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A Steel Heart by Amie Knight
Publishing Date: November 9th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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.
Screams. Twisted metal. Silence.
And I’d lost it all again—only this time, I had no one to blame but myself.
“What are you doing today?” my friend Ainsley asked through the cell phone that was pressed to my ear with my shoulder. My hands were busy holding open a piece of the blinds so I could look out the front window.
I gave her a distracted answer. “You know, the usual. Edits and whatnot.” I tilted my head to the side to get a better view out the window and almost dropped the phone. Holy hotness.
“Why do you sound like that?”
“Distracted.” Ainsley sucked in a breath. “Oh my God. It’s nine a.m. Are you neighbor stalking again?”
I snapped the blinds closed and backed away from the window. “No. Of course not. Why would I do that?”
“You told me you weren’t going to do that anymore.”
I thought we’d already established I was a liar.
I stepped back toward the window because I couldn’t help myself, obviously a glutton for freaking punishment. But this was the only time of day I saw him besides when he left in his big, black truck at three in the afternoon on the dot, and I didn’t want to miss a thing. I cradled the phone with my shoulder again, pushed the blinds apart with my hands, and pressed my face to the windowpane like the creepy stalker I was. And there he was. Every gorgeous inch of him.
He walked toward my building from across the busy downtown street like a tall glass of water on a hot day. All swagger and supreme male beauty. The kind of beauty that made a girl’s breath catch and heart pitter-patter. He pushed his dark hair off his tan forehead and the big muscles in his arms bunched.
Goosebumps broke out on my skin and I may have whispered, “Christ on a cracker.” I didn’t know his name, but I knew his schedule like the back of my hand. That wasn’t weird at all.
“You’re a terrible liar.” She giggled. “What’s he wearing today?”
I barely heard Ainsley. Every morning when I watched this man walk down the street and toward our building, it was like just he and I existed. Slow motion. Our own sexy theme music. Nameless, ridiculously hot man and Miranda. He didn’t know it, but there was a world of our own and it was the absolute best part of my day.
“Sunglasses. White, tight, sleeveless T-shirt. Black running pants with three white stripes down the sides. Black tennis shoes,” I said breathlessly into the phone. I left out all the good bits. Like the scowl he was wearing. It was perpetual. I’d never seen the man smile in the month he’d been living next door to me and for some reason that made me all the hotter for him. He owned that scowl. He freaking rocked it. His jaw was square and clean-shaven. His mouth flat. He was a giant of a man. Well over six feet. His chest was wide, his arms thick and imposing. Dog tags jangled from a silver necklace around his neck, letting me know he was military of some sort. I’d never seen his eyes, but I knew they were going to be stunning. Everything about him was. Not even the slight limp in his gait as he made his way across the street took away from his godlike beauty. I could’ve eaten him with a spoon.
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Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma's books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn't reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to '90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can't imagine living anywhere other than the South.
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Miranda Jacobs is looking for her forever kind of love, she's done the random hook-ups and meaningless relationships, and that just isn't her thing anymore, she wants her "one"... and she thinks he might just be her handsome new neighbor across the hall. They have a standing date everyday, he goes for a run, and she stands at her window and spies on him and checks out his goods, but as of yet she hasn't been able to work of the nerve to get a up close and personal account. He has a air of mystery about him, a painful story to tell, and she wants to read him cover to cover...
Holden has a serious thing for his new neighbor, she sassy, sweet, and likes to push his buttons, but a man like him isn't the right guy for a girl like her... or is he? He has checked her out in passing in the hall, but has never uttered a word to her, then she comes crashing into his world out of the blue, and now he never wants to let her go. She breathes life into his solitary world, makes him feel again, and pushes him out of his comfort zone, and he loves the hell out of her for it, even if it scares the hell out of him too. Then he does something to push her away, and it damn near kills him, he has to have his Mae back... no matter the cost!
A Steel Heart is compelling read that will tug on your heartstrings and push you to the brink of your emotional bounds, break you, and in a matter of chapters put you all back together again good as new! This was a first time read for me and I have to say this author definitely got me good with this one, it was rich with emotion, crafted perfectly, and the characters were down right amazing! It has been a while since I have delved between the pages of a read and been moved this deeply, my emotions are still a little raw, and I have a feeling this one is going to linger with me for a while...WOW!! I just cannot say enough about these characters, it was so easy to get wrapped up into their beautiful story... it is by far one of my favorite reads this year! I highly recommend this one, it is one of those reads that will take you places you never expected, effect you in ways you never expected, and transform your thoughts in ways you never expected!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.