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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Eclipse
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451215915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451215918
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Rice's historicals are deliciously fresh, sexy, and fun. -- Mary Jo Putney

More About the Author

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice writes emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances which have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards.

Her books have also been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after for good reason, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri, she currently resides in Southern California, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc.

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I've been in a reading slump lately & was really glad to find a book that I could enjoy this much.
Jojo
This is definitely a keeper for me, and a highly recommended read for those who love entertaining, witty and extremely romantic romances.
M. Rondeau
Along with the adventure and romance is a healthy dose of humor that really makes these books a joy to read.
D. K. Stokes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Stokes on August 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Our heroine, Lucinda, is a Malcolm, a family whose women tend to have varied psychic or magical talents. Her particular talent shows up in her paintings which portray things that have happened or might happen in the future.

The trouble starts when one of her paintings results in the hero, Sir Trevelyan Rochester, being accused of his cousin's murder. Trev is furious, and sets out to find the mysterious artist and force her to confess that his uncle hired her to paint the damning picture. Lucinda, on the other hand, decides to retire, incognito, to the country and paint nothing but landscapes, hoping to avoid such disturbing occurrences in the future.

But magic can't be denied, and Lucinda's subsequent paintings draw her further into the intrigue.

The rest of the story is an exciting quest to find what happened to the cousin, featuring romance, psychic abilities, & the family members from previous books in this series, particularly the mysterious Aidan...

It was wonderful visiting with this family again, and I particularly enjoyed Trev coming to terms with magic. As someone unfamiliar with the notorious Malcolms, it took him a long time to believe, and his skepticism was very believable.

Along with the adventure and romance is a healthy dose of humor that really makes these books a joy to read. Much Ado About Magic has got magic, romance, intrigue, humor, and history. What more could you ask for?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jojo on July 16, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been in a reading slump lately & was really glad to find a book that I could enjoy this much. It has a little paranormal element to it, very likeable main characters; fun, entertaining secondary characters; an interesting storyline. It was the first book in a while that I was really interested in how the story would work out & how it would end.

If you like historical romance, like light mysteries, like a little paranormal in your books, then definitely give this a try. I'll definitely be trying more of Patricia Rice's Magic Series. Very entertaining!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Bagwell on October 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you want a change in story and plot...this is the book for you. Not only is the story innovative and attention holding, but Rice does such a nice job with her writting. I litterally couldn't put it down! Again, the story is about a woman who paints and draws the future, past, and present happenings in her sleep (or while she is unaware of what she is painting or drawing). Trev is the guy that she paints in her first painting (of the story), whom she's never met. The painting depicts the type of guy that Trev isn't...so he's mad. Anyway...Trev doesn't know that Lucinda painted the picture...he starts to fall for her before he realizes that she's the one who made a disgrace of his name. She's already fallen for him. And I'm not going to say anymore cuz it'll ruin the story.

Overall...the story was wonderful! It was different from the usual romance novel and i've read it several time. Hope that you enjoy it as much as I have!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By romance reader 22 on October 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am torn between delight over discovering this new author, and dismay that I haven't picked up a Patricia Rice book before.

I am an avid romance fan, and this book sends Patricia Rice right up there among my other favorite authors (Lisa Kleypas & Judith McNaught). Rice has the rare ability to create memorable characters AND a decent plot.

I cannot express how delighted with this book. I admit that I thought the first chapters were a bit slow, but it quickly turned into a page turner that I didn't want to put down.

Sinda was an unconventional but extremely likable heroine. I liked how she was sometimes funny and witty, but never snippy or prickly. And I loved Trev. Rice did a phenomonal job of creating a sexy alpha male with just enough vulnerability and sweet points to make you wish he was real.

Having read so many other romances, I thought I was familiar with all the various plot directions, but I was always guessing on this one. Every time I thought I figured out where the story was going, Rice would change it up and then surpass my expectations. Absolutely a five star read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on June 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Setting - London 1755 --- Lucinda Malcolm Pembroke is an artist not only with enormous talent, but her paintings have also been known to create a good deal of scandal. Over the previous winter, she created a painting of a man she'd never met yet it was a perfect likeness of Sir Trevelyan "Trev" Rochester - unfortunately; it also depicted him as a murderer! Hoping to avoid the crowds, Lucinda ventured early to the museum to view her painting before the unveiling. At about the same time Sir Trevelyan had also ventured in to see what everyone in London was talking about. When Lucinda caught a glimpse of the man she knew then she had to escape London; run from causing any more scandal surrounding her family; and run before that enormous angry man she'd just seen caught up with her.

Trev had come home craving nothing more than to put down roots in his ancestral home, but instead, because of a painting created by a painter known as the "prophetess" most of London was ready to hang and quarter him for murder! He is bound and determined to discover the whereabouts of this artist and make her confess to plotting with his grandfather in an attempt to ruin him.

Eventually, he does meet up with Lucinda only she's changed her distinctive hair color and her name to Lucy. It is Lucy who beguiles, bewitches and instills in Trev a passion unlike any he has ever known before. Soon he discovers that Lucy is really Lucinda in disguise. After he is captured, and even though she manages to help him escape jail, Trev still doesn't trust her and takes her prisoner aboard his ship. Before the end of the voyage Lucinda has turned the tables and captured his heart.
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