Grady's Wedding

The Wedding Series

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"Another thought-provoking Patricia McLinn winner! ..  Definitely a book I could not put down." - 5-Star Review

You are cordially invited to join the wedding celebration as college friends embark on the greatest education of all - falling in love, finding the perfect bride, and becoming the happiest grooms around.
The last bachelor meets his match ...
Grady Roberts' best friends have found loves to last a lifetime and watched their brides come down the aisle to take their vows. Now he wonders when -- if -- it will be his turn. He has it all – good looks, intelligence, fortune, and success. Everything except the close family he's longed for since a lonely childhood.
Leslie Craig is human – she feel Grady's attraction . . . and his loneliness. She's developed a knack for helping people with problems and sorrows without ever revealing her own. But Grady, with an unnerving perception, doesn’t fall for that. How long can a woman hold out with a man like Grady pursuing her?
When Grady discovers the secret of Leslie's private tragedy, he has to confront the reality that this time he might not be able to have it all. 
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Paul's the first, then comes Michael, watching their brides walk down the aisle toward them. Now it's Grady's turn as groom in GRADY'S WEDDING. Find more wedding romances in the newest additions to The Wedding Series collection, THE RUNAWAY BRIDE, THE CHRISTMAS PRINCESS, THE SURPRISE PRINCESS and THE FORGOTTEN PRINCE. The Wedding Series’ moving, passionate contemporary romances with a touch of humor will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.
"I heartily recommend. Heartwarming." - 5*
"Gotta loooooooooove Grady" - 5*
"I truly loved this book. It kept me on a high... Read from morning to night." -- 5^
Praise for The Wedding Series: “A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review 
"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review
“Fun and serious all at the same time. Love how the friends intertwine and add new along the way. It was refreshing to read the different stories and having them all come together. Really enjoyed this series!” – 5-star review
“Full of warmth, understanding of human nature, and great characters. They are connected, following the lives of college friends, and by the time you are finished, you feel as if you are a part of their extended circle. A dash of sex here, but not to the point that it overshadows the well thought out storylines. Definitely a feel good experience.” -- 5-star review
"Great love stories! … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.” – From 5-star reviews
Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today! Prelude to a Wedding* Wedding Party* Grady’s Wedding* The Runaway BrideThe Christmas Princess      Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess) The Surprise Princess      Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)The Forgotten Prince*Buy all three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.
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Seasons in a Small Town – Summer

“A great read. The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart.” -- Vine Voice

Pretty, popular Jennifer was prom queen in small-town Drago, Illinois, the girl who had it made. That is, until her no-good ex-husband left her with a child to raise and a household deep in debt. And the family seemed somehow to blame the breakup on her. But Jennifer steeled herself to the challenge and vowed to show them all, especially her vulnerable young daughter. Who knew that a dusty old car dealership might turn out to be her saving grace.

That and Trent Stenner, her ex’s brother and a former NFL football star turned successful executive. He, too, sees value in the car lot that once had been a thriving family business. Jennifer’s goal is to sell the dealership, but Trent has another strategy. He can see the whipsmart Jennifer at the helm of the town’s vital enterprise, but he knows she’ll resist any move seen as charity. And he admires that same independent streak he sees in her athletic daughter.

Can Trent and Jennifer save the family business without losing their wallets – and hearts?

* * * * * * * *

The Right Brother, Book 2 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair and Jill Shalvis.


Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series:

“You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two, and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because -- unlike teenage Zeke -- you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back.”

“I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting.”

“Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real” yet “The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action.”

“McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance.”

“Poignant, heart warming”  . . .  “Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time” . . . “Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar.”


Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Seasons in a Small Town series now!

Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?

Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother

Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her

Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front, new in 2017

If you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series today!

Book 1: Wedding of the Century

Book 2: The Unexpected Wedding Guest

Book 3: A Most Unlikely Wedding

Book 4: Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

Season in a Small Town -- Autumn 

"Funny, fresh and a good love story." -- 5* review

He sees what she's long hidden . . . especially from herself.

