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Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 ACE #2 As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung hanged for piracy. Warren Anderson is shocked by the bra Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 ACE #2 As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung hanged for piracy. Warren Anderson is shocked by the brazen advances of his despised enemy's beautiful niece. Though determined to resist her, he burns for the enchanting British minx. And an impassioned heart implores him to surrender to a love that could stoke the smoldering fires of a family feud into a dangerous, all consuming blaze.


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Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 ACE #2 As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung hanged for piracy. Warren Anderson is shocked by the bra Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 ACE #2 As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung hanged for piracy. Warren Anderson is shocked by the brazen advances of his despised enemy's beautiful niece. Though determined to resist her, he burns for the enchanting British minx. And an impassioned heart implores him to surrender to a love that could stoke the smoldering fires of a family feud into a dangerous, all consuming blaze.

30 review for The Magic of You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I absolutely loved this book, although I didn't expect to. First of all, Warren seemed like a jerk when I first met him in Gentle Rogue. He didn't seem like he had a personality or a sense of humor. Secondly, he's so much older than Amy. But I ended up adoring this book and Amy and Warren as a couple. Warren needs a woman like Amy. He's so serious and rather pompous, and she infuses him with life. I know that Amy chases him shamelessly, but I found it appealing in this book. Normally I don't rea I absolutely loved this book, although I didn't expect to. First of all, Warren seemed like a jerk when I first met him in Gentle Rogue. He didn't seem like he had a personality or a sense of humor. Secondly, he's so much older than Amy. But I ended up adoring this book and Amy and Warren as a couple. Warren needs a woman like Amy. He's so serious and rather pompous, and she infuses him with life. I know that Amy chases him shamelessly, but I found it appealing in this book. Normally I don't really believe in chasing guys (it doesn't seem to work out well), but Amy definitely had a master plan. I liked that she didn't give up easily. The scene that really cemented my love of this book is when they touch each other's hands through the wall, and Warren whispers her name so longingly. He thinks he's blown it. But Amy is like Napoleon. She is not easily defeated. This was a fun romp, showing that being reckless, a rule-breaker, and pursuing the one you want for your own is not just a male Malory trait. The Magic of You is definitely one of my favorite Johanna Lindsey books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    Have i told you that i love Malory family and now Anderson family even more??? I already told you that, ugh???? Sorry, but be patient with me!!! What is one more time??? I think that in this book i laugh more than all the previous books and believe me that all of them was laughable enough... But this one overpower all the other stories... I'm so happy that i finally met Amy Malory... This Malory was craziest than Regina or the two younger uncles of her... Her spirit could wake up dead men from the g Have i told you that i love Malory family and now Anderson family even more??? I already told you that, ugh???? Sorry, but be patient with me!!! What is one more time??? I think that in this book i laugh more than all the previous books and believe me that all of them was laughable enough... But this one overpower all the other stories... I'm so happy that i finally met Amy Malory... This Malory was craziest than Regina or the two younger uncles of her... Her spirit could wake up dead men from the grave... Oh, yeah!!! She was funny, determined, hillarious, confident and she could pressure anyone if she wanted something so bad that in some point she could become a little bit annoying,but that thing could be also very cute and charming... And her last victim was Warren Anderson... You see, Amy was very young. She was two weeks away from her eighteen birthday and she just made her debut in English society, but her mind had stuck to Warren Anderson from the first moment that she met Georgina's brothers from America, six months ago... She was so sure that she could manage to make the "stiff" Warren to be hers but she needed time from this plan and between her and Warren was a whole ocean... But the opportunity came really quickly since Georgina was about to give birth to her first child, so the "uncles" were about to visit them.... And that was the opportunity that Amy was seeking for six months... From the first day, Amy let her pride beside and started to mark very close Warren. He was eighteen years older than her and that by itself was something unacceptable... And not only that but Amy was the niece of his brother in law, James whom Warren didn't like at all... And the last reason was that Amy was hitting on him shameless and with such maestry that made him wonder if this girl wasn't having previous experience in that matter... But Amy was so determined to make him hers, to marry him and to bring his smile back in his face... But Warren didn't agree with this plan... You see, Warren was betrayed in the past from a woman that he loved and wanted to married and that fact made him stiff and agry and bitter. He didn't want to marry and he didn't want to get involve with a woman for a lifetime, and even more with a little insisted girl... A girl that made him feel some unwelcome things... But no, Warren was very stamble in his decisions and Amy Malory couldn't have her way with him... Well, all this Amy's trying to bring Warren where she wanted to be and Warren's effort to keep her away from him was very adventurous and hillarious... I really like that girl!!! And i don't want to forget to reffer for once again to her uncles.... Tony and James Malory this time turned their rage to the American... and that was very very amusing!!! I think that the fourth book from the Malory-Anderson series was better by far from the previous which were very good also!!! It's so pity that i don't have the rest of the books!!! :(((

