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Guts & Glory: Steel

(In the Shadows Security #5)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  126 reviews
"Strength is what we gain from the madness we survive."

Former Marine Raider, Steel, has been handed a job from his boss to protect a woman in Boulder City, CO. The job should be easy-peasy. Babysit the woman until the police catch her stalker. Only hes not expecting what a challenge hes been handed.

Note: Steel is the fifth book of the Guts & Glory series, a
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Double-J Romance, Inc.
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another knockout from JSJ! Like a sucker punch to the gut this book hits you right in the feels! Humor, romance, mystery, suspense, this story has it all.

I will be the first to admit I was hesitant about an MMA fighting heroine, but Jeanne quickly proved me wrong. Kat is the perfect mix of feminine vulnerability and bada** warrior you cant help but find yourself rooting for her.

Steel is everything you love to hate in a hero. Hes stubborn with zero filter and a huge ego, so of course I
LaToya Toney
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the Guts and Glory series! Loved Steel and Kat's story. Both are strong complex characters that are relatable. The author has a way of making you identify with her characters and root for them. Full of suspense, steam, and a great storyline that'll keep you captivated from the first page. 💛
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from JSJ! Steel and Kat had amazing chemistry. Their back and forth banter was great, Kat gave it right back to him! Kat was the perfect heroine for Steel, the fact that she is a female MMA fighter added another dimension to the story. Loved it!
Kari Hansen
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Steel is dreading his next assignment, which is to protect a woman from her stalker, as he thinks that she will be a privileged princess that will drive him crazy. The joke is on him when his client turns out to be a successful MMA fighter who will give him a run for his money when it comes to strength and attitude.

Kat has put all her focus into becoming the best competitor that she can. She is strong, both mentally and physically, and is unphased by what others think of her, her body and her
Sara F.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alpha alert! Steel is another super uber alpha male sucked out of the mind of Jeanne St James. Hes strong, sexy, hard headed, a little playful and falls for tough women. Jeanne St James has another great story here in Steel. Kat is an MMA fighter, but shes not all kicks and angry punches. She has a soft side that speaks to Steel. And these two turn it on high. Loved how Steel fell so hard for Kat and wasnt afraid to let her know it. I loved imaging their future together - perfect match, darn ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Strong men love strong woman and when Steel meets Kat the sparks instantly fly when he needs to find her stalker. Filled with the perfect combination of romance, angst and suspense then add in humor and off the charts chemistry Jeanne St. James once again proves that her Alpha Men are oh so strong but yet are oh so lovable. I usually stay away from MMA romances but I am so glad I read this as it added the right amount of mystery to the series. Please write quicker!! I need more in this series.
Alexa Rivers
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I had ups and downs with this book. I absolutely adore that it features a female MMA champion, and would have read it for her alone, but I had a bit of a hard time with the hero. I thought he took being an alpha-hole just a bit too far at times.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Normally, I devour everything and anything this author writes. I love her characters because they all feel like family. However, I struggled to connect with Kat and Steel. There were definitely parts that I loved such as having cameos from the ND or the guys but for the most part I was missing something in this one.

That being said, I still love this author and series.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Steel is a man who can appreciate the sinewy shape of an athletic woman. In fact, he prefers a woman whose body is made of blood, sweat, and tears of hard work and dedication. While he doesnt have an issue finding a warm body to warm his tastes, sometimes his mouth will get him into some less than appealing results.
Kat is a woman used to being judged for her looks. A fighter with bulging muscles, take no prisoners attitude, and a bit of a chip on her shoulder, she will not let anyone get close
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the In the Shadows Security series and Guts & Glory: Steel did not disappoint.

