A Steel Heart – Book Review

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This book is a standalone, but be on the lookout for interconnected characters.

Five seconds.

A deafening blast. Pain. Silence.

That was all it took for an IED to end my life as I knew it. The man I was shattered in a hard wave of sound and debris that rained down on me like death itself.

And six months later, after waking up to an inescapable hell, I found myself wishing that death had found me.

Until her.

Miranda Jacobs swept into my life like a cool breeze on a smoldering day.

With her smart mouth and her ridiculous jokes, she brought me back to life one minute at a time.

Turned out time wasn’t on our side.

Five seconds.

Screams. Twisted metal. Silence.

And I’d lost it all again—only this time, I had no one to blame but myself.


Miranda Jacobs didn’t have the most loving upbringing, but she found a simple way to cope…making lists. She makes a list for everything. Lists of things she likes, lists of things she doesn’t like. The very first list she made was The One. A list of all things the love of her life would do and be.

Holden Steel has only been out of the military for six months. He’s adopted a simple routine as he tries to fit back into civilian life. This talk dark and handsome hunk is also a rather grumpy neighbor.

Miranda and Holden are neighbors in a small complex. Everyday Miranda watches out her window as to watch her hot neighbor on his way to his workout. Then she watches him leave for at 3:00 for a daily appointment. She never speaks to him, just enjoys the view. When she decides to confront the hot neighbor for being a “butt head” to Willie boy who lives downstairs, she gets more than she bargained for.


April’s Review:
I love this book. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the title. This book is amazing, not only because of the great story but also because this book is socially important.

Books like this are why I spend my time reading. Knight does a beautiful job of weaving together a story about some very serious issues. Things like, what it’s like for soldiers when they are no longer fighting, and the secondary effects of PTSD. These are important things that are happening today. This story helps to humanize what is often treated only in the sterile environment of hospitals. The only way these problems will ever get fixed is when we can talk about them. In everyday real life ways.

A Steel Heart has all the makings of a great book. It has a quirky and cute heroine, a tortured hero, funny one liners, and steamy sex scenes. It’s a book that anyone can enjoy.


Aracely’s Book Review:
This book right here is the reason why I read. Books like A Steel Heart gives me hope that some of the tough issue can be addressed and people will start doing something about it.  Knight wrote such a beautiful story and at the same time brought up tough topics.

Miranda is the good that we all should aspire to bring into the world. She had a tough go as a kid,dealt with a pretty crappy hand. Yet she is still has a kind heart. Holden is a broken hero who doesn’t know which way is up. The way that Knight tackles PTSD in this story is very real and affects so many people. I am happy that A Steel Heart didn’t gloss over the issue.

Holden had to fight to deal with his PTSD. It wasn’t easy and even though Miranda wanted to help and be with him, in the end it was Holden who had to want to be better to get better. Even though Miranda did give him a push in the that direction. I had so many emotion throughout. A Steel Heart will have you thinking about the power of friendship, family and true love and how we so much than the demons we hold.

Within the first few line I knew A Steel Heart was going to be amazing. I knew it would hurt but in the end it was the best kind.

Why did we choose this book:
Aracely choose this book because of the broken hero. It didn’t hurt that our hero was a former solider.

Who should read this book:
Everyone should read this book. This book is a message of love and hope and healing. Who doesn’t need a story about that.

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Guest review contributed by Reading After Dark. Reading After Dark is a book blog featuring stories about the messy interactions of the human condition, books that are best read after dark.



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