Meet Josh Kincannon, high school principal, single father of three, and thus, as he reminds himself ruefully, essentially celibate back into misty memory and forward into the foreseeable future.

After three months of trying to work with Vanessa Irish via phone and e-mails on a project to help tiny Drago, Illinois, Josh believes he has an accurate picture of Zeke-Tech's CFO:

Conscientious? Oh, yeah.

Intelligent? Absolutely.

Agreeable? Not so much.

Then he catches sight of her wild, vibrant robe and begins to wonder what other elements might form a portrait of Vanessa Irish. Every time she goes into her I'm-so-boring-I-disappear-against-white-walls act, he remembers that vibrant, wild fabric hanging on the corner of a door and he gets curious. 

And the more curious he becomes, the more he discovers about her that has him feeling things a whole lot hotter than curiosity. Things that shake up life as single parent to his three kids, scrape against his career as high school principal and -- oh, yes -- definitely threaten his stretch of celibacy.

Numbers, that's where Vanessa is comfortable. Not all this interaction with people that she's been pitched into. Especially interacting with Josh Kincannon. Why does he insist on drawing her into his small town, his life, his children? And the biggest question -- what kind of man is this, who not only looks at her, but SEES her, when that's the last thing she wants?

. . .  or is it?


Originally published under the title Principal of Love

* * * * * * * *

Falling for Her, Book 3 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair and Jill Shalvis.


Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series:

“You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two, and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because -- unlike teenage Zeke -- you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back.”

“The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart and I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting.”

 “Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real” yet “The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action.”

“McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance.”

 “Poignant, heart warming”  . . .  “Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time” . . . “Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar.”

 

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Seasons in a Small Town series today!

Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?

Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother

Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her, second edition now available

Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front, new book in May

If you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!

Book 1: Wedding of the Century

Book 2: The Unexpected Wedding Guest

Book 3: A Most Unlikely Wedding

Book 4: Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

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“Are you sure, baby?”

The father of the bride-to-be noted the concern and confusion on his daughter’s face. Just before her walk down the aisle, Judi Monroe overheard a conversation that indicated marrying Sterling Carroll might be a big mistake. Escaping her socialite wedding in Lake Forest, Illinois, she headed west, covering her tracks as she went. In an isolated corner of Wyoming, she swerved her car to avoid hitting a horse and rider on the road, crashing into a tree. She’s rescued by that lone rider – or Ranger, as she fleetingly recalls -- a rugged rancher named Thomas Vance.

Needing some time to puzzle out her predicament, Judi lands in the arms of a doubting Thomas, a man with a strong jaw, deep-green eyes and a commanding presence. When Judi dodges his personal questions, Thomas’ teenage half-sister Becky suggests amnesia as an explanation.  Judi seizes on this foot in the Diamond V door, and stays on as a caretaker for Thomas’ beloved grandmother. Judi finds a family on the Diamond V, even as her "Helga" masquerade slowly unravels. But as she falls hard for her horse whisperer, she fears her secret will only cause him to bolt from her life.

As for Thomas, he knows this impostor is lying, and it wouldn’t be the first time an outsider betrayed his family.  Yet he can’t help but trust this sexy, independent, smart woman who has lassoed his heart. 

Reader Reviews

 “Loyal readers know what to expect from a Patricia McLinn book--a strong, emotional story, a solid plot, and characters so real you miss them when the story ends. ‘The Runaway Bride’ is no exception.”  -- 5-star Amazon review

McLinn “creates a fresh approach to the classic amnesia tale, giving ‘Runaway Bride’ an appealing twist. ... [This] remarkable cast of characters will linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned. Very highly recommended.” – 5-star Amazon review

“A fun quick read that's filled with tenderness and passion. … The hero Thomas Vance is sexy and heroic and Judi is lovely.” – Goodreads review

“A fantastic, fun read with memorable characters you'll fall in love with!” – 5-star Amazon review

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

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
Box Sets
*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)
The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Three: Hoops (prequel) and The Surprise Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Four: Not a Family Man (prequel) and The Forgotten Prince

Revisit some of The Runaway Bride characters in McLinn's A Cowboy Wedding, Book 7 of her Wyoming Wildflowers western romance series. 

