Release Date: Dec 19, 2017
Series: Contours of the Heart
Heat Level: Warm/Sensual
Publisher: Tammara Webber
I was introduced to Tammara Webber’s books by way of Easy, which was easily one of the best (if not best) book I read that year. I was so delighted and impressed by it, I immediately devoured her entire backlist, which was the Between the Line series. At this point I’m even more impressed. Easy wasn’t a one-off. Ms Webber is a talented storyteller and a wonderful writer. I will admit, I didn’t love Breakable nearly as much as the others, which I thought was more of a coming-of-age novel. I want my romance novels to be romance-centric.
Getting to Brave, I didn’t know what to expect. This story features an interracial romance and I was wondering what would Isaac be like. Please please please (I begged) don’t let Isaac be a sad stereotype. Well, I put my trust in Ms Webber and I was not disappointed. Gosh, not only wasn’t I disappointed, I was thrilled by Erin and Isaac’s romance. Easy and Brave are easily my favorite books of the Contour of the Heart series.
First let’s start with the writing. Vivid and accomplished are the first words that come to find. I love it. It’s smooth and reading it feels effortless and there’s nothing I love better than immersing myself in a great story with great writing.
Second, but just as important, are the two main characters. I’m so glad Ms. Webber decided to give Erin, who was Jacqueline’s roommate (heroine) in Easy, her own book. She was a wonderful secondary character and at the end of Easy I wondered what became of her. Did she stay with Chaz? That question was answered by just reading the blurb of the book or glancing at the cover. Nope, after college Erin ends up working for her father at his construction company, where they build custom, high-end homes. With her psychology degree in mind, a customer liaison position is created for her and she ends up working for Isaac. She’s his only direct report and he’s not thrilled about taking her on. Something he makes known the moment he sets eyes on her.
The expressions my new coworkers wore ranged from wide-eyed curiosity (the receptionist, who looked like a twelve-year-old wearing half a pound of mascara) to veiled animosity (some guy glaring down from the open gallery of the second level as though his sworn enemy had just breached the castle walls).
Yeah, that guy glaring down at her is Isaac Maat, her new boss. Needless to say they don’t get off to good start. And for me, it was the perfect way to start off their relationship. A good healthy dose of animosity never fails to heighten my interest. At this point, I’m completely tuned in and engaged (I read this book in the span of one day). I didn’t even wonder at Isaac’s resentment and neither did Erin. She was the owner’s daughter. Privileged and entitlement wrapped in money, as she so aptly puts it.
Isaac, whose POV you don’t get, is hot. If the cover doesn’t convey that as it should, I’m here to tell you he’s a hottie—or as Erin observes, close up, he’s beyond good-looking. Great voice, great face and great body to match. He dresses like a GQ model. His physical appeal handicap was so low he could turn pro. And he’s no slouch in the education arena either, attaining an MBA from Wharton and graduating magna cum laude with an architectural degree. So yes, Isaac Maat is the whole package. Erin wonders what he’s doing working at her father’s company. Surely he could be making a lot more money elsewhere.
Isaac proves to be the dark, broody, silent type (love them!) and I began to wonder as the story when on, why he was so set against liking Erin. Erin is wildly attracted to him but he’s a brick wall. Although, I was happy to see a crack every now and then. And there was that time he saved her bacon big time. Honestly, he was a puzzle I personally wanted to solve much less Erin.
I loved the push and push of their developing relationship. I loved the fact that she did some of the pursuing. I loved the way the romance unfolded, bit by bit, action by action and word by word, building the ever-present sexual tension that sizzled between them. I loved catching up with Jacqueline and discovering what was going on with her and Lucas. And I loved the fact that the issue of race was part of the storyline but not overdone. Then of course there’s what happened to Chaz. I won’t say anymore than that, you’ll have to read it to find out.
All in all, a fabulous, meaty story with fully developed characters. I came to the end not wanting it to end. I also sent out a personal plea to Ms. Webber requesting a book about Mindy and Rhys’ romance and perhaps a couple weddings. Yeah, I’m not too demanding. 😉