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NO PERFECT MAGIC
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Publication Date: June 27th, 2017
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Will Ives, the bastard of the late marquess, is as strong, handsome, and smart as his titled brothers, but he has no interest in society or book learning. His unique gift for training highly-prized rescue dogs is all he needs. His peace is shattered the day the beautiful but eccentric Lady Aurelia demands his help in finding a child no one knows is missing.
The daughter of a duke, Lady Aurelia has everything: wealth, beauty, and a family known for their good works. Unfortunately afflicted with hyper-acute hearing, she spends most of her time cringing in her room. She wants to please her father and make a good match, but how can she when every dinner, tea, and ball is pure torture?
When a child only she can hear cries for help, Aurelia must find a way to turn her affliction into the gift it is, before it’s too late. Will, in turn, must overcome his reluctance to work with a lady who makes him feel inadequate in all ways but one.
With the reluctant aid of Will and his dogs, the pair sets out on an unusual journey that will surely lead to heartbreak— or a love against all reason.
This newest book in Patricia Rice’s Unexpected Magic series is slightly different from the prior five installments in that it lacks the comical nature. This one still contains a great deal of magic but with a more serious nature.
Lady Aurelia is the daughter of a Duke. Most people think her lacking in wits due to her hyper acute sense of hearing.
Will Ives is the bastard son of the late marquess and has a unique ability to communicate with the dogs he trains to rescue people.
Their unique abilities come together to recover a lost child that only Aurelia can hear. The child’s puppy is found by Will and helps them to recover the deaf child.
They continue their quest together to find this little girl’s parents and discover the mother and a newborn son close to death.
Where is the father and is he responsible for what has happened?
Has the fate of this little girl, her mother and newborn brother thrown Will and Aurelia on a path to an unmistakable love?
I enjoyed reading this sixth book in this so far enjoyable series but missed the comical nature that had so far been present in all of the other books.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5 flames. Although there is an unmistakable attraction between our hero and heroine they do not immediately act on their desire for each other.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the author through Book View Cafe to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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THE UNEXPECTED MAGIC SERIES:
- Magic In The Stars
- Whisper of Magic
- Theory of magic
- Aura of Magic
- Chemistry of Magic
- No Perfect Magic
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance’s hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.
A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina and Missouri, she currently resides in Southern California, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, Novelists, Inc. and BVC Publishing Cooperative.
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ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA, RITA AWARD
Finalist, Best Single Title Contemporary, Garden of Dreams, 1998
Finalist, Best Long Historical, Denim and Lace, 1996
Finalist, Best Regency, The Genuine Article, 1994
GEORGIA ROMANCE WRITERS, MAGGIE AWARD
Finalist, Merely Magic, 2001
Finalist, Blue Clouds, 1998
Bestselling Paperback, Super Release Romance, Texas Lily, 1994
RT Book Reviews
Nominee RT Historical Love and Laughter, The Wicked Wyckerly, 2010
Nominee–Historical Romance–Mystic Warrior, 2009
Nominee, Career Achievement, Historical Romance, 2008
Nominee, Reviewers Choice Award, Historical Paranormal, Mystic Rider, 2008
Nominee, Career Achievement—Innovative Historical Romance, 2007
Nominee, Reviewers Choice Award—Mystic Guardian, 2007
Nominee, Reviewers Choice Award –Magic Man, 2006
Nominee, Career Achievement, Mainstream – Contemporary Romance, 2005
Nominee, Best Historical Paranormal Fantasy, This Magic Moment, 2004
Nominee, Career Achievement, Mainstream, Contemporary Romance, 2003
Nominee, Historical Romance of the Year, The Trouble with Magic, 2003
Nominee, Career Achievement, Historical Romance, 2002
Nominee, Career Achievement, Mainstream Contemporary Romance, 2002
Nominee, Best Historical Paranormal Fantasy, Must Be Magic, 2002
Nominee, Career Achievement, Mainstream Contemporary Romance, 2001
Winner, Career Achievement Award, Best British-Set Historical Romance, 2000
Nominee, Career Achievement Award, Mainstream Contemporary Romance, 2000
Nominee, Best Innovative Historical Romance, Merely Magic, 2000
Nominee, Career Achievement, Mainstream Contemporary Romance, 1999
Nominee, Best Contemporary Romance, Volcano, 1999
Nominee, Mainstream Contemporary Romance, Blue Clouds, 1998
Nominee, Career Achievement Award, Historical Storyteller, 1997
Nominee, Historical Romance of the Year, Wayward Angel, 1997
Nominee, Career Achievement Award, Historical Romance, 1996
Nominee, Western Historical, Denim and Lace, 1996
Nominee, Historical Love & Laughter, Paper Tiger, 1995
Nominee, Best Regency, The Genuine Article, 1994
Nominee, Western Historical, Texas Lily, 1994
Winner, Career Achievement Award, Historical Storyteller of the Year, 1993