If you like McLinn’s wedding romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!

Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

A Princess for a Few Weeks …

The coming Christmas season isn’t looking great for April Gareaux. Her job is uninspiring, her engagement is off, and she has nowhere to live. Certainly her family would take her in, especially Leslie and Grady Roberts and their circle of friends who have become her extended family. But it’s time she stops relying on them.

Then comes an extraordinary offer – spend the holidays in Washington, D.C., with King Jozef of Bariavak as his possible long-lost granddaughter. Even more extraordinary is the man behind the offer and the one who will be beside her through the coming weeks, Hunter Pierce. 

This is the last assignment Hunter would pick. Determination and grit have moved him beyond his past in Bariavak. Yet, here it is standing in front of him again, refusing to be ignored. … Just like his reactions to April. How can he fight what he’s feeling when they’re together all the time.  

King Jozef has known tragedy in his life. Now, comes this lovely young woman bringing joy to his holidays. How can he resist dabbling in some royal matchmaking? Wouldn’t it be delightful if he could give April a Christmas gift she will never forget …

                                                          … Her Prince for a Lifetime

                                * * * * * * * *

The Christmas Princess, Book 5 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romantic comedy that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson. 

Praise for The Wedding Series: 

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review 

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review

“Fun and serious all at the same time. ... Really enjoyed this series!” – 5-star review

"Great love stories! … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.” – From 5-star reviews

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today! 

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
Box Sets
*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)
The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Three: Hoops (prequel) and The Surprise Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Four: Not a Family Man (prequel) and The Forgotten Prince

If you like McLinn’s wedding romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!
Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

A Princess? No Way

Katie Davis is a perfectly ordinary young woman living a perfectly ordinary life in small-town Wisconsin … isn’t she? 

The most interesting thing about her is that she works for the men’s basketball office at Ashton University. If she considers the biggest perk of the job being around assistant basketball coach Brad Spencer, that also makes her ordinary, because what woman wouldn’t feel that way? So these people coming around saying she could be the long-missing granddaughter of the King of Bariavak have to be wrong … don’t they? 

Brad has a real soft spot for Katie. She stirs his protectiveness, his penchant for the underdog, and, possibly, certain other reactions he’s not about to indulge. So he’s going to do his damnedest to make sure Katie gets all that she deserves, including the crown that might be her right … even though it means Her Royal Highness will never again look at a basketball coach from Wisconsin like he’s the king of her heart. 

* * * * * * * *

The Surprise Princess, Book 6 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson. 

You'll meet a young Brad Spencer in Hoops, the prequel to The Surprise Princess.that tells the story of Ashton University basketball coach C.J. Draper and academic adviser Carolyn Trent.

Revisit the characters you’ve come to love in Prelude to a Wedding, Wedding Party, Grady’s Wedding and The Christmas Princess. In fact, you’re invited to join Katie and Brad in helping celebrate the wedding of April and Hunter (The Christmas Princess). 

Praise for The Wedding Series: 

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review 

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review

"Great love stories! … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.” – From 5-star reviews

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

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

*Buy all three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.

They Have a History -- Can It Be Rewritten?

Prince Karl longs to once more be plain Karl Wethers, Wyoming rancher. Instead, his  sense of responsibility, nurtured as a cowboy and honed in the U.S. Army, won’t let him turn his back on King Jozef of Bariavak. But he has a plan. If he can pull it off.

Then international media consultant Harmon Reed re-enters his life. The Army brat who liked to juggle lit sticks of dynamite is now a woman who could explode that dynamite in his face. He’s fully occupied with trying to keep her from knowing anything about the complications of his royal life, because he will never trust her again, despite the pull of a love long gone.

For Harmon, what started as a youthful summer fling ignited into a love that shook her to her core. Equally smitten, Karl saw something beyond her beauty and rebellious streak. Then Harmon broke it off – and broke Karl’s heart. They went their separate ways, but no matter how far apart they traveled, the embers of first love remained. And the slim hope of a second chance floated in the periphery.