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    So Amy, a 17-year-old girl, gets it in her head that she and Warren, a 36-year-old man, are meant to be. It's just destined to happen, they're going to be ridiculously happy together, and she is the only one who can make the miserable Warren into a happy person once again. (He was apparently happy before some chick played him for an admittedly really big fool, and after that he decided all woman...well, you've heard this before...) The trouble is, Warren is a ship captain and will only be in port So Amy, a 17-year-old girl, gets it in her head that she and Warren, a 36-year-old man, are meant to be. It's just destined to happen, they're going to be ridiculously happy together, and she is the only one who can make the miserable Warren into a happy person once again. (He was apparently happy before some chick played him for an admittedly really big fool, and after that he decided all woman...well, you've heard this before...) The trouble is, Warren is a ship captain and will only be in port for a couple of weeks while he visits his sister, who just gave birth. (His sister is married to her uncle.) So Amy decides she has no choice but to boldly tell him she wants him and wants to get married, and that she's sure they're going to be happy together. Then, when he tells her to, "Go away, little girl," she keeps putting herself in his path. Again. And again. And again. Somewhere in there they kiss and the words in the book say that they feel pretty powerful things, but the words must be talking about another couple, and inserted into this book by mistake, because nothing outside of those words makes me feel for the briefest of seconds that there could or would be passion between these two. Frankly, she is a little girl. She acts like one throughout the entire book. She thinks she's soooo much smarter than everyone else, and that she knows what Warren wants better than he knows himself. And maybe in a poorly-conceived romantic fantasy she's right, but there is nothing in my experience to let me imagine a sad, angry man suddenly finding joy in life in the arms of a girl less than half his age because she demands that it be true. The worst thing is, there isn't even an example in the book of her actually making him happy -- it's just her somehow knowing that once they are together, they will be! So yeah, no, I wouldn't read this one. www.christineamsden.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    5 FULLY AMAZING STARS This is my favorite in this series by JL Review in a few.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    A determined little girl... I'm not sure how but I seem to be finding myself reading or listening to books with considerable age gaps between the hero and heroine. This one is 18 years and it's fairly scary that it was quite common for the time. Yes, age is just a number, but in this case, the lack of maturity was OBVIOUS! I'm with Warren, Amy needed a good kick up the butt. Her *love at first sight* and deep devotion to a man who showed no interest in her, was just plain embarrassing. Sure, he k A determined little girl... I'm not sure how but I seem to be finding myself reading or listening to books with considerable age gaps between the hero and heroine. This one is 18 years and it's fairly scary that it was quite common for the time. Yes, age is just a number, but in this case, the lack of maturity was OBVIOUS! I'm with Warren, Amy needed a good kick up the butt. Her *love at first sight* and deep devotion to a man who showed no interest in her, was just plain embarrassing. Sure, he kissed her, but Amy practically threw herself at Warren any chance she got. I'm going to need proof that Amy and Warren have what it takes to last beyond the lust. Let's hope by the end of the series, I get that proof. While the romance between Amy and Warren was less than I desired, I still really enjoyed this story. I think it definitely has to do with the Malory - Anderson family dynamics. The Poms against the Yanks is hilarious and the narrator, Laural Merlington does a great job portraying their antagonism for each other. I was mostly satisfied with this story by the end but I would have preferred a little more time with the couple to have proof that Warren loves Amy. I will definitely go on in the series soon...ish.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Amy Malory is soon to turn eighteen years old, and as the younger of her siblings, she is ready to find a husband. But she knows the man she will marry, even if he doesn't realize it....Warren Anderson. She has "feelings" and her feeling stronger than ever is that he is her future mate but she must convince him first, and she knows it won't be easy. Warren Anderson is bitter over the past and lost his faith This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Amy Malory is soon to turn eighteen years old, and as the younger of her siblings, she is ready to find a husband. But she knows the man she will marry, even if he doesn't realize it....Warren Anderson. She has "feelings" and her feeling stronger than ever is that he is her future mate but she must convince him first, and she knows it won't be easy. Warren Anderson is bitter over the past and lost his faith in women except for his sister Georgie. When visiting his sister for the birth of his future niece, he is bowled over by the appearance of Amy Malory. At first Warren, doesn't think much of this young lady who is way too young for him, but when she begins to pursue him very persistently, he knows he is in deep trouble, because she could make him love again and Warren isn't sure he could handle it a second time and being burned again. But Amy is determined to bring love and laughter back into Warren's life no matter what it takes... The Hero Warren, is the second oldest in the Anderson family. He takes his responsibilities to his family and their shipping company very seriously. Warren has always had a temper, but was once not as cyncial and bitter as he is now. He once fell in love but the woman he loved married another man, his bitter rival and his baby was claimed by another man. Ever since, Warren has never been able to move past what happened and refuses to trust in another woman. Warren is a hero that is gruff and rugged, and has some hard edges. But is loyal and has a soft underbelly, if you get to the core of him. And he does have a wild temper, and anything sets him off, but its very amusing. The Heroine Amy Malory, is the daughter of Edward and Charlotte Malory. She is one of the most gifted of all the family. She wins on EVERY single bet she makes, and she "sense" certain things and the family has learned never to bet against her. She knows that Warren is her future, but she also knows that she is in the battle for her life with him. Amy is sweet and loveable, but bubbly and charming and can make just about anything feel lighter and happy. She has the type of personality that everyone wants to be around. She is probably one of my favorite characters of the whole series. I love how easy going she is, but at the same time is tough as nails as well. Plot and Story Line Oh The Magic of You, I will admit that I don't get a chance to read this book as often as the others. I really wanted to read this one, and had to hunt down a physical copy, because I want this whole series on my bookshelf and I finally found a copy after searching at all the local "Half Price Books" locations and finally found a copy, so I wouldn't have to buy it full price. $3 is alot better than $8. And I couldn't wait to get started with this book, which is one of my favorites and one of the more unique of books that Lindsey has written, or even in the historical romance genre. This story is where our heroine is the one doing the chasing and what a chase she does. She is pretty determined, this little minx and I loved her to death. "You're quite sure you don't want to take advantage of these nice, soft seats? I know my younger uncles would never have passed up such an opportunity." "Shut up, Amy." "My cousins either. Derek and Jeremy would have a lady's skirts--was "Amy!" She clucked her tongue. "You're sounding more and more like a bloody prude, Warren." "And you're sounding more and more like a dockside whore," he bit out. Throughout the series we see more evidence of the power of her special "gift". In the beginning of this story, we see how long she has waited for Warren to return. She "knows" that he is for her. At first though, she acts pretty shy, which is unusual for her character, but Warren is a pretty intimidating hero. Not easy to get along with and very stubborn. Warren is actual the hardest to like out of all the Anderson siblings especially when it comes to the Malory brothers. But Warren is blown over by Amy and her determination to see them together. But Warren can't help but start to feel again whenever he is around her. What I truly enjoyed about this book was seeing how creative Amy gets just to give Warren some laughter and passion in his life. And she is honestly the best heroine for Warren. I love that Amy never gives up on Warren, no matter how many times he tries to put her off, and it does pay off in the end though. We also see some fun antics from other characters. We have the births of Anthony and James' children, both girls and both will be characters in later books in the series. We have some fun times with Jeremy and Percy again, and yeah Percy still cracks me up every time I read his character. And we do get a fun bet between Jeremy and Amy--which is common between them. But Jeremy should know better, and I did like seeing how close knit these two cousins are again. We also see more of Edward and Charlotte, which we don't see enough of in my opinion, so I like seeing more of them. What really makes you fall in love with this book is seeing the way these two find their happy ever after, which isn't easy especially with an enemy of Warren coming back and cause more complications. This story is guaranteed to leave you with a smile and a tear in your eye. Simply loving reconnecting with this rambunctious and crazy fun family. ''I want you, Warren Anderson'' The Cover There are multiple variations to this cover over the years, but this one is definitely my favorite, I love the house on the cliff...very dramatic which fits the story so well. Overall View The Magic Of You is wild and sexy and entertaining. Its a romance that will keep you guessing, laughing at the oddest moments, and sweep you off your feet. Be prepared to fall head over heels in love with these Malory's and Andersons and most especially this unique couple that captivates hearts and smiles. “You aren’t going to be fighting with Uncle James anymore, are you?” “Wouldn’t think of it. Now that he’s going to be my uncle, too, I’ve decided to show him nothing but respect” “Good God. He’ll murder you” Click To Buy On Amazon [foogallery id="19026"] [image error]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince

