Not a Family Man

The Wedding Series

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Craig Place Books
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A Wedding Series prequel to THE FORGOTTEN PRINCE 

Can a Cowboy and a City Girl Find Common Ground – and Uncommon Love?

To Wyoming ranch foreman Tucker Gates, the only good owner for the Double Bar X was an absentee one. That's how it had been for ten years. And then came divorcee Jenny Peters. Bringing her two whining, spoiled kids and her city-bred fairy-tale views of life – and love – in the West.

Jenny wasn't going to let Tucker scare her away from the new life she wanted to build for herself and her kids. No matter that he could be as hard as the mountains around them. No matter that she found totally unexpected comfort from his rough strength.

But what next? Because Tucker Gates was a lot of things, but he was absolutely clear that he was not a family man.

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Not a Family Man is a prequel to The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, moving, passionate contemporary romances that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson. 

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"This is the kind of book you read more than once just for the nice, warm feeling it leaves with you.” -- Rendezvous

What fellow readers are saying about Not a Family Man:
"You don't want to miss this one"..."I felt like I knew the characters and didn't want to say goodbye"..."All around great book!"..."I recommend this book highly."

“… Well-fleshed-out characters, true-to-life adventure and sensuous love scenes. 

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
*Three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.

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A Killing to Keep Old Wyoming Secrets and Treasures

Death hits close to home for Elizabeth "E.M." Danniher – or, rather, close to the Hovel, as she's dubbed her decrepit rental house. Her elderly neighbor kills a man apparently robbing her of Western artifacts. As a former top-flight national TV reporter, Elizabeth knows self-defense might satisfy the legal system, yet leave her neighbor in danger. Doing what she does best – asking questions – Elizabeth sidesteps her boss and a nosy, jealous anchorman to inquire into an eccentric and mysterious western billionaire, an ambitious curator, rival collectors, family feuds and Cottonwood County's Wild West crimes of a century ago. 

Digging deeper into these western murder mysteries, Elizabeth relies on her team of friends who are proving their investigative chops. Before this is over, Elizabeth will need every one of them – and the stray dog she's adopted – as her questions push someone to decide, that no matter who shot first, Elizabeth should die now.

Don't miss Elizabeth Danniher's other adventures in western crime-solving with a dash of humor in:

Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll, coming in 2019

Readers praise Shoot First:

“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.”

"Beautifully written with delightful twists and turns in language." 

"So many mysteries to solve: a missing house from the 1800s, gold from a train robbery, a shooting, where to dig, a fire, will she/won't she . . . Who knew collecting old west memorabilia could be so exciting?"  


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

“There's a real love for wide-open spaces in McLinn's writing, and it's a pleasure to visit the world she so beautifully creates. Can't wait for the next book(s)!”

“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.”

"A terrific series with a western flair. , , , , Great characters that you would want as your friends. Smart, funny, but not perfect."


If you like mystery with romance and a bit of humor, try also:

Proof of Innocence (set in Virginia)
Price of Innocence (2019)

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

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Craig Place Books
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Mar 8, 2014
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250
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9781939215147
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English
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Western
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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)

Time hasn't dimmed their bone-deep passion . . .

Ten years ago, Kalli left her rodeo bull-rider husband, Walker Riley, unable to bear her terrible fear for him. Or the fear that she might love him too much.

But passion wasn't enough to overcome fear a decade ago . . . Walker faces down charging bulls every day, but working with Kalli for a summer as they try to save the Wyoming rodeo that means so much to their beloved mutual mentor, just might break him.

Can the present carry them past the fears and broken trust ... to a future together again?

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RODEO NIGHTS is a prequel to WHERE LOVE LIVES: THE INHERITANCE, Book 6 of the Wyoming Wildflowers series. You meet Zoe Parisi in JACK’S HEART and her grandparents Ruth and Hugh Moski have appeared in each of the Wyoming Wildflowers stories. You can see Matt Halderman at the start of his rodeo cowboy career in RODEO NIGHTS, the emotional second-chance-at-love story of Kalli and Walker.

Patricia says: Rodeo Nights is a favorite of long-time readers. It also holds a special place for me, since I've named two of my adopted rescue collies Riley and Kalli!

