Aline & McKenna's book
Again the Magic (Wallflowers 0.5)
by Lisa Kleypas
Book Blurb: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 London society.
...and he took her love.
Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned—more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll...or risk everything for his first, and only, love.
I actually read Again the Magic January 2011. For some reason I just never posted on my blog. So this review is carry over repost from my Goodreads account.
Again the Magic takes place in Stoney Creek which is near the Hathaway's setting from that Lisa Kleypas series. This story occurs before both of the fabulous Hathaways and Wallflowers series.
I think I'd rather give this book a 3.5 stars but not a 4. I liked it but didn't love it.
I loved the beginning of the book alot. I felt the connection between Aline and McKenna and I truly felt the despair of them not being together. The way they ended their relationship was heartbreaking. Follow that particular scenario up with Aline's accident; the whole situation had me turning the pages so fast I couldn't seem to get enough.
For me Again the Magic slowed down at the "Twelve Years Later" part. The reasons that Aline couldn't admit to how and why they parted twelve years earlier just didn't sit well with me. I just wasn't buying it. Her dad had passed on and she still loved McKenna and he still loved her so what was the problem? I suppose if Aline had told McKenna her reasons from the beginning there would have been no book or story. I would rather have read a story where she shares with him all of those heartbreaking reasons from twelve years ago, they move past it and then an awesome story to tell the journey of them coming together again. It was almost the last page of the book before the "happily ever after" happened and I just would have preferred it sooner. It would still interest me to read about her adapting to life in New York and how deeply they fall back in love with each other.
One thing I did really like was that she wasn't pregnant at the end of the book. That drives me nuts how so many stories end with a baby.