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Texas Lily (Too Hard to Handle #1)

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Third Time, Lucky

As a young innocent, Lily Porter was swept off her feet by handsome, seductive, and faithless Travis Bolton. She had married Jim Brown without love to have a father for her child, and had tried to be a good wife to the rancher as he carved out a cattle kingdom on the untamed Texas of the 1830s. But now her husband was gone. She was a woman alone, with a ch
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Mass Market Paperback, 381 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Topaz (first published June 15th 1994)
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Shay
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Deb
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.
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
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
Claire
I've read this book. I can't remember it but I know I've read it.
Olivia
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
Bigedsgirl1 Edwina Brown
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
Tina
This book is such a wallbanger! Very long and drawn out. Pacing is just horrendous. The only part of this book I found mildly enjoyable was the interactions between Cade and Lily. Sort of. I didn't care for the raping part. They had decent back stories, the rest of the characters as well. I didn't like them very much except for Travis though. The writing was good if a little spastic with the thousands of plots. Think Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Little House On The Prairie meet modern day soap opera… e ...more
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.
Sarah Magner
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.
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!
Joslyn Black
Dec 15, 2015 Joslyn Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

This was really a great read it,had passion, it had a little adventure. the hero and the heroine were so awesome. I loved seeing their fire. I loved their inaction.
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
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.
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.
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.
Jody
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.
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.
Shawnia Wooters
omg this one hot and good book
Kbee
Jul 01, 2013 Kbee rated it really liked it
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.
Kristi
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.
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.
Skeeter Jorgensen
Jun 24, 2013 Skeeter Jorgensen rated it really liked it
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.
Eliza
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.
Alice
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
Talya
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.
Maryann
Jul 24, 2012 Maryann rated it liked it
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.
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.
Emily
Jul 20, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
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!
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With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice writes emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances which have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards.

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