Oh, yes, these two have a history. A history neither has forgotten … but can they forgive?

* * * * * * * *

The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.

Not a Family Man, the story of Wyoming ranch foreman Tucker Gates and the attractive new owner of the Double Bar X, is the prequel to The Forgotten Prince.

Revisit other characters you’ve come to love in Prelude to a Wedding, Wedding Party, Grady’s Wedding, The Christmas Princess, The Surprise Princess and At the Heart’s Command (from the A Place Called Home series).

5-Star Praise for The Wedding Series:

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!”

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming."

“Fun and serious all at the same time. Love how the friends intertwine and add new along the way. It was refreshing to read the different stories and having them all come together. Really enjoyed this series!”

“Full of warmth, understanding of human nature, and great characters. They are connected, following the lives of college friends, and by the time you are finished, you feel as if you are a part of their extended circle. A dash of sex here, but not to the point that it overshadows the well thought out storylines. Definitely a feel good experience.”

"Great love stories!  … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.”

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Wedding Series today!

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

*Get all three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.

A runaway bride goes west, and a royal introduction in D.C.


Revisit the characters you’ve come to love in Prelude to a Wedding, Wedding Party and Grady’s Wedding in this boxed set duo. Paul Monroe’s little sister, Judi, leaves her groom at the altar and runs off to Wyoming in The Runaway Bride, Book 4 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s acclaimed The Wedding Series. In Book 5, the series takes another turn as April Gareaux, who has left Lake Forest, Illinois, the Roberts family and their circle of friends to strike out on her own, winds up alone in Washington, D.C., for the holidays. Who would ever guess that April would soon become wrapped up in royal intrigue?


Book 4, The Runaway Bride

“Are you sure, baby?”

The father of the bride-to-be noted the concern and confusion on his daughter’s face. Just before her walk down the aisle, Judi Monroe overheard a conversation that indicated marrying Sterling Carroll might be a big mistake. Escaping her socialite wedding in Lake Forest, she headed west, covering her tracks as she went.

In an isolated corner of Wyoming, she swerved her car to avoid hitting a horse and rider on the road, crashing into a tree. She’s rescued by that lone rider — or Ranger, as she fleetingly recalls — a rugged rancher named Thomas Vance.  Judi just needed some time, to puzzle out the predicament she’d left behind in Illinois. But here she was in the arms of a doubting Thomas, a man with a strong jaw, deep-green eyes and a commanding presence.

When Judi dodges his personal questions, not to mention his penetrating gaze, Thomas’ teenage half-sister Becky suggests amnesia.  Judi seizes on this foot in the Diamond V door, and stays on as a caretaker for Thomas’ beloved grandmother.Judi finds a family on the Diamond V, even as her masquerade as the home health aide “Helga” slowly unravels. But as she falls hard for her horse whisperer, she fears her secret will only cause him to bolt from her life.  As for Thomas, he knows this impostor is lying, and it wouldn’t be the first time an outsider betrayed his family.  Yet he can’t help but trust this sexy, independent, smart woman who has lassoed his heart.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Book 5, The Christmas Princess

A Princess for a few weeks…

The coming Christmas season isn’t looking great for April Gareaux. Her job is uninspiring, her engagement is off, and she has nowhere to live. Certainly her family would take her in, especially Leslie and Grady Roberts and their circle of friends who have become her extended family. But it’s time she stops relying on them.

Then comes an extraordinary offer – spend the holidays in Washington with King Jozef of Bariavak as his possible long-lost granddaughter. Even more extraordinary is the man behind the offer and the one who will be beside her through the coming weeks, Hunter Pierce.

