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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 determined to resist her, he burns for the enchanting British minx. And an impassioned heart implores him to surrender to a love ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380756292
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Malory Family Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 221,457
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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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The Magic of You

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 favours 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 course of 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 favour, 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 round and 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.

The Magic of You. Copyright © by Johanna Lindsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Loved it

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I couldn't stop reading this book until I finished it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Dear Historical Romance Junkie Others might enjoy reading the st

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    May-December romance

    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.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Magical

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Love This Book

    My 3rd Favorite Lindsey Novel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Different from the rest

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    This book gives Stalkers around the world hope!! (a seriously great book, wonderful addition to the Malory Series)

    I think this is one of the best books in the series. Pretty much, it captivates you and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Numerous times I had to close the book and squeal like a little girl when a really good part came up. The book is that good that it inspires physical reaction. And as my title states, this book really does give stalkers everywhere hope. Amy's outright boldness is just genius and as the circumstances work to her favor towards the end, you really develop a fondness for the idea of Amy and Warren together. The story takes place on the heels of where 'Gentel Rogue' leaves off. Amy's had a very successful debut, but from the moment she met her aunt (by marriage)'s brothers, her soul instantly chose Warren. She knows that Warren and his brothers (sea-faring lot who never stay in one port for too long) are coming back to england for the birth of Georgina's first child. Amy knows he will not be in england for long (if just by his sailor nature or the HIGH animosity between the Malory's and the Andersons) so she feels she must be blunt and bold and savor every encounter. In probably what is their first conversation (aside from friendly relative courtesy) she blatantly makes her intentions known. They share a hot and steamy kiss which surprises the both of them and Warrens desire for her is instantly piqued. Besides the age difference, the obvious (but exaggerated) kinship relation, and the overwhelming tension between Warren and amy's family (James,her uncle, especially), Warren decided not to dance with temptation and tries to get Amy to back off. Amy dismisses the warnings and pursues him nontheless. The harder he fights, the more aggresive her tatics. A mysterious chinese warlord come into the picture demanding restitution for a drunken gambling endeavor that left Warren the beneficiary and possessor of a family heirloom (a vase previously introduced in the previous book). On a excursion to find Warren, who hasn't been by his sisters house which amy has been faithfully staked out at, Amy stumbles into a trap set for Warren at his old hotel room and is taken captive. Warren, bound by honor and obligation to see to her safe return, agrees to come aboard the ship where Amy is being kept and ride with the Chinese warlord to America where the vase is being kept safe. Along the journey Amy tries desperately to get Warren's attention, who is held up in the cabin next to her, but he refuses. It is through a dramatic plan that Amy gets herself locked in the same holding as Warren and all the efforts of taming his desire fail as he thoroughly compromises her. Quick thinking get the two safely out of the Warlords clutches and safely into Warrens Connticut home, where he tries to deny how much closer he feels to her after what happened in the boat and tries to ward her off one last time. obviously it doesnt work, and they wake up not only in each others arms but in the presences of Amy's over-protective uncles (including the one who wanted to rip Warren to shreds even before Amy came into the picture). Having proof of her compromise they try to make Warren marry Amy, but by his refusal at first, Amy refuses to take him unless he is willful. Pride and good old Anderson stubbornness has Amy sailing back home to england, not in Warrens company, but in that of his worst enemy, the one responsible for stealing his first love and making him so cynical where women are concern.The last straw is pulled and warren claims his love.finally

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I really like this book.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Loved it

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Shocking and enchanting

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    Very entertaining watching Warren Anderson squirm like a worm on

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Good

    Good

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    LOVE THIS BOOK

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    highly recommend

    love everything by Johanna Lindsey. This book was wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    My favorite read of her's so far. I laughed out loud many times

    My favorite read of her's so far. I laughed out loud many times..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Leo

    Yawns and sits in a corner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Nicholle

    My dad and my aunt and uncle are at home far away you can send them an owl from the owlery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Good read

    Enjoyed the characters

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    This was my least favorite of the four so far. Amy is 18, and Wa

    This was my least favorite of the four so far. Amy is 18, and Warren is 34, and their relationship to be extremely unrealistic due to their ages and I didn't like that. The books was good none the less.

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