About The Author

Patricia Rice

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart, has two children and is a firm believer in happily-ever-after. Her emotionally-charged romances have won numerous awards. A native of Kentucky and New York, and a past resident of North Carolina and Missouri, Patricia Rice currently resides in Southern California.
 

The Regency Noble Series

The Genuine Article

Lady Marian Lawrence is in London to snare a rich husband to save her family from ruin—a difficult task given her biting wit and lack of beauty. Hiding her true self, Marian is about to win the wealthy and amiable Lord Darley—until the detestable Reginald Montague blocks their path to the altar.
 
Reginald Montague has vowed to never marry and is determined to keep his bestfriend Darley from being snared by a fortune hunter.
 
A master of subtle stratagem, Reginald sets out to transform Marian's dislike for him into desire and is caught in his own trap even as Marian struggles to keep her true self a secret and her heart her own.
 
REVIEWS:
"A deliciously light-hearted traditional Regency." ~Mary Jo Putney, author of Sometimes a Rogue

The Marquess

Scarred in a duel over a feckless female, Gavin Lawrence leaves America to take up his new duty as Marquess of Effingham, vowing to never again care for another woman.
 
But lurking in the Marquess's crumbling manor is a young woman in terrible danger.
 
The self-sufficient daughter of a soldier, Dillian Whitnell hides her injured cousin in the secret passages of Arinmede Manor following an attempt on their lives.
 
Trapped by the Marquess's unexpected arrival, Dillian tries to convince Gavin she's a ghost while planning their escape.
 
As their hide-and-seek game leads to increasingly close encounters, Gavin's irritation turns to intrigue, and intrigue into forbidden passion while the real villain stalks them both.
 
REVIEWS:
"This fast-paced, witty novel will definitely delight on a cold winter's night." ~Margaret Devilbiss, Gothic Journal

The English Heiress

An Irish rogue and an English heiress should have nothing in common. But two years after the disastrous fire that brought Lady Blanche Perceval into Michael O'Toole's life, he is saddled with another orphan in need of a woman's understanding.
 
Except the once generous Lady Blanche now despises Michael for keeping his distance when she needed him the most.
 
Following the fire, Blanche inherited the wealth of a dukedom, but her cousin holds the power. Forced to rely on her men of business, she is at constant odds with the new duke, who insists upon marriage for sake of the estate.
 
When the irresistible and unreliable Michael O'Toole re-materializes in her life to enlist her care for another orphan he's rescued—as he once did for her—Blanche doesn't know whether to kill him or kiss him. But when her carriage is attacked, running off with a rogue seems the wisest choice of all.
 
REVIEWS:
"Michael and his delicious duke's granddaughter demonstrate why bad boys are best!" ~Mary Jo Putney, NYT Bestselling author of Sometimes a Rogue

The Irish Duchess

Since his youth, Neville Perceval, the very proper English Duke of Anglesey, has struggled to save his family's bankrupt estate. Now supporting the Irish cause in Parliament, he must marry wealth and influence to succeed.
 
Hot-headed Fiona MacDermot, the granddaughter of an Irish earl, has her own plan to free her people from the English: provide jobs for the starving villagers. When the funds raised to buy the looms are stolen, Fiona wants to suspect the despised duke, except he's been nearly beaten to death defending her cause.
 
As Fiona and Neville go toe-to-toe, they reluctantly realize they must set aside their differences to find the real villain, but neither suspect lust and love to redefine their plans or force a choice between life and death.

The Carolina Magnolias Series

Dixie Rebel

Maya Alyssum has a rebel's dream: to open a school where kids can find unconditional acceptance—an acceptance she and her sister had never experienced while growing up in foster homes.
 
But Axell Holm, the town council's representative, holds Maya's unconventional dream in his hands.
 
Axell is the kind of uptight authority figure Maya loves to hate. So how is it that he's ringing all her chimes, even as her rebellious plans turn his ordered life upside down?

REVIEWS:
"Hours of reading delight." ~RT Reviews
 
"...will leave readers with a smile on their faces." ~Murray Ledger and Times (KY)

Imperfect Rebel

Cleo Alyssum has a plan: stay sober, keep her job, and bite her tongue until Social Services relents and returns her little boy.
 
Then Jared McCloud, a celebrated cartoonist and bull-headed extrovert, shatters Cleo's carefully constructed serenity by demanding that they help their drug-dealing neighbor's neglected children.
 
Cleo knows Jared is right.
 
Risking everything they thought they wanted, the pair join forces to save the children and face a new realization: there's more to life and love than either of them ever planned or dreamed.
 
REVIEWS:
"A love story and a story of personal growth." ~Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times, 4.5 Stars, Top Pick
 
"highly recommend... a true high five!" ~Deborah Barber, Escape to Romance Reviews
 
"...a must read..." ~Kathy Boswell, The Best Reviews
 
"Captivating, well-written... almost impossible to put down. A Perfect 10." ~Susan Lantz, Romance Reviews Today

Rebel Charm

Mara Simon, trophy wife turned high-powered Hollywood producer, isn't about to let TJ McCloud, her first and only love, shutdown her beach-front movie set. There's simply too many livelihoods at stake.
 
