Must Be Magic

Must Be Magic

by Patricia Rice
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Must Be Magic by 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 StarsCelebrate the 80th birthday of Regency Romance with great books from Sourcebooks Casablanca!

Lady Leila Staines is desperate to discover her own magical talent so she seeks out the scientific Dunstan Ives, a man accused of murder, and the one person who can help her find her true power.

Lady Leila has always felt like an outcast among her magically gifted sisters. Desperate to discover her own talent, she seeks out Dunstan Ives, a dark and brooding aristocrat with a scientific bent who may hold the key to unleashing Leila's hidden powers.

Dunstan has shunned the decadent society that wrongfully condemned him of murder, and he's vowed never again to succumb to the spell of a beautiful woman. But the bewitching Lady Leila makes him a proposal no man in his position can resist.

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.

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 Must Be Magic:

"the fun characters, great story line, and steady pace of books by Stephanie Laurens, Johanna Lindsey, Jo Beverly, and Kasey Michaels."

"A little magic and a lot of romance"

"a very delectable hero with just the right amount of vulnerability"

What reviewers are saying about Must Be Magic:

"With Ms. Rice's skill for mixing 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

"Like magic taking you on a faraway journey..." -BookLoons.com

"Mesmerizing scenes that are breathtaking and truly magical... Enchanting. What a joy to read!" -Long and Short Reviews

"...layers of depth...always intriguing. " -The Good, the Bad and the Unread

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

"...layers of depth...always intriguing. " -The Good, the Bad and the Unread

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402278037
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Series: Magic Malcoms , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 126,189
File size: 924 KB

About 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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Must Be Magic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though her gifts are not magical, and in a family of witches that makes her ever so slightly the outcast all her life, Leila Staines makes her own magic with the perfumes she derives from flowers. To help her get her business going, she hires rouge and accused murderer Dunstan Ives, a member of a family that has long feuded with hers, to help her grow the best flowers. Though Dunstan is a farmer at heart, he desperately needs the money, so he agrees to grow useless flowers and work for a woman with three strikes against her already in his book, a lady, a beauty, and a Staines.

Enemies or not, they find themselves attracted beyond what they should be. Dunstan helps her in more ways than with her flowers, and eventually, using a ruse, Leila is able to make him see the true woman she is, and they succomb to their true feelings. Now, they have two quests, to make Leila a success, and to clear Dunstan of murdering his wife, if not for his own sake, for the sake of his son and the child Leila may carry. Pride will have to be put aside as he must use the powers of Leila's family to prevent his hanging and learn the truth.

***** If you shy from paranormals, do not be concerned that this is not a book for you. Witchery is only a minor aspect of this unusual novel. Leila is a refreshing heroine, as Ms. Rice's usually are, and Dunstan fits the gothic, brooding hero model. However, their unique role reversal is one that may appeal to the modern woman, with Leila being the one in power. It is also unusual to see a farmer as a hero of an English set story. The Staines family is delightful, and the scenes with Dunstan's son touching. Not the same old thing, this book will not in any way disappoint old or new fans of Ms. Rice. *****


Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.

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I read the prequel to this book and it was very good. But I liked this book much better. I think her leading lady had more 'power' and I like that. It was a well written book that was a great sequel, but could stand on it's own as well.