Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BLOG TOUR and RRBB REVIEW: Something's Gotta Give by Maggie Adams

Something’s Gotta Give,
Book 3 in the Tempered Steel Series
by Maggie Adams,
Genre: Romance
Release Date: June 30th

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Chance Coalson loves women. And they love him. Young or old, no woman is immune to his charm.
Except one.

Georgia Haines is the only female volunteer firefighter in Grafton. She’s had a crush on Chance Coalson since he offered her his handkerchief at her momma’s funeral. But she’s smart enough to know that it takes a special woman to tame a charmer like Chance, and there’s nothing particularly special about her.

When fire breaks out at the Coalson’s construction business and Chance is trapped inside, Georgia braves the flames to save him, only to discover her “crush” has morphed into love. And she’s helpless to hide her desire.

Chance awakens to find an angel breathing life into his lungs with a kiss. The woman he wanted more than any other was the one who paid the “Casanova of the County” no mind.
So how does a man with a bad reputation convince a shy firefighter that he’s worth taking a chance on love?
By fighting fire with fire…..
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Georgia came alive. “No! Don’t touch me!” She twisted away from him and flew around the tree. Peeking at him from around the fat branch, she said accusingly, “What’s the matter, Chance? Am I the only woman to break it off first?”
“Georgia! What the hell are you talking about?” Chance had no idea what had changed since last night. “I love you.”
“You say that now, but I can’t believe it. If I let you, you will trample across my heart just like my father did to my mother. I’m not going to let you get that far.”
Chance took in her wide-eyed face and the panic in her voice. Missy Dee had filled him in on her parent’s relationship, and Georgia’s feelings on the matter, but he hadn’t really listened. And now he didn’t know what to do. How do you fight damn ghosts?
“Georgia, honey, you’re overreacting. What happened to your parents was unfortunate, but it doesn’t apply to us. We love each other.” Chance tried to placate her.
“My mother told me how my father would say that he loved her right before he left to be with one of his other women. You can’t trust a man. You can’t give him your heart,” she cried out.
“We are not your parents! We have the choices here,” he roared as he advanced on her. “We chose to make love last night. Me and you. And there were no goddamn ghost lurking around trying to screw it up.”
He stopped for a moment trying to find a way to reason with her. “What we felt last night was not sex, Georgia. We made love. Love manifested in the physical sense. It was precious, sweetheart. You can’t believe I would feel that way with any other woman, now that I’ve had you.”

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4.5 Stars

The story of Chance and Georgia (aka Peaches).
Chance works with his brothers at their construction company.
Georgia is a volunteer firefighter and during the day runs a daycare for kids with the woman that helped to raise her (Missy Dee).
Since I have now read the prior two books, I know that all three in the series basically run concurrently. We first meet Georgia in the end of book 1 when she helps (as a firefighter) to save Chance from a fire at his company headquarters.  While giving him mouth-to-mouth, he rouses enough to kiss her before she storms off.
Chance is woven subtly through the other two books, and Georgia takes a larger role in book 2 as Angel's friend.
Georgia is curvy and apparently always has been, and dealt with bullying girls throughout school (the worst of these girls still live in the same small town).  With her father abandoning her and her mother, and her mother's death, she has serious abandonment issues, plus severe self-esteem issues.  She's been in love with Chance since he comforted her at her mother's funeral (she was 14, he was 20).
Chance is known as the "Casanova of the county", and has been with several women - including the one that bullies Georgia the most. So Georgia can't figure out why Chance suddenly shows an interest in her. She assumes he feels he owes her a debt for saving his life during the fire. 
As with all the prior books, dangerous things happen that cause protective instincts in the would-be mates.
One stereotype I have not enjoyed in the series is that boys will be boys (as in - they've slept with tons of women), while the women are virgins. In this day and age, I'd like them to be on even ground.
The last chapter had me stumped though. The entire story is (at times) told in third person omnipotent, but the last chapter did not have the two main characters at all in it.  It involves a few other brothers of Chance's, and has a bit to do with the vandalism that is plaguing the Coalson brothers construction business.  It introduces a few women for those brothers, but the author had already set up for a completely different brother (one not in this chapter) to be the next story.  Since all stories are running mostly concurrently, I feel that last bit should be left out to go in a book involving one of those brothers instead.
Overall, I have enjoyed the series, and will definitely be up for the next book!

Romance Readers received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Other Books in the Series:
Book 1 – Whistlin’ Dixie

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Amazon: http://goo.gl/4zDP3M

 Book 2 – Leather and Lace

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AMAZON: http://goo.gl/EVj9IE

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Hi! I'm Maggie Adams. I live near St. Louis, MO with my high school sweetheart, Ned, (married thirty years) and my wonderful kids, Katie (Kyle) and Ross (Valerie). My life is like a walking, talking sitcom from I Love Lucy, but I love it, although people do tend to keep their distance from me! Writing has always been my dream, with reading my favorite hobby. I try to include a little bit of my life in everything I write, so when you read my books, keep your eyes wide open - I'm in there somewhere! Happy reading!

For more about, contact me at https://www.maggieadamsbooks.com
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