Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Merely Magic" Review

"Merely Magic"
by Patricia Rice

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Mar 1, 2011 (originally published 2000)

Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from

With exhilarating wit, sensuality, and emotion, bestselling author Patricia Rice offers an enchanting historical romance. When a magical young woman meets a dark aristocrat in a moonlit forest, neither dreams that a strange and powerful love is about to change their lives forever....

My Review:

I loved the two leads in this magical romance. Drogo was so studious and responsible. There were so many people who depended on him to take care of them. Two of his stepsister's friends even ended up living in his home because they had no where to go and Drogo couldn't say no. The author wove this trait of his into the story in many intricate ways and I loved to watch it affect his decision making. For one, Drogo had such trouble realizing that Ninian could love him because she was fiercely independent. She didn't need him like so many others did. Also, Drogo had to learn to let his family learn to fly on their own, which was very difficult for him.

Drogo was so arrogant, but in a way that was so logical, it was almost funny. He basically thought no woman would ever refuse him because of his money. But because of that attitude, he overlooked many of this other attractive traits and believed that was the only reason a woman would want him.

The main conflict of the story, the disaster that could happen if a Malcolm (Ninian) and an Ives (Drogo) married, sort of went over my head. It didn't come across as that believable to me. And it was never really clear to me whether all of the magic in the book affected their feelings for each other or if it was all coincidence.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5 

Setting: 3/5
Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 3/5
Cover: 3/5
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line:
This is a nice tale to read on a rainy afternoon, especially to read about the great lead characters.

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