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Nerves of Steel (Hart and Drake Medical Thrillers, Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

CJ Lyons
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A perfect blend of romance and suspense. My kind of read." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown

Dr. Cassandra Hart is fighting a war. And losing. A deadly drug epidemic, a killer stalking her the ER doctor who never gives up.

Cassie's Pittsburgh ER has been deluged by young patients who have overdosed on a new drug, FX. After Cassie discovers that the source of the FX on the streets is her own hospital, her best friend is killed, and Cassie's life is threatened. She is forced to place her trust in Detective Mickey Drake.

Drake's irascible charm eventually penetrates the barriers Cassie has built around herself, and their relationship progresses from professional to passionate. After Cassie discovers the truth behind the thefts, she and Drake must confront a killer. In the end, their only weapons are their new-found love and the courage it gives them.

Written by a pediatric ER physician, NERVES OF STEEL combines gritty realism with the adrenalin rush of the ER. New York Times Bestseller CJ Lyons uses her insider's knowledge of life behind the scenes to reveal the hidden truth of the medical world: No one is immune to danger.

Want more Hart and Drake? Check out Book #2, SLEIGHT OF HAND

Editorial Reviews


CJ Lyons does an outstanding job of leading the reader through fast-paced scene after faster-paced scene, and tossing in a passionate romance to boot. This is one fantastically twisted, thrilling book readers will never forget.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1388 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938426614
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Legacy Books; 3 edition (November 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WPZUX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended July 16, 2010
By Stacy
Format:Kindle Edition
I was hooked by this medical thriller and am eager to read more from this talented author. It's obvious that CJ Lyons has vast medical experience and the authentic details make the hospital scenes come alive. Dr. Cassie Hart is a compelling and well-drawn character with an interesting past. She is strong yet vulnerable at the same time, and this makes for a three-dimensional protagonist. I suspect that the author chose the last name Hart for a reason, as Cassie finds herself growing close to Detective Drake and letting him into a heart that has taken a beating over the years. The mix of romance and suspense makes for a page-turning read. I'd highly recommend this book for mystery lovers, as well as for fans of romantic suspense and medical thrillers. This novel is a steal for the low price.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down April 6, 2011
By chris
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished this book and bought the sequel "Sleight of Hand" Having a Kindle means not having to wait to get the next book. Nerves kept me guessing until almost the end. Cassie is trying to stop the flow of drugs that is hurting and killing people. She isn't perfect so she is believable and likable. A lot of action and a believable plot. I would recommend this book to people who like books by authors such as Robin Cook.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action/drama/mystery all in one June 18, 2011
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CJ Lyons knows how to write a medical mystery/drama, since she has been in the medical field herself. In this story she makes you feel like you are part of the book and you get so involved in reading the book you do not want to put it down.
Cassie Hart is a determined young woman who cnnot trust anyone to help her until she meets Detective Mickey Drake. When these two meet the vibes between them are definitely hot.
This story is action packed from minute one and once you read a CJLbook you will be hooked.
There is a second book with Cassie and Drake in it. If I may suggest, get both books and read them one after the other.
CJ Lyons has another hit on her hands.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this book disappoints! February 18, 2010
By LeeLee
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I was excited when I started to read this book. I'm a former ER nurse, from Pittsburgh and I enjoyed all the Pgh references to Pittsburgh landmarks and sights. But the book did not ring true to me. Motivations for her actions were just plain stupid. What ER doc, particularly female would take on homeless drug addicted teens in a warehouse or abandoned housing, fight with a drug lord and yet be so unsure of herself in relationships but so sexually controlling and aggressive with a cop? really? All that talk about her brown belt in martial arts and everybody beats her up and overpowers her. you'd think she could take care of herself a little better. all that shaking and nausea when she was upset. how can she manage to work in an ER? and btw, she only worked on shift for the entire book. the rest of the time she's running up and down stairs to ICU, the pharmacy, the police morgue and looking for homeless kids. Maybe if she had gone to work sometimes, she woul have been safer. that whole long stretch about her grandparetns shouldn't have even been there. I started skimming pages to try to end the torture. It's hard for me to just not finish a book. But, near the end when she wouldn't see the cop because she had killed with her own 2 hands, and he wouldn't see her because she must be "disgusted with him because he hadn't done the killing, I would have thrown it in the trash if it hadn't been on my Kindle!
