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A Chivalrous Hero and His Strong-Willed Love

Horse and rider in mountains

Colton and Ainslee from Wild Montana Winds are in my spotlight after I was recently sent a wonderful review for the book, which brought these characters to the forefront of my thoughts for a few days, and distracted me from my work-in-progress because I kept thinking about the Gallaghers.

Since I've been stuck on heroes a lot lately, it's a pleasure to revisit those from Hawk's Peak for a few minutes before I return to Crooked Creek (WIP). Spending time with heroes happens to be one of the beautiful "curses" we romance authors deal with daily.

“There is no greater mistake a man can make than deny his love for the only woman who was meant to have his heart.” (Wild Montana Winds)

You could say this is the line that started it all, the line that brought all the elements of Wild Montana Winds together. It is spoken by Ethan Gallagher to Colton in a memory Colton shares with the reader. I love this line because it speaks to who every hero is in this series. Ethan, Gabriel, Ramsey, Ben, Colton, Brody (and more heroes to come), have many things in common, but their complete devotion to the women they love surpasses all else.

I adore a chivalrous hero who knows his own mind, is his own person, and yet he becomes the man he does because of love.

Colton’s journey toward loving Ainslee is not without doubt and difficulty. He’s used to being alone, to living without restraint. What is it about Ainslee that makes him start to think beyond the quiet existence he’s enjoyed for so long? This is the question to which he has to find an answer.

His struggles, I believe, are greater than Ainslee’s. She has a good head on her shoulders, with lots of common sense, and bundles of adventure. She must overcome what she left behind in Scotland, and realize that not all men are going to disappoint, disgust, or annoy her.

It’s enjoyable watching the changes take place in them both, and it’s all because a good man—the right man—decided it was better not to deny either of them the love they were meant to share.

Two horses in a meadow

Read an excerpt from Wild Montana Winds

Who are some of your favorite fictional heroes? What about them touches your heart?

Until next time, be kind, be well, and may you always hold a hero close to your heart.


Historical Western Romance novel set in Montana - Wild Montana Winds by MK McClintock - A Montana Gallagher novel


Horse and rider and two horses images from Unsplash. This post was originally written in 2019 for a now inactive blog, and has been updated


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