Kennedy Cross had her heart broken early in life. It wasn't someone or something who betrayed her—it was her own body. Despite it being all she’s ever wanted, Kennedy will never know what it feels like to feel her baby’s feet kick from the inside out. Having been pronounced infertile at only eighteen, she redirected her life the best way she could.
Eight years and a degree later, Kennedy is one of the most well-loved first-grade teachers at Rock Falls Elementary School. It doesn’t matter that her college boyfriend left her because he wanted children of his own. She has twenty-two of the most gorgeous six-year-olds who adore her and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jackson Steele deals only in extremes. He falls victim to manic episodes lasting for days, sometimes weeks at a time, sending him reeling from volatile highs to devastating lows. It’s a living hell just being inside his own mind, and that hell has taken everything he’s ever loved away from him. But what if, this time, it gives him something? An untimely gift from God and a brunette with legs eight miles long will bring him the most unforeseen joy but also his most challenging of tests.
What happens when circumstances of life threaten the one thing both Jackson and Kennedy love? Saving Steele from himself may prove to be too much for Cross to bear.
4.5 Star Review by Ashley
I have been ready for Jackson's book since I met him at the start of the Rock Falls series. His character, with his bouts of blackness, intrigued me. Well, Anne Jolin knocked my socks off. Every time I think I've found my favorite of her men, she goes and releases another book, takes me to swoon city and makes me fall in love. Saving Steel is the healing power of love personified. There is magic within these pages and it starts on the very first page. ,
Right away you're pulled into this story and captivated by this sweet and sad boy, Ryker who will forever change the lives of the entire Rock Falls gang and steal your heart, just like he did mine and Kennedy's. That woman is kind- almost to a fault but also has a backbone of steel. She loves fiercely and will fight for who and what she believes in without reservation. Though life hasn't been kind to her she hasn't let it keep her down. She has her own, slightly comical, way of dealing with and sorting the chaos that surrounds her mind. She has battled her way out of the darkness and is content with her life until a little boy comes in with his shyness and curious nature and throws her into the path of Jackson.
Oh that man. LOVE isn't a strong enough word. He is complicated and the most unlikely of heroes. His world is knocked off its axis with the surprise that shows up on his doorstep and then again when he comes face to face with Kennedy. I loved that he was so instantly enamored with her. It was nice to see him want something for himself and go after it. He found and created his own, different kind of fairy tale. The chemistry between them is undeniable. But it was the sweet, quiet moments that had my heart turning to a pile of mush.
Just when I think its going to be happily ever after, the villain in this fairy tale comes to stir up trouble. No one is left unscathed and Jackson and Kennedy's world is once again sidetracked by forces beyond their control. I won't say much more about what happens but it had my heart aching and racing at the same time. If ever there was a book that showed the power that love has to heal a soul, save a life and fix something you didn't know was broken, Saving Steel is that book and you do not want to miss it.
About the Author
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks.
I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.
Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.