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Forbidden Magic [Paperback]

Jo Beverley
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Feb. 1 2011
One of New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley's best loved Regency novels.

Left penniless after her parent's death, Meg Gillingham is in dire straits. Reluctantly, she turns for help to her only legacy: a magic statue that will grant wishes. Meg never expects the statue to bring her a marriage proposal, especially not from a handsome earl. But when his dark secrets are revealed, putting her life at risk, she dares not believe in another kind of magic: true love...

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Forced by a forgotten promise to his autocratic grandmother to marry by his 25th birthday, the earl of Saxonhurst consults his servants, flips a coin, and ends up married to gently bred but impoverished Meg Gillingham. He doesn't realize that in her desperation Meg has invoked the powers of an ancient Irish statue to help her out of her difficulties?with sexy, magical, and ultimately dangerous results. A charming, outspoken heroine, a magnetic, unconventional hero, and a diverse cast of well-drawn secondary characters come together in a fast-paced, intriguing plot with a holiday setting that features a touch of evil, a dash of bawdy humor, and enough of Beverley's trademark page-singeing sensuality to satisfy the most demanding reader. Beverley (Lord of Midnight, Topaz, 1998) is a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame and lives in Canada.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Beverley's nonpareil Regency-era romance of the season features a vulgar prehistoric stone statue, the sheelagh-ma-gig, which has been used by generations of women to invoke a dangerous magic. Meg Gillingham, responsible for four orphaned younger siblings, is down to her last handful of oatmeal when their lecherous landlord, Sir Arthur, threatens to either make her younger sister his mistress or throw the family out on the streets. Meg decides that she must use the sheelagh-ma-gig, even though it will exact a high price. Could it be the magic of the statue that induces the eccentric earl of Saxonhurst to decide to take his one-eyed maid's suggestion and marry respectable but impoverished Meg? Terrified that her new husband will discover that she used magic, Meg leaves the statue behind, intending to retrieve it later, but it is stolen by the dastardly landlord. Meg bravely sets out to retrieve the family treasure but finds herself fleeing for her life when she is fingered as Sir Arthur's murderer. Delightfully odd characters and a thrilling plot, along with a generous touch of magic, make this an enchanting read. Diana Tixier Herald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully eccentric characters Dec 6 2003
By Kara
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! So many romance novels are formula-following treks down what has already been written. This book showed us something different. A little flash of ancient magic and one of the most bizarre casts of characters I have ever seen in a romance novel. From the maid, Susie, with an eye patch to the footman, Clarence, with his twisted foot - Saxonhurst likes to bring the neglected people of society into his world. And it doesn't stop at people. He also has a misogynistic parrot, Knox, and a cowardly but permanently snarling dog, Brak.
Even the hero, Saxonhurst, has his foibles. Beyond his penchant for surrounding himself with the most unlikely group of people and animals, he is a generous, kind-hearted soul -- who has a need for smashing items in his bedchambers when the "rages" come upon him. And his staff search all of London for items for him to break...and even bet on which item is to be destroyed next. How can you not be interested in what this group of characters will fall into next?
The characters that populate this book are wonderfully eccentric and bizarre. They serve to elevate the plot from somewhat expected to simply delightful - from beginning to end.
I've not read anything else by this author, but this book completely captured me and made me care about all who populated Sax's world. I can't wait to see if more of her books have this degree of characterization.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining romp..... Aug. 29 2003
By Jojo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hmmm... my first thought is - Meg WAS NOT good enough for Sax!!! I am not refering to financial or physical aspects either! They would not have had half the trouble they did if she had just believed in him a little more! (of course the story would have been MUCH shorter! lol) However, other than that she was a good character.
I totally loved Sax & all of his misfit household. They were such an enjoyable & fun group.
This was a different flavor of Regency than I'm use to reading. I'll have to say though that it was a nice change of pace. JB really does a good job of coming up with original storylines. I'll be continuing to pick up more of her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, lighthearted read........ April 21 2003
