Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Steel by Amity Cross

Title: Steel
Series: The Beat of the Pulse #5
Author: Amity Cross
Genre: Fighter Romance Stand Alone
Release Date: March 23, 2016

All Josh “Steel” Caplin ever wanted was a little bit of glory…until he was left for dead on the street outside a hospital ER. 

The last thing he remembers is being beaten to a pulp at The Underground, the illegal cage fighting ring that’s bad news, but the only place he feels he belongs. 
When he finally wakes up, he stares right into the eyes of an angel and for the first time wonders if there’s something more out there for a guy from the wrong side of the tracks. 
When Dr. Holly Walsh finds an unconscious man on the street, she stakes her claim over her patient for better or worse. When he finally opens his eyes, she isn’t prepared for how deep that claim is about to run. 
They both have pasts they’d rather forget, but together they’re stronger…if only they’re strong enough to fight for each other. 
Can a bad boy fighter and a big time surgeon really make things work? 
Or when their two words collide, will it be sirens…or sparks? 
STEEL is the fifth full-length novel in the bestselling Beat/Pulse series from Amity Cross. 
Time to fight for the broken hearted…

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Josh is lost and alone, not knowing where he fits in to the world nor where his future lies.  His past has left him bitter and thinking badly of himself.  His escape and what he knows is MMA fighting of the illegal kind.  When his career is brought to a halt by a life threatening injury in his latest fight, he finds himself dumped outside the hospital and into Holly's care.  Orthopaedic resident doctor, Holly, feels responsible for him and probably spends more time than she should taking care of him.

He has nothing, while she has a successful career - he doesn't thing he is worthy of her and her career doesn't make relationships easy.

Whilst I enjoyed this instalment and it showed all the hallmarks of Amity Cross' awesomeness, it didn't sparkle as much as the others in this series for me.  With the characters we have come to love, for the most part, missing, Josh and Holly's story felt isolated and out on a limb.  Despite this, Josh's innate loneliness  seeps off the page and into your soul and has you wanting him to find his place in the world and be valued for who he is.

Amity Cross isn’t her real name. That’s no secret.  She is the author of wicked stories about rock stars looking for redemption, gritty romances featuring MMA fighters and dark tales of forbidden romance. She loves to write about screwed up relationships and kick ass female leads that don’t take s**t lying down. Amity lives in a leafy country town near Melbourne, Australia and can be found chained to her desk, held at ransom by her characters. Don’t send help. She likes it.


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