My Rating: 4 of 5 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 helplessly fall in love. But Aline is the daughter of an insufferable Earl who believes the only purpose his daughter serves is to “marry well”, and will not stand for her falling for a mere servant. Aline has no choice but to crush poor McKenna’s heart and send him packing. But McKenna eventually returns with bitterness on his tongue and revenge against Aline in his heart…
Alongside Aline’s and McKenna’s romance runs a secondary love story, which is a little less forbidden but also holds a healthy level of “taboo”. I initially wasn’t sure I wanted my main couple sharing the spotlight, and although the additional romance ended up being a nice compliment to the story, I never found it entirely necessary.
I would have been happy with a little less sex and a bit more story, although it’s difficult to complain about a book written so incredibly well. The element of tension did become a little redundant at times: miscommunication, withholding information, the denial and sacrificing of feelings … however, everything held a purposeful place within the story.
What I loved most was how richly layered and deeply developed each character was — this is what brings a story to life for me. The romance had a “timeless” sort of feel to it, and I immediately knew that this would be one I’d remember.
If you’re a fan of historical fiction delivered through eloquent writing, and looking for an extremely well-executed, sexually charged story — don’t pass this one up!
▪ Genre/Category: Historical Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: Maximum steam and plenty of it.
▪ Romance: Friends to lovers, forbidden romance.
▪ Characters: Vengeful but lovable hero. Strong but reluctant heroine.
▪ Plot: Showcases a main forbidden love story, and a secondary character romance.
▪ Writing: Eloquent, fluid, graceful, steamy.
▪ POV: 3rd Person Perspective: Alternates focus
▪ Cliffhanger: None/ Can be read as standalone.
▪ Next Installment: Separate story in series.