Midsummer Magic - Magic, Bk 1 Author:Catherine Coulter Philip Hawksbury, the Earl of Rothermere, obeying his father's dying wish, hies himself to Scotland to offer for one of the daughters of Alexander Kilbracken, the Earl of Ruthven. — Frances Kilbracken, informed of the earl's arrival and his mission, disguises herself as a bespectacled dowd so she won't be the one selected by the young... more » earl. But choose her he does, and for all the wrong reasons.
The newly married couple return to England, together but not at all happy. Philip dumps Frances at Desborough Hall, his ancestral estate, and heads back to his old life in London. Ah, but Desborough has a stud farm and racing stable, and Frances is magic with horses.
When the earl returns to his home, driven by guilt, he discovers the woman he married has grossly deceived him. « less
Great book. Midsummer Magic is the first novel in the Magic trilogy. One does not have to read all 3, they are separate books within themselves, only mention of friends are included in the following 2 books. I loved this book.
Wow. Last time I take a rec! This was crap. The writing itself was so bad it kept kicking me right out of this rather pedestrian romance.
The sex was only okay; one good scene does not a whole book make.
The POV switched inside paragraphs. Their "hilarious battle of the sexes" consisted of childish arguments, cliched demands and stubborn idiocy. The offensive assumptions and shallow reactions of the main characters were apparently supposed to pass as 'period thinking' - but the attempts were only awkward and jarring and repulsive instead. The "mystery" was contrived and seemed pasted on to give the story it some kind of end.
Ugh. Not sure why I even finished reading it other than the fact that it didn't take much attention to do so. Just stubborn I guess. *sigh*
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I love everything Catherine Coulter writes and can't say enough about her. She keeps you titillated just enough to turn the pages rapidly and then you hate when the book is done because you felt like you were there!
The hero was a arrogant sod, but in the end they enjoyed each other. What better ending?
As far as the 'rapes'...the man was a duke. It was her duty to produce an heir as soon as possible to secure the title. Brother or no brother, most men would want that, regardless of circumstances. Has anyone read any diaries of the day? Women were more or less chattel, in the upper reaches of society, anyway.
The fact that she was Scottish should've caused more problems. Hmmmm..
However, the stableroom scene made up for much and if brandy can get us there, then I recommend more brandy for all. She's used forms of forced sex in her other novels and then showed a progression from the demands and dictates of society for heirs to exciting, mutual satisfaction...
She manages here. Perhaps, she doesn't manage fully, but it's worth reading. Not all of us want heroines that immediately slobber for their men.
Rather worn, but all pages present, published 1987. Frances Kilbracken disguised herself as a mousy Scottish lass to keep Hawk, Earl of Rothmere, from being forced to marry her...but she was chosen for that very reason. Wedded, bedded, and deserted, Frances quickly became the most ravishing and fashionable London lady, only to rouse her husband's ire. How could she trust him, yet how could she resist his burning kisses and soft caresses?
When I first starting reading, I was thinking that it would be a slow read. But within a chapter or two, I was hooked. Found that I was reading this book every chance I had and I enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, I have ordered the next book in the Magic Trilogy series!