Brave (Contours of the Heart, #4)
Courage means rising up to defend your beliefs...or daring to question them.Erin McIntyre was captivating, but forbiddenHis professional subordinateThe embodiment of unearned privilegeThe daughter of his sworn enemyIsaac Maat was impossible to readSmart, ambitious, and emotionally detachedHotter than anyone's boss should ever beAnd definitely hiding something...He told himself that getting to know her would help him take down her father.She told herself that getting under his skin would distract her wrecked heart from its misery.Neither predicted their private war would lead to an intimate battle in which the victor would be the first one to SURRENDER.

Brave (Contours of the Heart, #4) Details

TitleBrave (Contours of the Heart, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 17th, 2017
PublisherTammara Webber
ISBN-139780999426425
Rating
GenreNew Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Brave (Contours of the Heart, #4) Review

  • Tammara
    January 1, 1970
    I'm the author of this New Adult novel, a spinoff, stand-alone Contours of the Heart novel - Erin's story. :)
  • Irina
    January 1, 1970
    There's no other way to put it.I'm disappointed.At the beginning the slowness didn't bother me because it was a (well written) slow burn "romance". In fact, I was pretty excited and I was loving it. But then at 50% still nothing was burning and I've begun to lose interest.There was no sexual tension. None. No build-up. I feel like saying "I felt nothing!". Every emotion I had was never related to them as a couple.This is not an enemies-to-lovers and/or an office romance book. I could even say it There's no other way to put it.I'm disappointed.At the beginning the slowness didn't bother me because it was a (well written) slow burn "romance". In fact, I was pretty excited and I was loving it. But then at 50% still nothing was burning and I've begun to lose interest.There was no sexual tension. None. No build-up. I feel like saying "I felt nothing!". Every emotion I had was never related to them as a couple.This is not an enemies-to-lovers and/or an office romance book. I could even say it's not a romance (it's that bad). I never felt their love relationship was forbidden (which was the point of this book, #epicfail). He told himself that getting to know her would help him take down her father. Did I read a different book? Where was this?!THERE WAS NO CONFLICT.THERE WAS NO ANGST.NOTHING.The "big" revelation moment was just so fucking MEH. And on top of that, they get together (and finally have sex for the first time) only in the last chapter and are a couple only in the fucking epilogue.I had some problems with Erin too (so annoying).I don't exactly like Tammara Webber's heroines, but I freaking love her heroes. Isaac was perfect. I think this book would have worked much better from/with his POV. Without his voice it felt incomplete to me.Sigh. My fault. I was expecting something else completely.So disappointed, I wanna cry.After the latest books in this series and especially after the Between the Lines series (don't read that shit), I'm starting to think Easy was just a fluke.
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  • Liza Wiemer
    January 1, 1970
    A must-read NA novel that can be read as a standalone or part of the fabulous CONTOURS OF THE HEART series. This novel tackles some tough issues. It's eye-opening and will break your heart as well as make you swoon. Smart, sexy, and beautifully written. Expect the unexpected! This novel has depth, compassion, and a window into this world reminding us that hatred is poison and love can transform. BRAVE reminds us all to stand up for what's right. Brava, Tammara!!!Highly, highly recommend!FRTC!
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  • Antonella
    January 1, 1970
    Okay let's see:- enemies to lovers-opposite-this cover-blurb-heroine from previous books all of that got me to swoon really hard, and be all like I want to read it, badly.This had everything to be extraordinary romance book. Great hero; smart, courageous, honorable, handsome. Likable heroine, yes she is privileged, but I liked her. She also was very smart and I did not find her annoying. At all. I liked the plot line and slow burn of this story. Some may find that lacking but not me. But the end Okay let's see:- enemies to lovers-opposite-this cover-blurb-heroine from previous books all of that got me to swoon really hard, and be all like I want to read it, badly.This had everything to be extraordinary romance book. Great hero; smart, courageous, honorable, handsome. Likable heroine, yes she is privileged, but I liked her. She also was very smart and I did not find her annoying. At all. I liked the plot line and slow burn of this story. Some may find that lacking but not me. But the ending was really rushed. That ruined excellence of this book for me. I think over the night turnover in the story really ruined it for me. I do not mind that it was predictable. There is a huge gap that is missing for this story to be five star read. Also I should point out this is a really new adult kind of book, chemistry is there but the lead characters do not kiss until waaaaay late into the book and all the rest happens at the end, but never mind that I DO NOT, but I really felt more of a potential for this book, and sadly all I feel is lacking..... Where are all the pages,huh?!Overall this is for all of you who love NA, slow burn , opposite attract, no cheating, om/ow with very likable characters.
