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Texas Lily (Too Hard to Handle #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  687 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
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 welcom
ebook, iTunes, 384 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by EPublishing Works! (first published June 15th 1994)
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Great story line. The characters were great mix. Loved all the relationships and how everyone came together. Would read it again in a heart beat.
 Mummy Cat Claire
I've read this book. I can't remember it but I know I've read it.
Linda Walters
Nov 28, 2015 Linda Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Story. I caught a copy of it when it was free on Amazon and I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed every action packed minute of it. It was a bit long, but there was quite a bit of story to cover. Lily IS a strong person, a great role model for a heroine. Both Cade and Lily yearned for love but had learned to live without it. Both Cade and Lily had lived a tough life, although in different ways. Lily had never truly felt welcome in her old life before she married Jim. Cade had never really found a h ...more
This book would not usually classify as a fast read, having over 350 pages, but I classify it that way because I couldn't put it down once I started it and finished it in a day. The story of Cade and Lily was so fascinating that the time just flew by and the whole cast of characters caught and kept your interest from beginning to end. Let me just say that the hero, Cade , was by no means perfect; he could come across as the typical arrogant alpha male,but the peeks that Ms. Rice would give at hi ...more
Maria Dariotis
This book was a very easy read the story flowed nicely, Lily's and Cade's story is not a very easy one , for starters Lily is waiting for her husband to return from his travels which he never does so she is a widow which is fine because her attraction to Cade is very strong even though he is of mixed heritage Indian /Mexican , there is much violence and struggles for her in Texas a single woman with a young son. She needs a strong man for her ranch hands to take orders from because a woman givin ...more
This book is the first in the Tin-Stars and Troublemakers boxset. I have to say that I honestly really enjoyed this book. Cade had to deal with so much in his life. Yet he came out of it all a good man. I loved how protective he got of Lily, he wanted to make her happy before he even realized that he wanted to make her happy. I loved Lily for her courage, and for her ability to see Cade as a man and not a skin color or heritage. There's a lot of action going on in this book. For those who really ...more
Ups and downs that these characters go through are intense to say the least. Lily proves to be exactly the kind of early pioneer woman any man would be lucky to have. Cade despite his mixed heritage is at heart just a man, one who has the skills necessary to not only survive but to overcome great odds that would quell a lesser soul.

This at times violent, at times sweet, at times heartbreaking but never boring. Not a series that intrigues me to continue as the storyline is constructed in a manner
Skeeter Jorgensen
Jun 24, 2013 Skeeter Jorgensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, it was the right time period for my liking. I have never cared for Mexican/settlers books. I prefer the ones in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon etc.

This was a good romance, with lots of suspense. Lily was a strong lady, she went through a lot of stuff during her life, starting when she was 16 years old. In the end, she received the love and family that she wanted.

Great read.
Cade, part Apache brave and part Mexican grandee and the widow Lily Porter Brown seem an odd couple in a time when Texas still belonged to Mexico and Santa Ana came across the border to overrun the Alamo and then face defeat at San Jacinto with all the prejudice against both Mexicans and the Native Americans. Cade finds a loving woman that only sees him as a man in Texas Lily and together they face the odds against them to find happiness in each other in this lovely historical romance.
L.T. Fawkes
Patricia Rice, $.99 *** A cut above the average period romance. In Texas, in the days leading up to the Battle of the Alamo, a rancher disappears, leaving his young wife and son behind. The young widow is determined to run the ranch herself, but is hampered by the unwillingness of her hands to work for a woman. Her only solution is to hire a foreman.

Terrific, well-developed and interesting characters, good plot, lots of historical detail.
I enjoyed this historical western romance more than I had expected. Some of the romantic tension was eased pretty early on, but it left lots of room for charter growth and tension in other areas. This left it feeling a bit less formulaic than some romances which I enjoyed. I'm still enjoy the mountain settings more than Texas, but the multi-cultural aspects of this story were very compelling. I'll definitely be continuing this series and exploring this author in the future.
This was not the book I had in mind or choose to read at that moment...But I got caught in it from the start.
After reading some of the reviews, I'm wondering if we read the same book.
This story and plot was good, real good. I liked the way Cade came around from his childhood hurts. Lily was one strong teenager who dealt with her troubles did what she had to do and survived. All the characters had their purpose. Loved the ones that had hearts and hated the ones that needed hating.
Jacky Faber
Dec 01, 2015 Jacky Faber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know very little about the history of Texas and their war of independence. This novel contains some of that history but it is mainly about Lilly and Cade and how they met and came to love each other. I enjoyed the writing style and hearing the points of view of the main characters. It was also interesting to read how each of them changed over the cause of the novel because of their relationships with each other.