    From 7th to 9th grade I was obsessed with romance novels, reading everything from “Lady Chatterley's Lover” to category romances to thick, door-stopper historical epics. By the time “The Magic of You” was published in June 1993, I was just finishing my sophomore year in High School and was not as fanatical about reading for fun, due to having a full course load at school, with no lunch period and little time for extra-extracurricular activities. But the day I spotted that blue paperback at a boo From 7th to 9th grade I was obsessed with romance novels, reading everything from “Lady Chatterley's Lover” to category romances to thick, door-stopper historical epics. By the time “The Magic of You” was published in June 1993, I was just finishing my sophomore year in High School and was not as fanatical about reading for fun, due to having a full course load at school, with no lunch period and little time for extra-extracurricular activities. But the day I spotted that blue paperback at a bookstore in the mall, I squealed in delight to see it was a sequel to one of my favorite Johanna Lindsey books, “Gentle Rogue.” I excitedly plunked down $5.99 plus tax and hurried home to read it. To do this day, it remains the only book I ever read and finished TWICE in one day. The heroine-in-pursuit plot seems like such an unusual trope in historicals, or if it isn’t, it’s at least rare in the romances I read. More often, it’s the hero pursuing the heroine, if not out of love, because he wants her body. Here, Amy wants it all from Warren: his body, his love, and his laughter. A free-spirited, confident heroine in pursuit of an uptight, stuffed-shirt hero who tries his best to resist the heroine is my absolute favorite trope, and I don’t think I’ve seen it done better in any book than this one. Lady Amy Malory might be female, but that doesn’t mean she’s any different than her libidinous Malory uncles; and even more so than cousin Reggie. She may be a 17-year-old virgin, but she knows what she wants, and that is her uncle-in-law, the brother of her uncle’s James wife, the dour American, Warren Anderson, who is much older, aged (*I think*) 39. Yes, there’s a considerable age gap between the two, but it doesn’t make any difference here. Amy is strong-willed, determined, witty, and utterly charming. Warren is the complete opposite: a stick-in-the-mud type who was deeply hurt in the past by the woman he loved, so the only woman he has any feelings of consideration for is his sister, Georgina, and his newborn niece, Jacqueline. Warren hates the Malorys. In particular, his brother-in-law, James. When James Malory compromised his sister, Georgina, it took all five burly Anderson brothers taking turns beating James into a pulp to force him to marry her. James has never forgotten that; nor have the Andersons forgotten that James was a pirate who plundered some Anderson family ships. Not to mention that he’s a blasted Englishman, while the Anderson are American. The blood feud runs strong between the two families, despite George, and James’s marriage. So it’s no surprise that Amy’s uncles are vehemently opposed to any union between Warren and Amy. But Amy doesn’t care. She will use all her feminine wiles, all her charm, all the magic of her love to transform bitter Warren into a happy man. And because she’s a Malory, Warren has met his match. This is an imperfect book, I know. It’s not one Johanna Lindsey’s most well-written works, but I loved it. Loved, loved, loved it. 5 Stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sophie ♥

