Sit back in an easy chair and be prepared to be entertained as Ms. Rice takes you back into the creative and enchanting world of the Malcolm / Ives family with this latest entry featuring Lady Felicity Malcolm Childe and the youngest of the Ives brothers - Ewen. Most of the Malcolm women are born with special gifts and Felicity is no exception other than the fact that she hates her gift and finds it very difficult to control. She lives a very protected life as her extraordinary tactile powers have been known to shock her into a faint when the thing or person she touches has seen or known violence/hatred/rage, etc.. When she fell in a dead faint from a vision induced from the touch of the suitor her family had hoped she would marry she decided to find the means to rid herself of her gift. To do this, she needed to locate a special journal written by a Malcolm ancestor that would give her the 'recipe' to accomplish it. Felicity and her aura-sensing sister, Christina made their escape from the confining security of their father's yacht and ran off to the city of Edinburgh. Along the way they ran into their brother-in-law, the youngest and handsomest of the Ives brothers - inventor Ewen Ives - who felt compelled into escorting the two innocents on their journey.
Mistakenly, Ewen touched Felicity and she realized that his touch didn't hurt her, rather it seemed to bring her to a more calmer and secure place. Ewen, initially attracted to Felicity by her intelligence and strength, discovered that once she shed the heavy coverings she normally wore, was an ethereal beauty as well. Even though he was becoming more and more attracted to Felicity, Ewen intended to marry a widowed heiress, regretting the fact that Felicity was an innocent and that he had nothing to offer her other than huge debts that were the result of one of his inventions that caused a flood. Felicity knew that Ewen was being cheated, framed for a crime he wasn't responsible for and knew she had to use her gift, no matter the ramifications, in order to help save the man who had given her the insights to accept her gift and whom she had fallen in love with.
Once again, Ms. Rice has created another totally delightful tale developing these very unique and wonderful characters from the inside out presenting the reader with a perfectly complementary couple in a purely soul satisfying story. Ewen's strength and understanding helped Felicity to understand the truly great 'gift' she possessed. Showing her to enjoy her tactile gift Ewen ended up the recipient of a man's dream come true as Felicity welcomed and embraced her sensual awareness. This is a series that has each book standing on it's own with a wonderful cast of secondary characters that the reader will embrace in their hearts. And yes, I am still waiting patiently for the secret behind the mysterious Ives cousin(?) Aidan Dougal! Magical, sexy, and totally entertaining - Yes, yes, YES! --- Do I recommend it - Most Assuredly! --- Marilyn Rondeau, (...)