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Again the Magic (Wallflowers 0.5)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  20,538 ratings  ·  823 reviews
She gave him her innocence…

Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable—John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside…an exile from London society
Mass Market Paperback, 391 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Avon (first published January 1st 2004)
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Aug 03, 2014 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of historical romance with 'childhood friends-to-lovers', 'revenge', & 'reunited lovers' themes
Recommended to Shawna by: Eastofoz
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5+ stars – Historical Romance

I really enjoyed (loved!) this touching, emotional read of two childhood best friends turned sweethearts of opposing social classes whose love is torn apart by unfair prejudices, society rules and expectations, secrets, lies, mistrust, pride, and vanity.

I loved McKenna, even when he was plotting Lady Aline’s ruin and being a cruel alpha, and his volatile and intense emotional reactions were so brutally honest and heartbreaking. Aline’s staunch secrecy and foolish pr
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Sep 29, 2010 UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers and Fans of Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers series.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick by: Someone who was really, really smart!

Lisa Kleypas has done it again, and in a big way. Again the Magic is a wonderful story with so many dimensions and so much depth that I was up until the wee hours of the morning, unable to put it down. This story is actually a “prequel” to the Wallflowers series. While I’ve never seen it listed as a numbered book in the series, the characters in Again the Magic are featured heavily in It Happened One Autumn, book 2 of the Wallflowers, as well as in the other Wallflower novels.

There are so many g
Kristin (KC)
*4 Stars*

An enjoyable, steamy escape!

This isn't exactly breaking news to romance readers, but Lisa Kleypas is a goddess in her genre. She truly excels in her steamy love scenes which are as passionate as they are explicit. Again the Magic is an edgy historical romance that offers a double dose of taboo love during a time where venturing outside of one's social class was not only unheard of, but inarguably forbidden.

Our main couple, Aline and McKenna, are childhood friends who gradually and help
Jul 31, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Kleypas's Wallflowers
Boy did I love this one, but the TSTL heroine almost ruined it for me! Oh Aline, what you put poor McKenna through...

My thoughts...

I should have known what I was in for, after blubbering and sniffing my way through the first 3 chapters--this was one angsty read! I totally fell for (John) McKenna, who went from bastard stableboy in love with a beautiful, unattainable daughter of a duke, to millionaire American in 12 short years. When 19 year old Lady Aline Marsden sent young McKenna away (and how
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Jul 16, 2013 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: "That's All" Ash
5 TAKE ME AS I AM ~ stars !!

Since the day that John McKenna had been brought to the estate at the age of 8, he and Aline had been constant companions for ten years, climbing trees, swimming in the river, and running around barefoot. But eventually things had begun to change between them. No healthy young man could fail to be stirred and set off-kilter by Aline, who at the age of 17, had become the loveliest girl on God's green earth.

Lady Aline Marsden

Warm, high-spirited, and beautiful in all way
3 1/2 stars (but I'm rounding it down to 3 stars because I didn't like it as much as the other LK books I've rated 4 stars.)

I'm not going to write a review because there are already a gazillion reviews not only here but all over the internet. I'm just going to point out what I liked/disliked in this book, since I seem to be in the minority for not loving it as "everyone else".

- McKenna, Gideon, Livia, Westclif... In sum, every character but Aline (and her father, of course.)
- The beginning

"I’ll marry no man but you McKenna. And if you ever leave me, I’ll be alone for the rest of my life."
"Aline …. I would never leave unless you told me to go …"

Aline was his curse, his fate, his consuming desire. He would never stop wanting her, no matter what she did, no matter how many oceans and continents he managed to put between them.

"No man on earth has ever hated sunrise as much as I do."

"You sleep too," she said groggily, her hand creeping to the center of his chest.
"No." McKenna s
Stacia (the 2010 club)
4.5 stars. The only thing which kept me from holding back on a 5 star is that I missed the frequent humor which I've loved in other books by this author. The reason I consistently recommend Kleypas to friends of mine who don't read historical romance is because many of her books have it all : good story, steamy romance, and plenty of moments which will make you laugh.

