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Lure of Song and Magic (California Malcoms #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  102 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Her voice was a curse...

When Dylan "Oz" Oswin's son is kidnapped, the high-powered producer will do anything to get him back. Desperately following an anonymous tip, he seeks help from a former child singing sensation called Syrene, only to find she's vowed never to sing again. Immune to her voice but not her charm, Oz is convinced she holds the key to his son's disappeara
Paperback, 347 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Oct 09, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Good book with an intriguing storyline. Oz is determined to find his son, who has been gone for a year. Everyone else seems to have given up on finding him. Oz begins receiving mysterious text messages from someone called "The Librarian", sending him on a search for a former teen singing star named Syrene, implying that she's the key to finding his son. He wants to make her the star of his new children's show and use that to find his son. Syrene has left that world completely behind after the de ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)

Dylan Ives is a highly successful LA producer with a heavy heart. His 4-year-old son was kidnapped a year ago, a year after his wife ran away (and subsequently died) with the boy, fearful the boy was in danger. Dylan refused to believe his son was dead, so when a he receives a mysterious text from a person called "the Librarian" that a former child star can help find his missing son, Dylan tracks her down.

Pippa James is a secluded ch
All Things Urban Fantasy
LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC gave a paranormal twist to a familiar contemporary romance setting: the glamor and egos of Hollywood. Though I was intrigued by Rice’s siren mythology, the romance side of things fell flat for me, if only because of the over-the-top personalities of our hero and heroine.

For someone who lives in fear of inadvertently hurting people with her siren’s voice, I found it pretty odd that that Pippa actively trains in martial arts so she can hurt people with her hands. If martial
Sandy M
Mar 23, 2012 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
I’ve not read many of Patricia Rice’s books, but the few I have read, I’ve totally loved. Her voice is what first draws me into a story. As mysterious as the characters’ backgrounds are or the direction the storyline takes a reader, there’s a whimsical tone to her storytelling that gives the entire book an extra layer for a terrific reading experience.

Dylan “Oz” Oswin has been getting mysterious texts from someone calling themselves The Librarian. Those messages have led him to Phillipa Seraphin
Sharon Redfern
Jan 17, 2012 Sharon Redfern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dylan “Oz” Oswin is a man with a mission. He is tracking down former child singing sensation Syrene, now known as Pippa James. Oz’s son Donal disappeared over a year ago and Oz has been getting cryptic messages from someone called the Librarian pointing him in Pippa’s direction. Reclusive Pippa is now a successful children’s author and has no use for Oz when she first meets him. She is convinced her unique vocal talents are responsible for the death of her first husband. Her fears make it imposs ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Mikaela rated it really liked it
This have been on my wishlist for a long time, but I never got around to buy it until now. And I am glad I read it. This is Patricia Rice at her best.

The book hooked me from the start. The California setting felt believable, and I liked how the citizens of El Paso supported Pippa. I liked how they were depending on farmers and tourists, and how it made their economy vulnerable.

And.. Into this Oz storms. I liked Oz, and how he was prepared to do anything to find his son. It would have been easy f
Morwa Pal
Feb 24, 2012 Morwa Pal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dylan "Oz" Oswin is a successful television producer who is led via a series of odd messages to El Padre, CA in the search for his missing son. In the desert town, he finds former tween singing star Syrene living a reclusive life as children's book author Pippa James. Convinced that Pippa is key to finding his son, Oz persuades her to let him produce a television show featuring her books, which serves to keep him close to her and whatever secrets she might have.

Pippa is convinced her voice is ev
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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This story really took me out of my element and made me experience things I have never encountered before as a reader. I say this because I usually read erotic romance and the slow, smooth burning love you in this sensual love story was new territory. I never knew how enjoyable reading a true romance novel could be until now.

Oz does not have anything in particular that normally would attract me to a hero (I'm a big fan of super alpha
Jul 26, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to fans of the Malcolm series and the Mystic Isle series
This is the 1st in the California Malcolm's story and a must read. For those that are not aware, the Mystic Isle series explains the origins of the Malcolm "talent". With this book, you see not only a tie-in with the original Malcolm series, but also with the 1st book in the Mystic Isle series (Mystic Guardian) in which we saw a true "Siren" for the first time.

This mix of characters was perfect for the reboot of the Malcolm series. They are quirky, heartfelt, complex, and human - making a reall
May Mostly Romance
เปนหนังสือทียิงอานยิงสนุก ยิงนาติดตาม ไมไดคาดคิดวาจะดีไดเทานี เรืองราวของลูกหลานในยุคปัจจุบันของตระกูลมัลคอมล และไอเวส ซึงเปนหนังสือยอนยุคของคนแตง เลมนีเปนเลมแรกในชุดใหม ทีเรืองราวไมไดจบในเลมเดียว ปริศนาหลายอยางในเรืองดำเนินตอไป

แตแมจะมีหลายประเดนติดคาง สวนทีเปนเลมนีกถูกใจเราคะ ชอบความแปลก ๆ ของคาแรคเตอร การเลาเรืองซีเรียสมาก ๆ (ลูกพระเอกถูกลักพาตัวไป) ใหไมออกมาโทนเศรา ในขณะเดียวกันกไมใชวา ไมแคร ซึงเราวาเปนจุดทีทำไดยากมาก

เอกลักษณของคนแตงคนนี และเหนไดชัดในความชอบของเราเอง นันคือทุกเลมของเธอทีเราชอ
3.5 stars

