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(Trial by Fire #2)

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  81 reviews

Decades of personal demons, I thought I had successfully suppressed, were beginning to tear at me again. Wounds I never even realized I had, were opening. I ached for something more. Something deeper. And I had a feeling that Russell, the “Top of all Tops,” the so-called “Dom’s Dom” just might have the answers to helping me find what I so desperately needed.

Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published June 13th 2019
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Autumn Lee
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Defying all the odds yet again!

You know how sequels are rarely as good as the first where books and movies are concerned? Well, that is not the case here!! STEEL, the much anticipated sequel to FORGED, is every bit as engaging, engrossing, and downright life changing as the original. If not more so!!
Being able to continue watching Ryan's journey is an honor and a privilege. You can feel every ounce of the struggle, as well as of the shining hope as he searches for his "something more".
Night Owl Book Blog
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“In order to take control, you must give up control.”

I didn’t think that anything could affect me as much as reading Forged did but I was so very wrong. Steel is just as impactive and emotionally driven. I actually find it more so in certain areas because while living life as a confused and emotionally damaged adult Ryan still has to deal with the horrors of his past. Ryan’s struggle to come to terms with his past and his need for certain sexual kinks are what led him down the path to want “some
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cole Denton did not disappoint with the second book in the Trail by Fire series: Steel a very well written emotional read worth every one of the 5 stars given.

Ryan's journey continues right where it left us at the end of book 1, Forged.

I felt like I was going through Ryan's journey, felt his pain, his tears and the reassuring touch, patience and understanding given by Russell.

What I really loved about Steel, is the way labels are scrapped, a full understanding into the BDSM world is shown throug
Julia Leonard
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

As Ryan begins to open up to and trust Russell things from his past work back into his nightmares.
I truly believe that Russell is beginning to have feelings for Ryan.
To what extent, that is remained to be seen.
I'm so looking forward to see how Ryan's story plays out.
Cole Denton has delivered a spectacular series.
It will truly touch your heart.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cole Denton just left me speechless!

I'm totally in Awww your writing the this book what you shared with us . Cole your writing is awesome. I have no doubt about what is to come from your future writing will continue to blow me away. You put us in the book with you. I felt every emotion through your words .
Russell was awesome I didn't anyone could have cared more about Ryan than he did and it filled my heart with absolute joy and happiness for Ryan to find someone who cares about him regardless o
Carol Delmornay
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this, the second book of the series, Steel, we learn more about Russel “only-the-brave-find-hope-in-a-second-chance” Moore when he takes on mentoring Ryan into becoming a service top. Russel observes Ryan and detect walls he has built around himself that Russel has the ability to tear down, his degree in psychology not needed. When someone pays enough close attention to who they are with, they are able to detect what’s not being relayed to them. Mannerisms tell a story all on their own.

Ryan i
Tammy Barrentine
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I ha e fallen in love with Cole's words. Russell is exactly who Ryan needs to help him get past his demons. It has been awhile since I have eagerly invested in a couple. Awesome book Cole. Now on to the finish with Phoenix
~*~Happy Hour Prez~*~

To be more honest this is not my cup of tea but I stuck it out because I can't not finish a book and I rarely not finish a series. Maybe it's the Virgo in me. That said, I didn't want to rate it badly because it was still good writing and a good story. I couldn't penalize the author for me not researching the book like I should've. I didn't even read what it was about, just read it based on the rating (der).
Maike Johnstone
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Russell’s touch

I couldn’t wait for this book to come out and find out how Ryan’s journey with Russel was progressing. I fell in love with Russel he blew me away the first time Ryan went to his house. you could feel how much Russel wanted to help Ryan and the concern he had for him. Russel could see how tormented and nervous Ryan was and tried his best to calm him in a way Ryan had never experienced before. Once Ryan opened up to Russel bit by bit you could feel the connection these two had but R
Annemieke Westerbeek
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark
After reading Forged I fell in love with Ryan. Now that I read Steel I fell even more in love with him if possible. I love the road the writer set out for him to walk. And my heart aches for the terrible things that have been done to him.
I stalled my reading because I did not want to end this book.
I think the writer did a good job by letting him walk the road he needs to go slowly. I can not wait for the next story of Ryan. Wow what a great read.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Talk about a cliff hanger ending!! Brilliant. I loved Forged, and Steel obviously wouldn't be here without it, but I have to say I think Steel has just topped it! I absolutely love the two points of view writing style, showing Ryan and Russell's internal dialogues and perspectives. It is beautiful seeing their relationship develop and witnessing Ryan flourish in the presence of love and compassion.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just Wow!