    Rate: 5 solid stars The only other Johanna Lindsey book I've read is Prisoner of My Desire which was a daring bodice ripper set in a medieval era. Even I though was unaffected by the somewhat controversial captivity and 'rape' scenes in the book, I somehow managed to find them utterly boring instead. Even so, I wasn't completely put off from reading another Johanna Lindsey book and I'm so glad I picked up this one next. I was completely blown away by the sheer brilliance of it. After reading jus Rate: 5 solid stars The only other Johanna Lindsey book I've read is Prisoner of My Desire which was a daring bodice ripper set in a medieval era. Even I though was unaffected by the somewhat controversial captivity and 'rape' scenes in the book, I somehow managed to find them utterly boring instead. Even so, I wasn't completely put off from reading another Johanna Lindsey book and I'm so glad I picked up this one next. I was completely blown away by the sheer brilliance of it. After reading just the first few pages, I was thinking to myself, I actually don't know anything about the way Johanna Lindsey can write. Amy Malory is a 17-year-old debutante. Optimistic, determined and anything but shy, she sets her sights on Warren Anderson, the humourless and miserable brother of her aunt. She pursues him shockingly and completely without shame, accosting him at every opportunity she gets. Warren, who has sworn off marriage after being jilted by the woman he loved, is taken aback by her brazen advances and attempts to discourage her, to no avail. "It's my impatience. I really hate waiting for things that are inevitable, and you and I-- "Are not inevitable!" "But we are," she insisted. "And so I don't see why we need to drag this out. You are going to fall in love with me. We're going to get married. We're going to be incredibly happy together. Let it happen, Warren." I'll give you the warning now: If you have an issue with the idea of a woman relentlessly pursuing a man, then stay far away from this book. For those of you who don't mind, this book is certainly refreshing. Not only was the plot unique, it was so easy to adore Amy. Despite acting inappropriately for her age (and time), she still seemed to possess a childish innocence that made her so loveable. She was untainted by the harsh reality of life, fearless and dazzling in her wittiness. I was never annoyed with her antics, just highly amused. This book had a humorous tone, even during the suspenseful moments, but still seemed to have an element of intrigue. The dialogue between the two were enough to keep the boat afloat even without the slightly suspenseful events in the end (which were, by the way, mostly glossed over by humour). This book was a solid 5 star read and has definitely earnt a place on my favorites shelf. "You're quite sure you don't want to take advantage of these nice, soft seats? I know my younger uncles would never have passed up such an opportunity." "Shut up, Amy." "My cousins either. Derek and Jeremy would have a lady's skirts--was "Amy!" She clucked her tongue. "You're sounding more and more like a bloody prude, Warren." "And you're sounding more and more like a dockside whore," he bit out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Some reviewers had a problem with Amy Malory, The heroine's, persistence. But frankly, I found it very refreshing! I don't think Warren Anderson, the hero, would have ever found someone if they hadn't pushed him. Their story is sweet and romantic, with Warren trying to resist Amy. Amy has been in love with Warren since she first saw him. She makes no bones about it and tells him--''I want you, Warren Anderson'' She is bubbly, spirted and funny as well as beautiful. Warren is still his grumpy old se Some reviewers had a problem with Amy Malory, The heroine's, persistence. But frankly, I found it very refreshing! I don't think Warren Anderson, the hero, would have ever found someone if they hadn't pushed him. Their story is sweet and romantic, with Warren trying to resist Amy. Amy has been in love with Warren since she first saw him. She makes no bones about it and tells him--''I want you, Warren Anderson'' She is bubbly, spirted and funny as well as beautiful. Warren is still his grumpy old self, the same since we saw him in 'Gentle Rogue' which was James Malory's and Georgiana Anderson's tale. We see James and 'George' again, and George is giving birth to their first child. Amy literally fights Warren to be WITH Warren. She uses very amusing tactics, which i mostly laugh out load at. Johanna Lindsey wrote a wonderful story of a resisting man, who has been hurt in the lowest way possible and the woman who could pick him back up again. Zooey Deschanel as Amy Malory Hugh Jackman as Warren Anderson