What Worked For Me:

- The Cover!! Absolutely fabulous! I was instantly attracted to this ethereal cover.
- I liked Oz’s character although he isn’t my normal male lead. I think it was his quiet confidence and the way he didn’t give up on finding his son even though everyone thought he was dead.
- The mysterious Librarian – I need to know who he/she is and how he/she gets their information and what his/her intent is! I loved the mystery behind this character.
- Oz’s hunky, computer geek b
Feb 25, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~* 4.5 Stars *~
A Little Paranormal and A Lot Lovely

Oz may look like the quintessential California surfer boy, but Dylan "Oz" Oswin is a high-powered LA producer with a no holds barred attitude and a grim determination to do whatever it takes to get his son back. Even if that means throwing good sense to the wind and following the breadcrumbs of cryptic text messages sent to him by a mysterious third party as they lead him straight to a former child singing sensation. One who had a huge, destruct
Redheads Review it Better
Dylan is desperate to find his son. So desperate that he is blindly following the hints from someone called The Librarian who leads him to the lost teen singer Syrene. All hints say that she is the one who will lead him to his son but how can he possibly put all his faith and hope into what this anonymous person tells him?

Pippa, artist formally know as Syrene, has found peace writing children's books in her little part of the world but it is quickly disrupted when Dylan comes waltzing into the d
Jul 28, 2013 ~Leslie~ rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
3.5 stars I enjoyed this book but it was kind of strange. There were some moments that were a little hard to follow and the story line was sometimes confusing. But overall enjoyable. I've only read historicals written by Patricia Rice, but she handled a contemporary nicely. Dylan Oswin (Oz) is a Hollywood producer who is looking for his son, who was kidnapped a year ago by the Nanny. He's been getting mysterious messages concerning a singer named Syrene and he is determined to find her. Once he ...more
Chantelle Larson
All I can say is that this is a cute and laid back romance story. Fairly forgettable but enjoyable none the less. Writing style was good, there were some funny parts I did find myself getting a little annoyed with the heroine and her slight self-involved antics and attitudes but overall, a solid 3 star read.
Jacque Holst

I let myself be swayed by reviews and comparisons to an author I liked. We all like different authors, different genres, this never worked for me.
Book Chatter-Cath
Dec 10, 2011 Book Chatter-Cath rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I had not previously read anything by this author and so had no expectations, and only in writing this review did I realise that this is a contemporary and present day continuation of the author's historical Malcolm and Ives characters.

That being said there really isn't a lot to complain about.
The writing is good, the characters are believable, if a little 'Hollywood unrealistic' and there's enough mystery and shady back story to keep a new reader like myself interested.

Sadly, I just didn't con
Dec 05, 2014 Marya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably 2.5 stars. Contemporary romance with magic - not my cup of tea.
Jess Candela
Aug 24, 2013 Jess Candela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-f, read-in-2013

I've recently been struggling to find books that hold my attention long enough to finish them, so I may be rating this higher than I would have otherwise. But it's so exciting to find a book that actually holds my attention and keeps me reading throughout. Not only that, I woke up thinking about it, eager to read the next in the series.

I liked that Pippa was a strong woman who'd found ways to take care of herself, and that Oz understood and respected that. I'd read more m/f books if I found m
Good extension of Rice's Malcolm-Ives magic series into the present day.
Linda Smatzny
Dec 16, 2013 Linda Smatzny rated it liked it
This is a romance with a little magic woven into the story. The main female character,Syrene or Pippa, has a voice that causes reactions in her listeners. The main male character, Dylan "Oz" Oswin, is a Hollywood produce used to getting what he wants. Dylan's son has been kidnapped and he is lead to Pippa who according to the Librarian will be able to get his son back. Nothing is too unbelievable just stretches the mind.
Mar 06, 2012 Ryan rated it it was ok
Based on the description this title was not what I thought it would be. Former child singing star Syrene has a sirens voice that she has been afraid of for years. But Oz needs her help to get back his kidnapped son. He will do what ever it takes to get her help. Once you get into the story it flows and moves well, but I just did not care for it that much.
Feb 19, 2013 Aparna rated it did not like it
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Stephanie Williams
Jul 17, 2013 Stephanie Williams rated it it was amazing
Wow if there is a second book I want to read it... The book started off slow and a lil weird but it picked up n ended great. I wish they told you more about the sons kidnapping n the many but it was all good....
Krista Mercer
Jan 26, 2012 Krista Mercer rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
A return to the magical world of Ives men and Malcolm women. I adored the historical series, so was definitely interested to see how the author would move things into the 21st century. This was a fun, fast read.
Nov 24, 2011 Bob rated it liked it
I would have given it a 4 star rating if Dylan wasn't such jerk. Sorry, but any guy who forced his way into my home would have been out of there so fast, one way or another.
Lady Lioness
I'm not going to write a full-on review at the moment, but crap, that was good. A must read for all Malcolm and Ives fans who don't mind the contemporary setting.
Feb 10, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fiction, dropbox
I really didn't like how explosive the relationship was between the H/H. Over all well written, but that was a turn off.
Jessie Potts
Jan 20, 2012 Jessie Potts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review will be up on USA Today's HEA Blog later!
Mar 17, 2012 Bungluna rated it it was ok
Overbearing hero and out-of-control heroine.
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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 writes emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances which have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards.

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