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  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    Worth the waitTammara Webber once again proves to be a masterful storyteller and the Queen of character development. It's been a long while since I've been unable to put a book down until it was finished. The characters are likeable, the story is engaging, the issues aren't shied away from. All that and the chemistry is between Erin and Isaac is palpable. This is going to be re-read, and often.
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  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm trying not to be disappointed, but I am. I know I shouldn't compare books but Easy is still a favorite book of mine. I'm talking multiple re-reads so that makes it shiny and important to me. This story lacked all the shine and sparkle. I'll even shorten that last word and tell you that the spark between the two characters wasn't all that spectacular either. I wasn't invested. The butterflies in my stomach didn't come out to play. So I'm giving it three stars for the things that I did like- I'm trying not to be disappointed, but I am. I know I shouldn't compare books but Easy is still a favorite book of mine. I'm talking multiple re-reads so that makes it shiny and important to me. This story lacked all the shine and sparkle. I'll even shorten that last word and tell you that the spark between the two characters wasn't all that spectacular either. I wasn't invested. The butterflies in my stomach didn't come out to play. So I'm giving it three stars for the things that I did like--that being I still love Erin as a character. She's pretty sassy! Overall, I am going to live somewhere between sort of liking this and probably forgetting about it all together in the end.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a quiet little book that slowly builds things. The romance is subtle, which works really well. As much as I liked the romance I liked Erin working on figuring out her life. I liked the couple of times that she talked about things with Issac, he gave her some great advice. I was almost to the end of the book and not much had happened, leaving me wondering how things would end. Then Issac comes in with some game changing info, some of which I guessed. I loved how he relayed the info. I lik This is a quiet little book that slowly builds things. The romance is subtle, which works really well. As much as I liked the romance I liked Erin working on figuring out her life. I liked the couple of times that she talked about things with Issac, he gave her some great advice. I was almost to the end of the book and not much had happened, leaving me wondering how things would end. Then Issac comes in with some game changing info, some of which I guessed. I loved how he relayed the info. I liked how Erin reacted on a couple different levels. It made her choice at the end all the better and giving me an ending that left me smiling!
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  • MiriMama
    January 1, 1970
    This was beyond disappointing. Utterly heavy-handed, way too much detail about things completely disconnected from the plot while glossing over things I would’ve cared to read a lot more about to make me more connected to Erin and Isaac and their relationship - which didn’t even happen until the last chapter and epilogue, and in a completely dissatisfying way, I have to add, and by then I barely bothered reading it thoroughly. The mark was sadly missed with this one.
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a long, long time since I’ve read a Tammara Webber book and coming back to one is a reminder of ‘Contours of the Heart’ as one of the first few books that actually made me aware of the then-emerging New Adult (sub)genre that had suddenly scored big hits with so many people. As the rocky relationship between Isaac Maat and Erin McIntyre emerges in the first few chapters however, what I’d evidently also forgotten is Webber’s seductively poetic and perceptive writing of this pairing—par It has been a long, long time since I’ve read a Tammara Webber book and coming back to one is a reminder of ‘Contours of the Heart’ as one of the first few books that actually made me aware of the then-emerging New Adult (sub)genre that had suddenly scored big hits with so many people. As the rocky relationship between Isaac Maat and Erin McIntyre emerges in the first few chapters however, what I’d evidently also forgotten is Webber’s seductively poetic and perceptive writing of this pairing—particularly so for a NA story—just as her portrayal of her characters are realistic, quite multifaceted and believable, with the undertones of racial bias that sets up the conflict of the story years before Isaac and Erin are even on the scene. These alone makes ‘Brave’ easy to go through, as Webber unravels the heroine, strips her bare, then puts her in front of the reader like a bold testament to the flawed (and young) heroine…complete with broken dreams, scorching fantasies, colossal fuck-ups and everything else in between. With only Erin’s POV available to us though, it is more difficult to figure out who Isaac really is, and my own inference in this case, coming through the filter of Erin’s own perceptions, doesn’t peel back that much. Consequently, Isaac remains relatively shrouded in mystery (and very alluringly sexy) but as unreadable and unattainable as Erin makes him out to be.I did find myself somewhat bored for the first half—the slow burn also translates into slow pacing—as Erin and Isaac take a while to warm up to each other, then flatten out until the climax near the end and a hurried resolution that’s unsatisfactory because of its swiftness and abruptness. The romance at some points, seems to flicker out, only to return when Erin/Isaac sort out the fallout from the big reveal and this, coupled with the rushed (and only) sex scene at the end, just left me needing a lot more than a HFN conclusion.
