Thursday, February 16, 2023

HEARTS OF STEEL by Elizabeth Camden, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

" . . . I'll stand beside you the whole way."

Determined never to be poor again, ice cream company owner Maggie Molinaro works hard and saves every penny, which means that when a wealthy customer stiffs her ninety-five dollars, she arrives at his lavish mansion to demand payment. Receiving a chilly reception, Maggie holds her ground while happening upon an handsome stranger who presses the man to do the right thing. It's the beginning of a entertaining, albeit tumultuous relationship between the "Sweet Miss Maggie of Gadsen Street" and steel magnate Liam Blackstone.

Liam Blackstone always stood up for the underdog, always; so when his nemesis Charles Morse tried to ignore the lovely young woman with the unpaid ice cream bill (from his own wedding reception, of all things), Liam gained some much needed ammunition to bring the man down a notch; or two or three. In all reality, it was Morse who was trying to ruin Liam's reputation, which would justify Liam's removal from U. S. Steel's board of directors. If Liam could just prove how corrupt Morse really was, he might just be able to prove himself to his family, once and for all. Clearly, Morse was out to play hardball, and Maggie was just one of many who would suffer.

Brace yourself for quite an entertaining story; two scrappy, stubborn, hard-working, I'll-do-it-myself, let-me-help-you . . . become a team . . . losing their hearts, their heads, and nearly their health over coming out on top. In the end, doing the right thing was always the right thing to do.

"She'd found the business partner of a lifetime, and a man who would stand beside her through any storm. Their life wouldn't always be smooth sailing, but . . . together with God's love and a little hard work, the adventure ahead would be a good one."

*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars



BackCover Blurb:
His steel empire has catapulted him to the top of the world, but loving her could cost him everything.

Maggie Molinaro survived a hardscrabble childhood in the downtrodden streets of Manhattan to become a successful businesswoman. After a decade of sacrifice, she now owns a celebrated ice cream company. But when she offends a corrupt banker, she unwittingly sets off a series of calamities that threaten to destroy her life's work.

Liam Blackstone is a charismatic steel magnate committed to overhauling factory conditions for the steelworkers of America. Standing in his way is the same villain determined to ruin Maggie. What begins as a practical alliance to defeat a common enemy soon evolves into a romance between two wounded people determined to beat the odds.

A spiraling circle of treachery grows increasingly dangerous as Liam and Maggie risk their lives and fortunes for the good of the city. It will require all their wit and ingenuity to protect everything--and everyone--they hold dear.

Bethany House Publishing, January 2023
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