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"Great romance!" ­

Which is your favorite Patricia McLinn book and why? ­ "RODEO NIGHTS, hands down. Cowboys-rodeo-Wyoming! Reunion love ... Wonderful characters. I loved everything about this story." - Mona Montana, Reader Hall of Fame

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Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers Series today!

Prequel — Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)
* Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush) 
* Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed) 
* My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold) 
-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)
Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)
-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)
Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Threadleaf Phacelia)
A Cowboy Wedding, coming in 2017

* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)

Buy the entire Wyoming Wildflowers collection (Books 1-6, plus prequels) for one great price .... Wyoming Wildflowers: The Collection 

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Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s Wyoming Wildflowers stories:

“Each one was totally different, characters were unique and totally believable!! Enjoy!!!

“Amazing and touching story.”

"If you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride." 

"Smart, stubborn and irresistible." 

“… So enjoyable I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.” 

“Excellent book! I read it straight in one whole day. Recommend it to anyone!”  

“Delightful!”

”Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling. I've loved every one and feel like I know the people personally. I can't wait for the next installment.”

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.


Always the best of friends ... can they become the best of lovers?

Michael Dickinson is delighted to be best man at his friend’s wedding — but there’s one complication. Tris Donlin is a bridesmaid. He’s wanted her for longer than he cares to remember, but to her, he’s just good old Michael — college pal, confidant, best buddy … Would a few days of wedding celebration let him finally get her out of his system once and for all?

Her cousin Paul’s wedding party has Tris’s head and heart full of memories of college days with him, Michael and their friend Grady. Grady was her college crush and Michael was her buddy. Now that they’re all grown up, my how things have changed.

She’s certain she’s found the best man for her … if only she can convince him.

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Paul's the first, then comes Michael, watching their brides walk down the aisle toward them. 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.

"Years of friendship and unspoken desires finally come to the surface. ... What to say about book two but amazing." - 5* 

"Fun, heartwarming." - 5*

"Feels like they are REAL people that you could know." - 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 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.

She’s come home to save her ranch. He’s stayed put with hopes for a second chance. Can a sham wedding lead to the real thing?

Matty Brennan would do anything to save her family’s Wyoming ranch. Even if it means marrying the handsome cowboy who broke her heart six years ago. But when she asks for his hand in temporary matrimony, she never expected her old feelings to rush back in.

Dave Currick has loved Matty as long as he can remember. To him that means protecting her, especially from herself. Certain she’ll get cold feet before the I-dos, he accepts her off-the-wall marriage proposal, because then she’ll have to spend time with him. That doesn’t mean he won’t negotiate a few items in this crazy engagement.

But as their wedding day approaches, Dave is shocked when Matty doesn't back down. And keeping up the charade in front of their unsuspecting family and friends can't help but rekindle their chemistry. When Dave and Matty's secret slips out, can their fake marriage bloom into real love?

Almost a Bride is a standalone novel in the Wyoming Wildflowers contemporary romance series. If you like sizzling chemistry, clever conspiracies and rugged cowboys, then you’ll love Patricia McLinn’s story of finding your way home.

Buy Almost a Bride to saddle up for a second-chance love story today!

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Praise for Almost a Bride:

"If you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride." - 5-Star review

"Smart, stubborn and irresistible" - 5-Star review

"A 'don't miss' treat." - Rendezvous

"Sweep(s) you away." - 5-Star review

"Clever and humorous" - 5-Star review

Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers Series:

Prequel — Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)
* Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush)
* Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed)
* My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold)
-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)
Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)
-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)
Where Love Lives (Threadleaf Phacelia)
A Cowboy Wedding

Box Sets

* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (Books 2-4)

Wyoming Wildflowers Box Set Two: Jack's Heart (Book 5) and A New World
Wyoming Wildflowers Box Set Three: Where Love Lives (Book 6) and Rodeo Nights

Clear your calendar to start binge-reading Patricia's Wyoming Wildflowers: The Complete Collection today! 

"Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling. I've loved every one and feel like I know the people personally. I can't wait for the next installment."

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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

Bardville, Wyoming series
A Stranger in the Family
A Stranger to Love
The Rancher Meets His Match

Historical Western Romance

Widow Woman
Courting a Cowboy

Romantic Suspense

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes cameos from Wyoming Wildflowers characters)


And if you like small-town romance east of the Mississippi, consider:

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

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