That said, this is still probably my favorite Kleypas to date. I had tears come to my eyes quite frequently while reading. From th
Amy (Foxy)
***4.5 From a stable boy to a king stars***


An orphan stable boy and a high class girl's friendship blossoms into a forbidden love. Aline's father does NOT find McKenna to be worthy of his upperclass daughter. He sends McKenna away.
"I'll love you until the day I did. You're the only man I'll ever want, McKenna, the only -"


McKenna is now an accomplished man who has revenge in his heart. He has returned Stony Cross. Aline has a cross to bear that
Imagine having loved someone at a young age, but you both realize that it was a forbidden type of love and at the time, you thought that the only way to protect your lover is to drive them away from your life. Well, that is what had happened in Lisa Kleypas’ historical romance novel, “Again the Magic.” “Again the Magic” has drama, romance, lies, secrets and excitement that outshines from most romance novels ever written and it will have you waiting in anticipation as you read this book!

Years ago
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den
“The worst thing you can do for love is deny it; so when you find that special someone, don't let anyone or anything to get in your way.”
~ Author Unknown

“It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel.”
~ Author Unknown
Lisa Kleypas is one of my absolute favourite authors. Most of her books are keepers for me. I devoured her
Duchess Nicole

Lisa Kleypas is simply a master Historical Romance writer!!

If you've read her, then you know what I mean. If you haven't, DO IT NOW!!! You're missing out on some of the most heartfelt, swoony, so-romantic-your-eyes-fill-with-tears stories. Seriously, I teared up at least three times while reading Again the Magic. My chest actually hurt. And these aren't sad tears. They're over the top girlie tears that only happen when I gain a new book boyfriend.

McKenna is a classic LK hero in tha
Laura the Highland Hussy
This one has been reviewed by soo many of my friends, that this will be short, and not in anyway a summary.

***There Will Be Spoilers Ahead***

I'm in love with a stable really. ::sigh:: McKenna

I loved Aline and McKenna, and how we got to see them before the betrayal.

I thought the way McKenna came back to hurt Aline was soo well done. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but I am a sucker for the betrayal and redemption plot...but only if it works. And this one worked. I agreed with Aline th
Sep 25, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who like childhood friends who become lovers
This book was phe-no-men-al! We’re talking an A+ read here! It starts out quick so that you’re right into the thick of it all and it just keeps you turning those pages to see what’s going to happen. Don’t start this book in the evening because unless you’re a super fast reader you will not be sleeping any time soon!

McKenna is one wicked hero. He’s so intense and not afraid to tell Aline that he loves her. He cries, he laughs, he broods —he’s just one amazing alpha! His deep-seated hatred for Ali
At the risk of being buried under a pile of cow pies by the fans of Lisa Kleypas, I have to give her Again the Magic a so-so review at best.

I read this book because it a favorite of many readers. Regretfully I can’t share that opinion. It already had two strikes against it because it starts out with 50 pages of unrequited teenage lust, which didn’t do anything for me. On top of that, it is a revenge story, which made me dislike the McKenna, the hero. But the worst sin in this novel is the TSTL A

I don't think I'm capable of writing a review that would even skim the surface of how good this book was. Can LK write anything lacklustre? The woman is a master, a thief of perfectly written prose. If she wrote an instruction manual about proper lawn care I would damn well read it!

Again the Magic was everything a beautiful and intoxicating HR should be. I was either tearing up or revered by the writing, it was insane!

Add to that a very poignant and heartbreaking friends-to-lovers
This read makes me feel again the magic which only Lisa Kleypas, herself, can ever deliver.

To prove a point, I utterly feel like a little girl, who had a taste of sweet and irrisistable candy, which takes almost a day to finish. Well of course, being the selfish chit that I am, a taste is not enough. I have to finish the candy dry before I could resume my normal mode of living. And unfortunately, coming out of the trance, realizing that the candy is all gone, I feel disappointment. Disappointmen

He uttered a curse that startled her with its foulness, and gripped her head between his hands, forcing her to stare at him. His voice was savage. "For twelve years I have been in constant torment, wanting you in my arms and believing it would never be possible. I want you for a thousand reasons other than your legs,, damn it, I want you for no reason at all, other than the fact that you're you. I want to shove myself deep inside you and stay for hours..days...weeks. I wa
I just read it for the second time and it was even better than the first! I loved this book! Couldn't put it down. LK is such a magnificent author, and I simply adore her. If you have read some other books by this author but not this one yet, just do it and don't wait any longer because IMHO it is one of her bests!

