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on February 9, 2004
...but even as it is, it's pretty good, I'd say 3 1/2 stars actually. The first part of the book, when Aline & McKenna are first falling in love, is wonderful. But after McKenna gets turned away and goes to the United States for twelve years, the book kind of fell apart (for me). I thought the pushy Americans belonged to the next generation, the "Gilded Age" of the 1880's, as opposed to the 1840's when the book was set. I didn't like the fact that Aline thought McKenna couldn't accept the burns on her legs. After hearing from her about how he's her other half; her soulmate, etc., I thought it might have been more believeable if maybe her arms or torso had been burned too; then you could see how extremely relucant she would be to expose herself to him...I also thought Aline & McKenna and the resolution of their dilemma became kind of -- boring -- and I liked the characters and subplot of Gideon & Livia because it kept the book moving along!! This was one of those books as, while I was reading it, I thought "this could have been different, this could have been done better". But I did like the first few chapters strongly, so I have to give it the 3 1/2 stars for that & for the chapters about Livia & Gideon, and also for the fact that the character of McKenna was made so tender & loving as to cry when Aline turned down his marriage proposal. That's something you don't read too often in these romance novels.
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on February 9, 2004
Derek Craven (Dreaming of You) is the most complex and enjoyable romantic hero I have ever read. I enjoy Kleypas' work but what I am really looking for when I read her novels is another character as multifaceted as his. Kleypas took risks when writing him. You hated him a little. So many of the men in romance novels are blank faces with formulaic emotions and reactions.
In my opinion Gideon Shaw was equal to Derek Craven. He was the friend and business associate of McKenna. He was also a rich socialite from New York with drinking problem. Can an author be any riskier than that? It was difficult for me to enjoy the novel because I was frustrated that Shaw was page filler for an otherwise flat story.
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on February 9, 2004
This is my first Kleypas book and I wasn't disappointed. I thought the main plot line was good enough to keep me interested. The characters were well developed. However, I guess I differ from other reviewers on the secondary romance story line. There was great potential but in the end I thought it moved too quickly. I would have liked a longer courtship before they hopped into bed as it felt rushed and thrown in there to some degree! This happens way too often in romance novels.
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on February 20, 2004
Love Lisa K's books because I always seem to be totally involved and can lose myself for hours in her characters and situations. However, with this book I found the secondary storyline distracting. The interactions between the two main characters were not very intense - you got the feeling they could take or leave each other sometimes. The ending seemed rushed and pat. Overall, I found it would have been OK for another author - just not what I would expect from this author
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on May 7, 2004
Kleypas is no stranger to crafting dark sensual romance with textured characters (Worth Any Price & Lady Sophia's Lover)and her latest treads the forbidden passion between Lady Aline Marsden and orphaned stable boy John McKenna. Again the Magic follows the conventional storyline of a doomed romance in the hierachical British peerage system with little surprises, but Ms. Kleypas draws her characters with empathy and heart. Readers will be captivated by the dark and angst-ridden McKenna who comes back to Stony Cross Park to wage vengeance after being spurned by Lady Aline twelve years ago and the flawed Lady Aline who can't trust McKenna enough to love her for her heart and not her body. They are all too human with foibles readers can identify - and along with the spunky Livia and a secondary romance developing between Livia and debonair charmer Gideon Shaw (who is an alcoholic), Again the Magic is consistently engaging even though it lacks the more intricate plotting in Ms. Kleypas' previous efforts. Ms. Kleypas clearly weaves her magic in this gratifying read, even though it is nowhere near her representative works.
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on May 3, 2004
I absolutely adore Lisa Kleypas and rushed out to buy this book the moment it was released. While an interesting and entertaining read, I would not place it as one of Kleypas's best efforts. (Which still makes it better than many other authors.) The plot is engaging enough (estate working boy loves rich employer's daughter, which, as we all know, brings drama), but I often feel there wasn't enough reason NOT to be together. Several times during the novel I just wanted to say, "Get OVER it" and put the book down. On the flip side, it was nice to have the subplot of Aline's sister and McKenna's partner; it livened up the book a bit.
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on July 6, 2004
This book was so so, I guess i just felt like something was missing. I think the plot was just to thin and it needed somemore substance. The "hero" of this story is too keen on vengence and i only wished that she had shown more of this charater's heart. I recommend this book for leasure and just for sitting by the pool and reading without much thought
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