A Kind of Magic (Shields Series #2)

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Roderick was born an immortal prince in the realm of Thales. Revered and respected, he lived a life of grandeur, but his one true love was fighting. He was given a special gift in his battle abilities and soon became known as Thales's finest warrior. But all that changed the day his brother died and an evil descended upon his realm. With Thales on the verge of ruin, he bound himself to the Shields to protect the realms from the evil that ravages them. But he has a dark secret for which he must atone. Then and ...

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Overview

Roderick was born an immortal prince in the realm of Thales. Revered and respected, he lived a life of grandeur, but his one true love was fighting. He was given a special gift in his battle abilities and soon became known as Thales's finest warrior. But all that changed the day his brother died and an evil descended upon his realm. With Thales on the verge of ruin, he bound himself to the Shields to protect the realms from the evil that ravages them. But he has a dark secret for which he must atone. Then and only then can he return to Thales and face his family. His special battle skills and his immortality help Roderick to keep his goals in front of him. They have always been clear . . .

Until Elle.

Elle makes Roderick long for things he cannot have. Her innate goodness makes him want to grasp what she offers with both hands, but he knows that they can never have what she seeks. Elle bears a mark that signals her as one of a chosen few who were sent to Earth as infants. She and the others who bear the mark must be found and kept hidden from the ancient evil that seeks them, for they hold the key to the evil's ruination. The only way to keep Elle safe is to keep her by his side, but can Roderick resist the temptation to take her love?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452642758
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/2013
  • Series: Shields Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Donna Grant is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the Dark Sword series, the Druids Glen series, and the Sisters of Magic series, as well as several stand-alone titles, including Forever Mine and Primal Heat.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson, a native of London, England, is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off Broadway, and Regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit.

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Chapter One

Present Day

Houston, Texas

"Sex. It's the answer for everyone. Most especially you."

Elle Blanchard couldn't help but choke on the peanut that had been sliding down her throat. She looked at her best friend since sixth grade to see if she was serious.

Jennifer was definitely serious.

While Elle's eyes hastily scanned the crowded, noisy bar to see if anyone had overheard Jennifer, she drank some of her pinot grigio to help the peanut down. She slowly placed her wine glass on the bar and stared at her friend.

"I don't need sex," she whispered.

Jennifer laughed and nodded her head as she sipped her Cosmopolitan. "Oh, but you do, sweetie. How long has it been?"

Elle hated when Jennifer turned their conversation to her love life, or lack thereof. "Can't we talk about something else?"

"Not tonight. I've let you change the subject for the last time." Jennifer grabbed her arm and grew serious. "You need more than the ancient artifacts in the museum, hon. You need a man that will spend time with you, care for you, and love you."

Elle laughed. "Look at me," she said and pointed to herself. "Men don't look at women like me. They look at women like you and them," she said and pointed to two women at the end of the bar.

She stared at the gorgeous women while three guys stood around them talking. Elle might be many things, but a fool she wasn't. She turned back to Jennifer and shrugged.

"No amount of expensive clothes, make-overs, or attitude is going to change what I am. Plain. I have always faded into the background."

"Elle, hon," Jennifer said, her Texan drawl coming out. "That bastard puttoo much into your head. If I ever find him...."

She trailed off, but Elle knew exactly what Jennifer would do--castrate him. Literally. She loved Jennifer more for it too. Friends like Jennifer didn't come along often.

"I'd rather not talk about him. Instead, I'm going to enjoy this expensive Sterling pinot grigio and then head back home."

As soon as the words left her mouth, Elle regretted them.

"There's another problem. How do you expect to find a man when you live in the Montrose area? Honey, you know I'm not homophobic, but that's gay central."

Elle chuckled and shrugged. "Exactly. I feel safe there. When I see a man, I'm not worried about them attacking me to rape me."

"No, it's the women you've got to worry about."

Leave it to Jennifer to tell it like it was.

"Excuse me," a deep voice said from behind Elle.

She turned, her heart thumping that someone might actually want to talk to her. But when she looked at him, his eyes were on Jennifer. She wasn't surprised. Jennifer was pretty. She might be of average height, but her athletic build turned many a head.

"May I buy you a drink?"

Jennifer looked the man up and down, her dark brown eyes critical, before she answered him. "I'm fine, but my friend needs a drink."

Elle could have cheerfully rammed her foot up Jennifer's butt. She didn't look at the guy, because she knew what was coming.

"Ah..." the guy mumbled and looked over his shoulder. "My friends are calling me. I'll be right back."

"Sure you will," Elle said after him. She looked at Jennifer. "I really wish you wouldn't do that. It's really embarrassing."

"I'm so sorry," Jennifer said, her lips turned down in a frown. "I just thought...."

"I know."

Elle envied Jennifer more than she liked to admit. Jennifer always got the guys in junior high and high school that Elle had a crush on. Those guys never even looked twice at her. And now, Jennifer had a guy most women would kill for. Not only was he as wealthy as Prince Charles, he could be a pin up guy for Calvin Klein underwear, and Alex was a nice guy. It would only be a matter of time before he proposed to Jennifer.

And then where would that leave her? Alone. As usual.

"Have you decided what you want to do this weekend?" Jennifer asked.

Elle was grateful for the change of subject. "Nothing."

Jennifer rolled her dark brown eyes and shoved her long dark hair over her shoulder. "Puh-leeze, darlin'. I know you better than that. Birthdays mean a lot to you, and this one is going to be better than ever."

Elle couldn't help but smile at her friend. Ever since their sixth grade year when Jennifer found out Elle lived in a foster home with nearly ten other kids, Jennifer had done something special for her birthday.

This year would be no different. Elle swirled her wine around in the glass, the goldish liquid catching the dim lights of the bar.

There was only one thing she really wanted, and Jennifer couldn't get it for her.

"How about we spend part of the weekend at the beach? We haven't been to Galveston in a couple of years."

The idea had merit. "All right. That sounds good."

"We can shop, people watch, and soak up some rays. And one of the guys I work with at Events just bought a beach house he's renting out. It'll be perfect."

Elle looked at her when Jennifer glanced at her watch and squealed.

"Ohmigod. I'm going to be late for my dinner with Alex," she said and slid off the stool, the pinstriped dark gray Donna Karen pantsuit fitting her frame perfectly. "I'll call you tomorrow to work out the details. Oh, and I'm paying for the beach house," she said and kissed Elle on the cheek.

Elle smiled and waved her off. Once the door clicked behind Jennifer, Elle sighed. A weekend. At the beach. She wasn't fooled. Jennifer was looking for a guy for her.

Too bad the search would be in vain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Good read

    Author should have books proofread and not just use spellcheck. Because of that, stupid errors were made.

    Stories are good though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    Great Series

    This is part of The Shields series- book number 2- and just like the rest, it's a great mix of myth, hot men, damsels who can put up their own fight, and a fun plot that you're waiting anxiously to see how everything ties together and will end. Keep reading!

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    Good story, but very very predictable.

    Good story, but very very predictable.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    Simply Magic

    Have been working my way thru Donna Grants books and I can say I have really enjoyed each one so far, Each one makes me want the next one aasap.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Great book

    Donna Grant never dissapoints! I read all her books. Sometimes the covers suck, but she doesn't have control of them. A shame, just think what she could do with all that talen. Find Donna Grant on Facebook, she is also a woderful person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Better

    This book was much better than the first. Looking forward to the next one!

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