Nerves of Steel

Nerves of Steel

by C. J. Lyons


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"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 hospital . . . meet the ER doctor who never gives up. Written by a pediatric ER physician, NERVES OF STEEL combines gritty realism with the rush of the ER.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460981634
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. In addition to being an award-winning, New York Times Bestseller, CJ is a nationally known presenter and keynote speaker.

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).

Her newest project is as co-author of a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. Learn more about her writing at

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Nerves of Steel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
shiderly77 More than 1 year ago
If you're in the mood for a thrilling read you can sink your teeth into, look no further, Nerves of Steel is the book for you! I truly enjoyed this book, Nerves of Steel by CJ Lyons. It delves into the world of medicine, pharmacology and police work. The main characters seemed true to life to me personally. The book was everything a romantic suspense should be. I won't provide a blow by blow because the blurb does a pretty good job of telling what the book is about. I'll talk about the characterization because I thought the characters were well drawn. The heroine was a victim of spousal abuse, and yes, she does get training in marshal arts but that training only goes so far, especially emotionally. She acted in a manner that was consistent with her past. If she had been the strongest heroine with no backlash reactions, it would have been a tad unbelievable. The hero of the book was also true to character. He wanted to believe in Hart, and he did. He struggled to find a balance in his life and career. His struggle with his past and his new developing relationship is evident in his behavior. I loved the suspense, the romance, the supporting characters. I really did enjoy reading this novel and I have all ready purchased the second in this series featuring Hart and Drake. I can honestly recommend it to fans of romantic suspense. Other authors I've enjoyed: Kylie Brant, Cynthia Eden, Annie Solomon, Jill Sorenson, Ramona Richards, Stephanie Newton, Vicki Hinze.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 fans of romantic suspense and medical thrillers. This novel is a steal for the low price.
Michellel701 More than 1 year ago
Another Great medical thriller by Ms. Lyons! It is easy to get fully engrossed in this romantic thriller with two great characters in Cassie Hart and Det. Drake. A page turner that keeps you rooting for the characters to solve the mystery. One of my new favorite authors, she does not disappoint! If you haven't read any of Ms. Lyons books, please don't hesitate to try them, you will not be disappointed!
Schultzs_Mom More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of CJ Lyons after reading the Angel of Mercy series, but I have to say that now I am addicted,lol. This new series that begins with Nerves of Steel is excellent! This story keeps you guessing until the very end, a gripping read. So excited that she has started a new series, can't wait to read the next one!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
C.J. Lyons is an absolute mistress of suspense. With each and every book she 'gifts' to the masses, the plots, characters, and mysteries that she writes are so elaborate and well told, that there's absolutely no way to put one of her novels down. With this story, we arrive in Philadelphia on a cold, rainy evening with a huge storm about to unleash itself upon the rescue helicopter that Cassie Hart is flying in. Cassie is a doctor on a rescue call made to Three Rivers Hospital about a young girl who has been found in the Ohio River. Although Cassie feels like she's about to die in her metal coffin that's bouncing between the huge steel buildings, she is always the first to do her duty and wants to do anything within her power to save this young girl with no name. When 'Jane Doe' is wheeled to her room in a coma, Cassie heads straight to the police station. It's been found that the girl suffered from an overdose of the latest drug to hit the streets - FX. Not only is Cassie sick of FX taking the lives of so many in Philadelphia, she also discovers that the plastic bag of deadly pills found on Jane Doe's body came from the pharmacy at Cassie's very own hospital. Enter.Detective Rembrandt Michael Drake, who goes by plain, old Mickey. Mickey has been on the FX 'case' for a long time, trying desperately to bring down one of the famous FX dealers, Lester Young. When Young dies without giving Mickey the information he needs, Cassie Hart suddenly shows up in his station with a plastic bag full of FX.and a story he can hardly believe. Getting an undercover job at the hospital, Mickey delves into what's actually going on at Three Rivers, and tries to find out if Dr. Hart is the good soul she seems to be, or the "bad" guy he's been searching for. As Mickey is slowly drawn to Cassie, he seems to be the only one who believes in her innocence. Seeing as that every time Cassie is in a location, someone dies - Mickey takes it upon himself to not only solve the crime, but protect Dr. Hart from the others in his department who wish to put her behind bars. Add in Cassie's crazy ex-husband who has been released from rehab and reinstated at the hospital; a dealer who is impossible to catch; an officer who wants Cassie to know Mickey's horrific secret; and, a wealthy family who seems to have ties with everyone from drug dealers to shoddy lawyers, and this becomes one of the best suspense plots ever created. C.J. 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. Quill Says: Trust no one and assume nothing in this ideal suspense novel!
CherubsLibrary More than 1 year ago
I've just discovered CJ Lyons and I'm definitely hooked! I enjoyed this medical thriller and found myself drawn into the story very quickly. Yes, sometimes I had to wonder what the characters were thinking when they took particular actions, but, for me, it didn't detract. I recommend - it's a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SIMPLY THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the first book i read by this author and it won't be my last. Once i starting reading it i didn't want to put it down. I fell in love with the main characters immediately. The book has everything that one would expect from a great mystery novel. Suspense, intrigue, passion, and believable characters that with each page take you deeper into their world. I can't wait to read the sequels. A NEW FAN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing. Would have been better if the sex had been left out
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Great book! never a dull moment! I reccomend any of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly enjoyable book, the story keep moving, sorry to see it end, enoy CJ Lyons books.
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Schmooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
This a good read, finished it in a day. Well-written, good action, good romance. I'd definitely recommend if you like murders with a medical twist. I just started another book in the series.
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dnordstrom More than 1 year ago
I love this Hart and Drake series. It grabs you at the very beginning and never lets go. She is such a fantastic writer and I can't wait to start the next one!!
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