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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (January 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380811081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380811083
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kleypas (Worth Any Price, etc.) has made a name for herself with her darkly sensual historical romances and her willingness to treat the social issues of the Victorian era with the same intensity she brings to the relationships in her novels. Her latest book follows the romance between childhood friends Lady Aline Marsden and stable boy John McKenna. When the budding romance between Aline and McKenna is discovered, McKenna is banished from the estate. In order to protect him from her father's wrath, Aline makes McKenna believe that she's rejecting him because of his lowly status. Now a real estate tycoon in New York City, McKenna returns with a plan-to seduce and abandon Aline as punishment for her earlier rejection. However, McKenna is unaware of the secrets Aline has kept all this time, and he's unprepared for the passion that he and Aline still share. Although the conflict between hero and heroine could be resolved with one honest conversation, the author creates a believable reason for their continued silence. Kleypas also explores some intriguing issues, particularly in a subplot involving Aline's sister and a charming alcoholic who accompanies McKenna. All in all, this is another solid effort from an author who has established herself as one of the premier names in the genre.
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About the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the author of nineteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and WaldenBooks. Lisa is married and has two children.


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Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer White on March 18, 2004
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I like Kleypas. I haven't read one of her books that didn't thrill me to the point of searching out the shelves for another by her. And this book is no different. I like a hero with a vengence. A purposeful vengence mind you. I hate the books that have a plot based on micommunication between the characters. Dramatic irony belongs in Shakespeare. McKenna has a reason to be angry with Aline. Though he thinks she sent him away the real issue is his inability to think of himself as worthy of her or of his new status. His anger and apprehension both are believable. And I really like to see a hero struggle with his only feelings and try to hide them becuase he thinks the lady is unaffected by their tryst. The statement he makes after he takes her on her knees...oh man, he is too good. I don't normally like heroines that are gimpy but I liked Aline. I have seen burn scars and they aren't pretty. But she never lets it change who she is, just her wilingness to show anyone. And the extra bit with her sister and Shaw was just the right amount to not distract from the main storyline. It's a good read. I recommend it highly.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By TheSchemer on September 2, 2005
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Their love was never meant to be. Born on opposite ends of the social ladder, servant boy John McKenna and earl's daughter Lady Aline Marsden are inseparable childhood companions. Inevitably, they grow into adolescence and their friendship blossoms into a forbidden passion. On the very night they finally give in to their feelings, however, the young lovers are caught and separated. Knowing her father's vindictive streak, Aline strikes a devil's bargain - a chance for a new life for McKenna far away in exchange for her public rejection. Not long after he leaves, Aline's life is forever altered in a terrible accident.

Twelve years pass, and for Aline little has changed. Still beautiful and unmarried, she lives quietly at home with her brother Marcus, now the new earl, and younger sister Livia, herself the subject of recent scandal. Outwardly serene, Aline has never stopped grieving for her lost love. But a time of reckoning arrives, when her brother's latest business partners arrive from America, and a ghost from Aline's past reappears. One look in his eyes tells her his reason for coming, and Aline prepares herself for the storm to come. For the sooner he gets his pound of flesh, the sooner he will leave.

John McKenna is back in England, and he wants revenge. A dozen years has seen his rise from bastard stable boy to one of New York's captains of industry, but he has never forgotten -- nor forgiven -- the woman who brutally rejected his love. Determined to seduce and abandon Aline once and for all, McKenna is confused by her calm resignation to his intentions. Soon his long suppressed feelings of tenderness resurface. But even as McKenna struggles to let go of the past and plan for a new future with Aline, secrets from her past may yet keep them apart.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sarah W VINE VOICE on February 7, 2004
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Lisa Kleypas's newest novel is a delight to read. The story of John McKenna and Aline Marsden is a romance to be cherished. This story will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice in the power of love.
McKenna was a stable boy at Aline's estate when she was growing up. They fell in love as young adults, but both knew that it could go nowhere. Nevertheless, they both hoped that their love would be able to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, Aline's father discovers their affair and forbids Aline to ever see McKenna again. She breaks things off with him, but knows that he will always be her true love.
Twelve years later McKenna returns to Stony Cross Park a self made man in America with more money than he could ever hope to spend. He plans to get revenge on Aline for her supposed heartless rejection of him years ago, but things don't go as planned as he once again comes under Aline's spell. A charming subplot involving Aline's sister Olivia and McKenna's business partner Gideon Shaw also make this story one not to be missed.
This story also features Lord Marcus Westcliff, Aline's older brother, who will be the hero in an upcoming Lisa Kleypas story. Again the Magic is just that, magical. I love Kleypas's writing style, her strong characterizations, and her ability to convey all the emotions of love in a very honest fashion. Again the Magic is a book not to be missed, and if you are a new Kleypas fan, this book would be a great one to start out with.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ridley on January 24, 2009
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I generally like Kleypas books and I know truthfulness makes for a short book and all, but I found my self screaming at the goddamn heroine to just come clean already! It seemed that she had about 150 pages worth of actual story, so she padded it with a further 150 pages of vacillation and 75 more of drawn out sex scenes.

I don't know, maybe it all rang hollow for me because I am disabled myself and would never get so wretchedly melodramatic over it as she did. Oh boo hoo, you have scars, so what? How pathetic to loathe yourself for something out of your control. It made me so angry at the heroine, I couldn't take any satisfaction in the inevitable happy ending.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alena on July 23, 2006
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There are several plot summaries here so I will just give my review:

I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas and this book is one of my favorites. I couldn't put this book down. I began it late one night before going to bed and ended up staying up most of the night until the book was finished! The story of Aline and McKenna was interesting and in-depth and the characters were well developed. I do understand people's dislike of the side story Aline's sister, Olivia, and her marriage to an American, Gideon Shaw. In most cases I don't like it when there is a romantic subplot, but, in this case it worked for me. Olivia's story was too small for a story of its own and seemed to work in coincidence with Aline's story. I thought the Aline's growing up and acceptance lead way for Olivia to do the same. Gideon Shaw's, flawed character was likable. Olivia's story did seem a little rushed towards the end of the book, however, and that comes when you have two smaller plots happening in one novel. I also love how this book leads into the Wallflower series where we get to see what happens to Aline and Olivia's brother Marcus!
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