Winner, Best Regency Comedy, Mad Maria’s Daughter, 1992
Nominee, Best British Isles Historical, Devil’s Lady, 1992
Nominee, Best Historical Fantasy, Moon Dreams, 1991
Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award, Historical Fantasy, 1990
Nominee, Lord Rogue, 1989
Winner, Indigo Moon, 1988
Merely Magic – one of RT reviewers’ all-time favorite 200 romances – selected from over 25,000 books
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Winner, Best Book of the Year, Contemporary Romance, Almost Perfect, 2002
AFFAIRE DE COEUR
Nominee, Best Regency: The Genuine Article, 1994
Nominee, Favorite Top Ten Authors, 1994
Nominee, Best Historical Author, Lord Rogue, 1990
THE ROAD TO ROMANCE – REVIEWER AWARD
The Trouble with Magic, October 2003
Once Upon a Regency Tale
A Clean Regency Romance Boxset
Regency Fairy Twists Book 4
by Samantha Holt
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Wake Me With a Kiss is a sweet, clean novella of 28k words.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…well, Scotland…Rose lived tucked away from the world with her aunt. Orphaned as a baby and adopted by her aunt, she’s used to her eccentric ways–including her overprotectiveness. But Rose wants more from life. However, she never quite expected for Laird Hamish McTavish–complete with kilt–to change things. The brash, and admittedly braw, man is hardly like the charming men Rose has been dreaming of.
Isabel has spent her life being scolded for having her head in a book. If only she could find a way to help everyone around her understand her love of reading. She has no choice. She must bring books to her village.
Even if that means braving the wrath of the Beast of Blackmoor. If Isabel is ever going to get her subscription library running, she must risk the ire of the infamous man–and the owner of one of England’s best libraries–and demand he help her build her book collection.
But the Beast of Blackmoor has little intention of anyone gaining access to his precious library. This demanding young woman will not be getting her hands on his books…or anything else for that matter. Particularly not his heart…
However, when Isabel finds herself confined to this mysterious duke’s house, with only the knowledge of his dastardly deeds for comfort, she begins to find that it is not only his library that interests her. Aided by his kindly servants, she learns of the circumstances behind his beastly reputation. Maybe, just maybe, he is not so beastly after all.
When danger in the form of Isabel’s unwanted suitor darkens his doorstep, the duke must choose. Is he truly a beast or can he be the man worthy of love after all?
Dance With Me At Midnight is a 25,000 word sweet, clean novella.
Eloise has done her best to play the dutiful stepdaughter, taking on the work of her departed mother and running the household and looking after her useless stepbrothers. However, when her stepfather announces she’ll be married before summer–to a man she’s never met–she’s determined to fight it.
Of course, in between battling her stepfather’s plans, Eloise has other things to keep her busy. Planning for the spring ball and looking after her ever-growing animal sanctuary. With the help of Bennett, the stablehand, she has nursed and raised everything from a baby owl to a rather naughty parrot. Much to her stepfather’s disgust.
Charles, the newly minted Earl of Marlton, always knew he’d be married within months of inheriting the title. Having returned home from his studies in France, he was prepared to be the dutiful heir and take on everything that being an earl entailed–including marrying a wealthy, attractive, well-bred woman. Lord Fairfax has promised his stepdaughter was just that. He’s fully prepared to wed the woman he’s never met by summer.
Until he meets her that is.
Eloise is nothing like the poised, elegant and controlled woman he thought she’d be. Beautiful, yes, even with a damned parrot sitting on her shoulder, but hardly marchioness material. However, her wealth and connections, and his commitment to spend time with her family ensures he must stay. And perhaps he could consider himself a little intrigued by her. Unfortunately for Charles, he cannot seem to get close enough to her to find out more, especially when she keeps running off with the stablehand.
Can he persuade her he’s more than a stuffy lord, interested in only her wealth? And does he really want to compete with a stablehand and a menagerie of animals? All he knows is the more time he spends with her, the more he’s convinced it might well be worth it.
For Love of the Duke
The Heart of a Duke Series Book 1
by Christi Caldwell
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After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.
With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper…
In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition—one that he accepts.
Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.
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“You swore to make me love you,” Ranald said. “I swear to make you hate me.”
“I may have yet to make you love me,” Enya chided, “but you canna make me hate you. Not after what happened between us.”
The mighty Kincairns, once a powerful Highland clan, are now rebels out to destroy the conquering British invaders. Ranald Kincairn, chieftain of the rebels, swears to take his vengeance by stealing his ruthless foe’s virgin bride with the intent to destroy her soul. But his captive swears to take her own vengeance by making him the captive of her love.