Is Palm Desert home to the Hottest Husband in America?
Lee Rice thinks so. She nominated her hubby, Tom
Rice III, for the honor in a contest organized by Redbook. The Rices are Palm Desert residents, and Tom runs his own business, Rice Construction, in Palm Desert.
The magazine received more than 1,500 submissions and Tom is now one of "25 sexy and sweet contenders" for the title.
The magazine tells readers "now it's up to you to decide who will be crowned the
Hottest Husband in America. Read their stories, check out their
pictures, then cast your vote."
Lee told Redbook she and Tom first met at a convention in Indian Wells. Here's more from Lee's submission to Redbook:
"He's a tall drink of water," says Lee, 42, about her 6-foot-5 husband.
And while she loves his height (and long, muscular legs), there is more
to Tom than looks.
"He grew up in a home with mostly women. He was the
youngest of six siblings and the only boy. I think that’s given him an
uncanny ability to handle my mood swings!"
His kindness doesn't just
extend to her—and that's one of the reasons she fell for him.
after we met, he came to the beach to play volleyball and meet my
friends," Lee says. "It was one of my girlfriends' first beach day since
having a baby, and she was carting the playpen, stroller, and diaper
bag. All of my guy friends just waved to her, but Tom jumped up without
hesitation, carried everything for her, and cradled the baby while she
set up the playpen. I melted."
These days, Tom is all about
giving Lee a break by providing her with a spa day, a glass of sparkling
cider, or sometimes, just a little escape when she's stressed.
plan a quick road trip, pick me up from work, and have the car all
loaded up with my favorite snacks and drinks," Lee says. "He's always
thinking about my happiness—that's the epitome of romance to me."