The Christmas Princess

The Wedding Series

Book 5
Craig Place Books
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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

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In the rough country of Wyoming, some cattle rustlers still get a death sentence.

Official consumer advocate and unofficial investigatve reporter Elizabeth Margaret Danniher, her KWMT-TV colleague Mike Paycik, rancher Tom Burrell, and their supporting staff of idiosyncratic sleuths take on another mystery.


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Reaction Shot, Book 9 of the Caught Dead in Wyoming series, is a smart, surprising, fast-paced cozy mystery with humor. If you like quirky characters, hints of romance and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s page-turner.

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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


"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


"Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page." -- Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author


What readers 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.”

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

“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)!”

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


More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:


Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Avenue

Death on Beguiling Way

Death on Covert Circle

 

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)

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

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

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



And if you prefer small-town romance, check out her Seasons in a Small Town series today!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)

The Right Brother (Summer)

Falling for Her (Autumn)

Warm Front (Winter)

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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

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

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



And if you prefer small-town romance, check out her Seasons in a Small Town series today!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)

The Right Brother (Summer)

Falling for Her (Autumn)

Warm Front (Winter)

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

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

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



And if you prefer small-town romance, check out her Seasons in a Small Town series today!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)

The Right Brother (Summer)

Falling for Her (Autumn)

Warm Front (Winter)

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.

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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

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

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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)

Coaches, and a Matchmaking King 

In The Surprise Princess, Book 6 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s acclaimed The Wedding Series, King Jozef of Bariavak continues his search for his long-missing granddaughter, and State Department security official Hunter Pierce is on the case again. This time the clues lead to Ashton, Wisconsin, and the athletic offices of Ashton University. There, young Katie Davis works as an administrative assistant and Brad Spencer as a basketball coach, and both soon will be caught up in international intrigue and some royal matchmaking. You are introduced to Brad and the Ashton campus in Hoops, the prequel to The Surprise Princess. Flash back a few years and Brad is a star on the basketball team, coached by C.J. Draper and tutored by Carolyn Trent. The latter two return in The Surprise Princess as mentors to Katie, and, okay, they might take part in a little matchmaking themselves.
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Book 6, The Surprise Princess
A Princess? No Way
Katie 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. If she considers the biggest perk of the job being around Brad, the assistant basketball coach, that also makes her ordinary, because what woman wouldn’t feel that way? So these people coming around saying she could be the long-lost 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. 
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Hoops (an RITA Finalist)
Before Brad volunteers to be Katie's protector, he played on a college basketball team that had a very special season.

The Coach and the Professor


Carolyn Trent's logically mapped journey to becoming the perfect professor of English was hijacked the day she became academic adviser to the Ashton University men's basketball team. The hijacker was C.J. Draper, the team's infuriating, irreverent and sexy new coach.
C.J. has never let adversity stop him - if he had he'd never have gotten this far. He's not about to start by letting Professor Trent derail him. If he chose to rattle her ivory tower it was just for the fun of seeing the fiery woman beneath the marble-cool exterior . . . wasn't it?
When logic clashes with ambition in the game of love, will anyone win?
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The Surprise Princess and its prequel, Hoops, are moving, passionate small-town romances that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.

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Reviews:

[The Surprise Princess] “Love this series! It takes you from home to all over the world! … It’s great the way these books intertwine with characters from other books in this series but still give you a story that can be a stand-alone.” -- 5* review
“I have enjoyed each and every one of the books in this series, but I loved the characters for this book the most. No two strong, independent and tender hearts ever deserved to love more than (Katie and Brad). … Beautiful, at times funny and just plain charming.” -- 5-star review

"Fast-paced and funny but soulful and deep. The romance has your heart racing .... Just right. That's what I thought of Hoops " -- 5-star review 

[Hoops] "Refreshingly different ... Strong characterizations and perceptive insights leave a lasting impression." -- Romantic Times

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."

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 (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)

A Wedding Series prequel to THE SURPRISE PRINCESS


RITA Finalist

"Refreshingly different ... Strong characterizations and perceptive

insights leave a lasting impression." --Romantic Times

"Warm and interesting characters, a charming romance." -- 5-star review


Carolyn Trent's logically mapped journey to becoming the perfect professor of English was hijacked the day she became academic adviser to the Ashton University men's basketball team. The hijacker was C.J. Draper, the team's infuriating, irreverent and sexy new coach.

C.J. has never let adversity stop him - if he had he'd never have gotten this far. He's not about to start by letting Professor Trent derail him. If he chose to rattle her ivory tower it was just for the fun of seeing the fiery woman beneath the marble-cool exterior . . . wasn't it?

When logic clashes with ambition in the game of love, will anyone win?


Hoops is a prequel to The Surprise Princess, Book 6 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.


Get all the books in 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 (Books 4-5)

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



And if you prefer small-town romance, check out her Seasons in a Small Town series today!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)

The Right Brother (Summer)

Falling for Her (Autumn)

Warm Front (Winter)

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe delivers another winner when small-town matchmakers decide a billionaire is the perfect man for a sassy single mom who is too busy for love. 


"This is one of my favorite Romance books EVER!" ~Amazon Reader Review


When single-mom Clare Gray delivers her famous cupcakes to the general store on her way to work, she meets a sexy, out-of-town businessman who is in need of lodging...and match-making locals decide her available-for-rent spare room is the perfect solution.  


