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Nerves of Steel (Hart and Drake Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

CJ Lyons
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 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: 1918 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460981634
  • 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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113 of 114 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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39 of 39 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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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action/drama/mystery all in one June 18, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this book disappoints! February 18, 2010
By LeeLee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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36 of 39 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable with a Side Dose of Unbelievable February 12, 2014
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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 that I could scarcely believe. If you watch ANY crime drama on tv, you know the formula and will figure out the bad guy in the first 50 pages. She telegraphs plot points. Tension is (attempted) to be built by having the main characters keep things from each other. Even the sex was boring. I could go on but I think you get the point.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerves of Steel
This was a great story, great suspense and the romance was just what it should be. I would definitely recommend this book, could not put it down.
Published 4 hours ago by Janet Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerves of Steel
This book kept my attention right up to the end. C J Lyons knows how to keep one interested. Loved the characters. Did not know who did it right until the end. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Damie Simons
5.0 out of 5 stars review
Good book
Published 1 day ago by Ruth C. Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars A great thriller
'Nerves of Steel' had me glued to the pages from the beginning and didn't let go. The storyline was well written and well thought out. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Denise Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it. It talks like a real person reading
My first book with a narrated voice. I just love it. It talks like a real person reading, not a computered voice. The story is great. Can hardly put it down.
Published 5 days ago by William C. Sichina
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit by Lyons.
Loved this book. The author develops her characters so well and leads into the dark world of drug addiction. Would highly recommend this book.
Published 6 days ago by C. Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the mill
I liked this book better than Lyons's Lucy Guardino series ones I've read. I can't say it was the characters or the story that did it, but I enjoyed it enough that I put more books... Read more
Published 9 days ago by David A. Freas
5.0 out of 5 stars CJ Lyons
Never disappointed reading a book written by CJ Lyons. Nerves of Steel was well written and an excellent read. Can't wait to start book 2.
Published 12 days ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
I loved this book. The characters are delightfully flawed but always trying to do what was right while questioning their motives. Hart is hard nosed, dedicated and stubborn. Read more
Published 14 days ago by CT
3.0 out of 5 stars I like these characters but I'm disappointed
I loved the other three books in this series but I'm a little disappointed in this one. This is suppose to be 'the wedding' story. Read more
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

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