At the Heart's Command

A Place Called Home

Book 2
Craig Place Books
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Far Hills Ranch has bound the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

Colonel John Griffin Jr. is the best kind of military man. He's a good and honorable soldier who's determined to protect Ellyn Sinclair at all costs – especially from himself.

Once, he’d rejected a young Ellyn’s advances, because he could not give her the life she deserved. Instead, Grif stood up as best man when Ellyn married his best friend. He became a member of the family, a safe friend to her, the godfather of her children.

But Ellyn is a widow now, back in Far Hills, Wyoming, living on his family's ranch there with her two young children, and struggling as a single parent to give her children what they need. No matter what it costs him, Grif will do his duty – help Ellyn and her children, while ignoring that he has never stopped wanting her.

The Army's sending him back to the western life he knew as a boy, the world of cowboys and cattle on Far Hills Ranch ... and back to the love he knew as a boy. But how can Grif even dream of second chances at love, when they should have no chance at all.

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 “A beautiful, emotional story that cuts right through the reader's heart.” -- Rendezvous

“A touching and believable love story.” -- Romance Journal

“Characters and a story that will stay with you long after you read the last page and the book is resting comfortably on your keeper shelf.” -- Writers Club Romance Group

"Grif is a hero of the most wonderful kind" -- Road to Romance

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Grif’s adventures in At the Heart’s Command, by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn, form the second book in the contemporary western romance series A Place Called Home. Along with the temptation to turn his relationship with Ellyn from friends to lovers, he wrestles with the next element of the family curse. Can this military hero help free Far Hills Ranch?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“I enjoyed the love story but more I loved each and every character’s personal story told just right! Some suspense, heartbreak and mystery!”

 “So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Terrific book. This is the first book I read by this author and I will definitely read her others.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Want to know more about the recent lives and loves of the family and friends of Far Hills Ranch? Grif and Ellyn harbor an Army veteran and Wyoming rancher who's in a royal predicament in The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series.

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 A rodeo producer, dead in the bull pen. Accident or murder? 

Elizabeth "E.M." Danniher, until recently a top-flight national TV journalist, is regaining her footing after a dizzying demotion to tiny—and entirely foreign to her—Sherman, Wyoming. But her equilibrium faces a major challenge.

The apparently accidental death — under the hooves of bucking bulls — of a rodeo producer preparing for Sherman’s annual Fourth of July Rodeo catches the attention of Elizabeth and her KWMT-TV colleague Mike Paycik. Not only is it a major story about the region’s biggest event, but it’s being outrageously mishandled by the station’s egocentric anchor.

As Elizabeth and Mike dig, area rancher Thomas Burrell joins the investigation, providing background on suspects — and there are plenty because the victim had many enemies. But Tom has divided loyalties, so Elizabeth doubts his commitment to finding the truth no matter what. Not to mention that both Mike and Tom show an interest in her ... they might be okay with working together in a peculiar triangle, but the points of this geometry is starting to get under her skin.

… From the tip of the rodeo queen’s tiara, to “agricultural byproducts” ground into the arena dust, Elizabeth receives a murderous introduction to the world of rodeo.

Don't miss any of Elizabeth Danniher's Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:


Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll

Reaction Shot (2020)


What people are saying about LEFT HANGING:

 “I started laughing on the first page and continued laughing until the end.”

 “Loving the world of Cottonwood County, Wyoming!”

 “The dialogue was so well written that I could easily imagine the innuendo, tone of voice and facial expression of each character.”

 

What people are saying about the CAUGHT DEAD IN WYOMING series:

“McLinn's mysteries set in Wyoming are addictive. The writing is excellent, the twists and turns keep the brain engaged, and Elizabeth's wry commentary keeps a smile on my face.”

“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”

“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

“While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it's the smart and witty writing that I loved the best.” – Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author


If you also like cozier mysteries, try Patricia's Secret Sleuth series:

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Avenue

Death on Beguiling Way (2019)

Death on Covert Circle (2020)



If you like Patricia’s mysteries, try her romantic suspense:

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence (2020) 


Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

1880s Wyoming territory --As strong as the ranch she runs, widow Rachel Terhune has one dream—to fulfill the legacy she inherited from her father. Hiring Nick Dusaq has nothing to do with the fierce pull between them and everything to do with saving her land.

The solitary cowboy recognizes a kindred heart scarred by cruelty. He would ride away – he should ride away – if only her ranch didn’t need him so damned badly. Her ranch — not the widow woman like none he’s encountered before — is the only need he’ll let himself consider.

