Friday, January 16, 2015

Tempering Steel by Lea Barrymire with Review by Samantha

Tempering Steel
by Lea Barrymire
Genre: Paranormal Romance

After months of aching to be with grumpy Sheriff Connor Manning, Margarete
Barrie finally gets her chance when a coyote shifter takes refuge in her home.

Connor’s resolve to stay away from Margie weakens when she takes in his packmate. Fighting his inner animal and jealousy makes him question his decision to leave women and love alone. 

They’re thrown together to catch a trapper or hunter threatening the pack. Even the possible danger doesn’t cool the tension between them.



'I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review'

Margarete has had the hot's for Connor for a while now but he always shoots her down and is glaring or snapping at her so she does the same to him in defense. After over a year of him treating her this way all of a sudden he switches gears and is pursing her saying that he is tired of fighting it. With her now knowing what they are he doesn't have to keep everything from her. Margie is happy about Connor finally coming around and more then excited to learn that she was right about there being something different with the people in town.

Connor has been fighting his attraction to Margie for so long. He is too afraid to try and take the Mate step again. But when a friend and pack mate has to stay with her for a bit after being injured he is not happy. Jealousy viciously rears it's head. Then they find traps all over the place after they find a wolf shifter stuck in one and can only assume that someone is after them.

I loved this book as much as I did the first book in the series. I love how the pack is open to all different types of shifters. I love the authors writing style and the fact that she pretty much had Margie and Connor seem like  they hated each other at first. It made Connors fall that much sweeter. This book can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend reading!


 Lea spends her time writing, reading and working. She is both a stay at home mom and a "work from home" professional. Her knight in shining armor is not only her husband but also her best friend. Her heathen children are the entertainment that keeps her going. The stories that tumble from her fingers are definitely a combination of her fascination with science and the emotional aspect of romantic encounters.

Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rugrats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She’s slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life’s adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.

Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

When Lea isn’t reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.

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Cammie has had one hell of a night. Her long-time abusive boyfriend pushed her to the limits and then a freaking wolf hit her car. While clutching a bag of frozen peas to her swollen eye she manages to rescue the animal and make it home. But what’s she do with it after that? 

Ian can’t believe his luck. After a stupid decision he’s been run out of every shifter territory he’s entered. Hoping Coyote Bluff would be different seems to have been his downfall. After a bunch of coyotes chase him through the night he finds himself being coddled by a tempting woman. His canine half is already in love with her. 

Cammie’s ex comes calling, Ian’s found out by the local Alpha and the town seems bent on keeping them apart. Can they fight against everyone at once to find happiness together? Better question would be will Cammie accept Ian once he admits to being the wolf she so readily confided in and nursed back to health?

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