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Elle isn't looking for love. Hardened by years on the streets, she's learned to take care of herself by covering her heart with ice and keeping men at arm's length. She's not weak and she doesn't need to be saved. But she wouldn't mind getting laid a little more often.

J's covered his heart with steel. He owe's his life to an MC that is not what it seems. Since he knows his
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ebook, 275 pages
Published January 26th 2014 by Smashwords
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Steel & Ice (L & J #1)
Author – Emily Eck
Publication Date – January 26, 2014
Type – Part of Series
Genre – Romance, New Adult
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Book provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.



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OK….I promise to be completely honest in my review.  When I first started this book – Instantly I could tell this was the author’s first try at writing fiction.  The sentences didn’t flow smoothly and it reminded me more of a college research paper.  The facts were there…bu
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Wanderlust
That ending!?!


Sheryl
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I need the second book NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGH!!!! How could you leave me with THAT ENDING???!!!!!

That said, this book was AWESOME; absolutely LOVED Elle and J <--- *SWOON*. Job well done Emily, on your debut! So glad that I bought your book on a whim from Smashwords :)

PS. This is by no means my proper review, but i'll write that in a few hours when I have the time to!!!
Alexis
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biker-romance
I just want to start by saying, I loved this book. I love a good Biker Romance, and while J is a biker, the book doesn't revolve around the MC. I really enjoyed Elle and J's characters. Elle had a past that is sketchy at best but she moves forward, works hard, enrolls in college and although guarded, doesn't let her past completely dictate her future. She is rough and funny. I found myself actually laughing out loud at some of her and her best friends comments and I rarely laugh out loud while r ...more
Melinda
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book had me hooked from the start. It's a gritty, funny, romantic, thrilling, and overall gripping story. I love that Elle is a funny, strong, hard-working, take no nonsense type of girl who doesn't rely on others to make her happy. And then there's J. A big, bad, mysterious guy that is all kinds of hot while being incredibly caring, attentive, and romantic. Despite being such broken and flawed characters, they form this amazing connection and bring out the best in each other. Their relatio ...more
Avril
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5

Three. The amount of tries it took for me to get past the first, like, 5, pages. Jumbled start. One that did nothing to pull me, the reader in. But I persevered, because the m/m books on my kindle wasn't doing it for me. I wanted M/F play and by God I was gonna get. So I pushed past the shitty start. I'm so glad I did. At least I was, until that MuddaFrackin' ending! The Fudge?! But yeah, the author gave me what I wanted. Delivered. Served it up. Hm hm. Case you couldn't tell, I loved it. 'Ce
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K.R. Steam
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Book:
The Author:
I just finished the book and my jaw has still to come up off the floor. I am so pissed right now yet so intrigued by the ending. I need to know more! My mind is so blown, I need a second to gather my thoughts! Ugh! This was definitely a great book! If you know anything about the streets or what it’s like to struggle and survive in a dangerous city, you’re definitely going to be swept up in this book like I was! Hell, I still am swept up! I hope the next book(s) give a strong
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Elena
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read this about a month before it went live, and I can holestly say I AM HOOKED!!

Elle is a refreshing heroine that does NOT need saving, She knows what she wants and goes after it. She's down to earth, hard working, sexy, funny and had this amzing cury hair that I am envious of!

"Oh no honey, I'm the queen. You my dear, are the king in a woman's body"

J, what can I say about him... yummm. I love a man that takes charge and yet gives a girl her space.
"Ah fuck, those eyeb
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Melissa
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really good book with a mixture of suspense, romance and drama. I am in awe of Emily Eck's writing. She pulled me into the story and kept my attention throughout. Elle is a hard working college student who likes to have fun. She lived and learned from a hard life on the streets and has closef herself off to all but a select few. J is a mysterious and sexy biker that breaks doen all of the walls that Elle has built up around herself. I just couldn't believe the ending, I mean holy cliffhanger. Co ...more
Christine
DNF at 14%

I could not connect with the heroine especially with her drug use. I thought this book would be different, that the heroine would be different. It may work for you, but it did not work for me.
Jill
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bikers-mc, ebook
OMG this was really good, need book 2 please asap!
Tiffany
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 rating ..Was a Good Book..but EVERYTHING was left hanging about both Characters thru the Whole book.and then Cliffhanger...UGH...

Yona
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
And did it really end like that??? Seriously..........
Margreet Asselbergs
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc-romance
http://ripeforreader.blogspot.com/201...

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐

Coming from a rough start, of which part was spent living on the streets, Elle has adopted a defensive attitude for every occasion. Only her two best friends know Elle deeper than the current mask she might be wearing, every one else is fitted into segregated and clearly labeled compartments, kept there for Elle's own feeling of security. And that includes the one night stands she only indulges in.... That is to say - until she bumps int
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Mandie Foxylutely
4.5 stars

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for my honest review for the blog tour

This is the first book in the L & J series and for a debut it was fantastic. There is a massive cliffy but wow what a cliffy! The author promises to not keep us hanging too long though.

Elle has come from a struggled background, trying to live up to her parent’s exacting standards until she could stand it no more and effectively lived her life on the streets for the majority of her teen years. This saw her
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Books&Dreams
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I was gifted this book from the Author for an honest review.
this is book one in the L&J series.
I gave this book 5 stars.

This is Elle and J's story.
And what a story it is.


Elle is a tough girl, no nonsense kind of girl. She has been hardened by the streets and the people on it. She works at Applebee's, parties with her friends when she can, smokes as much weed as possible and loves to drink. She is not interested in a relationship with anyone, I don't think that she even believes in love
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Red Cheeks Reads
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where to start, I went into this book expecting it to be something that it wasn’t. I thought it was going to be a mc book, quite gritty and raw. What I got was sooo much more. This book follows Elle and J as they try and navigate through life the best way they know and can.