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  • Camille Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Good slow burn romance with a story and not just superficial sexing so horribly common these days. More like 3.5 with 0.5 points taken off for points of discomfort. I enjoyed the story. The beginning is especially funny. The parts that particularly gave me pause were:1. When Paxton relates the story of his Black friend and him being pulled over by the police. At some points, it felt as if Paxton was coopting the discrimination the Black guy was experiencing. I get that he bore witness to it and Good slow burn romance with a story and not just superficial sexing so horribly common these days. More like 3.5 with 0.5 points taken off for points of discomfort. I enjoyed the story. The beginning is especially funny. The parts that particularly gave me pause were:1. When Paxton relates the story of his Black friend and him being pulled over by the police. At some points, it felt as if Paxton was coopting the discrimination the Black guy was experiencing. I get that he bore witness to it and his visceral reaction to the immediate observation of racism would have had an impact, but it felt like a “a slave narrative” trope of the white friend dictating the Black experience. 2. I get the couple ending up together, but how was Isaac able to put allllllll that hurt behind him? Erin’s family blithely destroyed his. 3. Isaac’s love felt a bit sudden and unexpected to me. I get Erin’s, but his felt a little neat and wrapped up with a bow-ish. The end was somewhat rushed. 4. And this is not on the author...the narrator did a great job with Erin. The southern accent was well done. However, it would have served the listener well to have her effect a deeper or somehow contrasting male voice. Try. Please. I like Webber’s work...though I do detect the formula. Notwithstanding, this book was good to me.
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  • Misha
    January 1, 1970
    I'm thrilled that we finally received Erin's story. She was a favorite of mine from previous books in this series, and I thoroughly enjoyed her journey is this book. While I understand her personal growth was the focus of the story, I did feel the romance was lacking, leaving me feeling a bit disappointed at the end.
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  • Cait
    January 1, 1970
    This was Very Good. This whole series is good, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it. I was surprised at how late in the book the romance started, but that's sort of in line with this series, in that the main stuff is always about the protagonist anyway. Since it's set in 2014/2015 there are a fair few conversations about Ferguson and Tamir Rice which feel better a few years removed, but were still a little pointed, BUT I like that Webber tried, and mostly succeeded, to make a point about privil This was Very Good. This whole series is good, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it. I was surprised at how late in the book the romance started, but that's sort of in line with this series, in that the main stuff is always about the protagonist anyway. Since it's set in 2014/2015 there are a fair few conversations about Ferguson and Tamir Rice which feel better a few years removed, but were still a little pointed, BUT I like that Webber tried, and mostly succeeded, to make a point about privilege.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully Brave This was worth the beautiful wait. I adore everything about the words that Mrs. Webber always gives us. I loved Erin in easy, but this story was wonderful, from the dedication to the acknowledgements. To find these characters that are hurt and damaged and trying to find themselves and love is always beautifully done. These two wonderful people were struggling, but they found what they needed in each other. It made my heart so happy! Thank for this beautiful books and your words Beautifully Brave This was worth the beautiful wait. I adore everything about the words that Mrs. Webber always gives us. I loved Erin in easy, but this story was wonderful, from the dedication to the acknowledgements. To find these characters that are hurt and damaged and trying to find themselves and love is always beautifully done. These two wonderful people were struggling, but they found what they needed in each other. It made my heart so happy! Thank for this beautiful books and your words.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Just about as perfect as you can get. I couldn't have enjoyed this more. I missed the male POV at first but I soon learnt what was in Isaacs head because he was so candid with Erin. Love. Love. Love.
