The second book in Maggie Adams’ Steel Tempered series picks up where book 1 left off, after Mac and Dixie’s wedding. This time it’s Mac’s young brother Sam, former Navy SEAL, and Angel, his high school sweetheart. As this is a little bit longer than a novella, this is a quick story. After being gone for the last 15 years, Sam is back in town for his brother’s wedding. Angel Devereaux has been in love with Sam since he left town without telling her and they’ve not communicated since he left. Now that Sam’s back in town, Angel wants nothing more than to have Sam back in her life.
Sam couldn’t have been a bigger jerk and douchetard to Angel. He treated her like crap. Every time she attempted to explain or apologize for a long ago transgression that she did, he treated her like pond scum. Every. Time. I don’t know a lot of people who would wait 15 years for someone; the time frame seemed really long to me. Yes, these two were in love while she was in high school, but I truly didn’t see what was so great about that love that Angel would continue subject herself to Sam’s behavior.
As I didn’t like Sam, I so wanted to like Angel. I found myself just shaking my head about her continued attempts to get Sam to be with her. No means no; it doesn’t mean maybe and try again – it means no. He showed her so much disrespect I just couldn’t understand why she kept coming back for more. There was absolutely nothing about this couple that I liked, nothing. I didn’t even enjoy their HEA.
Now what I did like was the secondary storyline about the company sabotage that continued from book 1. It’s gotten more complicated and there’s now more than just sabotage. That’s the only thing that saved this story and made it a ‘meh’ for me.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Leather and Lace
by Maggie Adams
Release Date: February 27, 2015