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ebook, 373 pages
Published November 14th 2018
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Andrea Britton
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four Stars for Blake Steele!

Sometimes in life you never feel you can be a hero even though everyone you are surrounded by says you are. Blake Steele is a firefighter and a protector for The Blue Guardians. Last summer he had helped a mother and son get away from an abusive husband/father. It just happens that those two are now his new neighbors. And his whole world changes.

Mary Franks is trying to start over after having had a chance to break free from her abusive husband. Trying to protect Na
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Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has suspense, secrets, guilt, pain, and heartbreak.

This is Mary and Blake‘s story. Blake is a firefighter dealing with guilt that stems from his past. When Mary moves next store to him he struggles with feelings he knows he should not have. He does not want to feel. Mary is trying to fly under the radar as she does not want any trouble finding her. But the lies and secrets she is keeping are about to catch up with her. He ex is coming for her
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Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has suspense, secrets, guilt, pain, and heartbreak.

This is Mary and Blake‘s story. Blake is a firefighter dealing with guilt that stems from his past. When Mary moves next store to him he struggles with feelings he knows he should not have. He does not want to feel. Mary is trying to fly under the radar as she does not want any trouble finding her. But the lies and secrets she is keeping are about to catch up with her. He ex is coming for her
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Tonya
This is the third book I have read by Ms. Bevan, and I have to say that I think she is one of the best indie authors that I have read. Her stories are poignant, emotional and sometimes heart wrenching. Steele is no less. Her heroes are book boyfriend worthy, and while I prefer Tank over Steele, they are both admirable and worthy to be book boyfriends. While Mary's wishy washy feelings for Steele grate on the nerves a bit, she does redeem herself and their love is something worth rooting for. I w ...more
Isha Coleman
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
STEELE (Black and Blue Series Book 2) by Erin Bevan  
 
The best characters are the one's who are flawed, because only by confronting the imperfections can there be true manifestations of our best self. Steele is both the best and worst of what life has to offer. Bevan lends an empathetic ear to hard truths, painful pasts and a web of lies. Blake and Mary are runners too afraid to stop and face the reality their working to outrun. Until fate gives each a reality check in the worst way. To find the
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Lene Norway
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
May we all be as strong as Mary and have our own HEA with a humble Hero like Blake Steele.

Erin Bevan story takes the readers on an emotional rollercoster and a great escape. Her writing captivates you from the very beginning and makes you read in suspens of what will happen next.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really found it interesting the way that the extremely talented Erin Bevan started the story Steele out, and let me tell you why without giving too much away. See, I hadn't read Tank (Book 1) yet, so I wasn't clear how these books went, so I my head was clearly going in a different direction at first which made me want to kick my own behind honestly, so kudos Ms. Bevan, as not many people get the drop on me. Anyway, Steele has some serious demons from his past that drive him, making him the he ...more
Jessica
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is the first book I have read by this author and I will be reading more. I am already wanting to go back and read the book Tank because I loved him in this book. I got a copy to read from the author/promotional tour company and I chose to review it.

This book story had me hooked with the great writing that took us through so much emotion through the grittiness of the criminal activity that goes on. This book was one of my top reads this year.

The two main characters Blake "Steele" and Mary a
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Karen
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more I read from Erin Bevan, the more I fall in love with her writing and her storytelling. In this second book with the Blue Guardians, we get to hang out with Blake Steele - the hunky fireman with a seemingly dark past to haunt him. From the moment this book got rolling, I knew I wanted Steele and Mary to find love with each other. But I spent much of the book wondering if that would ever really happen.

I loved the ups and downs of this story, the drama that unfolded with each and every cha
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Sheila Schoenauer
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted a second chance in life but didn't think you deserved it? That is what this book is about. It's about starting over and finding a way to heal yourself. While this book is the second book in the series it is a standalone. I didn't read the first book Tank and I wish that I had as it seems that we get more of Mary, Nathaniel (Bear), and Steele's (Blake) beginning in that book. However I did feel comfortable reading this book missing those few details. Mary has gotten out of an ...more
Cee Cee Houston
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love second chance stories, and that’s what Steele by author Erin Bevan is all about. Getting a fresh start, whether it’s somewhere new, or just in your way of thinking. I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, as these are standalones, but they are connected by characters so maybe for anyone thinking about grabbing the first one, I’d read it Tank, then Steele.
In Steele, Mary has gotten away from her abusive husband and is doing her best to be a single mom and to show everyone that s
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Amy Stephens
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read Erin Bevan!