  • A.D. McCammon
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series. Tammara Webber never disappoints me. I’ve loved every book on this series & I’ll keep coming back for more. ♥ Love this series. Tammara Webber never disappoints me. I’ve loved every book on this series & I’ll keep coming back for more. ♥️
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    4-4-5 stars. I loved Erin in Easy. She was the girl we all wanted to be friends because she was a source of strength for Jacqueline and she stood by her side through the worst as well as advocated for her fellow sorority sister. Erin is back home now after finishing college, taking on a job at her father's company that she didn't even need to interview for. She grew up surrounded by wealth and privilege and has been placed under the supervision of Isaac Maat, much to his chagrin. Isaac is very i 4-4-5 stars. I loved Erin in Easy. She was the girl we all wanted to be friends because she was a source of strength for Jacqueline and she stood by her side through the worst as well as advocated for her fellow sorority sister. Erin is back home now after finishing college, taking on a job at her father's company that she didn't even need to interview for. She grew up surrounded by wealth and privilege and has been placed under the supervision of Isaac Maat, much to his chagrin. Isaac is very intelligent, professional and hardworking. He has had to earn his way through life to get where he is and still has to face racial injustices. I loved Erin and Isaac's chemistry - the attraction was undeniable but completely masked by a disdain for each other. Erin was determined to prove her worth in the company and to Isaac and he was intent on resisting her and seeing her true capabilities. I admired Isaac for his stoic nature and he was very impartial when it came to being her boss without crossing any lines. As for Erin, I enjoyed her tenacity and perseverance to be the best at her job. The story addresses several issues that are woven into the plot regarding stereotypes, racism, social class and family ties. The heat between Erin and Isaac was intense and had this build up that kept me turning the pages so I could finally enjoy the conclusion once all of the issues were resolved.
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  • Smitten
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Smitten by Books Reviews blog . 4.5 Top PickI 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 Originally posted on Smitten by Books Reviews blog . 4.5 Top PickI 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.~ Beverley
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  • Sera ~ Catty Reader
    January 1, 1970
    wow, this one actually has a release date!I might have outgrown the NA genre a bit by now though. But who knows, it might be good.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!I have been waiting for this for such a long time and now I have finally read it. It did not disappoint!!
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    A really good sequel to this emotional series! I also liked how this story tackled social issues in the US along with the growing affection of Erin and Issac.
  • Mou
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsLoved it, dealt with controversial issues and was cute af. Wish the ending was less rushed.
  • Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
    January 1, 1970
    I had been waiting on this book so long, I forgot why. I even forgot who Erin was. I had to ask a friend! That makes me sad because Brave and Tammara Weber's entire Contour of the Hearts series is so good! I love her writing and the world she has created.Brave was a slow burn romance. The characters, Erin and Isaac, started off as co-workers. Isaac was Erin's boss, and he wasn't her biggest fan. This spurred Erin into action. Their feelings built slowly throughout the story. I loved all of their I had been waiting on this book so long, I forgot why. I even forgot who Erin was. I had to ask a friend! That makes me sad because Brave and Tammara Weber's entire Contour of the Hearts series is so good! I love her writing and the world she has created.Brave was a slow burn romance. The characters, Erin and Isaac, started off as co-workers. Isaac was Erin's boss, and he wasn't her biggest fan. This spurred Erin into action. Their feelings built slowly throughout the story. I loved all of their moments together. Those lead to some very big ah-ha moments for Erin. The story was in her point of view, so those moments were extremely important.While I loved Erin and Isaac together, the romance didn't feel like the biggest part of the story. Erin coming into her own and learning about herself and her family took up a lot of the story. I really liked that story line. Isaac was woven into it, and how everything played out was very cool.The social and political aspects of Brave were important and relevant to life today.The only thing I wanted more of from Brave was time with Erin and Isaac together. I didn't get enough of them as a couple figuring out their lives together. I wanted more than just their attraction and the blooming of their love. I wanted to be deep within their bond.It may have taken years to finally get Erin's story, but it was well worth the wait. Tammara Weber gave her a story that showed Erin's strengths and her heart. I loved reading it.