In this installment we get to read about Marcus' sisters, specially Aline and her romance with McKenna. This is such a sweet story about how 2 people who love each other can find happi
As always, I love the latest Lisa Kleypas book I have read. I firmly believe that woman can do no wrong as I have yet to come across one of her books that I didn't like. Again the Magic is and prequel to the Wallflower series and tells the stories of Marcus, Lord Westcliff's sisters, Aline and Livia, and their respective gentlemen, John McKenna and Gideon Shaw.

I do not like Aline. At all. There was something that bothered me about her from the first chapter of the book and it stayed with me thro
The lack of sleep on my part was well worth it after reading Again the Magic, I adore McKenna and how upfront he as to Lady Aline about his feelings not scared to say "I Love you" Aline on the other hand made me wanna smack her a few for putting McKenna and herself through hell for nothing.
Overall a wonderful story with awesome secondary story between Aline sister and McKenna's firend.
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
Heading to work with swollen eyes because this book kept me up and crying until unholy hours. This was undoubtedly the best Wallflower book in the series. I'm glad I read it last even though it was a prequel. I'm tempted to pause my LK-binge-reading marathon because I don't know how any story would compare after this. Whew! Intense stuff ya'll. Come prepared with tissues.
3.5 stars after rereading

This one goes straight to my in between shelf, the ones I don't dislike, but which aren't favorites of mine, either.

I will start with what I enjoyed about this novel:
The story is really interesting, I like the kind of cliché "star crossed lovers seperated by an evil parent" plot. And even more than that I like the Lisa Kleypas trademark self made man, or from stable boy to multimillionaire in America. So trust me when I say: the story is interesting!

The first three cha
Sophie ♥
“McKenna,” she moaned, turning her mouth from his, “promise me…”
He held her tight, stroking her back, rubbing his cheek against her hair. “Anything. Anything.”
“If you ever marry someone else, promise that you’ll always love me best.”
“Sweet, selfish darling,” he murmured tenderly. “You’ll have my heart always—you’ve ruined me for life.”

Lady Aline Marsden knows that her role in life is to make an advantageous marriage, but instead she willingly gives her innocence to John McKenna, a "mere" servant
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Again the Magic is not a fluffy fairy-tale romance. It’s intensely passionate and contains lots of insecurities and self-loathing in both the hero and heroine. I made the mistake of reading the Wallflowers series before this, having no idea that there was a prequel. But I highly recommend this book to all historical romance fans!!

There is such a great difference between the stories of the Wallflowers and this love story between McKenna and Aline. Their story is far more intense than the light a
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Lady Aline Marsden, sister of Marcus, Lord Westcliff, has been friends withe John McKenna since they were children and as they have gotten older the friendship has grown in to love and pasion, however, it is not to be, McKenna is just a stable boy, a servant where as Aline is a Lady. When her father finds out Aline is forced to make him hate her and send him away. Twelve years later McKenna comes back to Stony Cross much changed with revenge on his mind, unaware of the secrets that Aline holds.

Flew by this one in no time. Didn't mean that it was any less poignant though. It was a very sad sorry in some ways. That the heroine thought she was doing the right thing by pushing her true love away forever. But they see each other in 12 years and things are just as they are again. But things have happened to the heroine and she thinks she can't trust him like she hasn't trusted any other man. Great story.. also nice supporting story of the other sister as well... wraps up both of their stori ...more
4.5 stars

As usual, I loved this book, which tends to be the case whenever I read anything by Lisa Kleypas.
I think part of my enjoyment was having met the characters in the Wallflower series (to which this book is a bit of a prequel, I think).

Even with prior knowledge of the characters, I was surprised by some of the revelations here, which should make a future re-read of the Wallflowers series all the richer.

Bottom line: T'was delightful!

I have read many books by Mrs. Lisa Kleypas who is one of my FAVORITE romantic authors, but I have to write an honest review about this book.
I am almost at the end of the book (180 of 244) and Aline and Mckenna have not had many moments during the whole story!!! I feel I have read more about Aline's sister than her own love story. Who cares about Livia and Gideon???? I did not want to read the love story of them, the author should have written another book about them, but not, I think she thoug
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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Wallflowers (6 books)
  • Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1)
  • It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, #2)
  • Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3)
  • Scandal in Spring (Wallflowers, #4)
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“I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses...the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my lie in your arms as I take my last breath.” 1301 likes
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