Title: The Brave Line
Author: Kate Stewart
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 21 March 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
We were introduced to Rowdy and Michelle in Major Love but for the life of me I can’t quite remember any significant details about them, apart from Michelle being April’s co-worker in the emergency dispatcher department and Rowdy her best friend.
Rowdy is an officer of the law whose chosen career defines his identity, choosing law enforcement wasn’t really a choice for him rather a necessity following a tragic event in his childhood. Revelations about his upbringing and the traumatic experiences that have shaped him providing understanding to his emotional barriers, especially his reluctance to enter into a relationship due to his stressful career.
Michelle is a survivor, determined to make the most of the second chance she has been given, Michelle is a bit brash, a little quirky and completely unapologetic about who she is. Although she does tend to keep her vulnerability carefully concealed. Michelle has carried a smouldering torch for Rowdy since she first set eyes on his man candy good looks 😀
Details of the incidents that have shaped both Rowdy and Michelle are scattered through the narrative adding depth to their personal stories and providing insight into their emotional barriers. However, I did find the plot a little jumpy at the beginning.
The Brave Line shows how negative aspects of our lives are the ones that shape us the most and even the most tragic of situations can lead to where we are supposed to be – professionally, romantically and emotionally. I have to say I envies Michelle’s inner strength and independence, especially her ‘pay it forward’ mentality. Michelle is very self-aware and has used her experiences in a positive manner as opposed to Rowdy whose denial of his personal issues resulted in them manifesting in such a way he was unable to continue to avoid them.
The Brave Line also takes into consideration the volatile situation between law enforcement and the public due to a few rotten eggs tarnishing the entire institutes reputation. Highlighting the flawed aspects of both the justice system and humanity as a whole.
I absolutely loved the real life Q & A’s Kate has included within The Brave Line, they add true insight into what it takes to work in law enforcement essentially proving it takes a certain type of person and they also emphasis that for most individual they are drawn to this type of profession as a duty rather than a career choice. It also served to highlight that there is little to no reward for their daily sacrifices♥