Much of the 3rd book in Maggie Adams’ Steel Tempered happens during the time frame of book 2. These stories, while they could probably read as standalones, I wouldn’t recommend that. For continuity and to know what’s going on with who, I’d say they should be read in order. Because of this, this review might contain spoilers from the 2 previous stories.
Most of this review will read as book 2’s review. The characters were different, but the characters and plot were similar. It’s after Mac and Dixie’s wedding. The charmer of the Coalson family, Chance, has his eyes on Georgia Haines. Volunteer fire fighter, Georgia, risks life and limb to save Chance from a fire perpetrated by someone intent on destroying the Coalson’s Construction Company and the family. During the rescue, Georgia has to perform CPR on Chance and when he becomes aware starts kissing Georgia at which time she gets embarrassed and runs off. Can these two very different personalities ever find common ground?
I was hoping that this series would get better for me; it’s not. There’s so much potential of a ‘bad boy’ type getting his just rewards, but only after he’s paid his dues. I expected Georgia to really give him the one-two for his tomcatting ways, but that’s not what happened. She wasn’t the assertive person that I would expect a fire fighter to be – I was more than disappointed. Chance was a nice guy, but I never felt he was anything more than words on a page. The potential was there, I just didn’t get it. And I’m not sure I ever understood when/why Chance fell in love with Georgia. They both grew up in the same town and it’s taken Chance about 15 years to notice her. I didn’t understand what changed for him to suddenly not only find her attractive, but to be in love.
Stuck in the past about the way her parents’ marriage and relationship affected her life, Georgia couldn’t seem to move forward to find her own happiness. She’s set in her past to the point that she’s been in love with Chance since she was 14 years old, when he offered her comfort after a family tragedy. It’s not until she’s recovering from an injury and he comes to help her at her daycare that she gets her chance with Chance. Now, I love self deprecation as much as the next person, but I was ready to smack Georgia on the back of her head more than once.
Like I said, I wanted to like this but I never felt that connection with either Chance or Georgia. I’ve noticed something in this series, the stories seems to be written in 2 parts. The first part is the romance and the second part is the continuing secondary storyline about the company sabotage. It’d be nice if they were blended. That second part is the only thing that saved this story and made it a ‘meh’ for me.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Something’s Gotta Give
by Maggie Adams
Release Date: June 30, 2015