This is the last assignment Hunter would pick. Determination and grit have moved him beyond his past in Bariavak. Yet, here it is standing in front of him again, refusing to be ignored. … Just like his reactions to April. How can he fight what he’s feeling when they’re together all the time.King Jozef has known tragedy in his life. Now, comes this lovely young woman bringing joy to his holidays. How can he resist dabbling in some royal matchmaking. Wouldn’t it be delightful if he could give April a Christmas gift she will never forget …

… Her Prince for a Lifetime

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess are moving, passionate contemporary romances that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reviews:

“Loyal readers know what to expect from a Patricia McLinn book — a strong, emotional story, a solid plot, and characters so real you miss them when the story ends. ‘The Runaway Bride’ is no exception.” — 5-star review 

McLinn “creates a fresh approach to the classic amnesia tale, giving ‘Runaway Bride’ an appealing twist. ... [This] remarkable cast of characters will linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned. Very highly recommended.” — 5-star review

“A fun quick read that's filled with tenderness and passion. … Thomas Vance is sexy and heroic and Judi is lovely.” — Goodreads review

“McLinn writes a delightful, romantic tale with The Christmas Princess, which holds all the coziness of the holiday spirit. The Wedding Series continues with April and Hunter and the unusual assignment — pretending to be a princess — that stands between them. … McLinn is an expert at revealing the layers enveloping her characters. With each reveal, sometimes exquisitely subtle, we are pulled in deeper to be active participants in the emotionally charged, yet heart-melting romance. This is Happy Holidays with a grateful sigh.” – USA Today

Praise for The Wedding Series:

 “A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review 

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review


Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

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

Boxed Sets

*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)

The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess

The Wedding Series Box Set Three: Hoops (prequel) and The Surprise Princess (Book 6)

The Wedding Series Box Set Four: Not a Family Man (prequel) and The Forgotten Prince (Book 7)

“Are you sure, baby?”

The father of the bride-to-be noted the concern and confusion on his daughter’s face. Just before her walk down the aisle, Judi Monroe overheard a conversation that indicated marrying Sterling Carroll might be a big mistake. Escaping her socialite wedding in Lake Forest, Illinois, she headed west, covering her tracks as she went. In an isolated corner of Wyoming, she swerved her car to avoid hitting a horse and rider on the road, crashing into a tree. She’s rescued by that lone rider – or Ranger, as she fleetingly recalls -- a rugged rancher named Thomas Vance.

Needing some time to puzzle out her predicament, Judi lands in the arms of a doubting Thomas, a man with a strong jaw, deep-green eyes and a commanding presence. When Judi dodges his personal questions, Thomas’ teenage half-sister Becky suggests amnesia as an explanation.  Judi seizes on this foot in the Diamond V door, and stays on as a caretaker for Thomas’ beloved grandmother. Judi finds a family on the Diamond V, even as her "Helga" masquerade slowly unravels. But as she falls hard for her horse whisperer, she fears her secret will only cause him to bolt from her life.

As for Thomas, he knows this impostor is lying, and it wouldn’t be the first time an outsider betrayed his family.  Yet he can’t help but trust this sexy, independent, smart woman who has lassoed his heart. 

Reader Reviews

 “Loyal readers know what to expect from a Patricia McLinn book--a strong, emotional story, a solid plot, and characters so real you miss them when the story ends. ‘The Runaway Bride’ is no exception.”  -- 5-star Amazon review

McLinn “creates a fresh approach to the classic amnesia tale, giving ‘Runaway Bride’ an appealing twist. ... [This] remarkable cast of characters will linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned. Very highly recommended.” – 5-star Amazon review

“A fun quick read that's filled with tenderness and passion. … The hero Thomas Vance is sexy and heroic and Judi is lovely.” – Goodreads review

“A fantastic, fun read with memorable characters you'll fall in love with!” – 5-star Amazon review

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

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
Box Sets
*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)
The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Three: Hoops (prequel) and The Surprise Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Four: Not a Family Man (prequel) and The Forgotten Prince

Revisit some of The Runaway Bride characters in McLinn's A Cowboy Wedding, Book 7 of her Wyoming Wildflowers western romance series. 

If you like McLinn’s wedding romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!

Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

She’s all work and no play. He’s an expert at fun. Their romance could be the biggest game of all.