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    Some books inspire great reviews and others leave you with a smile on your face but not too much to say. I really liked this book but what I loved the most was the animosity between Warren and Amy's uncles. You have to read Gentle Rogue before this one and I wished I had read all of the books in this series in order. *Running off getting the backlist* The family plays a huge role in this book and the Mallory family is my favorite historical romance family. What I liked: 1. We got to spend a lot o Some books inspire great reviews and others leave you with a smile on your face but not too much to say. I really liked this book but what I loved the most was the animosity between Warren and Amy's uncles. You have to read Gentle Rogue before this one and I wished I had read all of the books in this series in order. *Running off getting the backlist* The family plays a huge role in this book and the Mallory family is my favorite historical romance family. What I liked: 1. We got to spend a lot of time with Anthony again 2. We got to spend even more time with Georgie and James from Gentle Rogue 3. Amy's positive outlook and brazen pursuit of Warren 4. The whole plot What I didn't like so much: 1. I could not really feel the romance building 2. Amy was beyond stupid a couple of times 3. Warren was too stubborn and gave too little

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raine

    Warren Anderson is the crankiest of the Anderson's because of a jilted love many years ago, but the moment that Amy Malory met him she knew he was the one for her. There are many up hill battles that Amy has to face to get Warren to love her and even though I love this book I really think that in the end after he breaks her heart she really forgives him so easily. I wish she would've made him grovel a little bit. Warren Anderson is the crankiest of the Anderson's because of a jilted love many years ago, but the moment that Amy Malory met him she knew he was the one for her. There are many up hill battles that Amy has to face to get Warren to love her and even though I love this book I really think that in the end after he breaks her heart she really forgives him so easily. I wish she would've made him grovel a little bit.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Jeffries

    Okay, I'm cheating here, and I don't like them all equally, but I do love the Mallory's. They're all funny. I especially liked Love Only Once (the first book), Gentle Rogue (my favorite), and The Magic of You (where the heroine chases the hero shamelessly). Okay, I'm cheating here, and I don't like them all equally, but I do love the Mallory's. They're all funny. I especially liked Love Only Once (the first book), Gentle Rogue (my favorite), and The Magic of You (where the heroine chases the hero shamelessly).

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    2.5 stars. Listened to this one on audio. Amy, an 18 y/o Malory neice, has designs on her 36 y/o American cousin-by-marriage and spends much of the book trying to seduce him into marrying her. Cute at moments, but I am not into stories that star a silly girl as a heroine. She is a naive, TSTL heroine who needs rescued from her own stupidy repeatedly. Warren, the hero is a brooding, mean humorless man who thinks taking a switch to someone will cure wilfullness. And yes, he spanks her good in one 2.5 stars. Listened to this one on audio. Amy, an 18 y/o Malory neice, has designs on her 36 y/o American cousin-by-marriage and spends much of the book trying to seduce him into marrying her. Cute at moments, but I am not into stories that star a silly girl as a heroine. She is a naive, TSTL heroine who needs rescued from her own stupidy repeatedly. Warren, the hero is a brooding, mean humorless man who thinks taking a switch to someone will cure wilfullness. And yes, he spanks her good in one scene. The romance was actually missing, it was just her trying to seduce him while he refused her over and over until, (ooops!), they have sex. Nothing romantic. The story was so predictable, a complete stretch, and not one I'd like to read again. The audiobook reader was actually pretty good, so I'll mention that. My only issue was the characters CONSTANTLY laughed at their own jokes, and the readers laughing was like nails on a chalkboard.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mou

    Is this a romance? If it is then where was the love? All I saw a pathetic childish heroine was chasing the hero and claiming her love for him again and again. The point is I didn't feel the love. She knew that the hero doesn't like her but she was determined to make him love her. Sorry but no sorry, the heroine whole banter was just irritating. And the hero who was another example of pathetic personality stuck in his past love life where other evil women ruined his life ..... blah blah blah and Is this a romance? If it is then where was the love? All I saw a pathetic childish heroine was chasing the hero and claiming her love for him again and again. The point is I didn't feel the love. She knew that the hero doesn't like her but she was determined to make him love her. Sorry but no sorry, the heroine whole banter was just irritating. And the hero who was another example of pathetic personality stuck in his past love life where other evil women ruined his life ..... blah blah blah and that's why he hated woman. So, plain and simple he was not interested in her but later he suddenly felt his undeniable love for her which wasn't actually believable. AND, I think I said enough. Let's not start talking about other pathetic characters. 🙄🙄🙄 Safety Issue: It was safe. The 17year heroine was virgin and the 36year hero wasn't obviously virgin but he was celibate for some time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chumchum_88