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly don't know how I feel about this book....I loved Easy and Breakable, and Sweet was good too, but this just didn't reach me as much as the other books did.Let me start by saying it might have more to do with me not being a fan of slow burns, or enemies-to-lovers books. Which is basically how I would categorize this. I loved Isaac from the start. Even though he was a bit of an ass to Erin, I could see why he was, because honestly it's the same reasons I wasn't a fan of her myself. I don I honestly don't know how I feel about this book....I loved Easy and Breakable, and Sweet was good too, but this just didn't reach me as much as the other books did.Let me start by saying it might have more to do with me not being a fan of slow burns, or enemies-to-lovers books. Which is basically how I would categorize this. I loved Isaac from the start. Even though he was a bit of an ass to Erin, I could see why he was, because honestly it's the same reasons I wasn't a fan of her myself. I don't remember liking or not liking her in previous books. She was just kind of there before, supportive without having any real characteristics. But boy if this book didn't give her a real snotty personality. It seemed throughout the whole book she was contradicting herself. "I don't want to be seen as the boss's daughter" but then the first sign she doesn't get her way she goes running to Daddy (and yes I cringed every time I read daddy, yuck). She may have grown a little by the end, but to me it didn't redeem her any. It was cool that they were a biracial couple, but I don't feel like it was touch upon as much as it could of. It was just kind of there and at times easy to forget it even was. And the ending.... what a let down, it does show much of their future at all. Just as they begin to grow and evolve together and as individuals. It. Just. Ends. I guess the reason why I'm giving it four stars is because it had just enough to keep me entertained to keep reading. I wanted to know how it all connect, and I seriously wasn't disappointed. I thought I had a clear to how it would all turn out, and while I was right by a degree I was off my a mile. Honestly without Isaac and his complex background the book would of been a totally flop for me.
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    “I don't know where I'm going yet, but it's a big wide world, and I'm too young to give up and throw in the towel on my life.” After waiting over two and a half years, the next book in Contours of the Heart series was finally released. Y'all, I've been dying to get my hands on this book ever since Tammara Webber announced a release date. Not gonna lie, I really had my doubts about whether or not Webber would ever release this book, but once she did, all I wanted to do was devour it.Brave foll “I don't know where I'm going yet, but it's a big wide world, and I'm too young to give up and throw in the towel on my life.” After waiting over two and a half years, the next book in Contours of the Heart series was finally released. Y'all, I've been dying to get my hands on this book ever since Tammara Webber announced a release date. Not gonna lie, I really had my doubts about whether or not Webber would ever release this book, but once she did, all I wanted to do was devour it.Brave follows our two main characters, Erin McIntyre and Isaac Matt. Now, if you need a little refresher since it's been a while, Erin is the best friend of Jacqueline who is the heroine in Easy. Erin has just graduated college and she's a bit lost when it comes to deciding her next step in life, so she accepts a job at her father's company. There she is put to work under Isaac Matt who she believes can't stand the sight of her. But despite his cold demeanor, Erin can't help but feel a connection with Isaac but is she willing to risk her new job to find out if he feels the same way too?Brave is not at all what I had expected it to be. I went into this one expecting a slow-burning romance with a great amount of tension, and don't get me wrong, the romance is exactly just that but the story itself is reminiscent of a coming-of-age story. Erin is a heroine I related to so hard. We're kind of both in a similar position as she too in unsure what she wants to do with her life, which path she wants to take, which career she wants pursue. All her feelings and thoughts were literally things I've been thinking about for the past few months and it was like she was in my head, lol. I admire the fact that Webber showed us this other side to Erin and I enjoyed seeing her find her voice and the courage to eventually go after her dream.Patience is something you'll need when it comes to the romance aspect in this book. This romance is slow as molasses in January. I'm talking you ain't getting no grand gestures until about 80%, but again the romance isn't the focus of this story. I very much enjoyed the slow-build between these two and once the plot twistis revealed, you will understand why Isaac was hesitant to take things further. Isaac is a boss y'all. I spent most of the book wishing his POV was included as well, but I'm kind of glad now that it wasn't after the twist was revealed. Brave was definitely worth the wait, but I'm hoping that I don't have to wait another three years until Tammara Webber releases her next book.