After becoming a widowed single mom at eighteen, Clare traded her dreams of love to focus on raising her daughter. The last thing she wants is for a man to invade her life, even if he is deliciously tempting and wonderful with her daughter. But when late-night cupcake baking turns intimate, suddenly her heart is at risk once again.


High-powered executive Griffin Friesé is in town on a personal mission, and he has no time for love. But when he moves into Clare's farmhouse, he soon finds that life doesn't always give you want you want…but it might give you exactly what you need. Gradually, Clare's smile, her passion for life, and her small-town loyalty awaken something inside him, something that makes him yearn for a life, a love, and a family he's never had. 


Can a single mom find the love and family she always wanted with a man afraid to open his heart?  


"What do I wish for?" Clare looked up at the stars, at the way they lit up the sky. "That's what I wish for." She gestured to the expanse of twinkling darkness. "A love so huge and so powerful, that it sweeps across everything. It's always there. It's fuller than a heart can hold, so it spills out into the world and fills everything around it with more love. It's there when I fall asleep. It's there when I wake up." She met Griffin's gaze. "It's there every time I breathe in, every time I breathe out, and with every beat of my heart."


"Heartwarming doesn't even begin to describe this romance! Wow!" ~Vickie R. (Amazon Review)


"I can't say enough good things about this book. I couldn't stop reading once I started." ~Carla E. (Amazon Review)


"A testament to Stephanie Rowe's skill and talent, one that deserves applause... phenomenal... superbly developed." ~Bex 'N' Books


Books in the Birch Crossing series: 

Unexpectedly Mine

Accidentally Mine

Unintentionally Mine

Irresistibly Mine 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is "contemporary romance at its best" (Bex 'N' Books). She is a 2018 winner and five-time nominee of the RITA® award, the highest award in romance fiction. As the successful author of more than fifty books, Stephanie touched the hearts of readers all over the world. 


"Absolutely loved it." ~Maria R (GooglePlay Review)


NOTE: Unexpectedly Mine was originally published under the title No Knight Needed as part of the Ever After series.

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

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

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



And if you prefer small-town romance, check out her Seasons in a Small Town series today!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)

The Right Brother (Summer)

Falling for Her (Autumn)

Warm Front (Winter)

One look, a passionate love . . . and then they part . . . Forever?

Before the bestselling and award-winning Wyoming Wildflowers saga began, there was another love story, one that laid the foundation for all those that came after. A love between a cowboy and an unexpected woman. A love at first sight ...

Ed Currick’s and Donna Roberts’ worlds couldn’t have been any more different – a rancher from Wyoming and an up-and-coming Broadway musical actress on a national tour. What could have been a momentary encounter sparks desire . . . and more. But can there be anything but heartbreak ahead when they have only days before their dreams pull them apart? 

Explore this opposites-attract romance between a cowboy and a stage actress as they find their hearts’ desires among the trees, the lights, the music and the magic of the merry Christmas season. Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning is the emotional, fun bonus prequel to USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's acclaimed Wyoming Wildflowers contemporary romance series.

"Funny, entertaining, and full of surprises"..."Warms your heart"... "Joy"..."Wonderful love story"

Read Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning before you start the rest of the series or after you finish the other Wyoming Wildflowers … but be sure to read it!

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 Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers series!

 Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry) – a prequel 

*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 


* 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."

Sample some Christmas cheer with this holiday-themed boxed set!

Celebrate the holidays with a cowboy, a princess, and a small-town single father as each finds their hearts’ desires in these stand-alone books. The trees, the lights, the gifts, the music, the magic of the season all come to life in Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Wyoming Wildflowers series, Book 1), The Christmas Princess (The Wedding Series, Book 5), and Falling for Her (Seasons in a Small Town series, Book 3).
While each story can be read alone, you can enjoy more love stories in the series they’re part of.

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Christmas Romance: Three Complete Holiday Love Stories is USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's collection of moving, passionate, charming contemporary romances that will captivate fans of RaeAnne Thayne, Barbara Freethy and Debbie Macomber.

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1 -- Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Book 1, Wyoming Wildflowers)
Before the bestselling and award-winning Wyoming Wildflowers series, there was another love story, one that laid the foundation for all those that came after.
Ed Currick’s and Donna Roberts’ worlds couldn’t have been any more different – a rancher from Wyoming and an up-and-coming Broadway musical actress on a national tour. What could have been a momentary encounter sparks desire . . . and more. But can there be anything but heartbreak ahead when they have only days before their dreams pull them apart?

Wyoming Wildflowers

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

2 -- The Christmas Princess (Book 5, The Wedding Series)
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. 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, a stoic State Department agent with secrets of his own.
King Jozef has known tragedy in his life. As this lovely young woman brings joy to his holidays, he can't resist some royal matchmaking. 

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

3 -- Falling for Her (Book 3, Seasons in a Small Town)

High school principal Josh Kincannon has his hands full as a single father of three, and dating is mostly a misty memory. Then he meets tech executive Vanessa Irish, finding her conscientious and intelligent, but distant and distracted. The more curious he becomes, the more he discovers about her that has him feeling things a whole lot hotter than curiosity. 
Numbers, that's where Vanessa is comfortable. Not all this interaction with people that she's been pitched into. Especially interacting with Josh. 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?

Seasons in a Small Town
Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?
Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother
Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her
Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front

Readers Love Wyoming Wildflowers:

"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." 

”Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling." 

Praise for The Wedding Series:

“McLinn writes a delightful, romantic tale with The Christmas Princess, which holds all the coziness of the holiday spirit. … 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

“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

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