Forever a Hero (Carsons of Mustang Creek #3) by Linda Lael Miller
Description: Mace Carson is no 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.
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: I've read the other two books in this series about Mace's two brothers so of course I had to read Mace's story!
My Impression: I really enjoyed the 2 previous books about the Carson brothers and was really looking forward to seeing Mace's story. The blurb had me a little worried though. While I'm all for a good knight in shining armor story I'm very picky when it comes to balance of power and if there's a sense of obligation or heavy gratitude between Mace and Kelly I knew I was going to struggle with it. Luckily this isn't an issue as Mace takes care of that pretty early on and makes it clear that he is not interested in pursuing a romantic relationship where gratitude is a key part. I liked Mace. He's intelligent and a hard worker. He knows what he wants and has very little self-doubt.
While I liked Mace I connected with Kelly more. She's also intelligent and a hard worker but is having some doubt about what she wants to do and whether her original plan is really what she still wants.
The Carson family is a strong presence in the story and I especially enjoyed catching up with the 2 couples from the previous books. All of the characters have some leanings towards perfection and as I've found in other LLM books there is a bit of a race to commitment that seems a little quick. However, that doesn't stop this from being a fun read that pulled me in almost immediately.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I've really enjoyed this series and would like to read more from LLM.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you enjoy Western contemporary romance this is a really great series!