I found Stacy Juba's characters to be believable, the plot twists intriguing, and the writing to be lyrical at times. An example of my favorite writing was: After a character shared a painful secret, she thought, "Maybe this was what it meant to have a weight lifted. Maybe it leaked out drop by drop in a rainfall of tears."
Nerves of Steel by CJ Lyons
From the moment this reader met Dr. Cassandra Hart, dealing with extreme claustrophobia while riding in a medical helicopter with a patient, I was in her corner.
I was also in her corner later in the story when Cassie made some foolish decisions putting herself in grave danger. There were times I wanted to grab her shoulders and shake her for those choices. In some books, that would have been a deal breaker and I would have tossed the book aside. Thank goodness, I didn’t have to do that. Throwing an e-book at the wall is totally different than doing so with a paperback. It’s really hard on the Kindle.
Lyons kept the story going for me by giving Cassie great motivations for her decisions. She created a character with flaws and vulnerabilities, but also steely strength and determination, not to mention a heart that overflowed with concern for her young patients.
Then Lyons added Detective Mickey Drake to Cassie’s world. He’s also damaged by some of his past choices. He’s also flawed, yet determined, too.
This sometimes dueling duo faced dangerous drug dealers, their attraction for each other, as well as warnings from both superiors at work and Cassie’s ex-husband.
A satisfying read, with both romance and suspense, and characters I didn’t want to say good-bye to.