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The Malcolm women, throughout their history, have all been gifted with supernatural powers. Felicity Malcolm Childe has the gift of experiencing visions through touch. Though all Malcolm women feel that their gifts are blessings, Felicity believes that hers is a curse, for every time she touches a suitor, she is gifted with agonizing images of their own secrets. Therefore, Felicity's last hope is to venture to Scotland in search of an ancient book of spells that will allow her to dispose of her gift with handsome inventor Ewen Ives as her escort.
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As Felicity gets to know Ewen, she realizes that she can touch him without being gifted with a painful image. Felicity and Ewen, already attracted to eachother from the beginning, begin to explore the facets of Felicity's gift. The two begin to fall in love, but Ewen, who is broke, feels that a future with Felicity will be impossible until he is able to support her. Ewen lost his money because of the damage that one of his inventions caused, and he investigates the probability that it might not have been his fault. Meanwhile Felicity, still desperate to extinguish her gift, uses her ability to see one's thoughts to help Ewen in his investigation of his faulty invention and discovers that her gift might not be a curse after all.
The review of this Book prepared by Nicole Trammel

Signet, Aug 2003, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0451209478

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, 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

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Elizabethan era Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   marriage of convenience spurring real love Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   feelings growing up with special abilities

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   mature    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:    -   mind reading    -   can read emotions Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   a better lover    -   blissful    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70%    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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