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    It has been more than two years since the last book in the Contours of the Heart series but Erin McIntyre is still a character I remember. Erin has finished University and has started working for her Dad at his construction/custom home company. Erin had plans for her future that didn’t include working for her father in a position created just for her. But Erin wants to prove herself to her father to the people around her including her new boss Isaac Maat.Erin finds herself attracted to Isaac whi It has been more than two years since the last book in the Contours of the Heart series but Erin McIntyre is still a character I remember. Erin has finished University and has started working for her Dad at his construction/custom home company. Erin had plans for her future that didn’t include working for her father in a position created just for her. But Erin wants to prove herself to her father to the people around her including her new boss Isaac Maat.Erin finds herself attracted to Isaac which annoys her as he can be quite standoffish to her. But Erin soon proves herself in customer relations by getting the most difficult people to cooperate to be able to complete the custom homes. She listens to people giving her psychology degree to good use to understand the needs of the client. She is able to work with people to get the results needed where others have failed.The relationship between Erin and Isaac only really develops in the last 30% of the novel where they develop an understanding and tell each other of their mutual attraction. But she is his bosses daughter and he is her boss, but there is something else holding Isaac back.Overall I did really enjoy the book but I would have liked to see more romance. For me there wasn’t enough build up to make it a true slow-burn romance. But I did enjoy the two as a couple and they complemented each other well.https://www.auniversaltruth.com/?p=1647
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  • T. Rosado
    January 1, 1970
    5 STARS!While I enjoyed Easy (book 1) and then Sweet (book 3) even more, Brave has now become my favorite and only 5* read in the Contours of the Heart series. On top of combining two of my favorite tropes within romance (slow burn and enemies-to-lovers,) Brave contained some of Webbers best writing. Erin can be remembered from her friendship with Jacqueline in Easy, but Isaac was new and absolutely fabulous. I loved his unreadable surly and brooding personality throughout the majority of the bo 5 STARS!While I enjoyed Easy (book 1) and then Sweet (book 3) even more, Brave has now become my favorite and only 5* read in the Contours of the Heart series. On top of combining two of my favorite tropes within romance (slow burn and enemies-to-lovers,) Brave contained some of Webbers best writing. Erin can be remembered from her friendship with Jacqueline in Easy, but Isaac was new and absolutely fabulous. I loved his unreadable surly and brooding personality throughout the majority of the book, but with hints of his sweetness regularly breaking through. A point that I really liked was the care and attention that the author gave to race and racism within the storyline, without it feeling contrived or belabored. She doesn't claim to understand what an African American might feel or experience, but instead creates an air of mystery around Isaac's character and a slow discovery of racism within Erin's own family. Although race plays an intriguing role, what ultimately drives the story is the relationship between Isaac and Erin along with Erin's healing and self-discovery. Bottom line, I enjoyed every moment of my time spent in Brave and long for more incredible storytelling from this author.
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  • Jess Moore
    January 1, 1970
    I love Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1), and have read it multiple times. Brave follows along years after, and I liked the glimpse into some familiar old characters. In the beginning, I wasn't sure what I thought. Erin going home to work for her dad, and the set up of not getting along with her boss. But the tension there was fun ... I loved seeing them try to resist each other, and the times they spent out of the office, seeing another side. All the family dynamics were interesting, too.This bo I love Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1), and have read it multiple times. Brave follows along years after, and I liked the glimpse into some familiar old characters. In the beginning, I wasn't sure what I thought. Erin going home to work for her dad, and the set up of not getting along with her boss. But the tension there was fun ... I loved seeing them try to resist each other, and the times they spent out of the office, seeing another side. All the family dynamics were interesting, too.This book is heavy hitting tackling racism and sexism. These are big important topics, very timely, and can be so hard to do well in fiction. Often it feels forced. I didn't find it so with Brave. Erin sits back, staying quiet, and realizes that makes her part of the problem. I think so many of us have been there! Her struggle is relatable. In the end, I liked it, and wished it had been longer! It flew by. Ultimately this is a sweet, sometimes sad, encouraging book. With characters you want to root for. (Also, Isaac, being kind, smart, strong, and patient, is the ultimate book boyfriend, thank you very much).
