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They call her theLanglinais Bride—though she'sseen her husband only one time . . .on their wedding day, twelve years ago.

For years naïve, convent-bred Julianadreaded being summoned to the side ofthe man she wed as a child so long ago. Now herhusband, Sebastian, Earl of Langlinais,has become ensnared in his villainous brother's wicked plots—and has no choice but toturn to his virgin bride for help.

Juliana now finds herself face-to-facewith a man so virile and so powerful that she'sfascinated by him—just as he asks her togo against everything she holds true. Sebastiannever counted on being enchanted bythe beauty of this innocent angel he intended tokeep as wife in name only—and hedares not reveal to her the secret reasonwhy their love can never be . . .

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Product Details

  • Series: The Loved (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380805901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380805907
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.

Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her current adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas and loves to hear from her readers at karen@karenranney.com.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on August 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One thing about Karen Ranney - her storylines are always interesting. I did not love this book but I really did like it.
Sebastian and Juliana were wed 12 years prior to the story - he being about 12 and she the age of 5. The previous 5 years had seen Sebastian fighting the crusades, being imprisoned and finally ransomed out by the Knights Templar. His ransom price was highly inflated for that time because the Knights Templar were not, as portrayed here, the good guys in this book.
Having been finally summoned from the convent she had lived in for the last 12 years, Juliana was pretty much terrified of having to finally assume wifely duties. It was quite a shock to her to find that her husband would ask her to perpetuate a lie and say they were married without ever consumating the marriage bed. Here we have the real core of the love story. No, there was no sexual interaction between Juliana and Sebastian - but yes, you will see how a love, pure and selfless, is built on compassion, understanding and caring. But don't despair, because when you get towards the end you will definitely be in for some very HOT and STEAMY love scenes.
The story was a real eye opener - mostly for the historical value and any lover of history will definitely be thrilled with it. This was a good read, at times slow, but well worth the time.
I will quote from the book, one of the most amazingly beautiful passages Sebastian quoted telling of his love for Jualiana ....."Aristotle was once asked the definition of a friend. He answered that it was a single soul dwelling in two bodies. What is love? I think it is the same. Be my soul, my dearest Juliana."
God, get out the kleenex!!!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By FETCHCAT on April 3, 2000
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I just closed the covers of My Beloved and signed on here to read all the glowing reviews. Imagine my shock when I came across such a polarized range of viewpoints and a shocking number of them negative. This book entranced me from the first page -- from the childhood separation of Juliana and Sebastian to their eventual emotional resolution, I was spellbound. The prose is lyrical and full of rich depth, the love scenes both sensual and compelling. What's not to love? Slow moving? Give me a break...some of the best romances don't gallop along, they meander gracefully and let the reader savor every step. My best friend is a calligrapher, so maybe that's why I found the scenes in the scriptorum so intriguing (this seemed to be a frequent complaint of the naysayers). I thought that that unusual skill added character to Juliana. And as for Sebastian's dark secret, well, someone spilled the beans to me before I read the book and I STILL found his plight and his longing for his wife to be heartbreaking. This is what the craft of writing romance is all about -- emotional tension, sexual chemistry and enough historical detail to make it all seem convincing. I salute you, Karen Ranney, and I spit in the general direction of your critics (to borrow an apt insult from Monty Python and the Holy Grail).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on May 11, 2006
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This is the 2nd novel by Karen Ranney that I've read this past year. I read "Till Next We Meet" (very good) and now "My Beloved". She is a new author for me and so far, a pleasure to have found!

I think that if you are a true historical romance fan and have read hundreds if not a thousand or more books during your lifetime (as I have since high school), then you will understand what I will say. Many authors write really strong tales but, often they fall short in many ways. Whether it is due to poor editing, poor publishing houses, poor press or more, fall short they do. It's just something that happens be it in the begging, middle or end. The characters loose their steam, the story line gets confusing or boring, the action is peaked too early, the ending too neat and tidy, scenes don't make sense, etc. Some books are sexy & lusty, some dark and intense, some rich and passionate, some violent and angry, some sad and morose, some happy and witty and so on. Few books and fewer authors manage to capture in each book the essence of the main characters, the true depth of a story line and the complex emotions of human nature to pull the reader in and captivate them completely. I also don't buy romances for the sex scenes alone. I want it all - passion, intensity, intrigue and deep love. When I finish a story, I want to feel sad that the characters are now gone to me. Sad that the imaginary setting that I found so fascinating is now gone to me. Sad that a world existed in someone elses mind so vividly and yet I was granted special visiting privileges to visit and dream for awhile too. When I close that last page, turn the novel over and gently smooth my hand over the cover of the book one last time, I know I will be missing something special that was mine for just a short time.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1999
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Sebastian of Langlinais is a man of many secrets. He has to outwit the Templars to save his land and people. As part of his plan, he sends for Julianna, the Langlinais Bride. They married as children and she has spent the last twelve years in a convent. This is an unforgettable love story. The characters touch your heart and soul. The book is not to be missed. Dust off a space on your bookshelf because this is a definite keeper. It will be read over and over again until the pages fall out. It is a story that could only have been written by Karen Ranney, with her unique talent and ability to see into the souls of her characters and bring them to life on a written page, to be cherished by her readers. The book is wonderful. Ms. Ranney is an exceptional talent. May her star shine for a very long time.
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