Again The Magic (Wallflowers 0.5)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
"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....more
"No." McKenna smil
That said, this is still probably my favorite Kleypas to date. I had tears come to my eyes quite frequently while reading. From th...more
FORBIDDEN LOVE IN 1800's!
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 -"
TWELVE YEARS LATER
McKenna is now an accomplished man who has revenge in his heart. He has returned Stony Cross. Aline has a cross to bear that l...more
“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.”Lisa Kleypas is one of my absolute favourite authors. Most of her books are keepers for me. I devoured her bo...more
~ 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 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...more
***There Will Be Spoilers Ahead***
I'm in love with a stable boy...no 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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, and...no, 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Overall a wonderful story with awesome secondary story between Aline sister and McKenna's firend.
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...more
“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...more
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!
This book is #0.5 in the Wallflower series and I read it rather late. It doesn't matter but I missed all the references to the Wallflower series and this book should definitely be read before It Happened One Autumn as it presents Marcus Westcliff quite thoroughly. And we get to meet Rutledge very briefly.
Adam is the best secondary character ever! Hes Aline's gay friend and an excellent source of highlights and good advice.
"You've already had th...more
The love story between McKenna and Aline is a true love story. You felt their love for eachother from the very first page. Not many authors can take a stablehand and turn him into a hero that women from EVERY social class can fall in love with. Lisa Kleypas does a SUPERB job at this th...more
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