TJ, now a forensic anthropologist, doesn't even recognize Mara—a sizzling bombshell—as the girl he once knew.
 
But not even a bombshell can stop him from cordoning off the movie set while he investigates a possible murder site.
 
As more evidence emerges, TJ and Mara are forced to work together and rethink everything they thought they wanted out of life.
 
REVIEWS:
"...a powerful novel with compelling characters and sizzling sensuality." ~Reader to Reader
 
"Vigorous storytelling combines with intriguing characters in this fast-paced and fascinating read." ~Book Page
 
"A passionate, often humorous, battle of the sexes..." ~The Romance Reader's Connection

Carolina Rebel

An ambitious MBA with a genius for opening her mouth when she shouldn't, Aurora Jenkins wants nothing more than to leave her suffocating rural hometown and return to the big city where she belongs.

Clay McCloud loves rural anonymity. After giving up his million-dollar lifestyle to pay back investors ruined by his MBA-wielding ex-fiancée, the last thing Clay needs is another over-zealous rebel with big plans.
 
But a real-estate scam threatens their families and community, Aurora and Clay must re-evaluate their dreams... and each other.
 
REVIEWS:
"Rice weaves the reader through each character, making them personable and the ending all the more romantic." ~ReaderToReader.com
 
"...full of warmth, humor and poignancy..." ~Jill M. Smith, RT Book Reviews

The Too Hard To Handle Series

Texas Lily

Lily Porter is newly a widow with a child to raise and a cattle ranch to run in the Texas frontier aflame with violence, and where a woman is to be seen not heard.
 
She needs a man to stand up for her land.
 
His name is Cade. Part Apache brave and part Mexican grandee, Cade has a past and a secret. But he possesses the power and passion to command all in his path.
 
Lily welcomes Cade into her struggle against treachery and terror—and discovers a love worth risking everything to keep.
 
AWARDS:
4 ½ stars – Romantic Times
 
REVIEWS:
 
"Ms. Rice is in her element as she gives us a recipe for romance... one delicious read." ~Romantic Times

Texas Rose

Evangeline (Evie) Howell grew up in a genteel St Louis home, an abandoned love-child with no one to love her. Then a letter from Texas tells her where to find her true identity.
 
In desperate need of someone to escort her safely to Texas, the only man Evie can convince is Tyler Monteigne, a hell-raising, womanizing gambler scarcely suited to escort a lady. But he can shoot as well as any gunslinger, and is even better at conning his way out of trouble.
 
Tyler needs to get out of town and the rosy gal standing before him is his ticket.
 
But what Tyler doesn't see is the dark passion rising to sweep him away. Passions that will make Evie everything he's ever wanted—and him exactly what Evie fears most.
 
AWARDS:
4 ½ stars – Romantic Times
 
REVIEWS:
"A special gift of love and laughter." ~Joan Hammond, Romantic Times

Texas Tiger

The beautiful and restless heiress Georgina Hanover faces the perfect marriage.
 
Peter Mulloney is everything any woman could hope for in a husband—and all Georgina's father wants in a financial partner.
 
Then she meets the mysterious Daniel Mulloney, a crusading Texas journalist claiming to be Peter's brother. With his pen, Daniel attacks Peter's wealth and power. With stirring words, he makes Georgina question her choices. And with searing passion, he ignites her desires as Peter never has.
 
Now Georgina must decide which brother's bride she will be: the one offering ideal marriage, or the one leading to ecstasy—and danger—beyond her wildest dreams.
 
AWARDS:
5 Bells – Bell, Book and Candle
 
REVIEWS:
"...well-written and absorbing love story" ~Anne Cleary, Paperback Forum
 
"Fast paced, adventure filled romance... impossible to put down." ~Donita Lawrence, Bell, Book, and Candle
 
"Pure romantic fun... a sheer delight!" ~Mary Jo Putney

Texas Moon

To the citizens of Mineral Springs, Janice Harrison looks like a dowdy schoolmarm.
 
Then, Peter Mulloney catches a glimpse of Janice's silhouette and is surprised by hot desire. But, he has no time for a woman. He's working to finance the purchase of a mountain of gold and proving he has no need for his wealthy, corrupt family.
 
All Janice cares about is supporting and caring for her fragile little sister Betsy—and keeping her own secrets hidden. But beneath the silvery Texas moon, rugged Mulloney introduces excitement and danger and tender kisses. A man like Mulloney could keep her and Betsy safe... or shatter her soul, leaving her worse off than before.
 
AWARDS:
4 ½ stars – Romantic Times
 
REVIEWS
"An intriguing romance filled with passion, corruption, and hidden secrets." ~Rendezvous
 
"Ms. Rice uses her delicious, subtle sense of humor to reunite us with her zany cast of characters... A definite keeper." ~Romantic Times