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The Magic of You (Malory Family Series #4)

The Magic of You (Malory Family Series #4)

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by Johanna Lindsey

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As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung for piracy.

Warren Anderson is shocked by the brazen advances of his despised enemy's beautiful niece. Though


As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung for piracy.

Warren Anderson is shocked by the brazen advances of his despised enemy's beautiful niece. Though determined to resist her, he burns for the enchanting British minx. And an impassioned heart implores him to surrender to a love that could stoke the smouldering fires of a family feud into a dangerous, all consuming blaze.

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Malory Family Series , #4
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Chapter One

London, 1819

The barmaid sighed and sighed again, because the three handsome gentlemen, all young lords by the look of them, had requested no more than drinks from her, despite her best efforts to offer them her favors as well. Still, she hovered near their table, hoping one of them might change his mind, especially the goldenhaired one with the sensual green eyes, eyes that promised untold delights if she could just get her hands on him. Derek, she'd heard him called, and her heart had fair tripped over when he'd walked through the door. She'd never seen a man so handsome -- until the youngest of the trio followed him in.

It was a bleedin' shame that one had to be so young, for her experience with boys his age was dismally unsatisfying. On the other hand, this young one had a devilishly wicked sparkle in his eyes that made her wonder if he might know how to pleasure a woman despite his tender years. Actually taller than his two older companions and broader of frame, with hair of a midnight hue and eyes of the clearest cobalt blue, he was so appealing that she'd be more than willing to find out.

The third member of their group, who looked to be the oldest, wasn't nearly as handsome as his two friends, though, truth be known, he was a fine-looking specimen as well, just outdone by the two heart-stoppers. The girl sighed again, waiting, hoping, fairly drooling, but afraid she was bound to be disappointed tonight, with their interest on no more than their drinks and their own conversation.

Oblivious to the salacious thoughts coming their way -- nothing new for these three-they suddenly changed the courseof the amiable conversation at the table under such avid observation.

"How does he do it, Derek?" Percy complained, his words slightly slurred. He was referring to the youngest member of the threesome, Derek's cousin Jeremy. "He's drunk us glass for glass, damned if he ain't, yet he's sitting there not the teeniest bit foxed."

The two Malory cousins grinned at each other. What Percy didn't know was that a bunch of pirates had taught Jeremy everything he knew about drink and women. But that wasn't something that went beyond the family's knowledge; nor the fact that Jeremy's father, James Malory, Viscount of Ryding, had been the leader of those same pirates in the days when he was known as the Hawke. Percival Alden, or Percy, as his friends called him, would certainly never be told. Good old Percy couldn't keep a secret to save his soul.

"My uncle James warned me to have his drinks watered down, don't you know." Derek said the outright lie with a perfectly straight face. "Otherwise the young'un wouldn't be allowed out with me."

"Gad, how awful!" Percy changed his tune, commiserating now that he was assured an eighteen-year-old wasn't drinking him under the table.

Percy, at twenty-eight, was the oldest of the trio, after all. Stood to reason that he ought to be the one to hold his liquor better than either of his companions. 'Course, Derek, at twenty-five, had always been able to put him to shame when it came to serious drinking. But young Jeremy had been surpassing them both-or at least Percy had thought so. How utterly deplorable to have a reformed rake for a father who kept such close tabs on you, even enlisting the rest of the family to help curtail your fun.

Then again, Derek never said a word when Jeremy would disappear late of an evening with a comely wench on his arm, so not all of the boys fun was being curtailed. Come to think of it, Percy couldn't remember a single time in the past year, since Derek had taken his young cousin under his wing, that Jeremy hadn't -found a willing female with whom to occupy a few very private hours, whether the three young men had ended up in a lively tavern, in an expensive house of Eros, or at one of society's many gatherings. The boy had the most devilish luck where women were concerned. Women of all ages, whores and ladies alike, found this youngest male Malory quite irresistible.

In that respect, he was taking after his father, James, and his uncle Anthony Malory. Those two Malory brothers, the younger of four, had set the town on fire in their day with the scandals their affairs had generated. Derek, the only son of the oldest Malory brother, was just as lucky with women for that matter, although much more discreet and discerning about whom he chose to favor, so that the few scandals he'd been embroiled in since he'd come of age hadn't concerned women at all.

Having thought it over, Percy summoned the barmaid to him and whispered in her ear.

