Review: Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller

Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller
Series: The Carsons of Mustang Creek (# 3)
Release Date:  March 21, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Pages: 400
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

For the youngest Carson brother, finding—and fixing—trouble seems to be all in a day’s work

Mace Carson doesn’t consider himself a hero. Back in college, he came upon a woman in trouble and intervened—but he was just one irate Wyoming cowboy with his boots planted firmly on the side of right. Now a successful vintner, Mace is shocked to be reunited with the woman he saved. But it turns out she’s in Wyoming on business…a corporate executive representing the company that wants to buy his winery. Only, he’s not selling.

Kelly Wright has never forgotten that horrible night ten years ago when Mace came to her rescue, has never forgotten him. The surprising success of a winery in the middle of ranch country has brought her to Mustang Creek, and she’s secretly thrilled to discover Mace at the helm. Reluctant to mix business with pleasure, Kelly vows to keep things professional, until her attacker is released from prison and comes for vengeance…against both of them.

 

Review:  Forever a Hero is book three in The Carsons of Mustang Creek series and it was a fast paced read that reunited me with the Carson family and the residents of Mustang Creek.  This is Mace and Kelly’s story and takes place in both Wyoming and California but it involves everyone we’ve met before.  Kelly and Mace crossed paths when he was her hero on their college campus.  They didn’t keep in touch since they were both in relationships but clicked again when their paths cross now, ten years later, and Mace again is thrust in the role of hero.

Kelly was hard for me to like and it took a while for me to warm up to her.  She was always throwing out mixed signals but wanted to play both the professional and personal roles when she and Mace were together.  It doesn’t help that her professional life is going to be upended and not in a good way.  She and Mace would take a step or two forward and then a few back especially since Kelly seemed to only give out information on an as needed basis that she felt needed to be shared.    Everyone at the ranch could see what was going on between them except for Mace and Kelly.  I loved that Mace tried to get her to love all things Western and that he tried to immerse her into ranch life.  His mom plays a pivotal role in several story lines as did his two brothers who he has great relationships with.  They may tease each other but if one of them were ever in trouble the others would have their back.  The vineyard, the winery and his future plans for his business are all front and center.

The descriptions of the lands, the mountains, the ranch house, the ranch, the cabin and the animals were so vividly depicted that I felt that I was there.  There are family and friends, lots of pets and children, good food, sadness, anger, fear, hurt, injuries, accidents, crimes committed,  businesses, happiness, tears, laughter, romance, loving and love.  There was nice closure and a happily ever after on several fronts.  I for one would love to see more stories involving the Carsons, maybe a novella or two in the future to catch us up on their lives, hint, hint!

Miller is one of my favorite authors of western romances.  She makes her characters real and always keeps me coming back for more.

Favorite Quote:  Kelly might be the wrong woman, or the right one, forever of for a while.

 

joanne