I have no words. This book will have you feeling every emotion. Ryan is a tortured, yet beautiful person, and Russell will do everything to help Ryan through his struggles. Cole Denton is an amazing author, and the way he writes just pulls you into the story. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of Ryan’s story in Phoenix.
Marguerite Robinson
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am speechless after reading Steele. Truly an amazing journey. So many emotions that I am feeling for Ryan. I absolutely love Russell for taking the time to guide Ryan through his maze of emotions and showing him he deserves love and be loved. Can't wait for next amazing book. Your are amazing Cole Denton.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Steel is the second installment of The Trials by Fire Series. The beginning of Ryan’s journey into the BDSM lifestyle. Russell takes on Ryan as his apprentice and agrees to mentor him and help navigate Ryan into this community for all tense and purposes. Russell learning little by little how complex Ryan’s case really is. It’s not just helping Ryan with his BDSM journey but needing to change Ryan’s perception of himself, everything that was taught to him, and also what he thinks to be true about ...more
Susan Wyrick
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Ryan's story continues into a whole new world and it's intense! Wow! Cole is such an amazing and talented writer who has once again captivated me with this continued story about Ryan. Poor Ryan who had suffered unimaginable abuse from his family in book #1 is now 35 years old and exploring his kinky side. But, it's so much more than just a sexual need as this book will take you into his emotional needs that have been suppressed for so long. His mentor Russell is kind, caring and loving and abov ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 2: Steel is easier on the senses but a tear-jerker

Where book 1: Forged made me angry at the injustice, book 2: Steel just made me weepy. The intense emotions I get from just the first two books in this series is a healing process of an abused tortured soul seeking love, help and acceptance. Its a tragically beautifully told story that makes the reader FEEL. Although it may contain some triggers book 2 is written more to placate and calm the anger caused from book one. Russell becomes Ryan's
Michaela Zankl
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ryan breaks my heart. He is so damaged from all the abuse he has suffered that he just can't go past the feeling of being nobody. For once in his life he wants to just feel, be somebody to someone. When Russel takes him on as an apprentice Ryan can finally starting to let go of the hurt he's been carrying around for years. Russel pushes him to release the hurt and Ryan is slowly finding himself. When his cruel family suddenly steps back into his life he is afraid he might fall but as
Donita Jones
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
STEEL (The Trial by Fire Series Book 2) by Cole Denton
I am so caught up in this compelling yet heart wrenching story. Ryan has had curiosities about kink and BDSM since meeting some new friends involved in it in Vegas. Russell meets Ryan through these friends and he has suggested using it to mentor and help heal Ryan. Ryan is sensitive, honorable, with childlike naivety in some things and so very emotionally traumatized by the family that should have loved him most. Russell is so patient, so car
Linda Lee
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads-2019
I’m left feeling speechless, I’m in awe of the writers ability to place you in the book. This book picks up from the aftermath of Forged which left me feeling an emptiness from the shock. This book was delivered in such a cleverly written concept to have a mentor and an apprentice. Russell willingly takes on Ryan as his apprentice to introduce him to the world of kink and BDSM. It felt like I also was an apprentice, misconceptions were explained, a reverence was built to the mentoring process. I ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cole Denton brings the next installment of the Trial By Fire Series. STEEL picks up where FORGED left off. Ryan, broken and afraid knocks on Russell’s door ready to take control of his life.

Ryan’s life has been nothing but pain and darkness. A victim who needs the strength and caring of another. Russell, a seasoned veteran in the BDSM community agrees to mentor Ryan. Ryan finds himself at ease with Russell. Russell delves deep into the demons that haunt Ryan in a daily basis. As he breaks down h
C.K. Marie
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ryan Hudson's broken soul awakens in book two of The Trial by Fire Series.
Mr. Denton continues to spin my emotions but, the light starts to shine through the heavy darkness I was left with in book one.

