Forever a Hero – Linda Lael Miller

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.

Holy hell. This book was an absolute bore. I used to read loads of romance novels when I was in my teens and some even made it through my adult years (mostly by Susan Elisabeth Philips) and when I saw one from Linda Lael featuring hunky cowboys and damsel in distress type of plot, I thought to myself, why not?

The plot was predictable, the characters were one-sided and the romance was sickly.  The Carson family is large, rowdy and friendly and the town they live in is the same. Mace Carson runs a winery, which I think was a ploy to get to the target audience – mommys with a bottle.

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Kelly is a successful business woman and the company she works for sends her to visit Mace’s winery because they want to purchase it. He saved her from an attacker ten years ago and I’m sure you can guess what I’m about to say next, but he’s out of prison and out for revenge.

When they’re not having dinner, Kelly is either day dreaming about this man, his fortune, her perceived fortune when he bends to her will and what her wardrobe contains. She’s supposed to be a smart business woman but she reminded me of those aggressive sales people who crowd a small business owner in order to “suck him dry”.

Silly story, silly characters, 3rd book in a trilogy. Sounds like a moneygrab to me.

1/5

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