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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Original edition (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232182
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,327,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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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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"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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By Teresa on Jan. 3 2003
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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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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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By Ariesgirl on Dec 16 2001
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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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