The Beloved One
Wounded in battle, Englishman Charles de Montforte has awakened to find himself in the tender care of a sensuous, sloe-eyed local miss, whose beauty would be a joy he would treasure always... if only their paths had crossed in some other place and time. Charles' heart is profoundly moved by Amy Leighton's desperate plight, and her curvaceous dark loveliness and gentle, healing touch are enflaming his desires. But the noble British lord is already taken, though Amy soon lures him away from past loyalties to Crown and fiancée with a golden, rapturous promise of love happily forever after.
Amy has long prayed for someone special to enter her life -- someone who would take her far away from the daily drudgery imposed upon her by a cruel, unloving step-family. Now fate has brought her the strong yet gentle man of her dreams; but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land... and he's sworn to love another.
"The Beloved One is one of those books that I could hardly make myself put down. You know how it is; you are *supposed* to eat and sleep now and then, but you'd much rather be reading! ... A desert island keeper... Practically perfect from start to finish, The Beloved One keeps you on the edge of your seat as the plot twists and turns, and leaves you with a tear in your eye. It has a wounded hero to die for, a heroine to admire, and a wonderful cast of secondary characters as well. Who could ask for anything more?... Danelle Harmon is a master at creating heroes that are handsome, brave, and loyal, but also flawed... You might as well buy them both [The Wild One and The Beloved One], barricade yourself into your home, and order a pizza. The Beloved One is really a book to treasure, with the kind of character development that is rarely achieved. If you love it as much as I did, you'll be glad that there are still two more de Montforte brothers." Laurie Likes Books/Blythe Barnhill.
"Four stars! Had me turning the pages as fast as I could. I recommend the book." The Romance Reader/Jean Mason.
"Once again, eldest brother Lucien, 'The Wicked One,' decides to play God in the life of another of his siblings, and the results are great. The second in the de Montforte series is an excellent edition with wonderful characters, especially the darling heroine who holds a special place in my heart." Rendezvous.
"A well-written romance that comes alive... a very fresh story under the talented tutelage of Danelle Harmon due to the realistic Cinderella-like characterizations. Fans of historical romance storylines will want to read this book." Under The Covers/Harriet Klausner.