Anson Steel Sterling is a man who likes his women to look athletic, not soft or curvy. He is not ashamed to voice his opinion even if no one wants to hear it. He gets himself into more trouble with his mouth than he does any other way. Diesel chooses him for an assignment to watch over a woman athlete and he is not impressed with the job at first. Then he meets Kat and sees her in action and his interest
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Steel is a jerk, he would tell you that himself and make no apologies for it. He has his demons; life is a battle and no one gets out alive. Luckily, he has his family in the Shadows and he can always count on them. A job came in and he drew the short straw. Diesel sends him off to protect a female athlete until her stalker is caught. When he lays eyes on Kat, its like someone took the perfect woman for him and delivered her right into his lap. An MMA fighter, Kat is focused on winning, on being ...more
Donna Smith
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jeanne St James has proven to be a versital writer. This series has had me on tje edge of my seat for every book. I have seen the men of this brotherhood fall in love reluctantly each time but the women have been a stronger choice for each of them. Steel is slightly different. His woman (Kat would cringe at that reference) is the strongest physically of all of them. She is an MMA fighter and has no use for a man to tie her down. She left that life when she left home. Kat is independent more so ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Jeanne St. James Guts & Glory Series, her In The Shadows guys are amazing! Ive also been waiting, somewhat patiently, for Steels book and Im happy to say he was worth the wait. Steel is the clown of the In The Shadows brotherhood. Always the first to have a sarcastic remark and to aggravate everyone in the group. He has tortured every one of his friends as theyve fallen hard for their significant others so to see it happen to him is hilarious. Oh and he doesnt just fall for ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brash, sarcastic, possessive, confident, charming and witty are some of the adjectives to describe Steel. He is content to be free and not tied down by anyone but his job as a Shadow. When Diesel picks him to be a bodyguard for a woman who is being stalked because he is single and not tied down, he is not thrilled. Steel reluctantly goes to Boulder City to meet with his client, and he is surprised in that she is nothing like he pictured. Kat is a MMA fighter who is on a mission to prove that she ...more
Ola Adamska
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Starting reading a book from Ms. St. James is always a treat to me, I had not read a book from this author that would disappoint me!
Guts & Glory is a series that is a spin-off to D&D series, but this series can be read as standalone thou I recommend reading this series in order to see how dynamic changes with each book - I promise it's great!
Steel - I was wondering if i would not hate him as his an A$$hole to the core. And I knew that he would need a woman that would have to stand her
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With each book in this series I have found myself falling in love with the couple. Kat and Steel were no different. They were both tough, stubborn, and a little lost. They just "fit". I liked Steel's take charge, take no lip, protective vibe. The only flaw I could see is that his perfect woman is athletic toned, and muscular. This means there would be no chance for me. Haha I loved Kat's independent determination. She was fierce but also vulnerable. They were an easy couple to root for.

I have
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Steel Meets His Match

Kat is proof money doesn't buy happiness. She can be in a room full of people and still feel alone. She escaped a family trying to put her in a box she didn't want. She loves MMA, but even it has its drawbacks. She a celebrity, so has to dress and act the part. Buy the expensive car and house, that she doesn't want or need. Now she has a stalker, and now he's calling all the shots. In walks Steel...
Steel is hired to protect Kat and find her stalker. He's always loved the
Leilani Angel
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Love, love, LOVE this newest addition to the Guts and Glory series. As many of her loyal readers can attest, including yours truly, Jeanne St. James is a master... uh, mistress... of characterization. Well, ladies and gentlemen, with "Steel," she whipped out yet another expertise and put it front and center: HUMOR. If you think you've giggled at the (Mis)Adventures of Diesel as a dad, that is nothing on the full-on, delicate-snorting-like-an-asthmatic piglet impression that I did as I devoured ...more
Sharon Jones
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I could have asked for a better paired couple than Steel & Kat. They have so much in common with each other and it's not just the strong will to take out their own aggression through fighting. They are each one half of a whole and it really made for some fabulous reading.
Once again Jeanne has jammed a lot of story in to one book. The romance side was beyond great, but the suspense side was equally enthralling. If only I didn't have to sleep and do that thing called work I would
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy from the author for my honest review. Jeanne NEVER disappoints! Steel is the smart@$$ of the group always on busting the rest of his brothers especially as they right after another, there won't be a cage around his manhood. Kat has worked hard her whole life to prove that she has what it take to be the best, nothing and no one is going to stop her. Her manager has now hired a bodyguard to keep her safe from some lunatic that is stalking her.....HELLO...... ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kat is a MMA fighter and nothing will stop her from being the best. Steel works for Shadows Security and has been hired to protect Kat when she finds herself in danger from a stalker.

