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The Lure of Song and Magic Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2012

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"Rice writes stories with so much attention to detail the characters truly seem to come to life... [an] enchanting concoction of magic, suspense, and an unlikely love. STARRED REVIEW" - Booklist

"Compelling characters... The conflict kept me eagerly turning the pages." - Just Janga

"Rice pours her heart into this story and her characters, and this makes for a beautiful story." - That's What I'm Talking About

"Ms. Rice's writing was just spot on and had me wanting to turn that page to discover what was next" - Urban Girl Reader

" The Lure of Song and Magic is a very charming and slow-burning romance with just a dash of paranormal..." - USA Today Happy Ever After

"This book was awesome... thoroughly enjoyable to read. 5 stars, A Night Owl Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"A nice romance with a neat mystery and lovely characters." - Book Lover and Procrastinator

"Rice has the ability to grab and keep a reader's attention." - Star-Crossed Romance

"An extremely unusual romance. You won't find another with a storyline anything like it, which shows the author's talent and creativity." - Dark Divas Reviews

"Superbly crafted." - One Good Book Deserves Another

About the Author

Patricia Rice is the author of over thirty bestselling romances with over 5 million copies sold. Winner of the RT Book Review Book of the Year and the RITA awards, she is a member of RWA, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc. She currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402255748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402255748
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)

Dylan Ives is a highly successful LA producer with a heavy heart. His 4-year-old son was kidnapped a year ago, a year after his wife ran away (and subsequently died) with the boy, fearful the boy was in danger. Dylan refused to believe his son was dead, so when a he receives a mysterious text from a person called "the Librarian" that a former child star can help find his missing son, Dylan tracks her down.

Pippa James is a secluded children's author, hiding from her destructive past. At the age of twelve, she was Syrene, a singing sensation, and by age 18 she was an emotional wreck, widow, and has-been child star. She believes her Voice is evil and will cause utter despair. She thinks her Voice turned her teenage husband to drugs and his early demise. She hides in the mountains, keeping her singing and Voice safe from the outside world.

Lure of Song and Magic is a spin-off of sorts of Ms. Rice's Magic series, a historically-set romance series with a hint of magic. Lure focuses on the descendants of the original characters, but is a stand alone story and does not require any knowledge of the original series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Right from the start, I was under Pippa's spell; she captured me as she does the hearts and minds of friends and strangers alike. Pippa does have a gift, and with the help of years of isolation and Dylan's persistence, she learns that her Voice can be a joyful, beautiful thing.

Pippa and Dylan's love grew from an honest place. It wasn't love at first site, nor was it an "I hate you, therefore I love you" cliche. The characters are written with their hearts on their sleeves.
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Oz may look like the quintessential California surfer boy, but Dylan "Oz" Oswin is a high-powered LA producer with a no holds barred attitude and a grim determination to do whatever it takes to get his son back. Even if that means throwing good sense to the wind and following the breadcrumbs of cryptic text messages sent to him by a mysterious third party as they lead him straight to a former child singing sensation. One who had a huge, destructive, and very public melt down years ago, then completely dropped off the map and hasn't been heard from since.

It's been a year since Donal was taken by the nanny Oz had hired to care for the toddler. He didn't even know if his son still lived. All he knew is that he would turn over every rock on the planet, bully anyone and everyone who could possibly help find him if he has to, do whatever it took, follow weird text messages from a possible lunatic who calls himself the Librarian, but he would find his child. Even if he had to exploit a young recluse to do it.

Phillipa James writes children's books and keeps herself far removed from the public eye. Her life now is as distant from her years as the singing sensation Syrene as she could possibly make it. She is too dangerous to be allowed in public. There is too much risk. She's already killed one person and witnessed the devastating affects her Voice has on the masses. When she sings, it's a siren's call that can't be denied. Even speaking can cause people to do things they wouldn't normally do. She must stay far away from everyone.

Even at the risk of a young boy's life and the sanity of his devastatingly handsome but overbearing father.
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I have read ALL of Patricia Rice's "Magic Man Series". This is by far my favorite. But then I have said that about all of them that I've read! I love this magical genre for escape reading. The passionate love that comes is so magical in all the books. The senses have been enhanced through-out all the books. In one it is the sense of smell, in another the ability to 'see'. This one is the ability to use the vocal chords for good or evil.

It is LOVE that helps to temper the magical quality and use it for good! Accepting one's 'gift' is as much a part of Rice's series, as is accepting that someone could love you for your oddness! Unconditional love is very magical!

This is also true of her Mystic Isle Series. Also good reads in this genre!
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I'm familiar with Patricia Rice's books but not with her Magic series. I don't know if having read that series would have solved my problems with this book or not. On the surface, this is a straightforward contemporary novel about a Hollywood producer and a burned out former child star. It's really more about Pippa being a lost member of a magical clan, able to control other humans with her singing, like a sea siren. (Hence, her stage name, Syrene). I appreciated the unique individuals and the sense of place was perfect, but I never engaged with this book. I couldn't take Pippa or Oz very seriously, who they are is so determined by events outside of themselves that I found side characters far more engaging. There was also too much cross over from Evil Genius, not in the sense of actual characters but in their aspects. Martial arts expert dork girl, reclusive all seeing internet figure, loving but not close family, never quite knowing where the plot focus is. I actually liked Evil Genius more than this book. This isn't a bad book, I just felt like pieces of the puzzle were missing. Oz shifts from a man whose business would fall apart if he left LA to a man who can easily leave LA. Pippa stays pretty consistent, but she's downright weird. I would consider a book with Oz's brother, and I still appreciate Patricia Rice, but I may not be meant for paranormals.
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