    This series is getting better and better, I have to thank my friends Eden Creed for introducing me to Johanna Lindsey, so far I'm loving her books. Amy was such a refreshing heroine, she literally lightened the atmosphere in any scene in the book. What I loved about her was her boldness, brazenness more like it, I have read my fair share of bold strong-minded heroine but Amy was totally different, she took boldness to a totally different level, going after her man like that, which had me going "Y This series is getting better and better, I have to thank my friends Eden Creed for introducing me to Johanna Lindsey, so far I'm loving her books. Amy was such a refreshing heroine, she literally lightened the atmosphere in any scene in the book. What I loved about her was her boldness, brazenness more like it, I have read my fair share of bold strong-minded heroine but Amy was totally different, she took boldness to a totally different level, going after her man like that, which had me going "You go girl". I loved how likable she was, how comfortable she was with the other characters like Jeremy and such. Warren was another matter entirely, he was gruff, mean, and on time downright cruel. He kept refusing her, taunting her, thinking all kind of possibilities why she was after him, first from her being practically a "bitch in heat" to her being pregnant and wanting him to marry her, then wanting him to have sex with her so he Have to marry her. Honestly there wasn't a thing I would have changed in this book, not even the days that went on with him avoiding or ignoring her, it just made the book more worthwhile. Especially the scenes when he's so set against her, and then the next second he either full of jealousy, or pulling her to him or falling to his knees (Personally my favorite *snickers*) - I loved how everything worked out for the previous characters and how they are settling in. - Jeremy is one of my most endearing characters, that's why I liked how well he fitted in with the rest of the family and even becoming Amy's best friend. - I liked how the two pirates that worked for James in his ship now working as his butlers, oh how I wish I could see Arty and Henry XD - I liked that Chinese guy who's was like their prison guard "Taishi" or something, he was funny, and I would have loved if he really left with Warren and started to work in their household. - Yeah the two young uncles, are like a comedy duo they are just so funny I can't help myself from grinning whenever they are mentioned - One last thing I especially loved the spanking scene XD Overall, *thumps up*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ivana Azap Feješ

    Some books inspire great reviews and others leave you with a smile on your face but not too much to say. I really liked this book but what I loved the most was the animosity between Warren and Amy's uncles. The family plays a huge role in this book and the Mallory family is my favorite historical romance family. So, I'm not shy about how much I love the Malory series! I cannot get enough of them and love the interaction between the Malory family and the Andersons who can't seem to stop marrying t Some books inspire great reviews and others leave you with a smile on your face but not too much to say. I really liked this book but what I loved the most was the animosity between Warren and Amy's uncles. The family plays a huge role in this book and the Mallory family is my favorite historical romance family. So, I'm not shy about how much I love the Malory series! I cannot get enough of them and love the interaction between the Malory family and the Andersons who can't seem to stop marrying their women! The books do such a great job of creating male characters both full of emotion and who are also men of action. We get so much insight into the thoughts and feelings of Lindsey's men and I guess that’s a big part of what draws me to these stories – that I love the outward gruff and toughness of the men juxtaposed with their internal old softies. The heroine, Amy, was so unexpectedly bold, fun and mischievous that she easily rivaled Regan, and is by far the best Malory heroine. This Malory novel, introduces martial arts against fisticuffs and a journey across the ocean, sizzling with desire that is enough to unravel the rigid Warren Anderson, a Malory family 'in-law. If you enjoy everything Malory, extended American relatives, the exotic and a little injection of Captain "Hawk", James Malory, then do read, please.(Does my review have enough "Malorys" in it?) I really enjoyed this book, even though it was a bit over-dramatic. But I've come to expect that of books written during this time period. Amy, a Mallory cousin, has her sites set on Georgina's Yankee brother, Warren. She made up her 17 year-old mind six months earlier when she first met him. Finally, a heroine chasing a hero theme. I thought this book was hilarious. It was exactly what I was looking for and it was written well. I had been looking for a book where the heroine does the pursuing. Laughing-out-loud-recommendation :D

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nazia

    Johanna lindsey has never ceased to surprise me with her excellent books despite the bold scenes but this time she has completely bowled me over. I am in total awe of this book and can't find enough words to praise this excellent,heart warming and cute love story. This book is so different from rest of her works,it's so special. It's the invincible and pure love story which tugs the strings of your heart and leaves a impression on your mind forever. Reading this book has been an amazing experien Johanna lindsey has never ceased to surprise me with her excellent books despite the bold scenes but this time she has completely bowled me over. I am in total awe of this book and can't find enough words to praise this excellent,heart warming and cute love story. This book is so different from rest of her works,it's so special. It's the invincible and pure love story which tugs the strings of your heart and leaves a impression on your mind forever. Reading this book has been an amazing experience for me,what a page turner it turned out to be,i completed it and then re turned the pages and started reading it again. Warren Anderson **a dreamy sigh** a 36 year old sea captain is the most insolent,impertinent,cold cad who has been jilted by his lady love in his youth and never recovered from the shock and hence treats women coldly and for his basic needs.Despite his crudeness he has the looks of a fallen angel and hence women are drawn to him like moth to flame only to be dejected by him. Amy malory,a 18 year old reckless,cheerful,sweet,bubbly girl with looks of a angel falls in love with Warren at first sight and hence is determined to win him and to bring laughter back into his life and to melt the cold screen surrounding his heart and make her way into it.But warren is shocked by her moves and hence discourages her at every point and meets her sweet passion with cruelty and stubborness. But passion wins in the end and their both become soulmates. This book is a complete makeover for lindsey.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    So, I'm not shy about how much I love the Malory series! I cannot get enough of them and love the interaction between the Malory family and the Andersons who can't seem to stop marrying their women! The books do such a great job of creating male characters both full of emotion and who are also men of action. We get so much insight into the thoughts and feelings of Lindsey's men and I guess that’s a big part of what draws me to these stories – that I love the outward gruff and toughness of the me So, I'm not shy about how much I love the Malory series! I cannot get enough of them and love the interaction between the Malory family and the Andersons who can't seem to stop marrying their women! The books do such a great job of creating male characters both full of emotion and who are also men of action. We get so much insight into the thoughts and feelings of Lindsey's men and I guess that’s a big part of what draws me to these stories – that I love the outward gruff and toughness of the men juxtaposed with their internal old softies. This Malory book is no different. In fact, Warren is the gruffest of the Andersons having been badly hurt and thrown over by the woman he loved years before. Hearing him struggle to maintain his Oscar the Grouch routine is loads of fun, especially when headstrong Amy tries her hardest to make him smile at every turn. Amy is every bit a Malory and it's interesting to see a female of the family get hit with the love bug. She doesn't disappoint as she shows the Malory spunk and determination to make Warren hers. I enjoyed Amy as a character and found her to be a perfect foil for Warren. I believe this is the same reader of the other Malory audio books I've listened to, and she does manage to give all the characters their own distinctive personalities. You never have to guess who is speaking and she inflects just the right emotion into her voice for each situation. What can I say – It's another terrific Malory book by Johanna Lindsey and I just can't get enough of them! Whether you read them or listen to them, check out this Malory series if you like historical romance. You won't be disappointed!