There's nothing better than finding a story that grabs you from the first couple pages and doesn't let go. That's exactly what Erin Bevan did with Steele. Having never read anything by her before, I decided to give the story a try because the blurb...oh my, sounded soooo good. I was immediately drawn to Mary and Blake. Both had their issues, but it's okay for characters to be a little flawed. It just makes them more realistic. While there is some delicate subjec
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Britt Red Hatter Book Blog
Wonderfully sweet and full of nail biting suspense! Steele quickly had me hooked. Between the swoony romance and the need to know what was going to happen next this book is pretty dang addictive. While I loved the steamy and sweet love with Steele and Mary along with the precious relationship between Steele and her son and the twists and turns kept me intrigued there were some moments when things dragged a bit for me.
Both Mary and Steele have quite the heartbreaking past, with Mary’s being very
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Teri
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Action, betrayal, lies, loss, healing, intrigue yup there it is all that and more. This author writes a story that takes you from one spectrum to the other then wraps it up in a nice little package. Mary has her problems and although she can't just come out with it all because of the connections she's doing the best she can. I may not agree with everything she does but hey it's easy for me to say. Steele is a hunky mess but hell who doesn't love a broken man in uniform with the heart he has. The ...more
SaraLou
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steele by Erin Bevan is the second book in the Black and Blue series, but my first read by this author.


Blake Steele is a firefighter and a biker with the Blue Guardians. When Steele gets new neighbours in the shape of Mary and Nate, a mother and son who the Blue Guardians helped, he has to help them, whether they want it or not. Mary wants do prove she can do things on her own. Steele won't take no for an answer. They have chemistry but it's not the right time for either of them. 

Will the right
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Kari Hansen
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
After escaping her ex all Mary wants is a new beginning for her and her son Nathanial (Bear). She is determined to show that she is a good mother and that she doesn’t need any help however her sexy neighbor Blake doesn’t seem to be getting the message.

Blake is a protector at heart which is evidenced by his career as a fireman and that he is a member of the Blue Guardians. He has a painful past of his own so even though she rebuffs she doesn’t want any help he isn’t going to stop.

With her ex bein
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Jackie Ziegler
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blake Steele hot sexy firefighter and biker. His life has not been easy and he shuts everyone out until Mary.. Mary came into his life a year ago when she needed protection and the Guardians gave it to her ( I didnt read Tank book so was confused on somethings here) now a year later she is moving in next door and Steele can't get his mind off her..

Mary is just trying to protect her boy and escape the abuse of her husband. The husband is in jail and she filed for divorce but he is getting out soo
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Tracie Simister
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I gave this Book a rating of 5 ✩’s
Title: STEELE
Series: Black and Blue Series Book 2
Genre: Firefighter Romance
Author: Erin Bevan
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: Nov 14, 2018

I voluntarily received a Courtesy Copy of this book from L. Woods PR and am choosing to leave a review.
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Character’s Descriptions:
Blake Steele is a firefighter with a haunting past that won’t let him
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Tiffany Christine Martin
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am loving the Black and Blue series. The growth of the characters, the awareness it brings to domestic violence, the steamy love story all draw in the reader. Steele is the 2nd in the series and follows up on Mary, Steele, and Nate, all of whom we met in Tank. The Guardian Angels continue their philanthropic work in this new novel and we get an update on all the couples from the first. No spoilers on this review, but this novel can be read independently, however I think it would be more enjoya ...more
Catty Jane
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** ARC Received for Honest Review ***

4 stars

This one will grab you quickly. But be prepared, although it is a standalone, and I had no trouble following the story line and prior backstories, you might want to read these in order. There is so much I wish I could go back and read first. Like the first meeting between Steele and Mary. He had eyes from her on first sight. But poor Mary had a lot on her plate with a child she was trying to raise and protect from her abusive husband.