I had not run across Patricia Rice before but I will read more of her novels.
Regina Walker
I didn't see the cover before I got this one, and was expecting more of a sweet romance. The storyline/plot were fantastic. As a person, I prefer the sweeter side without much explicit content. This wasn't full on book-porn, but it was a little more than I care to read. I did enjoy the characters, though. The author did a good job developing them, along with their world.
Sep 28, 2015 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I enjoyed this book. It has a nice balance of story to sex ratio, some romance novels don't get the balance right. I like the hero and heroin of the story, they both have to learn to stop and listen to each other. I also liked the history part of the story, I actually researched a little after I read to see if it was acurate. Nerdy? Yes, I know.
Becky Gates
Dec 03, 2015 Becky Gates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Enjoyed every character. Grabbed me from the first chapter. Couldn't put it down, so I let my Kindle read to me while I drove. Book moves thru scenes quickly and has a sexy quiet hero, right up my alley!
Dec 05, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable historical romance. As other readers mention the first love scene between Cade & Lily was a little rough and it didn't make a lot of sense how (& why) he forced her into an Indian marriage. The various storylines were also a bit confusing at times but overall a good read.
Really enjoyed this one.
The story element and characters were great, and I was really able to mentally get in the the 1830s Texas setting.
Pretty well done, makes me open to trying more historical romance.
A difficult read but a pretty good story. Just lots of ...well politics. Indians, Mexicans and Texans all trying to get land. Not sure if I would read the rest of the series.
Not bad... kinda long and drawn out at times... ok many times... but I got it for free and didnt have anything jumping at me to be read so alls well that ends well!
linda bilger
Dec 13, 2015 linda bilger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story

Liked the era of story and Texas history. Have family in Texas and now I know more history than I did.
Apr 12, 2016 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
strong characterization

interesting facts about Texas's time prior to acceptance in US role of slavery-- Mexican law
Michele Lacroix
this was a freebie from Amazon. I really couldn't give it four stars because the hero, Cade, was to pushy for me.
Sep 10, 2012 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This fell flat for me. I did not care enough about the characters. I love American historicals so it is a shame that this one bored me.
Jody Robirds mclane WP
I picked this book up off a whim from an advertisement, but once I got past the first page. I was hooked, I could see what she was writing about in my head.
Kindle freebie. A typical western story which I enjoy. I liked the characters and the way the story unfolded. I would say it went on a bit in a few parts, but overall I enjoyed the read.
Diana Fournier
Jan 05, 2016 Diana Fournier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much.

I really enjoyed this book and once I started it I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book.
Amber Gray
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Gray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, 2013
This book had a great start, but went downhill from there. I didn't feel any kind of attraction between Lily and Cade, the way it started I was hoping for a story about Lily and Travis.
Evelyn Dockery
Mar 26, 2016 Evelyn Dockery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Texas Lily

This was a very good book except for the description of what goes on between a man and a woman others wise it kept you wanting to not put the book down
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“Cade!" Lily knew she spoke too sharply, but it had been a long day. She combed her fingers through Roy's unruly curls as she waited for her foreman to turn and find her. When he did, his gaze went not to Lily but to her affectionate hold on the boy. It was twilight, and the shadows almost concealed Cade's features, but Lily could almost swear she saw a look of longing in the man's eyes before he raised them to her. "Roy says he's almost ready to ride to town. That's a long distance. Don't you think it's a tad soon?" His voice, when it came, was thoughtful and not its usual curt tone. "He learns quick. He ought to be rewarded. It can wait until several of us are ready to go." Cade was right, of course. Lily had been prepared for a confrontation, but it had only been her own frustration speaking. She couldn't erase that glimpse of longing, of loneliness she thought she had seen in Cade's face. Perhaps he had some human traits, after all.” 0 likes
“Before she realized what he meant to do, Cade was on his horse, towing the mule while riding at right angles away from the road and the army on the move. The rain had let up and the air was warm, and Cade wore only the white full-sleeved shirt and tight trousers he had worn every day since they had left. The shirt was open halfway down his copper chest and accented by a bright-red sash at his waist that held his knife. Lily thought he looked a pirate or worse, but the soldiers striking out after him weren't reaching for their weapons. "He looks like a damned Spaniard," Travis whispered at Lily's side. "How does he do that?" With years of practice and an Indian talent for deception—but Lily didn't say that out loud. She was gradually learning that Cade was like a chameleon, able to blend in with his surroundings for safety. She didn't like to think of the child he must have been to grow up that way, but it certainly helped to survive in this chaos that was Texas. Lily” 0 likes
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