Made of Steel by Ivy Smoak

Posted March 14, 2019 in review Tags: , , ,

Made of Steel by Ivy SmoakMade of Steel by Ivy Smoak
Pages: 312
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

Series: Made of Steel #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense, New Adult
Setting: New York City
Source: ARC
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart
Amazon iBooks Audible

The witness protection program has given me the fresh start I've always dreamed of. A new home. A new name. A new life. For the first time in ten years it feels like I can breathe again.

But the cost of freedom is more than I bargained for. I put my foster father behind bars. It doesn't matter that he deserved it. What matters is that he's powerful, manipulative, and now he wants me dead.

I can feel someone watching me. I know my time is running out. And the only other person who cares if I live or die is a masked stranger. So I'm putting my life in the vigilante's hands. And maybe a piece of my heart along with it. Even though I'm worried that he's just as dangerous as the man I sent to prison.

Made of Steel was a total surprise for me. I snagged the book because the kindle version was free. Then, I snagged the audiobook! Having said that, I kind of went into the book without much knowledge. I have never read this author before, and I didn’t remember anything from the synopsis.

The story is about a young woman in witness protection. She is 18 and has been shipped off to NYC-a city she did NOT want to live in, and to a college she didn’t want to attend! But, she is glad to be free from the abusive home she was in and is trying to make the best of her new shot at life. You learn snippets of what happened to Summer/Sadie that led her to where she finds herself, but its revealed slowly. She meets some new friends and thinks she can move on and be ‘normal’ but quickly realizes that she isn’t as hidden as she thought!

Sadie’s past is the big mystery that slowly gets peeled away for the reader, but she also runs into a boy from her past in Miles, her new RA. Miles doesn’t know Sadie is Summer; they haven’t spoken in years and they have a complicated friendship. Then, Sadie’s new roommate quickly befriends some guys and Sadie ends up dating Eli. All these friendships build as the story delves deeper into why Sadie had to run and you begin to question everything. Literally, everything! What is real, what is deception, what doesn’t Sadie know….

The center of the story for me is the NYC vigilante. This mystery man has been saving people in the city and Sadie is determined to figure out who and why. Of course, with the danger now facing Sadie, she becomes entwined with the vigilante quickly. We don’t know WHO he is yet though!

Made of Steel made me weep for Summer, cheer for Sadie’s strength, and question the motives everyone in her new life! I was never quite sure where the story was going to go-and even Sadie struggles with what she really thinks on many things. Elizabeth Hart is a great narrator and brings the story to life. Fans of romantic suspense will devour the story and fans of new adult romance will delight at the plot twists!


  •   POV: 1st
  •   Tears: a few early on
  •   Trope: secret identity, on the run, second chance
  •   Triggers: View Spoiler »
  •   Series/Standalone: series
  •   Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
  •   HEA: View Spoiler »

Carter Reed by Tijan, Avalanche by Cambria Hebert, Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan…then you will probably like Made of Steel!


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About Ivy Smoak

Ivy Smoak is the Amazon bestselling author of The Hunted series.

When she's not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult.

She lives with her husband in Delaware.

From her Twitter Bio:

Ivy Smoak is an entrepreneur and author. After much encouragement from her fiancé, she finally decided to dive into her true passion: writing romance novels.

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