Paul Monroe thinks the best way to a woman’s heart is through her funny bone. But not everyone in his antique toy business appreciates his playful attitude. After his assistant leaves, he hopes a temp agency can find the perfect replacement. But when he meets the agency’s beautiful straight-laced boss, he makes it his personal mission to flip her frown upside down.

Bette Wharton can’t afford to lose a client. So when she notices the high turnover rate for assistants sent to a toy shop masquerading as an office, she rolls up her suit sleeves to get to the heart of the problem. But the no-nonsense businesswoman may have finally met her match when she squares off against Paul’s office shenanigans. Working side-by-side, Bette starts to let her hair down… and let love in.

With both businesses on the line, can Paul and Bette learn to fuse their leadership styles and their hearts?

Prelude to a Wedding is the first book in a charming contemporary romantic comedy series. If you like quirky characters, magnetic chemistry and light-hearted antics, then you’ll love Patricia McLinn’s irresistible love story.

Buy Prelude to a Wedding to clear your calendar for a flirty, fun-filled office romance today!

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Readers react to Prelude to a Wedding:

"Excellent" ... "Cute" ... "I recommend this one" - Amazon reviews

"Another lovely story well up to Patricia McLinn's high standards" … "Opposites attract and both bring special gifts" … "Funny yet romantic ... Enjoyed every page." – 5-star reviews

More 5-star reviews for The Wedding Series:

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!”   

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming."  

“Fun and serious all at the same time. Love how the friends intertwine and add new along the way. It was refreshing to read the different stories and having them all come together. Really enjoyed this series!”  

“Full of warmth, understanding of human nature, and great characters. They are connected, following the lives of college friends, and by the time you are finished, you feel as if you are a part of their extended circle. A dash of sex here, but not to the point that it overshadows the well thought out storylines. Definitely a feel good experience.” … "Great love stories! … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried!”  

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Wedding Series today!
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
Box Sets
*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)
The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess (Books 4-5)
The Wedding Series Box Set Three: Hoops (prequel) and The Surprise Princess (Book 6)
The Wedding Series Box Set Four: Not a Family Man (prequel) and The Forgotten Prince (Book 7)

If you like Patricia’s wedding romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!
Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells 

And if you prefer small-town romance, check out Patricia’s Seasons in a Small Town series!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)
The Right Brother (Summer)
Falling for Her (Autumn)
Warm Front (Winter)

Editorial Reviews

"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words

"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens

"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog

"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews

Synopsis

Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

A Princess for a Few Weeks …

The coming Christmas season isn’t looking great for April Gareaux. Her job is uninspiring, her engagement is off, and she has nowhere to live. Certainly her family would take her in, especially Leslie and Grady Roberts and their circle of friends who have become her extended family. But it’s time she stops relying on them.

Then comes an extraordinary offer – spend the holidays in Washington, D.C., with King Jozef of Bariavak as his possible long-lost granddaughter. Even more extraordinary is the man behind the offer and the one who will be beside her through the coming weeks, Hunter Pierce. 

This is the last assignment Hunter would pick. Determination and grit have moved him beyond his past in Bariavak. Yet, here it is standing in front of him again, refusing to be ignored. … Just like his reactions to April. How can he fight what he’s feeling when they’re together all the time.  

King Jozef has known tragedy in his life. Now, comes this lovely young woman bringing joy to his holidays. How can he resist dabbling in some royal matchmaking? Wouldn’t it be delightful if he could give April a Christmas gift she will never forget …

                                                          … Her Prince for a Lifetime

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The Christmas Princess, Book 5 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romantic comedy that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson. 

Praise for The Wedding Series: 

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review 

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review

“Fun and serious all at the same time. ... Really enjoyed this series!” – 5-star review

"Great love stories! … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.” – From 5-star reviews

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today! 

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
Box Sets
*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)
The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Three: Hoops (prequel) and The Surprise Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Four: Not a Family Man (prequel) and The Forgotten Prince

If you like McLinn’s wedding romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!
Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

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