Elle likes to put up barriers and has many different faces that she shows depending on the situation that she is in. Elle is a great female lead, she may be closed off but she is loyal without fault, she loves the people that
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Michelle Bowman  / We Love Kink .com
4.5 Stars !!

I gotta say this is a great book, couldn’t finish in one sitting(husband, kids, job) but I sure tried. Kudos to Emily Eck for an amazing first project. You go Gurl!!! And the ending…….WTM(mess in lieu of swear). I am flabbergasted. This was definite 5 star + material for delivering a gratifying storyline, creating the perfect eccentric character and writing a passionate love story, but because I have prudish tendencies, I have to say I really could have done without all the drug usag
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Ghiselle James
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this was good. This was GOOD! It was slow to warm up, at first and I found myself a little put off by the main character, not able to connect with her. But by the time Elle got her white ass into 808???? Holy shit!!!! I was hooked! It was such a fun read. I enjoyed learning the slang terms to weed...you never know, they just might come in handy one day. Hehehehe!

This book reminded me a lot of my own writing. I swear Emily & I could be long lost twins or something! Lol! Steel & Ice wa
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Sarah
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Steel & Ice is the first in the series and it is a must read. I gave this one 5 stars. Emily Eck did an awesome job telling this story and I fell in love with Elle, J, and all the characters of this story. I was drawn into this book within the first few pages. I absolutely loved the dialect and slang that Emily used. I felt just like I was back in high school and talking to some of my friends. It brought back a lot of good memories. I understand the different sides of Elle. I feel the same w ...more
Crystal
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Elle has never known love, not really. She was never good enough for her mother and the only fond memories she has is playing games with her father. There are many different versions of Elle. Even she isn't sure of which is the REAL Elle. She has two besties who have her back, Chris and Aaron, but even they haven't seen the true to self version of her. Elle has secrets, things that she keeps special to her and a dark past from roaming the streets.

J has made mistakes. The worst of them? Going to
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Suzanne
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Elle grew up on some mean streets and learned to look out for herself at an early age. Now, at almost 23, she doesn't seem to know exactly what she wants in life, but she certainly knows what she doesn't want: STD's, pregnancy or to be taken advantage of, in any way. Though she uses drugs, she is very measured about how much, what type, when, and mostly, how to do it without messing up the other parts of her life. Perceptive and shrewd, Elle is mindful of the details.

Enter J, edgy, beautiful an
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Anny hernandez
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provide a copy of the book by the Author/Publisher for an honest review.

WOW I really did not see this one coming, I did not know what I was thinking when I started to read this book. But I am so glad I got to read it and love it every single minute of it, love the characters and cant wait for the next book, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

The story beginning with Elle, she works as a cook at Applebee’s, she love her smoke and hang out with the guys, after
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Halos Horns
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Steel and Ice
By: Emily Eckert
♥♥♥♡
Cliffhanger alert

Seriously? I struggled with this book through the first half. It felt slow and the drug use with every page got old to me. Yet, when the relationship between Elle and J started to deepen I loved it.
This is the story of Elle and J. Two lost souls that have surrounded their hearts with steel and ice. Two souls that keep everyone at arms length, until they meet each other.

Elle is tall, gorgeous and smart. She is trying to better herself by going
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Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Steel and Ice begins with Elle meeting J at a bar. After that she never thinks to see him again but then she starts seeing him more and more. And he wants to make her his, but she's afraid of being with him. They each have secrets, and aren't exactly on the up and up. But together they believe they can make it even with all of the drama on the outside..

I really don't have a lot to say about this book. I didn't know what to expect going into it, and I wa
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Gracie
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first biker romance, and I wasn't disappointed.

Elle is is not a damsel in distress, she's strong and has covered her heart in ice. She doesn't need a man and she doesn't want one... at least not in the relationship sense.

J owes his life to an MC, his life is full of violence and love has no place in it, so he covered his heat in steel.

So when Elle and J have a chance encounter at a club, they can't seem to stay away from each other no matter how much they try. Drawn to each other, the
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Jodie Squelch
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
This left me....What the hellin'…. as I was taken on an amazing rollercoaster journey, which left me craving more…. This is no normal motorcycle club….
I loved watching this story develop as Elle let her ice melt as J’s steel shattered…. They opened up their protected hearts to one another…. Taking the risk to let love in…..
J is a hot, badass giant of a man who does business for a MC, he wants out of….. He is a man of mystery…..
Elle is a strong independent woman who has learnt the hard way in lif
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The Book Fairy Reviews
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She didn't see it coming and she really didn't want to deal with it. She was very comfortable with the ice queen title she had and wanted nothing or anyone to mess with her until she laid eyes on a Giant! Biker yeah he was a tall beautiful Biker with black hair and dark eyes that could see through your soul. His name...J.

He lived in a black hole and knew what he was a monster that didn't deserve to move about with good people. But he could stay away from her any more and the black hole that he l
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For the Love of Books
I liked the concept of the story and the main male and female characters, Elle and J, for the most part. I say for the most part, because I felt as though I was only given a very basic view of the character J, so he’s still a bit of a mystery to me…and Elle’s character seemed to be in a constant state of flux. I realize that Elle was in the process of transitioning from a tough, self-dependent young adult to a more mature and accomplished adult, while maintaining her “coolness” factor, but somet ...more
Megan
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing. It was intense, emotional, sexy, and funny. The relationship between the characters were awesome and the story line was interesting and the dialogue was candid and hilarious at times.

J are Elle are like two halves of a whole. They just get each other. They bring out the best in each other. Elle has a fantastic personality that had me admiring her and laughing at her witty comments. J i
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