Russel! Oh, how I love Russel! He sees every piece of Ryan. He embraces his shattered soul and guides Ryan away from the disgust and shame he tortures himself with. He gives Ryan a sense of peace and understanding that his needs are not wrong or anything to be ashamed of. Russel shows Ryan what his
Heather Rakowski
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As the Walls Come Tumbling Down

This is the second book I'm the series and what I love about this authors writing is that he is so painstakingly detail oriented. Where he left off in the last book, you didn't feel as if you where left on a cliffhanger. Our hero Ryan was simply closing one door and entering a new one that lead you into this world....a world with Russell, his mentor, his teacher, his friend, his protector. Ryan is introduced to a whole new way of life and a whole new way of valuing
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!!! this emotionally charged book had me right at the get go.....
With everything that Ryan has endured through his life by those who were meant to love and protect him, he's left with scars deep down into his sole. He wants so desperately to mean something to someone and in turn be loved by someone, he want's to be able to trust that that person won't hurt him or make him feel ashamed of himself. Heartbroken and devastated are a few of the feelings I felt reading this story. I Loved Russel
Christie Marsh
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Russell was a man you were drawn to and he and Ryan were on an adventure you definitely wanted to follow and get to know. Ryan was a broken sole and you wanted to hug and care for him, you rooted for him in every way and broke when he broke. Ryan pulled my heartstrings and when he fell into Russell's path my heart started to mend for Ryan and felt this was a good path for him. This story was full of powerful emotions, love and compassion, things that Ryan never felt and had a hard time believing ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Book Hangover, a term I saw the other night. Book Hangover is defined as the inability to start a new book because you're still living in the last book's world. Oh yeah, I need some time to slip out of Ryan's world. The raw emotions and feelings Ryan has are truly heartbreaking. The first book, Forged dove into Ryan's past and I was left completely wanting to hug Ryan and tell him I feel for him. This book just grabbed my emotions and continuously tugged at them. Ryan's journey with Russell is s ...more
Chris Myers
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down!

To say that I truly loved this book would be a vast understatement. Ryan and Russell’s chemistry is so strong it’s damn near electric- I felt the charge from page one to the last! To see Ryan’s spirit come to life under the mentor ship of Russell is beautiful. You cannot help but become completely invested in these characters, they’re so well rounded and in my opinion masterfully crafted. The storyline draws you in from the onset and it’s a undeniable pull to the e
Kirsty Adams - Kindle Freak Book Blog
I was pleasantly surprised with book one in this series, but book two just blew me away. I really felt we got underneath both main character's skin and Ryan's soul was laid out in its entirety. Painful memories and healing hands blended together beautifully and the pace was spot on to deliver a touching story that shredded my heart and built the starting blocks of hope for Ryan. The last two chapters absolutely gutted me. So raw and so powerful; Ryan was really stripped bare and emotionally vuln ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This 2nd book in the Trial By Fire series was compelling. I loved Russell's approach in his mentoring of Ryan. It's was like sitting in on a master class on all things Kink/BDSM. The way he explained certain things about the lifestyle was enlightening. My heart still aches for Ryan, although he is a 35 y/o man, he still exudes some immature/unconfident traights. You can see that he wants to please but is so unsure of himself. I can not wait to see him grow in this journey.
For an up and coming wr
Virginia Lundeen
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Go, Ryan, go!

I have not rooted for someone to go, go, go since I read The Thalia Series. Ryan is such a great guy and deserves so much! I am so proud of him for getting a mentor. And Russell, his mentor, is such a caring, warm, caring, professional, caring man. Did I mention he is caring? Their story is beautifully written. I don't want to give anything away, but if book #3 (Phoenix) doesn't come out soon, it will be a very long summer for me. Cole Denton, the author, writes so well, so thorough
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!

Ryan spent his adolescence trying to avoid the abusive treatment from his family instead of doing what typical teenage boys do. Russell became a mentor to Ryan and slowly started breaking apart the damage done early in Ryan’s life. Ryan craves praise and intimacy and Russell knew how to give it to him in a positive way. This book is a fabulous read! Ryan and Russell found something in each other that they crave. The part about Ryan’s mom broke my heart. I’m excited to read the thi
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Cole Denton is an ocean lover who finds joy in almost all physical activities. He is especially passionate about baseball and surfing, indulging in them every chance he gets.

His other passion is writing. It began at a young age and followed him through to his time at a university in SoCal where he majored in screenwriting.

After moving to Sin City itself, Cole has put his knowledge and talent as

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