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Cyrus

Men of Steel, Book 2
By: MJ Fields
Series: Men of Steel, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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Cyrus is the oldest of the Steel brothers. Strong, independent, and damaged by love. He likes his life just the way it is. Or so he thinks. When he meets beautiful and sexy Tara, he is smitten immediately. He begins to persue her for a good time, but as he discovers Tara's situation, his alpha male protective instinct kicks into overdrive. Tara is child of the foster care system that can't remember ever being loved and feeling safe. She is being mistreated, tricked, and exploited by her boyfriend, Tony, a man who just wishes to possess and use her. Cyrus saves Tara from Tony and the riffraff he is involved with, giving her asylum at his home as he generously works things out for her. But as they spend more time together Cyrus' barrier and his three-times-only-with-no-strings-Rule disintegrates. But Cyrus had hurt and disillusioned. He does not like being vulnerable, feeling things that he wants to hold on to; he retaliates and takes the easy road back to status quo. Will Cyrus realize that he has a great thing, and that this love will not hurt him again in time to win her back? Or will he lose her forever?

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  • J and M
  • 29-11-2016

Thought Provoking and very real

Wow. This book wasn't as light and humorous like the rest. And, Frankly, hit close to home. I have some very close family members who were put in foster care after the death of a parent who was the bread winner, and then the grandparent who stepped in to help. In the midst of a huge extended family of aunts and uncles, no one stepped in. One of the oldest girls who was on her own eventually was able to get a couple of her younger siblings after a few years. But, the psychological damage of being ripped from family is so real. The stories of fear and helplessness they rarely ever speak of, about being safe in a large family one day and thrown into chaos while trying to deal with the sudden deaths of a parent and then a grandparent are heartbreaking. One simply stopped eating and talking, and had to be re-assigned to a home with at least one sibling. The bouncing around to different homes where they never knew what to expect. The walls that now never seem to be able to be breached even with their own children. They aren't always visible until something happens and they simply shut down emotionally. The more devastating the event, the less emotionally attached they become. And, the breaches in family that never quite close is all too familiar. Their clear disdain for their aunts and uncles, some of whom were actually nasty to them, blaming the children for causing the heart attack and illness of their parent and grandparent is evident. But, then their humanity also shows when being sought out as adults often for their help from these same family members in their older age when their own children failed to take care of them. And, the strength and resilience they had to make something from nothing. Most of them did quite well for themselves and ended up taking care of the very people who'd turned their backs on them with more care and grace than I think I could have. I grew up knowing all of these people and always wondered but never asked, how could you not do something when you had so much and they were losing everything? I have seen their own kids ask of these aunts and uncles ask, because their cousins were suddenly taken from them, but I've never heard an answer. In some instances they were going to school with their cousins, yet were on the outside of the family looking in. When I ask them, how they can be so gracious to people who didn't even bother to show you kindness or acknowledge you, they say it's the right thing to do. And, they all say, "We forgive, but we don't forget."
Anyway, this was definitely a romance, but for me, this story is largely about the mental anguish that kids go through when security and loved ones are ripped from them suddenly, and they have to somehow survive on the kindness of strangers. And, yet, it's so very well done. M.J. Fields doesn't make it so heavy and so difficult that it's hard to listen to or read. It wasn't too difficult and I actually couldn't put it down. I saw too many similarities. Different circumstances, but close enough. I'm not sure how it would effect someone who maybe isn't familiar with or know anyone in the system. I wasn't around then, so only hear stories of my family members. But, I have in-laws that take in foster kids and have spent decades making sure their birthdays were remembered, they received gifts on Christmas, they had photo albums full of pictures of themselves, or they got to do something as simple as seeing The Nutcracker. They go without so much that so many of us take for granted. Needless to say, I was very touched by this book and felt like M.J. Fields did and excellent job of portraying one girls story without it being over the top bad, but just the reality of what they go through no matter how good a foster family may be. And, especially at turning 18 and having to worry about not having a home or food, and having to try and figure out if they can even take care of themselves long enough to graduate from high school if their foster family won't support them now that the state has stopped paying for them. It is a very real thing these kids must face.

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  • Peggy Barton
  • 04-06-2015

Very good

Must read tough guys can me sexy a romantic! I gave it a 5 the only thing that bothered me was when Tara spoke Cyrus's voice was different. I would read again.

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  • heidi
  • 29-07-2019

Cyrus & Tara

There were a few triggers at the begining, but ultimately it was a sweet romance. Cyrus was so easygoing with Tara and let down his badass self to be around her. Tony was a serious douchbag. I wish he had gotten a gross and violent death. I also liked that Cyrus didn't wait for forever to get her back.

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  • 💜.🌺Violetta🌺.💜
  • 02-06-2019

Lust at first sight romance. 1POV. HEA. Standalone.

⚠️Trigger warning may be needed for dubious consent.

This “hot damn” books about a hit em and quit em man that finds a girl he wants to rescue. It’s a good listen and the HEA is super sweet. The narration is perfect. This can be read as a standalone but first s #2 in a series.

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  • Allen6549
  • 21-01-2019

Another great listen...

This is a great addition to the Steel story, and even better than the kick off book to the series.

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  • buffal0b1ll
  • 17-12-2018

Good storyline, but a bit confusing.

Some of the transitions seem a bit abrupt, jumping topics. And in several places, significant backstory information concerning how the main characters first met was assumed, but not part of the story or in the first book.

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  • Debbie
  • 01-09-2018

OMG!! Love!!

This book is so wonderful. There is a HEA but don't doubt that Tara is strong throughout regardless of the ways she has been emotionally and physically hurt. I was struck with so much feeling by these characters that were presented with the problems and emotions we experience when falling in love with a person during that journey of learning who they are after the attraction! The money the Steel family has is not even a factor to making this a HEA but it does set the scene for him to be there for her in ways that were not common for him or her. Sigh...Very emotional feelings about how the foster care system has no home plan for "aging out" at 18. It shows homelessness in a real way for children and adults with no family or extended support. So many of MJ's books talk about how family support makes a difference, be it biological or extended. I had tears, smiles, and feel so much listening or reading any work by MJ Fields. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • awriternot
  • 17-06-2018

Loved it!!!!! But...

Female narrator''s (Lauren Sweet) is annoying as heck! I didn't love the male narrator either. He sounded like he was baby talking, like she was five, every time he did Tara''s voice, which was kindof creepy... Lol

But I loved the story itself. I do prefer Wen Ross & Kai Kennicott' s two books. They were perfect.

So, try and get past the narrators voices and pay attention to the fantastic story!

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  • Jennifer
  • 15-01-2018

Great story, not thrilled with the guy narrator...

Loved this book/series just not thrilled worth guy narrator. And obviously that is so important.

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  • John & Rhona Fall
  • 21-08-2017

Awesome read or listen!

Would you consider the audio edition of Cyrus to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I haven't read it. I am an audiobook exclusively listener.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cyrus?

When Cyrus finally got his head out of his butt and realized what he had in Tara.

What does Lauren Sweet and Tobias Ezra Queen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators were great. I love the dual narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I actually did in one sitting.

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  • Kimbo
  • 05-06-2016

Brilliant

I did a lot of crying at this book. Tara went through some crap and Cyrus put her through some crap, he got me so mad, but alls well in the end