Review: Brave Girl (Girl Series #2) by Kate Baum

June 13, 2013 Review 0

Review: Brave Girl (Girl Series #2) by Kate Baum

Eve is beyond excitement for her new adventure. Only a truly brave girl could move thousands of miles from home to begin a five year commitment teaching on an American Indian Reservation. As soon as she arrives, she finds that many of the tribe’s people are not very welcoming. They are suspicious of the college students that work and live on the reservation in exchange for free graduate tuition. After a misunderstanding, Eve decides she absolutely despises a certain tribal police officer. Circumstances cause her to keep running into him.

Lou regrets the awkward situation where he first met Eve. He had been openly distrustful of the college girls who have come to live on the reservation. In the past, some of the girls were disrespectful of the tribe’s culture. There is something different about Eve. He can’t get her out of his head. The more he tries to get to know her, the more she pulls away. What will it take for Lou to convince Eve that their attraction for each other cannot be denied?

Eve has given up on men. She has had unsatisfying sex in the past and decided that men are just not worth the trouble. She’s a modern young woman and decides that using a handy tool is all she needs to relieve her sexual frustration. The problem is……there’s a gorgeous sexy police officer that stirs her blood like no man has ever done before. Eve is tough and strong and brave. She doesn’t like the fact that her legs shake and her voice trembles whenever she crosses paths with him. Maybe if she keeps running from him, she won’t have to face what her body…..or her heart is telling her.

****Warning – for adults only. Contains graphic sex including a group sex scene and a m/m sexual situation.

Title: Brave Girl
Author: Kate Baum
Series: Girl Series
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: April 13, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 398
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

I am loving this series!  This book starts out similarly to Nice Girl as the four best friends are hanging out before they go their separate ways after the summer.  Eve is the brave one. She doesn’t let on when she gets scared or show fear a-in any way.  She is also outspoken with her opinions.  She is very protective of others, especially her friends, but also anyone she feels is being picked on.  She can’t stand bullies and won’t back down from them even if they are large men.

Eve O’Malley is spending the next four years teaching at an Indian Reservation while they pay for her graduate school.  When she gets to the reservation she meets the other four women that are in the program with her and they quickly become friends.  Now I love the four friends this series is about but these other three women were awesome as well.  Within the first few days, Eve and her new friends have to deal with a little bullying and we get a glimpse of the Hero, Lou Red Wolf,  but he doesn’t do anything.  Later we find out why the people on the reservation are so against the teacher’s in the scholarship program and the men’s actions make sense.

I loved Eve so much! She is feisty and opinionated but also so protective of those she cares about and has a passion for her work that drives her.  I loved how she changed the library and was willing to put in the extra effort to make it a success.  I wish I knew a librarian like her.

One of my favorite things about Baum’s stories is the growth that the heroines make over the course of the story.  There is a strong romance in this story but it is also about Eve’s maturing and personal growth that make her such an enjoyable character.  The story is told in first person from Eve’s perspective but I would have liked deeper conversations with Lou before the last chapter.  At first he seems very stand-offish but as the story progresses he makes a point of pursuing Eve and he isn’t shy about it.  I loved how proud he was of his heritage and the fact that he had long hair made for an incredible mental image.

There is more sexiness in this story than I remember being in the last.  There was an orgy scene that the heroine and her roommates watch on video and a brief M/M encounter that doesn’t include the hero.  Just a little forewarning.

I really enjoyed this book.  I loved how the characters come alive and all the relationships seem so real.  I was very happy to see that there will be two more in this series and I can’t wait. I would also be happy with more stories written about Eve’s roommates because they were awesome!  Overall a great book and I am excited to read more from Baum.

Kate Baum

      

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