I have so been looking forward to Steel's story. I knew from the very beginning that I was going to love his book. Steel was an outstanding character with just the right amount of alpha. The chemistry between these two continued to grow but they also had their share of bumps in the road.

Jeanne's stories always
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Ive been waiting for this one and the one lucky woman that would put up with Steel.
They do have somethings in common they both ate gym rats and Kat I loved the fact that she was an MMA fighter. Can this woman tame the beast that is Steel. Kat has a small problem a stalker whom she thinks she can handle herself, but her manager goes behind her back and hires her s bodyguard.

Steel and Kat have a real hard time getting along they both are a lot alike and Steel is not used to a strong and
Stephanie Ditmore
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boy did I love me some Steel! He is complex, stubborn, sexy, brash, keeps everything close to the chest not letting anyone get too close. When hes tasked with being a bodyguard to Kat he wasnt quite sure what he was getting himself into. Shes tough, stubborn, strong willed, and has something to prove to herself and shes a fighter with a pain in the butt manager and a stalker on her tail, Steels in for a ride.

They are getting under each others skin and taking things to the next level, but when
Terri Travis
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't know how she does it but Jeanne St. James blows me away with each and every book she writes.
Steel is give a bodyguarding job of an athlete (one of which he has never heard of--an MMA champion).
Kat doesn't believe she actually needs a bodyguard but her manager does and so does Steel after he reads the file on her and sees the undertone her stalker is taking.
Both are both strong individuals and hit heads and egos from day one.
Each are attracked to the other but fight it tooth and nail.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been anxiously waiting for Steel to have his own book!! The real ass of the group, no filter, lets you know exactly how he feels and has no problem getting in your face if he doesnt like you. I have loved everyone of the books in this series and Steel doesnt disappoint at all
From the beginning to the very end you are hooked. I could not stop reading. I laughed out loud so many times. Steel seriously met his match with Kat.
I loved, absolutely loved the interaction with the rest of
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fierce man vs. fierce women!!

I waited patiently for this book, Steel had intrigued me back in Ryders book, he seemed like the ultimate A-hole, I needed to know more about him.

The author certainly gave Steel a run for his money with Kat, she came on strong and didnt back down, he didnt know what hit him. I really enjoyed their similar interests, I found it made them connect on a different level. They each had a way of jabbing each other with words and made it fun to read, lots of smiles and
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book started exactly how all books should start..... with Diesel!!!

I loved this soo sooo good.

I loved the MMA element which I at first did not think I would enjoy but I seriously loved it.

Steel is hard and interesting and I loved getting more of him in all his glory.

Kat is fierce I loved the hardness of her and her power as both a woman and a fighter.

Together they are fire and fear, and they really bring out the softer sides in each other.

I loved that the sisterhood made an appearance and
Laura Larocca
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Steel is hired to bodyguard a mma fighter thats being stalked.He being as alpha as he is and she Kat as stubborn and adamant that she can take care of herself their relationship has a rocky start.The story gets interesting as they start to understand how each other ticks and how their pasts effect the way they react towards each other.He decides the best way to protect her is to work with her training for the big fight.The story had it all,suspense,romance and enough humor to bring a smile to my ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Steel and Kat were such an incredible couple. I adored the dynamic between these two. In my opinion it is very rare to find a pairing that consists of two characters that are both so strong and fierce. You might even think that there is no way that such a pairing could work, but it does and beautifully. As the well written, highly entertaining story unfolds you can expect plenty of sizzling sparks, sharp banter, suspense, drama, tension, passion, emotion and sprinklings of ...more
Quen Barlow
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit Im not a fan of MMA romance but this story I loved. I started it just knowing I was not going to like it. Steel is the Alpha with so many layers and a heart thats big as him. I enjoyed the way Steel opened up at times I felt he was just to guarded but I love his sense of humor. Kat is a alpha female that could give Brooke a run for her money. I had a hard time liking her at first but once you get to know her and understand her you love her she holds her own but she is very ...more
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JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She was only thirteen when she started writing. Her first paid published piece was an erotic story in Playgirl magazine. Her first erotic romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages. Want to read a sample of her ...more

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