  19. 4 out of 5

    When Funmi Met Romance

    The Magic of You: 5 Star Great Read! Wow. I must say , I really enjoyed that book. I have never had the pleasure of reading a Johanna Lindsey book, (I Think), and it will not be my last time. Her book was a load of fun and I stayed up all night to read it. This book is in a series and the series is very important to the novel obviously by the massive amount of extra but important characters mentioned. However, that didn't annoy me surprisingly. Basically, in this novel, there is an impetuous bold The Magic of You: 5 Star Great Read! Wow. I must say , I really enjoyed that book. I have never had the pleasure of reading a Johanna Lindsey book, (I Think), and it will not be my last time. Her book was a load of fun and I stayed up all night to read it. This book is in a series and the series is very important to the novel obviously by the massive amount of extra but important characters mentioned. However, that didn't annoy me surprisingly. Basically, in this novel, there is an impetuous bold beautiful chit named Amy and a brooding bitter man named Warren. Their families hate each other, yet, they keep getting united by marriage and being forced to interact with each other. Warren is an american and Amy is a brit. Upon seeing him, she decided that he will be her husband and will fall in love with her. She wastes no time in laying down what would happen and why! It was so much fun, she was honestly the most insolent thing ever. However, I can't blame her for seizing her happiness. The book shows an extreme difference in age, about an 18 year difference. She is 17, 18 in two weeks, and he is 36. Talk about a May-December romance haha. Anyways, the book was a lot of fun, especially the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucie "a heart so wild"

    Woo Hoo! This is an exciting romance. Crazies' heroine ever. She pursue the Hero! Oh My...but try it, it so funny, sometimes there is a kind of Hero which need stalkerific Heroine to chase him. To introduced him with love. Finally I'm very excited with this book. Crazy Amy! Woo Hoo! This is an exciting romance. Crazies' heroine ever. She pursue the Hero! Oh My...but try it, it so funny, sometimes there is a kind of Hero which need stalkerific Heroine to chase him. To introduced him with love. Finally I'm very excited with this book. Crazy Amy!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicky (Victoria) Cavill

    I love this book. Warren and Amy were so good together. I loved it. This was one of those books that I want to erase from my memory and re-read again!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    The heroine wowed me. It was hard to put down. I was shaking my head and smiling at the unbelievable boldness of the heroine Amy and her tenacity, even though she was repeatedly rejected. It was interesting for a change to have a hero who was arrogant, cynical, brooding and hated women. This was different, a good story and very enjoyable. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: 1819 London. Copyright: 1993. Genre: regency romance. For a list of my reviews of other Johanna Lindsey The heroine wowed me. It was hard to put down. I was shaking my head and smiling at the unbelievable boldness of the heroine Amy and her tenacity, even though she was repeatedly rejected. It was interesting for a change to have a hero who was arrogant, cynical, brooding and hated women. This was different, a good story and very enjoyable. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: 1819 London. Copyright: 1993. Genre: regency romance. For a list of my reviews of other Johanna Lindsey books, see my 5 star review of “Gentle Rogue” posted 6/14/08.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate H

