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

CJ Lyons
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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

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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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  • File Size: 1436 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Legacy Books; 3 edition (November 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WPZUX8
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109 of 110 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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38 of 38 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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36 of 36 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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59 of 66 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING Medical Romance/Thriller February 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A cross between ER and NYPD Blue, Nerves of Steel is, hands down, one of the best Medical romances I have read to date. Cassandra Hart's character deals with more than just typical drug overdoses, she's dealing with an unstable ex and his vindictive family as well. Throw in drug dealers and her life gets a little bit messy. Enter Detective Mickey Drake. The chemistry between Cassie and Drake is electrifying and not just at certain moments, the emotional pull continues throughout the book. The boundaries Drake and Cassie try not to cross keeps the sensual tension alive and oh how I loved the tension. Just small things made my heart melt, like when he was watching her from afar and was admiring Cassie's dedication to her job. I formed a bond with Cassie because she wasn't your typical girlie girl. She had to work for what she wanted and her dedication to her patients was what came first. The fact that the woman could kick butt and take names was what clinched it for me. She's everything I want in my heroine.

Drake's character wasn't without his own faults, yet his vulnerabilities are what made his character so believable. It takes a special kind of woman who is willing to look beyond the way he used to behave and love the man he is now. Drake was a dangerously attractive detective who was one of the best at his job, even though he had been skating on thin ice with his department. Sexy, funny, loyal and willing to do anything to prove the lady in his life is innocent, what more could a girl ask for than Mickey Drake?

CJ Lyons is one of the best when it comes to writing a medical thriller. Suspense, superb writing, and a plot that will blow your mind are all rolled up into this one book. Nerves of Steel has a gripping story line that is multi-layered.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, CJ Lyons a great writer
Published 5 days ago by Gabrielle Horan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.
Published 11 days ago by Sandy B
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but...
Can't you cut Cassie a break?? Nonstop life jeopardy is too much.
Published 19 days ago by Karen J Schettler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Enjoyed the story, great characters, satisfying resolution. Solid thriller. Author is an excellent writer. This is my fifth book by CJLyons and I will continue to follow her books.
Published 1 month ago by JoyceBaker
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this medical novel
I really enjoyed this medical novel, especially because it was set in Pittsburgh. That's my home town! It was a good mystery, with a lot of action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. J. Mastriano
3.0 out of 5 stars Nerves of Steel
Good plot; too much gratuitous sex.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerves of Steel by CJ Lyons
I love all CJ Lyons books and am looking forward to the next two in this series. This is great book for anyone who likes medical mysteries.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Toms
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Loved the book - great characters and original storyline. Found it hard to put down - it was one of those books that you miss when you finish reading it
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Cassandra Hart has a lot of problems in this book. She marches into the police station with evidence bag in hand and runs smack dab into Mickey "DJ" Drake, part artist,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Toni Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, juvenile main characters
The opening chapters were quite gripping with action and character definition. However as the story progressed the behaviour of the two central characters became more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kewhawker
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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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