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    For some odd reason my review was deleted??? Anyways I DNF at about maybe half way through mostly because it was very slow and didn’t keep my attention but more because it also pissed me off. There’s a scene in the book where Erin is surprised by where Isaac went to college because Wharton I think it was? Is a difficult school to get into much less graduate from. So she rightly wondered why he worked at her fathers company when he could be somewhere better y’know? But this guy takes it as a race For some odd reason my review was deleted??? Anyways I DNF at about maybe half way through mostly because it was very slow and didn’t keep my attention but more because it also pissed me off. There’s a scene in the book where Erin is surprised by where Isaac went to college because Wharton I think it was? Is a difficult school to get into much less graduate from. So she rightly wondered why he worked at her fathers company when he could be somewhere better y’know? But this guy takes it as a race thing. Like “oh because I’m black you didn’t think I would go to a school like that.” Which isn’t how it was said at all. I don’t jive well with books like this that are obviously using a social issue in today’s time as a way to spark interest in their book. Especially in a way that isn’t valid when the character isn’t actually being racist. This is the type of garbage that fuels the “all white people are racist” idea. I had high hopes for this novel because I loved reading Easy when it came out. But as someone who is in an interracial relationship this flops at showing how great they are or can be.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Tammara Webber Easy so much. I ripped through all of her other books, and then I patiently waited two years for this book. In reading the afterward, I’m glad she took the time to write this book, to do the research for this book. To poke at the harder questions of this book. This book was Tammara Weber but more. It was everything I love about her style, but deeper, and more seamless. It didn’t require another book to explain the actions of the other characters. It was so clear, and so he I loved Tammara Webber Easy so much. I ripped through all of her other books, and then I patiently waited two years for this book. In reading the afterward, I’m glad she took the time to write this book, to do the research for this book. To poke at the harder questions of this book. This book was Tammara Weber but more. It was everything I love about her style, but deeper, and more seamless. It didn’t require another book to explain the actions of the other characters. It was so clear, and so heartfelt. My only complaint is that I want more. I want to see more of how things fell out with her family afterwards. However, that is the story of an entire lifetime, and not just the plot of one book. I didn’t think I needed a book about a biracial couple, because I personally don’t see it as a big deal. I see it as okay, that could be normal. However, with the political climate, and following what is happening south of the boarder to us, it’s hard not to see how relevant this still is. So while I had hoped the world had grown to be more accepting, this past year has highlighted how divisive people still are. This book is needed.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Brave is book #4 in the Contours of the Heart series. It can be read as a standalone. Brave features Erin McIntyre who was a secondary character in Easy. Easy, (Contours of the Heart #1) is one of my favorite books. I have not read it in a while and could not remember Erin right away. Erin has flash backs that gave me the connection of her character.Erin has graduated college and has returned home. She begins working at her father’s company, McIntyre & James Construction. Isaac Maat is Erin’ Brave is book #4 in the Contours of the Heart series. It can be read as a standalone. Brave features Erin McIntyre who was a secondary character in Easy. Easy, (Contours of the Heart #1) is one of my favorite books. I have not read it in a while and could not remember Erin right away. Erin has flash backs that gave me the connection of her character.Erin has graduated college and has returned home. She begins working at her father’s company, McIntyre & James Construction. Isaac Maat is Erin’s new boss. There is definitely chemistry between the two although Erin does not know how Isaac feels. There are several back stories as well. The story is well written and slow paced, which I enjoyed. There are emotional moments and sensitive topics. The climax of the story comes at about 70-80%. Everything is a bit rushed to wrap the story up. The epilogue left me wanting more! I still enjoy the book and will read anything Tammara Weber writes!We would take risks and stand our ground and learn to grow and be brave, because love is a tenacious, powerful, infinite force, and it can change the world, one heart at a time.3.5 stars
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