Passion as powerful as the harsh beauty of the land around them bonds Rachel, the widow woman devoting every bit of her strength and courage to holding onto her Wyoming Territory ranch, and Nick, the loner cowhand with dreams of his own.

Yes, they have passion. But does it hold the promise of healing and love or the destruction of dreams?

- - - -

 “... a strong woman, a dark tormented man, and a love as fierce and irresistible as the Wyoming wind." ~ Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author


“One of the most entertaining and interesting western historicals I’ve read in a long time.” ~ Cathy Sova, The Romance Reader

"A moving confirmation of the healing power of love" --Romantic Times

"Incredibly powerful" ... "An unforgettable read" ... "The characters are so real you come to know them personally. It's a book you won't want to end." -- 5-star reviews

"Wow!... a romance that sizzles!...Powerful love story... Excellent!" -- Rendezvous

"Splendid!" -- Bell, Book and Candle


Another western historical romance from Patricia McLinn:

Courting a Cowboy

* Or get both Courting a Cowboy and Widow Woman in the boxed set To Love a Cowboy 

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Craig Place Books
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Mar 9, 2014
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Military
Fiction / Romance / Western
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Far Hills Ranch has bound the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

Rebecca Dahlgren comes west to Wyoming hoping for answers to her unknown heritage. But from the first moment, she finds Far Hills Ranch foreman Luke Chandler hard to miss. The sexy cowboy, with those sleepy eyes that aren't interested in sleeping, means just the sort of trouble her patrician grandmother has always warned her about. 

Luke has his own reasons for wanting to steer clear of anything like commitment. But the secrets behind Rebecca’s dark eyes keep luring him on … even if it means baring his own heart. 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Rendezvous says of the third book in the A Place Called Home western fiction series: "Brilliant conclusion to a magnificent series of stories readers will want for their keeper shelves." 

"A beautiful tale showcasing a family's love. " -- Romance Journal 

"A heartwarming, heart-stopping, delectable love story" -- Old Book Barn Gazette 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The third book in the contemporary western series A Place Called Home, by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn, delivers an emotional love story as a stubborn cowboy and a determined woman from back East learn just how much can be Hidden in a Heartbeat. But neither one is a member of the Susland family, so how could they resolve the third element of the curse on Far Hills Ranch?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“I enjoyed the love story but more I loved each and every character’s personal story told just right! Some suspense, heartbreak and mystery!”

 “So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Terrific book. This is the first book I read by this author and I will definitely read her others.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

“So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Liked the twists and turns.”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Want to know more about the recent lives and loves of the family and friends of Far Hills Ranch? Grif and Ellyn harbor an Army veteran and Wyoming rancher who's in a royal predicament in The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series.

Far Hills Ranch has bound together the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

A stranger rescues her, then disappears when she needs him most... Until he knocks on her door, years later and half a world away...

On assignment in distant Santa Estella, hardheaded journalist Kendra Jenner finds herself in the middle of a vicious hurricane . . . and unexpectedly in the arms of a stranger who speaks virtually no English. Fear leads to passion that months later leads to a baby, which Kendra fully expects to raise on her own, since her search for the father is a fruitless one.

Three years later, "Paulo" shows up at her Wyoming home, speaking perfect English and identifying himself as Daniel Delligati. He says he's come for his son -- and for her.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Lost and Found Groom by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn begins the A Place Called Home contemporary western romance series. It delivers an emotional, compelling adventure with international intrigue, at the same time the first element of the curse tests the strength and heart of the family that calls Far Hills Ranch home.

"...bursting with wonderful Patricia McLinn romantic touches -- powerful characters, strong interplay and fiery moments." -- Romantic Times

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Liked the twists and turns.”

“I couldn't put it down. I bought the second book, At the Heart's Command. As soon as I finish it, I will buy Hidden in a Heartbeat.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

“A book you will read more than once.”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Want to know more about the recent lives and loves of the family and friends of Far Hills Ranch? Grif and Ellyn harbor an Army veteran and Wyoming rancher who's in a royal predicament in The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series.

“Off Base combines a sexy romance with an emotionally dramatic story and is a great start to the Out of Uniform series.”—All About Romance

After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

Don’t miss the Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert! Order your copy of At Attention, On Point, Wheels Up, Squared Away, Tight Quarters and Rough Terrain today!

This book is approximately 73,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Far Hills Ranch has bound the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

Rebecca Dahlgren comes west to Wyoming hoping for answers to her unknown heritage. But from the first moment, she finds Far Hills Ranch foreman Luke Chandler hard to miss. The sexy cowboy, with those sleepy eyes that aren't interested in sleeping, means just the sort of trouble her patrician grandmother has always warned her about. 