The two cousins, watching him, knew exactly what he was doing: ordering the next roundand arranging, supposedly on the sly, to have the water left out of Jeremy's drink. It was all the cousins could do not to burst out laughing. But Derek, noting the girl's frown and that she was about to tell the young lord that none of the previous drinks she'd served had contained any water, had to quickly catch her eye to give her a nod and a wink so she'd know they were just having some sport and go along with it. She did, smart girl, grinning as she left.

Derek would have to see that the pretty miss was compensated, though not as she might like. She'd turned all of her ample charms on him when they'd first come in, but having another assignation already arranged for the wee hours , he hadn't encouraged her.

This was a tavern they often frequented, but this girl was new. He'd try her eventually-- they all would if she kept the job long enough -- but not tonight, since they'd all scored right handily at the Shepfords' annual Season-opening ball earlier in the evening.

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Amy is one of my favorite Malorys. She knows what she wants and goes for it, even if she's a bit reckless at times. Warren was really rough around the edges and I enjoyed seeing him let go of his bitterness in the end.James, Anthony, and Jeremy were definitely highlights for me in this. Those three can absolutely make whatever page they are on come alive. You can never go wrong with the Malory series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Historical Romance Junkie Others might enjoy reading the story without your plot spoilers. My dear, it is rude of you to spoil our fun. Please stop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in highschool and though the age difference to me was a problem it did not detract from the overall story. I loved Warren and Amy. Yes she was aggressive, but I think Warren needed that to see how much he really needed her. I mean think about it, if Amy had been of the mindset: I will let him make the first move, then this romance would've been dead in the water. Warren Anderson was so deeply imbeded in loves tragic past that he could not see the loving hope of his future...until Amy.
obie2012 More than 1 year ago
To say Amy was determined , well let's just say this young lady knew what she wanted and held on with both hands! Good story, it did seem rushed in some places but the ending was classic Malory. If you havent met this family you should! These guys definitely hold their own against other big romantic families such as: The Cynsters, the Bocastles, and the Bridgertons.
natnat26 More than 1 year ago
My 3rd Favorite Lindsey Novel
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
This Malory novel is just as good as the previous ones, but a little different. Having the woman chase the man is an interesting twist, and the characters are all engaging and the chemistry between them is good. Amy Malory is thought to be this sweet, innocent child, but suddenly she has her eye on the grumpy American, Warren, and won't let him go. Amy's character is just right--agressive, but not overdone. I really love Warren's character; he doesn't let his feelings show and tries to push everyone away, but you have to love him on how protective he becomes of Amy. She is amazing because she is inexperieced in love and seduction but that is what wins him over. And an added bonus in this book is that you get to revisit her uncles, Anthony and James, and laugh out loud at their antics.
sfayet1 More than 1 year ago
I love Amy, how she goes after what she wants. And I can really feel for Warren, why he would not want to fall in love again or get married. This is a great Malory book.
aprilsturn More than 1 year ago
this is the 2ed favorite malory book. Loved Amy even though she looks like her uncle tony shes just like her Uncle james knowing what she wants and goes after it. and it's Georges (james Wifes) Brother Warren She Want's. even though he's Quiet,cold and not one of her uncle james favorites. she knows theres a reason why hes that way and she is bound to cure him. I love all the Malory book's their full of adventure, humor, seduction, and love for a family. I Wish they were my family. Read all the malory's trust me you'll want more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my favorite Lindsey novels. Amy embodies everything you've come to love about the Malory family - outspoken wit, determination, charisma, audacious charm. I couldn't help but love her antics. Her deeply intriguing character was perfectly developed to brake down all of Warren's walls. The storyline keeps you engaged as you try to guess what could possibly happen next!
RAW1 More than 1 year ago
The story of Warren Anderson & Amy Malory is my second favorite book of Johanna Lindsey, I just loved Warren Anderson, and this story had me laughing, and smiling.
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Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining watching Warren Anderson squirm like a worm on a hook when he has a young miss looking to make him a married man. Ami is a big time hoot with lots of confidence and gumption. She has some serious guts to do the things she did with no regard for the outcome.
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sallymel More than 1 year ago
I love all the books in this Malory family series. Some of the characters are fascinating especially those who are seafarers. Johanna Lindsey is a clever writer.
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love everything by Johanna Lindsey. This book was wonderful.
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My favorite read of her's so far. I laughed out loud many times..
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