Grady Coughlin understands focus and ambition, having taken over his father's contracting business and building it into a successful historic preservation business on his own. After a blind date with Brigid that ends in explosive passion, they embark on a friends with benefits relationship. But as Grady establishes himself in the business world, he decides he wants more and wants it with Brigid.
On the eve of her best friend's wedding, with her promotion to partner dangling within reach, Brigid believes Grady isn't the best partner to suit her career ambition. But Grady and her heart don't agree and she must decide if she should stick to the safety of the plan or find the courage to pursue what she really wants.
After a knee injury sidelined his professional football career, Wyatt Turner returned to his alma mater as a football coach. Trying to rebuild a new life, Wyatt buries himself in coaching. Just when he thinks he has moved on from the past, a friend’s wedding reunites him with the woman he once loved and lost, along with his dreams.
Can Anna and Wyatt overcome the circumstances of their past and reclaim the future they were always destined to have?
Skye is still reeling from walking in on her philandering husband and his mistress, and with the ink not yet dry on her divorce, the last thing she needs is to get tangled up with a handsome widower and his charming daughter. With those sad eyes and a patient attentiveness, Aaron could be exactly the soothing balm her bruised heart needs, but she has every intention of steering well clear of him… until his adorable little girl decides to take matters into her own hands.
Wounded and wary after her failed marriage, Skye immediately captures Aaron’s attention. As he coaxes her out of her painful memories, he finds himself facing an intriguing possibility—that life may yet have a lasting love in store for him. But can he let go of his wife and open his heart fully to Skye? Because Skye won’t compete with a ghost for his heart. She has been competing with other women for her husband for too long, and she deserves better.
Find out why readers are saying that picking up a new book in this series “is like coming home”… don’t miss the rest of the books in the Northstar series:
A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The Northstar books are contemporary romances and contain some profanity and sensual scenes that may not be suitable for sensitive readers.
“...both a love story and a story of personal growth.” —Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times, 41/2, Top Pick
Cleo Alyssum's plan is simple: stay sober, stay out of trouble, and bite her tongue until Social Services sees she’s pretty close to perfect and returns her little boy. But when an accident on her isolated property forces her to rent a cottage to celebrated cartoonist Jared McCloud, her carefully constructed comfort zone develops cracks.
Jared has a deadline to meet or he’ll forfeit still another lucrative career and be branded for life by his family as the loser in the family. Only, he wasn’t meant to be a hermit, and his cartoon characters aren’t nearly as fascinating as his quirky, enigmatic landlady.
When Jared discovers his island hideaway contains a drug-dealing neighbor’s two neglected, abused teens, he shoves Cleo into the real world that she fears in his effort to save the children.
Risking everything, the pair join forces to find a home for the kids and have their mother’s dangerous boyfriend locked up. In the process, they face a new realization that there’s more to life and love than either of them ever planned or dreamed.
Previously titled Almost Perfect, Ballantine 2001
CAROLINA MAGNOLIA series in order:
Home Town Rebel
“Superb, superb, superb!...You must read this excellent, excellent book.” —Heather Heath, The Old Book Barn Gazette
“...This book is not ALMOST PERFECT, it is perfect.” —Jaclyn Reding, Rendezvous
“...I highly recommend this book...a true high five!” —Deborah Barber, Escape to Romance Reviews
“...a must read...” —Kathy Boswell, The Best Reviews
“...Master storyteller Patricia Rice has a gift...Captivating, well-written, and almost impossible to put down...a strong contender for the best contemporary single title romance of the year. A Perfect 10"
—Susan Lantz, Romance Reviews Today,
“...another magical offering from Ms. Rice...” —The Romance Readers Connection
“Brilliant and riveting, edgy and funny,” Mary Jo Putney, author of Never Less Than A Lady
Keywords: small town North Carolina, single mom, humor, cartoonist, addiction
After destroying his reputation, Jason Friar is desperate to make a comeback in Major League Baseball. The only team who will have him is the perennial cellar dwellers, the Georgia Knights, who are looking for a leader for their struggling team. With the contract comes a leash, held by a sexy image consultant with whom he had a hot fling...
She’s looking for respect.
After being blamed for the collapse of a political candidate’s campaign, Stacia Kendall needs a new opportunity to prove herself to her father, a prominent and powerful Senator. Her one chance is to redeem the image of Jason Friar and not succumb to the heat simmering between them, a heat she knows so well...
Can Stacia help Jason find the redemption he needs, while protecting her heart?
Celine Northland is a fashion designer with a dynamic new line of clothing—she needs this launch to save her company and herself. She has involved investors, crowd funding, and every other trick up the sleeve she can come up with. She’ll have what she needs to launch if she doesn’t continue to be bled dry by one thing after another.
When she meets Jayson McBride, her whole world tips and she finds herself falling for the cowboy hard and fast. However, Jayson harbors a secret that could rip their relationship apart before it even starts.
When he saves Celine’s life, it turns out she just might have saved his.