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Reminds me of stories by Amanda Quick. LovelyThe only dark haired Malcolm in the family wants to discover her special magical gifts and thinks a rose garden is the way to do it so she hires the best man to help heran Ives who many believe killed his faithless wife He s not even sure he didn t do it Meanwhile her wretched nephew is determined to see her remarry to anyone at all so he can regain his home that she inherited and can keep so long as she remains single. An Explosive Attraction Lady Leila Staines Has Always Felt Like An Outcast Among Her Magically Gifted Sisters Desperate To Discover Her Own Talent, She Seeks Out Dunstan Ives, A Dark And Brooding Aristocrat With A Scientific Bent Who May Hold The Key To Unleashing Leila S Hidden PowersCan Create A Spark That S Pure Magic Dunstan Has Shunned The Decadent Society That Wrongfully Condemned Him Of Murder, And He S Vowed Never Again To Succumb To The Spell Of A Beautiful Woman But The Bewitching Lady Leila Makes Him A Proposal No Man In His Position Can Resist For Dunstan and Leila s story the basic theme is about second chances Both these characters have had a rough past both for different reasons, but with each other they start to see possibilities As with all her other Magic books, this book grabs you from the beginning and doesn t let go until you have reached the end The book also has some really good mysteries to go along with it, which always makes the story interesting.Whether you have read other books in this series or this is your first book, you will enjoy this book these books can be read as the full series or independently The book has the fun characters, great story line, and steady pace of books by Stephanie Laurens, Johanna Lindsey, Jo Beverly, and Kasey Michaels. 4.5 starsTwo familys, the dark brooding men of the Ives family and the eccentric magical women of the malcolm clan come together in this book via Dunstan Ives and Leila Staines Both are outsiders in society There family drama, theft and murder This book is set in 18th century England, a period I enjoy reading about I will be reading other books in this series Always entertainingDunstan and Leila are perfect for each other I really like that they are a both a little older and experienced than the debutante that historical romances do often revolve around I think it gives them a greater depth of character and experience to draw upon As usual, a very good read. Must be MagicSecond in a series Did not live up to the momentum of the first book Same two families, mostly the same characters, but the focus and the characters were not interesting enough to hold my attention It was a chore to finish this book. A fun piece of magical fluff romance, mystery and other worldliness. I ve thoroughly enjoyed all of Patricia Rice s books I ve read so far, historical as well as paranormal This latest re issue from her Magic series is a good book, but for me it seems to lack that something I ve found in her other stories lately I ve been wondering, since this is my first read of her earlier work, if perhaps it s because she s grown as an author over the ten years since this one was originally released The one difference between the books from then and now that stands out for me is her voice It s muchlyrical today and gives books especially her paranormalsof an ethereal, sometimes haunting quality And that s what s missing in Must Be Magic as I read it But don t get me wrong here Either way, then or now, Patricia Rice is an exceptional author Her characters have layers of depth and her storylines are always intriguing I still enjoyed Must Be Magic, despite that different voice I find in it I love both the hero and heroine, each consumed with their own problems and mysteries, and then when they meet, they re consumed with each other, all the while thinking they d be better off without such complications Ah, but the heart always has a different idea.Lady Leila is a Malcolm with no magic She s grown up the black sheep of the family, dark headed compared to all the blondes, and watching her mother, her siblings and other familial members use their magical powers day in and day out But Leila, no matter how hard she tries, has never had even a twitch when it comes to magic So she s turning to developing perfumes and other fragrant items, because her sense of smell is beyond compare To do all of that, she must plant roses and other flowers, carefully cultivate them to then prepare a personal scent for someone However, there s one small problem to begin her process She needs an agronomist, and, according to her father, the best in all England is Dunstan Ives Number one, Malcolms and Ives don t mix well together the Ives bring disaster to Malcolm doorsteps Number two, this particular Ives is a suspect in his wife s murder Leila wants him anyway, and she s going to have him, because after her latest crop has died, it s apparent she does not have the green thumb necessary to grow anything.Being a younger son with nothing to his name, Dunstan is tired of living off the graciousness of his older brother He knows his scientific research will pan out if he can only find the land to grow his experimental turnips, which will help farmers feed the downtrodden in the future So though he knows it s something he shouldn t do, Dunstan reluctantly accepts Lady Leila s offer of the land he needs if he will also help grow her rose garden Being around the woman, however, has him in a tizzy wanting her so, and he goes about his duties when she s entertaining guests That s when he comes across Lily, an enchanting dark haired servant who makes his blood boil Lusting after two women is not what he signed up for What he doesn t realize until much later is that Leila and Lily are one and the same, which I found both fun and amazing at times that he didn t put two and two together much sooner But the fun between them when she s Lily outweighs the disbelief he doesn t recognize her without her powder and silk and satin.I like that Leila is not shy when it