

*waggles eyebrows*

Yeah. I loved it. It had humor, it had an incredible cast of characters and interesting “side-stories” that had my heart (in good and bad ways) and this book gave us an excellent look into the life of a police officer, today (in many of the silly-sweet, super-scary and heartbreaking moments). It’s steamy, but best of all, it’s EXTREME emotion (and not just the sappy kind). It was the range of “feels” that kept me connected and not just reading it. Devouring it.

This was not just the bang, my friends. It’s the WHOLE SHEBANG.

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just have to find the ones worth suffering for. — Bob Marley.

4.5 stars!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol April 23, 2017 at 8:39 PM

Just finished 1/2 hour ago. Loved it. Just about everything I want in a book.

Maryse April 23, 2017 at 8:52 PM

Agreed Carol. This one had it all!!!!

Tessa April 24, 2017 at 1:00 AM

I just finished it and Oh, I totally agree. So many emotions, especially the end. The part that got me was towards the end with, um… incident with the friend. I was so scared at that part. Heart aching big time. Thank you for recommending it! Your little Saturday paragraph made me grab it and I enjoyed every second.

Jeanie V. April 24, 2017 at 2:13 AM

I just finished this too! The main characters were “different” but refreshing! This book surprised me and I really enjoyed it.

Lisa April 24, 2017 at 4:30 AM

Clickety click. Thanks ladies. Needed a rec. Starting tonight.

Just finished Hot Shot and floved Finn so damn much. I really needed a hero H and Kristen Callihan writes good Hs.

Maryse April 24, 2017 at 5:44 AM

YAY guys!! I’m so glad we sort of buddy-read this one. ;) And Lisa, I heard Hot Shot was AMAZING.

But next for me will be Brittainy’s latest. I’m excited!!!

Jean April 24, 2017 at 12:39 PM

1 clickety click….nuff said!

Cait April 24, 2017 at 4:48 PM

That’s it I’m one clicking it!

Nay April 24, 2017 at 5:16 PM

I loved it too! Couldn’t agree more with your review, Maryse!

Maryse April 24, 2017 at 7:26 PM

:D !!!!!!!

Janet April 25, 2017 at 4:37 PM

Good review, Maryse – thoroughly enjoyed it too, and would definitely recommend it. Loved the two main characters, the development of their relationship, the tension, the distress and the heart break. Loved their bravery, and forbearance – I couldn’t put it down!

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