Tuesday, March 22, 2011

'Merely Magic' by Patrica Rice

About the Book: (from Goodreads)
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....

The Cover:

Honestly? I loved it...I think it's actually very pretty and it does accurately reflect what is inside the book.
My First Reaction When I Finished:  

Hmmmmm.....well, that was interesting.

My Review:
I really had hoped for so much more than what I got with this one. For some reason none of the characters made a connection for me. I found the romance to be forced and I just didn't care for the storyline. At times I actually found the story hard to follow...yes, I know it's a romance so why would I have a hard time following it???? Well, too many characters and a plot that just didn't interest me.

Do I recommend?
Knowing my fellow bookish friends who visit my blog I would have to say no....but there are a few out there that read historical romance and they may like this one. So, I guess it depends on whether or not you enjoy this genre. I find that they're hit or miss most of the time for me, but I would try another book by Patricia Rice again.

Rating: 5/10

Reviewers who had a different opinion than mine:
Lilly @ Reading Extravaganza:
"Regardless of which genre Merely Magic fits in, it's a fun read, with some steamy love scenes that will satisfy those readers who pick up books for romantic excitement. There's definitely a lot of that."

Disclaimer:Thank you to Danielle @ Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel

Published: March, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 344
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781402251931
*Uncorrected Advance Copy 
** Review style courtesy of Black Diamond's Book Reviews
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  1. When I first saw this cover I automatically thought of Supernatural Snark's Friday cover post where she makes fun of mostly romance novel covers. Seeing as how it fits the book and was the most positive part of the review, I would say this one is definitely a pass for me.

  2. Not sure this one is for me. I appreciate your honest review, Staci.

  3. Bummer that it wasn't everything that you expected! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. Glad for your honest review. Doesn't sound like my cup of tea.

  5. I'm not one for romance novels but the cover is pretty - quite ooh-la-la!

  6. I like historical romances too, and they are often hit or miss for me as well. Once I find an author who does it well I read them all. Brenda Joyce is fairly consistant for me.

  7. Since the cover reflects what's inside, I think I'll skip this one! LOL

  8. That is a pretty cover. Thanks for your honest review.

  9. I do like HR so perhaps. But first I must read the Rice book I have and see if I like her style

  10. Have you noticed the change in covers for historical romance novels? 20 years ago it was the woman's dress that would be coming down in the front. Not it's the guy's shirt. Can we call this role reversal? I appreciate the recommendation to skip this one.

  11. Yeah...I wasn't a huge fan of this one as well. And it was definitely the characters that I didn't care for...thanks for once again sharing an honest review!


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