Trouble With Magic

Trouble With Magic

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by Patricia Rice
     
 

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"Patricia Rice's historicals are deliciously fresh, sexy fun. Never has the battle of the sexes been more charming!"-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author

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Lady Felicity's ability to read people's emotions

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"Patricia Rice's historicals are deliciously fresh, sexy fun. Never has the battle of the sexes been more charming!"-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author

Celebrate the 80th birthday of Regency Romance with great books from Sourcebooks Casablanca!

Lady Felicity's ability to read people's emotions by touching them is more than she can handle, so she seeks out inventor and rake Ewen Ives. Ewen is wary of the mischief of the Malcom clan, but Lady Felicity is irresistible...

All the Malcolms have some magic, but Lady Felicity's ability to read people's emotions simply by touching them or their possessions overwhelms her. She's reached a marriageable age, but how can she ever wed when she can see so clearly a man's guilty secrets?

Ewen Ives, itinerant rake and adventurous inventor, knows better than to underestimate the mischief of the Malcolms. But sparks fly when he encounters Felicity, and Ewen can't seem to refuse her plea for assistance...

An enchanting historical paranormal romance, fans of Stephanie Laurens, Christina Dodd and Mary Jo Putney will delight in Rice's richly complex and addictively compelling clash of science and magic in this Georgian romance.

Other books in the Magical Malcoms series:
Merely Magic, Book 1 — RT Reviewers all-time favorite romance, finalist for the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award, RT Book Reviews nominee for Best Innovative Historical Romance
Must Be Magic, Book 2 —RT Book Reviews nominee for Best Historical Paranormal Fantasy
The Trouble With Magic, Book 3 — The Road to Romance Reviewer Award
This Magic Moment, Book 4 — A heartwarming, magical romance of mystery and family
Much Ado About Magic, Book 5 — "A passionate, sensual, and romantic adventure."-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars
Magic Man, Book 6 — RT Reviewers Choice nominee

Beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rice is a RITA finalist and an RT Book Reviews Winner of a Career Achievement Award for Best British-Set Historical Romance, a Career Achievement Award for Historical Storyteller of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy.

What readers are saying about The Trouble With Magic:

"quirky and eccentric, but totally delightful"

"another totally delightful tale"

"And of course, the families show up, creating their usual, delightful havoc."

What reviewers are saying about The Trouble With Magic:

"Rice's enchanting book is truly spellbinding."-Booklist

"You can always count on Patricia Rice for an entertaining story with just the right mix of romance, humor, and emotion."-The Romantic Reader

"Patricia Rice's historicals are deliciously fresh, sexy fun. Never has the battle of the sexes been more charming!"-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author

What everyone is saying about Patricia Rice:

"humor, emotional intensity, and sensuality with a touch of the supernatural, Must Be Magic is a highly recommended read and a 'keeper.'"- RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars

"Rice's enchanting book is truly spellbinding."-Booklist

"Patricia Rice's historicals are deliciously fresh, sexy fun. Never has the battle of the sexes been more charming!"-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402251955
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Series:
Casablanca Classics
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Prologue

Kent, England, 1743

"The book, Mama, may I have it, please?" Six-year-old Lady Felicity Malcolm Childe stared longingly at the hand-painted folio of children's Bible verses lying open for patrons of the stationery shop to admire. It rested on a counter just out of reach of Lady Felicity's sticky fingers, but she reached for it anyway.

"Remember what I told you, dear." Hermione, Marchioness of Hampton, hurried to her daughter's side. Her hat ribbons blew in the breeze from the open door, and she caught the end of her scarf before it fluttered loose. "Do not touch until you've tested it."

"Yes, Mama." With her chubby bare fingers, Lady Felicity brushed the air above an open page depicting an angel with long golden hair hanging in silken ringlets that looked remarkably like hers. "Oh, it's filled with love, Mama. May I hold it, please?"

"Wouldn't the little girl prefer a candy instead?" The proprietor leaned over his counter with a tempting stick of horehound.

Before Hermione could intervene, Felicity accepted the offering with delight. "Thank you-" As her fingers wrapped around the treat she gasped, and with a flutter of dark gold eyelashes, collapsed in a puddle of silken skirts and petticoats upon the rough wooden floor.

Casting the startled proprietor an appalled glance, Hermione swept her daughter up in her arms and marched out of the shop, panniers swaying with indignation. Waving off footmen and nursemaids who rushed to her aid, she climbed into the waiting carriage, still cradling her frail daughter in her arms.

Within the private confines of the familiar coach, Felicity stirred and woke. With a sob, she clutched her mother and buried her face in the marchioness's ample bosom.

"Now, now, child, it's all right. You simply must learn to test before touching, as I've taught you."

"He's a nasty man," Felicity hiccuped. "He does nasty things to little girls and they cry. I don't want to go there anymore."

Her usually tender mouth firming into a tight line, the marchioness nodded her beribboned head vigorously. "I shall certainly see to that, dear. I will talk to your father, and Mr. Jones shall leave the village at once. You see, your gift is very useful. It will keep him from hurting any other little girls."

"I don't want to see bad things anymore," Felicity whispered. "I hate my gift. It hurts. Why can't I have another gift?"

Hermione sighed and rocked her daughter in her arms. "You are only given what you are capable of handling, my dear. I know you don't understand that yet, but your gift is precious and valuable. When you grow into it, you will learn to use it wisely."

"Christina's gift doesn't hurt," Felicity muttered with a rebellious pout. "She sees pretty things. Why can't I feel pretty things?"

"You felt love in the book," Hermione reminded her. "It's just that sometimes bad things feel stronger than gentle ones. It doesn't hurt when your family touches you, does it? Or Nanny?"

"Nanny has sad touches," Felicity murmured sleepily as her mother continued rocking her. "I don't want to touch any more bad things."

"Your family will always take care of you, dear. You'll be safe and happy around familiar vibrations until you're all grown up and know how to use your gift. Learning comes from experience, but we'll give you good ones."

"Can I stay in Papa's library? It's nice there."

Hermione laughed. "No, you cannot live in a library, dear, although your papa would let you try if you wanted."

"I want to. I don't want to see any more bad things." Setting her quivering lip in a firm manner reminiscent of her mother's, Felicity closed her eyes and slept.

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Meet the Author

With five million books in print and New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists under her belt, Patricia Rice's emotionally charged contemporary and historical romances have won RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice and Career Achievement Awards. A former CPA, Patricia is a native of Kentucky and New York, and currently resides in St. Louis, MO.

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