This is one of th
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Becky Wise
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading this one, Blake Steele is so far my favorite of the Blue Guardians and not just because he is a firefighter either. You need to read this to find our truly why. So if you've read the first book Tank then you know what the Blue Guardians are. These biker good guys are all about helping the abused. You meet Mary and her son Nathaniel (Bear) first in Tank. You really get to know them in Steele. And you start to wonder as Blake gets closer to Mary what she is hiding. I love how Blake f ...more
Denise Van plew
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a author I had not read before but I find it called to me. For a moment the book world was saturated with firefighters and having read a couple have not read any for a minute. He is a combo the character is so that is why I took a chance because he seems and was so much more. Blake will capture you for sure but so will Mary in this story. The author gives a great foundation then spirals in with us going in and staying for awhile. The wrap themselves around you with also the tension and t ...more
Kristy
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I was given a copy of this book by the Author/Publisher in exchange for my honest review. This was my first book from this author.

Well, what to say... This book is such a great read from beginning to end. And everyone loves HEA's right??

The chemistry Blake & Mary have throughout the whole book evident. The up and down emotions and curve-ball/criminal events keep you wanting to know what happens next. Definitely a must read book!!

This book really hit home for me (1st marriage) regarding the
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April
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steele by Erin Bevan is the sweet story of Blake Steele, who is a firefighter and a member of the Blue Guardians, and Mary Franks, who has recently escaped an abusive husband due to the Blue Guardians. Mary and Steele are both hesitant about getting into a relationship. Mary, because she's afraid of she has poor judgement when it comes to men. And Steele because he doesn't believe he deserves happiness due to guilt from his past. But the attraction between these two cannot be contained. Throw in ...more
Lori R
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Romance, mystery, suspense all rolled into a spellbinding story I could not put down. I especially liked Blake Steele, who was trying to overcome demons that had plagued him ever since his sister Peaches had died in a house fire ten years ago. He has always blamed himself for her death and even became a firefighter. The story will keep you on pins and needles as you try to figure out what will happen next. The story does evolve around topics of domestic abuse and dog fighting. I received an adva ...more
Jennifer Ray
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can't wait for the next book in the Black and Blue series! This series is about a group of men committed to protecting women and children from abusive situations. It closely examines why each one has chosen this as their passion. In Steele, the main character is a handsome fireman with a dark past. Blake Steele meets a woman escaping an abusive relationship, who is also devoted to protecting her step-child at all costs. Steele the story of two wounded souls falling in love and conquering all obs ...more
Gladys
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very emotionally intense read. A entertaining story line provides a solid base for the complex characters. Blake and Mary have pasts that greatly influence who they are, what they do and the way they act. I liked both these characters and thought they had good chemistry. There is suspense, lies, secrets and drama scattered throughout the book to help maintain your attention. This is my candid, voluntary review.
Anne Reel
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a good read! Who doesn’t love a good firefighter romance? I love that you get different Points of View throughout the book. This gives you a sense of the whole story and not just one side. If you are looking for a book about a second chance romance then this is one you need to read. The issue of abuse is a part of the story line but I believe the author handled it well. If your looking for a good romance story this is it!
Gemma Crouch
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book from this author and I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I really loved the writing of this book, the heartfelt emotions that flowed throughout with the criminal activity keeping it a gritty story.

The main characters are both damaged & burdened by previous events which keeps this from a simple love story. The chemistry and connection between Blake & Mary shines through.

Stefanie Karacostas
Erin Bevan keeps you engaged and wanting more. I wasn't able to put Steele down and read it every chance I got. Steele is a great read and Bevan definitely brings the characters to life. From bringing back characters from Book 1 and introducing new characters, Bevan has done a great job of building up the town of Black Widow.
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Award winning author, Erin Bevan writes small town Americana romances straight from the heart. Born and raised in rural South Arkansas, she uses her past experiences to enrich her stories while infusing the right amount of heartache and humor to see her readers through until the end. With the perfect blend of sweet to steamy, Erin Bevan has something for every romance reader.

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