By M. I.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Forbidden Magic" was such a delight to read!! This book was full of colorful characters. I LOVED Sax and Meg together. What a sweet story. This book didnt make my keepers list, but it is DEFINITELY a fun way to pass an afternoon..I would recommend it it without hesitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Magic Jan. 3 2003
By Teresa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Forbidden Magic is a wonderful, magical novel. For people who do not enjoy novels with a magical element, then this novel will not be for you. Meg is in a bind, it's christmastime, she has no money, four mouths to feed, and an imminent eviction, unless she allows something that is unacceptable. Her only hope is to make a wish on her magical statue the sheelagh-ma-gig, the only problem is there is always a consequence, but Meg has no choice and makes a wish to help solve her predicament. Sax(Lord Saxonhurst) also has a problem, to get his evil grandmother off his back he made a promise that he would marry by his twenty-fifth birthday which is tomorrow! He has a household of people and animals that no one else would take in, who are loyal to the core. One of these people suggest that Meg would be the perfect cantidate for him because of her predicament. He agrees and writes her a letter. When Meg reads this she wonders why an eligable Earl would want to marry her sight unseen. Although she has misgivings she accepts because of her family. They marry the next day and the fun starts from there.
Sax is gorgeous, sexy and has a huge heart and a habit of breaking ugly pictures and various objects. Meg is sensible, passionate, with a penchant for scandalous embroidery. When these two come together the pages are set ablaze. Ms. Beverley can write the steamiest moments without consummation. This book was an all around fun and fabulous treat. If you want great dialogue, interesting characters and some hot scenes this is a novel that you should definately read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Magic - Truly Magical March 14 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't know what the other reviewers were reading because I found this book delightful and quite, to the point, magical! I found Sax to be absolutely delightful, sexy, fun, and needy. I found Meg to be charming and also needy. They each saved one another. The entire household was a blast, including and especially the pets! The dialog just so spicy, sensual and fun! I'm wondering if these other people read the same book as I did!
Granted, I am a big FAN of Jo Beverley, but I truly enjoyed this Regency romp and was sorry to see it end! Maybe the sister Laura's story could come next? Definitely a keeper!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea Dec 16 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I found parts of the story here and there to be interesting
I didn't particularly enjoy the book. The plot wasn't developed
enough, nor were the characters in the book. And I found the
heroines repeated thoughts over whether the earl was mad to be
tiresome, also her guilty thoughts that she had somehow "forced"
the earl to marry her because of the sheelagh-ma-gig to be
ridiculous. He married her because he made quick decisions, she
didn't have any magic power over him. She should loosen up and
enjoy life and knock off the guilt trips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Unusual, Sensual
This was my first full-length Jo Beverly book and I loved it. It kept me up at night because it was too hard to put down. Read more
Published on April 4 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling wit which works for me ...
I'm intrigued by the vastly differing opinions reflected in the reviews for this book. I think it's because different people read romance for different reasons. Read more
Published on March 22 2001 by "serracus"
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing - not what I'd expect from Beverley
I really did not like this book at all, and had great difficulty finishing it. Unlike other Beverley books - the Malloren series, and the first two Company of Rogues books - the... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2001 by Dr W. Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Now, I much prefer Beverley's Mallory novels, but this one is not bad at all. Of course, Sax, and the rest of over the top characters, including his servants, his pets and his... Read more
Published on May 27 2000 by Thorn
4.0 out of 5 stars A LOT OF FUN
Sax was a terrific hero. I wasn't too sure of his depth of character when he chose to wed by flipping a coin or from the fact that he lost track of an important sort of promise he... Read more
Published on Dec 7 1999 by "nuideas1"
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I give this book one star only because of the following few good points: (1) Sax is extremely handsome and falls head over heals for "plain" Meg; (2) Sax has a soft heart... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 1999 by Harmoni
5.0 out of 5 stars extroidinary (how do you spell that?)
i absolutly LOVED this book! it's different and lovely. passionate and wonderful. i loved it! definetely a must read for historical romance readers. Read more
Published on July 28 1999
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