Luke has his own reasons for wanting to steer clear of anything like commitment. But the secrets behind Rebecca’s dark eyes keep luring him on … even if it means baring his own heart. 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Rendezvous says of the third book in the A Place Called Home western fiction series: "Brilliant conclusion to a magnificent series of stories readers will want for their keeper shelves." 

"A beautiful tale showcasing a family's love. " -- Romance Journal 

"A heartwarming, heart-stopping, delectable love story" -- Old Book Barn Gazette 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The third book in the contemporary western series A Place Called Home, by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn, delivers an emotional love story as a stubborn cowboy and a determined woman from back East learn just how much can be Hidden in a Heartbeat. But neither one is a member of the Susland family, so how could they resolve the third element of the curse on Far Hills Ranch?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“I enjoyed the love story but more I loved each and every character’s personal story told just right! Some suspense, heartbreak and mystery!”

 “So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Terrific book. This is the first book I read by this author and I will definitely read her others.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

“So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Liked the twists and turns.”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Want to know more about the recent lives and loves of the family and friends of Far Hills Ranch? Grif and Ellyn harbor an Army veteran and Wyoming rancher who's in a royal predicament in The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series.

Far Hills Ranch has bound together the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

A stranger rescues her, then disappears when she needs him most... Until he knocks on her door, years later and half a world away...

On assignment in distant Santa Estella, hardheaded journalist Kendra Jenner finds herself in the middle of a vicious hurricane . . . and unexpectedly in the arms of a stranger who speaks virtually no English. Fear leads to passion that months later leads to a baby, which Kendra fully expects to raise on her own, since her search for the father is a fruitless one.

Three years later, "Paulo" shows up at her Wyoming home, speaking perfect English and identifying himself as Daniel Delligati. He says he's come for his son -- and for her.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Lost and Found Groom by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn begins the A Place Called Home contemporary western romance series. It delivers an emotional, compelling adventure with international intrigue, at the same time the first element of the curse tests the strength and heart of the family that calls Far Hills Ranch home.

"...bursting with wonderful Patricia McLinn romantic touches -- powerful characters, strong interplay and fiery moments." -- Romantic Times

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Liked the twists and turns.”

“I couldn't put it down. I bought the second book, At the Heart's Command. As soon as I finish it, I will buy Hidden in a Heartbeat.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

“A book you will read more than once.”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Want to know more about the recent lives and loves of the family and friends of Far Hills Ranch? Grif and Ellyn harbor an Army veteran and Wyoming rancher who's in a royal predicament in The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series.

Three strangers arrive in rugged Bardville, Wyoming. They're never the same ... And neither are the people of Bardville.


"In Book 1 Bodie stole my heart, in Book 2 Cully took my breath away, and in Book 3 I fell in love with Dax." - 5* review


A sexy, intriguing stranger arrives unexpectedly at her Wyoming ranch, threatening the one thing Cambria protects more fiercely than her heart -- her family. Bodie's discovery that he fathered a son 17 years ago leads him to the warm and welcoming Weston family. That's the easy part. But his response to one member of the family is far more than he ever expected. The sparks between him and Cambria are real ... and so is the danger to his hopes for their future if she finds out why he's really in Wyoming.


"An emotionally complex romance of wounded hearts and broken trust that will touch a chord in each reader's heart." -- Romantic Times 


The Bardville, Wyoming series:

A Stranger in the Family

A Stranger to Love

The Rancher Meets His Match


If you especially enjoy western romances, also try these other books by Patricia:


A Place Called Home series

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat


Wyoming Wildflowers series

Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (a prequel)

Almost a Bride

Match Made in Wyoming

My Heart Remembers

-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)

Jack’s Heart

-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)

Where Love Lives

A Cowboy Wedding


Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (romantic suspense)


Historical western romance

Widow Woman

Courting a Cowboy


... and east of the Mississippi, try:


The Wedding Series

Prelude to a Wedding

Wedding Party

Grady's Wedding

The Runaway Bride

The Christmas Princess

-- Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)

The Surprise Princess

-- Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)

The Forgotten Prince


Marry Me series

Wedding of the Century

The Unexpected Wedding Guest

A Most Unlikely Wedding

Baby Blues and Wedding Bells


Seasons in a Small Town

What Are Friends For? (Spring)

The Right Brother (Summer)

Falling for Her (Autumn)

Warm Front (Winter)

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