Hearts of Steel
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.
In the mixed third installment of Camden's Blackstone Legacy series (after Written on the Wind), a steel company board member and a businesswoman team up to foil a deceitful banker. Liam Blackstone has just landed a powerful position on the U.S. Steel board of directors in 1902 and has an agenda based on workers' rights. The cause is close to his heart: at three, Liam was kidnapped from the moneyed Blackstone family by a man who raised him in poverty and forced him to work at a steel mill. (Liam only reconnected with his family—and found God—as an adult.) But corrupt board member Charles Morse believes Liam is hurting profits by negotiating workers' raises, and is trying to run him off the board. When Liam learns Morse has cheated Maggie Molinaro, the co-owner of an ice cream factory, out of a payment, he decides to help her seek justice. Upon digging into Morse's business dealings, the pair uncover a sprawling web of corruption, and a romance builds between them. While Camden's prose is zippy, her underdeveloped characters—and Liam's elaborate backstory—make for an unrealistic, overwrought plot. Camden's post–Gilded Age romance has its moments, but the subpar execution will leave readers wanting.