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The Trouble with Magic [Paperback]

Patricia Rice

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With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance's hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, 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, she currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, 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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The Trouble with Magic A woman's gift for experiencing visions through touch has always felt more like a curse than a blessing, so she covers herself from head to toe. Only a maddeningly handsome man provokes tingles of pleasure rather than pain, but he is already betrothed. Full description

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 13 Aug 2003
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While many people view psychic talents as a desirable gift, if they asked Felicity Childe about the truth of that, she would be more than glad to disabuse them of the notion. Having the ability to see visions from the merest touch has trapped her in clothes that cover her so thoroughly that no human contact is possible. It has caused her to flee from a possible marriage after an especially frightening premonition. On her journey to a hoped for cure, she encounters a man of science, Ewan Ives. He becomes first her protector, then her husband after they are caught in a compromising spot. Suddenly, two worlds clash as the handsome logical inventor finds himself a part of the most illogical family ever encountered.
***** Fans of Ms Rice will in no way be disappointed as they conclude this trilogy, unless the disappointment comes from its closure. Felicity is quirky and eccentric, but totally delightful, while Ewan is her perfect complement. *****
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, Sexy and Totally Entertaining! 9 Jun 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sit back in an easy chair and be prepared to be entertained as Ms. Rice takes you back into the creative and enchanting world of the Malcolm / Ives family with this latest entry featuring Lady Felicity Malcolm Childe and the youngest of the Ives brothers - Ewen. Most of the Malcolm women are born with special gifts and Felicity is no exception other than the fact that she hates her gift and finds it very difficult to control. She lives a very protected life as her extraordinary tactile powers have been known to shock her into a faint when the thing or person she touches has seen or known violence/hatred/rage, etc.. When she fell in a dead faint from a vision induced from the touch of the suitor her family had hoped she would marry she decided to find the means to rid herself of her gift. To do this, she needed to locate a special journal written by a Malcolm ancestor that would give her the `recipe' to accomplish it. Felicity and her aura-sensing sister, Christina made their escape from the confining security of their father's yacht and ran off to the city of Edinburgh. Along the way they ran into their brother-in-law, the youngest and handsomest of the Ives brothers - inventor Ewen Ives - who felt compelled into escorting the two innocents on their journey.
Mistakenly, Ewen touched Felicity and she realized that his touch didn't hurt her, rather it seemed to bring her to a more calmer and secure place. Ewen, initially attracted to Felicity by her intelligence and strength, discovered that once she shed the heavy coverings she normally wore, was an ethereal beauty as well. Even though he was becoming more and more attracted to Felicity, Ewen intended to marry a widowed heiress, regretting the fact that Felicity was an innocent and that he had nothing to offer her other than huge debts that were the result of one of his inventions that caused a flood. Felicity knew that Ewen was being cheated, framed for a crime he wasn't responsible for and knew she had to use her gift, no matter the ramifications, in order to help save the man who had given her the insights to accept her gift and whom she had fallen in love with.
Once again, Ms. Rice has created another totally delightful tale developing these very unique and wonderful characters from the inside out presenting the reader with a perfectly complementary couple in a purely soul satisfying story. Ewen's strength and understanding helped Felicity to understand the truly great `gift' she possessed. Showing her to enjoy her tactile gift Ewen ended up the recipient of a man's dream come true as Felicity welcomed and embraced her sensual awareness. This is a series that has each book standing on it's own with a wonderful cast of secondary characters that the reader will embrace in their hearts. And yes, I am still waiting patiently for the secret behind the mysterious Ives cousin(?) Aidan Dougal! Magical, sexy, and totally entertaining - Yes, yes, YES! --- Do I recommend it - Most Assuredly! --- Marilyn Rondeau, Official Reviewer for [...] ---
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical experience 5 Aug 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All her life Lady Felicity Malcolm Childe has had the ability to see inside a person whom she just touched. Now in her teens, Felicity hates her talent that to her feels more like a curse, as she cannot get close to anyone. Her family, especially her mother, has done their best to keep her safe and to help her in using and controlling what they consider a gift.
Unable to deal with her tensile powers especially after seeing the handsome Ewen Ives, Felicity decides to go to Scotland to obtain the tome A Malcolm Journal of Infusions that will enable her to rid herself of her prowess. However, when Ewen and Felicity are caught in a compromising position, they are forced to marry. He helps her adapt to her magic, but will the debt ridden philandering inventor realize the treasure he has in Felicity or will he throw it all away chasing other skirts?
The third magic tale (see MERELY MAGIC and MUST BE MAGIC) is a charming Ives-Malcolm romance that fans of the series will appreciate. The lead duo is a fun couple who will make the audience laugh and cry depending on the moment. Though the mischievous magic of the Malcolms vs. the pragmatism of the Ives was used twice before and the forced marriage numerous times, Patricia Rice spins her usual enchanting tale that shows the magic is in her novels as fans will value her latest book.
Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble with magic 20 Aug 2013
By Mystery loves history - Published on Amazon.com
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it was very entertaining and presented a unique view of a period in history when women had to hold power by being sneaky.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written historical paranormal romance 7 Dec 2012
By Mikaela - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought all of Patricia Rice Magic Novels when she selfpublished them, before she sold them to Sourcebook. Except... this book, some how, went missing. So, when it was re-issued by Sourcebooks I knew I had to buy it again.

And I am glad I did.

I enjoyed reading about Ewen and Felicity's romance. I liked Ewen's chivalry, and his attempt to protect Felicity from the visions. Even when he made mistakes, he acted for Felicity's welfare. And my heart melted as he struggled between doing what he must, and doing what he wanted. It fascinating to see him grow, from a wandering tinker and inventor, to a man satisfied with settling down.

At first Felicity's lack of self confidence annoyed me . But that annoyance disappeared quickly as the story continued. She has inner strength that I admired, and it felt like she could do anything. As long as Ewen was there. And that was one of the aspects that I liked most. How Ewen and Felicity fit. They are different, yet somehow their halves meshed and became one.

But what I especially liked, was that both of them knew that they would have rough times in front of them.I liked how the romance, and the threat of bankruptcy that hung over Ewen's head worked together. And I also liked how they worked together, both when it came to finding Felicity's journal, and figuring out how the lock that Ewen designed broke.

And that, in combination with an intriguing and carefully crafted setting, created a book I couldn't stop reading.

Despite all the things I loved with the book, it sometime felt like I was skimming pages, not reading them. But that didn't last long though..
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