    Johanna Lindsey is an author I have read for many years and while her books are not amazing they are a good solid rainy afternoon escape. I think the best part of her books are the characters who are multi-faceted and keep me engaged in the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    DNF The heroine is 17, the hero is 36. I don't mind the age difference but I need the heroine (and the hero) to be out of the diapers. 17? She's still a kid. No thank you, not my thing. DNF The heroine is 17, the hero is 36. I don't mind the age difference but I need the heroine (and the hero) to be out of the diapers. 17? She's still a kid. No thank you, not my thing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I did not like this book 20 years back and I thought that maybe this would be a reverse reaction on re-read to many of my teenage favorites. Wrong. So wrong, wrong, wrong. It is that bad. I have to either credit my younger self with more taste than I ought to or this was so bad that even my hormone driven self got annoyed. Still pondering which it is. Maybe both. The heroine spoiled this novel. She's 17, her love interest is 36 or 37. I have a weakness for the Malory series, they are a lot of fun. I did not like this book 20 years back and I thought that maybe this would be a reverse reaction on re-read to many of my teenage favorites. Wrong. So wrong, wrong, wrong. It is that bad. I have to either credit my younger self with more taste than I ought to or this was so bad that even my hormone driven self got annoyed. Still pondering which it is. Maybe both. The heroine spoiled this novel. She's 17, her love interest is 36 or 37. I have a weakness for the Malory series, they are a lot of fun. But this one.... Amy was childish and banked on her similarities to Reggie to influence her family, that's my impression. If she looked more like Clara she wouldn't have been indulged to this degree . Headstrong, selfish, childish and sometimes I got the impression that Warren's consent wasn't all important either to her, no matter what she said about not forcing him into a marriage. She still believed that she knew better and just had to push enough to get what she wanted and he would learn to enjoy it or have a sudden revelation about his feelings for her - I hate such characteristics when male characters display them, why should I find it cute with a female?!? I don't like Warren either and I'm firmly against corporal punishment, but in this case someone should have taken her over their knees and treated her like the horrible brat she is. A lot of JH books are dated but here I can't blame old school, it's the heroine pure and simple that sinks this ship.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vallsykes

    The heroine, Amy, was so unexpectedly bold, fun and mischievous that she easily rivaled Regan, and is by far the best Malory heroine. This Malory novel, introduces martial arts against fisticuffs and a journey across the ocean, sizzling with desire that is enough to unravel the rigid Warren Anderson, a Malory family 'in-law. If you enjoy everything Malory, extended American relatives, the exotic and a little injection of Captain "Hawk", James Malory, then do read, please.(Does my review have eno The heroine, Amy, was so unexpectedly bold, fun and mischievous that she easily rivaled Regan, and is by far the best Malory heroine. This Malory novel, introduces martial arts against fisticuffs and a journey across the ocean, sizzling with desire that is enough to unravel the rigid Warren Anderson, a Malory family 'in-law. If you enjoy everything Malory, extended American relatives, the exotic and a little injection of Captain "Hawk", James Malory, then do read, please.(Does my review have enough "Malorys" in it?)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiko

    it was a good book. not as good as first 3 books of the series but still quite delightful :D i cant truly say that Warren and Amy will ever be my favorite hero and heroine... he was too stubborn and truly i couldnt see much love and romance from his side and she was too stubborn AND too forthcoming... i love when a man chases a woman not vice versa xD she was acting like a high class rake determined on seducing his prey :D i loooved all of the parts with James, Anthony and George! these are truly it was a good book. not as good as first 3 books of the series but still quite delightful :D i cant truly say that Warren and Amy will ever be my favorite hero and heroine... he was too stubborn and truly i couldnt see much love and romance from his side and she was too stubborn AND too forthcoming... i love when a man chases a woman not vice versa xD she was acting like a high class rake determined on seducing his prey :D i loooved all of the parts with James, Anthony and George! these are truly my fav characters! i enjoyed this book. it had its moments :D especially cabin moments :D

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    Out if the Malory family series I enjoyed this one most. I loved how the heroine never gave up on the hero. Thought. It to be adorable and sexy. Then when she was kidnapped and he went out to sea to save her...sigh.... Cute cute cute.. Amy and warren terrific story johanna

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vasilena

    I like these series a lot! So I feel bad rating this one so low. Thought I should voice my opinion on the problems I had and at the same time highly recommend the other volumes of the 'Mallorys'! The story and the plot lines are fine, the only problem is Amy. She is insufferable in her stubbornness, and its highly unlikely anyone will tolerate her as much as everyone in this book does. At first I was very impressed with the fact that the heroine is taking the initiative, and of course was cheerin I like these series a lot! So I feel bad rating this one so low. Thought I should voice my opinion on the problems I had and at the same time highly recommend the other volumes of the 'Mallorys'! The story and the plot lines are fine, the only problem is Amy. She is insufferable in her stubbornness, and its highly unlikely anyone will tolerate her as much as everyone in this book does. At first I was very impressed with the fact that the heroine is taking the initiative, and of course was cheering for her. A half into the book I was exasperated with her sheer stupidity and naivete. She never apologizes for the messes she gets the duo into, and doesn't seem to care for the possible chagrins she is causing to her family. Parts of her character were consistent with the rest of the Malorys but she clearly crossed all boundaries of common sense. I liked Warren a lot, and honestly I felt bad he had to be stuck with this girl and for the sake of happy ending had to miraculously fall in love with her. There was no reasoning behind them falling in love, other than they were attracted to each other. There was no bonding between them, nada. Just Amy doing silly things and him ending up having to rescue her. I wouldn't say skip that one because you might lose some of the story (if reading the entire series) but feel free to skim through it. Except the Warren passages - he is worth the attention.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Harsha

    I have one word- Ew!

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