comes to sex She s always seduced the men she s wanted since becoming a widow, and now that she wants Dunstan, she goes about seducing him quite nicely She even gets past his sense of honor of not wanting to ruin her reputation if she consorts with a murderer When they do come together, watch out Dunstan is one sensual, sexual man Their lovemaking sizzles still when you re two chapters beyond those scenes Dunstan tries to stay away from Leila, but not once is he successful He doesn t want to have another illegitimate child his fourteen year old son needs his father s attention, as will another child who comes along I love the scenes between father and son throughout the book, and when Dunstan finally realizes he just needs to be a father, his life comes together that muchfor him Thus, though he knows he has no right to Leila, and since he can t protect her from himself, he does protects her from suitors who want her only for her money and land and also from her nephew who befriends such men When she reveals she is pregnant, he knows he has to clear his name to be worthy of her and their child, so he heads to London.There are number of other Ives and Malcolms running around these pages I know eventually all got their own books, so it s best to keep them straight here for the future But they re all quirky in their own way, willing to work to help out their loved ones with anything they want, only a few questions asked There are a number of great scenes that will stay with you long after the reading is over One is Dunstan and Leila standing their ground literally over the rose garden from Leila s drunken guests, a good portion who are trying to woo her and who are also suspects, as far as Dunstan and Leila are concerned, in the murder Both are magnificent as they try to protect the budding plants and each other, but it s Dunstan who steals the show riding hell bent toward Leila to keep her safe.All in all, this is a very good story I just miss that lyricism that seems to have worked its way into Ms Rice s later works That s one of the biggest draws for me to read her books, along with her characters, and that s definitely what saved the day in this story Dunstan is larger than life and Leila knows her own mind, and they are quite perfect together.Sourcebooks has very kindly offered up a copy of Must Be Magic to give away to one of our readers today US and Canado only, please So tell me, what s that one magic moment you always wait for between a hero and heroine A meaningful comment or response will put you in the running See my complete review at Originally posted at yes, there is magic of pheromones, life from a tiny seed, family love, unique talents, secret places, and meant to be love that bides its time but will not be denied.When a Malcolm woman and an Ives man make a deal that will allow each of them to work toward respective goals, Society is aghast Leila and Durstan are each misfits, yet their families give unstinting support always andso when they face tremendous odds.Dunstan Ives, the most learned agronomist in England, is believed by many to be a murderer Consequently, when the wealth widow Leila, Lady Staines, hires him as her estate manager, enemies contrive to derail their plans Durstan hates being beholden to Lady Staines But he has financial responsibilities he needs to clear his name and he also needs a place to bring to fruition his experiment with a special crop that will benefit poor farmers.His surly ways irk Leila, but she weighs her irritation against her desires and decides to outmaneuver him so she can have her roses and pursue her dream.Leila had conquered Society for her late husband s sake and now she has solid social standing among the elite However, all she wants is to live on her country estate, grow flowers especially roses, so she can distill special scents that fit personalities These scents prove to be the key that unlocks the secret to her special gift what a gift it is Dunstan avoids and ignores the Lady of the Manor, Leila, as much as possible To him she s a dangerous Malcolm who has a sultry regal elegance and even though she seems slightly vulnerable at times, she s tenacious in her determination to get what she wants.Conversely, Dunstan lusts for the dark haired woman called Lily in the red dress who digs in the dirt and protects baby rabbits He s attracted to her quick wit, lighthearted ways, provocative nature, and is rather amazed at her total lack of proper respect for authority He doesn t know how she fits in on the estate, but she sends his body into an agony of unrequited lust.As Leila learnsabout how to channel her gift, she begins to unravel some happenings that are a threat to her and to Dunstan, but she also uses it to have fun with Durstan in her own special way She does get frustrated as they battle for control with both of them determined to get what they want.Leila s nephew who will get the estate should she remarry is a spoiled, undisciplined young man with an agenda all his own He and his, so called friends make life miserable for her The life threatening situations that flare up keep the reader on pins and needles.Both the Ives and Malcolm families rally to the cause when Leila and Dunstan need them These highly gifted people bring humor and excitement, as well as a no nonsense determination and ability to protect their own Dunstan s son, Griffin, and his questionable relative, Adonis , bring complications and mystery to mix with all the other happenings Of course, each the members of both families seem to have intriguing stories of their own.Patricia Rice s remarkable descriptions of places and people bring the story to life She creates mesmerizing scenes that are breathtaking and truly magical The grotto scene is one long to be remembered gracious, how it quickens the senses She weaves together fun, fear, and serious happenings along with captivating back stories as Leila and Dunstan s beautiful love takes deep root and thrives Her tantalizing symbolism and compelling metaphors make Must Be Magic enchanting What a joy to read