I've never attempted a reveiw before but this book deserves a warning.!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I must not have read the same book ... July 4, 2012
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This book was not good at all. I am perplexed at the number of positive reviews. Without giving away specific spoilers (but there are a few, so don't continue if you don't want learn about some plot details), I'll say that the plot is trite, the characterization is thin and unconvincing, dialog is stilted, and the narrative is absolutely ridiculous. This protagonist is just dumb. Her decisions are stupid, and she continually contradicts herself. It's enough to give a reader whiplash. She's an ER doc with no apparent common sense. She puts people in danger, acknowledges she may be doing the wrong thing, but just convinces herself her motivations are noble. She's always out on the "mean streets," swanning about in her efforts to single-handedly stop the stream of illegal drugs. She doesn't think much of the police. She's insufferable. )There's a back story to her control issues, but it's not told well enough to make her sympathetic.) And her relationship with the cop? More stupidity. She wants him, she doesn't, back and forth and so on and so on. Amazingly, he wants her -- forget that she's an oblivious danger magnet who's going to derail his career with her selfish insistence on doing things her way. Anyway, after a lot of painful angst, he now thinks he should back off. Ugh. Why? He feels guilty he let her down. After all, he's a big, strong cop and the bad guy got the drop on him. She feels guilty for killing someone who tried to kill her, because, after all, she's a DOCTOR, and should only be saving lives, not taking them. I wish I had read the more of the reviews before I decided to purchase. This is sub-par, simplistic soap opera drivel. You might want to think twice before you buy.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nerves of steel March 2, 2010
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I too thought the protagonist to be unbelievable in her switching from helplessness to herione with martial arts skills. It was too much in the vein of the cliched romance formula of portraying women as helpless pawns to their menfolk.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!
I enjoyed this book and plan to read more by CJ Lyons! I have made a list of her books!
Published 9 days ago by Sandy
1.0 out of 5 stars Slop
I've become a huge fan of CJ's Lucy novels, so since I've read all of them I thought I would give her other series a go. Read more
Published 21 days ago by bill
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I love the Lucy Guardino FBI series. This one not so much. Too much Harlequin-type romance for me. Still looking forward to more of the Lucy Guardino books.
Published 22 days ago by P. Hartle
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like it
Book was recommended by my daughter-in-law. Really liked it and can't wait to read the two follow-up books in this series.
Published 1 month ago by Annalaura
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start!
First in a series this introduces Hart and Drake,two unlikely lovers both wounded by their pasts.Stolen hospital drugs bring them together and they solve the case while falling... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annlouise Fallon
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable with a Side Dose of Unbelievable
This is not my first CJ Lyons book but the first that I really disliked. The main characters were continually making bad choices that no one in real life would ever consider and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fay T. Ratta
5.0 out of 5 stars As pertinent as today's headlines
I am only about 2/3 of the way through the book but want to take time to exclaim that the plot is right out of the news. Read more
Published 2 months ago by khd
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerves of Still
I really enjoyed this book--kept me on edge and hating to put it down. The characters are great and am looking forward to reading more,about them.
Published 2 months ago by Doris Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars nerves of steel
good reading with intriguing twists and turns the two main characters hart and drake are very likeable it is a good book
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerves of Steel
This Hart and Drake is the beginning. It keeps you on the edge of your seat both with the mystery and love story, so read it and then begin enjoying the next two books
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Questions from Readers for CJ Lyons

Hard Fall was to be the next book after After Shock, is it not written yet?
Shirley J. Patterson asked Jan 12, 2014
Author Answered

Hi Shirley! Yes, HARD FALL is the next Lucy book--I will have other books published beforehand. No, HARD FALL isn't finished yet...AFTER SHOCK just came out less than two weeks ago, so I need a little time to breathe before returning to Lucy's high-intensity world!

CJ Lyons answered Jan 19, 2014

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