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Merely Magic

Can a cynical scientist and an illogical enchantress find happiness?

Merely Magic

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Release Date : August 10, 2021

ISBN Number : 978-1-61138-013-2


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Magical Malcolms Book #1

Can a cynical scientist and an illogical enchantress find happiness?

Lady Ninian Malcolm Siddons, a healer and herbalist, has dedicated her life to the welfare of her ancestral Northumberland village. Both her class and calling have isolated her from companionship and love. But according to legend, her beloved village cannot thrive without a magical Malcolm in residence.

Drogo Ives, Earl of Ives and Wystan, cares only for honor, science, and reason–unlike his unruly brothers and the illogical and untrustworthy female of the species. Love and marriage are two unknowns he has no desire to explore. His married brother can inherit.

But fate and Drogo’s meddling stepsister bring Drogo and Ninian together for one night…with shattering consequences. Having dealt with the inconvenient result of his father’s bastards, Drogo has vowed to marry any woman who carries his child—and now the irresistible Ninian does. Only, the last time a Malcolm married an Ives, disaster destroyed Wystan and both their families. With all the odds against them, can they find a place where science and mystery meet, and build a bridge into a future where love saves both their families and their homes?


Patricia Rice employs wicked wit and sizzling sensuality to turn the battle of the sexes into a magical romp.” -Mary Jo Putney, NYT Bestselling author


With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance’s hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged romances have won numerous awards and been honored as RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories. She is thrilled to be expanding into mystery and urban fantasy. To receive news of new releases, sign up for her newsletter.

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“Mama died.”

“Because she did not listen to me, love.” Smelling of rich evergreen and roses, the old woman pulled her ten-year-old granddaughter into her plump arms.

“Papa doesn’t want me.” Ninian tried not to snivel as she curled into the first welcoming embrace she could remember receiving.

“Because you are a Malcolm, and men fear what they do not understand. You’ll see when you are older.”

“Papa says I am a witch, Grandmama. I’m not a witch, am I?”

“You’re a Malcolm, dear, and that’s nearly the same. Witches can accomplish great good if they listen to their elders and do as they’re told.” The old woman set her away and straightened Ninian’s shoulders. “Sit up here beside me, and I’ll read you a story.” She patted an ancient leather-bound book in her lap.

“My mama didn’t want me to be a witch,” Ninian whispered, suddenly frightened as she climbed onto the chair and sensed her grandmother’s determination.

“Your mama denied what she was, love, and she died of it. Never deny who you are, and you’ll live a long and happy life.”

“Who I am?” she inquired, snuggling into her grandmother’s powdery embrace, momentarily reassured by her promises.

“A Malcolm, my dear,” the old lady repeated. “Be proud and grateful for your heritage. We can have anything we want, if we want it hard enough. We must never deny who we are, as the story tells us. An Ives once tried to force his Malcolm lady to deny her heritage, and it nearly destroyed the village.”

Ninian loved stories. Happily, she settled down to listen.

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