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The Wicked One (The De Montforte Brothers, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Danelle Harmon
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Book Description

The bluest of blood; the boldest of hearts; the de Montforte brothers will take your breath away."

When the powerful Lucien de Montforte, the Duke of Blackheath, arrives home to find a dangerous and vengeful woman waiting for him in his bed with pistol in hand, the master manipulator never dreams that he has finally met his match. But thanks to his scheming family's successful attempts to force a wedding, the wicked and wily duke finds himself entangled in a web of his own making in this spectacular conclusion to Danelle Harmon's critically acclaimed de Montforte Brothers series!

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    DESERT ISLE KEEPER!  "Eva is every bit as smart, dangerous, and difficult as Lucien; it's Machiavelli meets Lucrezia Borgia, and the sparks they do fly!  -- M. Novak, All About Romance

    "Lucien is ... a prototype for Mary Balogh's Wulfric Bedwyn ... cold, studiously polite, and unapproachable.  Though Balogh refines the character and makes him her own, Lucien was there first."                                                 -- Blythe Barnhill, All About Romance

    "Provocative and passionate!"  -- Lisa Kleypas, NYT Bestselling Author

    FIVE STARS!  "Talk about fireworks!  The end to the de Montforte series is one dramatic finish that is NOT to be missed!"   -- M. Friedman, Romance Crush Junkies Reviews

    FIVE STARS!  "Wickedly delightful as the Duke meets his match in the fiery independent Eva!" 
                                                                                    -- H. Klausner

    FOUR STARS!  "The grand manipulator gets his comeuppance when he meets independent American patriot Eva de la Mouriere. . .  Meddling has its price, as Lucien discovers, and fans of the series will be more than satisfied to see him get just what he deserves! Harmon's delightful sense of humor, marvelous characters and true understanding of the ties that bind a family turn THE WICKED ONE into the perfect, well-crafted conclusion to her series!  -- K. Robin, Romantic Times

    "Harmon once again delivers non-stop action and romance ... one would have thought that such a like-minded couple would never work but talented Harmon makes it so. Recommended for anyone who loves to read romance, especially those on the steamier side."  -- Veronica, A Romance Review

    About the Author

    New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written thirteen books, with most previously published in print and distributed in many languages worldwide. She and her husband make their home in New England with their daughter and numerous animals including four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens. Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached at

    Product Details

    • File Size: 4542 KB
    • Print Length: 384 pages
    • Publisher: Danelle Harmon (May 25, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0086GWMQA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Harmon saves the best for last January 27, 2001
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    "You are making a mess of my heart." So says Lucien, Duke of Blackheath, to the woman who is his equal in more ways than one, Eva de la Mouriére. It could also be a line in a message from me to the author, as Ms. Harmon brings the de Monteforte series to an extraordinary close in THE WICKED ONE. Lucien is certainly wicked, all right, and in one of the most sizzling love scenes I've ever read, I discover not only the sexy side to the duke's wickedness, but find myself privy to events that will shape the lives of all involved forever.
    Don't look for humor because this tale takes a deeper look into Lucien's psyche and the events that stole his childhood and shaped him into a formidable force to be reckoned with. The author has gotten into his head perfectly, into the whys and wherefores behind what he's done as head of the family, the burden he's had, how he honestly thought he did the right thing. While I found that I did not agree with his methods of seeing to the welfare of this siblings and Eva, after reading his story I now understand the motives. However, good intentions have a way of coming back to haunt us and in Lucien's last machinations, he finds this out the hard way, for underneath his cool facade is man who can't bear to think his little sister or his wife may hate him forever. In one particular scene, his sister, Nerissa, takes out her full fury on him and while I felt she had every reason to say the things she did, reading his inner reaction to her statements brought me to tears.
    The only thing I felt the story needed was for Luciens' siblings to understand fully the whys of his actions. So they, like the reader, would have a clear understanding of the man behind the dukedom.
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    43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This book has absolutely some of the most sensuous sex scenes I have ever read. You can see the sparks fly when Lucien and Eve are together.
    Eve has encountered two of Lucien's brothers before when she attempted to steal an aphrodisiac which Andrew, Lucien's inventor brother, has invented. Unbeknown to Eve Lucien has switched said aphrodisiac with a fake one, which, when utilized by the King gives him a bad case of diarrhea. Eve encounters Lucien when she attempts to steal the real aphrodisiac and she escapes. Lucien, not to be topped, goes to France and seeks out Eve who with cunning ties him, feeds him the drug and has rousing sex with Lucien; however, Lucien escapes taking the drug with him. Eve is exiled from France and takes refuge at Andrew's home.
    While visiting at Andrew's home, Eve discovers she is pregnant, discloses this to Andrew's wife, and the fun begins. Lucien, who has controlled all of his siblings lives, becomes prey to his siblings for revenge. Lucien's manipulations has also caused his sister's almost bethroted to be captured by the French while on his way to claim an inheritence in Spain. Neesa, Lucien's sister, finds out about Lucien's manipulations and is devastated and refuses to speak with Lucien.
    Eve, a widow, who has been manipulated by men all of her life, does not trust men at all. Her emotions are raised each time she encounters Lucien, but she is afraid to trust him. Eve and Lucien finally wed, have a great wedding night (oh boy)but everything falls apart when Lucien informs her that he has seen his solicitor and decreed that should something happen to Lucien she cannot take the expected baby out of England. This infuriates Eve and she leaves by coach in a snow/sleet storm. There is an accident and the plot thickens.
    A very good sensuous read.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Like fast food: it is only momentarily satisfying. January 29, 2002
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Harmon is to be given credit for creating a series in which each book and its characters are distinctly different. Unlike Stephanie Laurens' Bar Cynster series (which is generally wonderful, but unfortunately each hero is nearly identical), each couple in this series is unique and there is a theme holding the series together: the machinations of the eldest brother Lulcien. On its own this book, would rate 4 stars, but as the culminating book in this series on the de Monteforte brothers, it is a disappointment and therefore I gave it only 3 stars. All through this series, I had been eagerly anticipating the story of the seemingly-Machiavellian Lord Lucien and his comeuppance. The set up in The Defiant One (my favorite of the series) was well done and led me to think that The Wicked One would employ both a devious and worthy heroine and lush love scenes (after all, Lucien and Eva were stealing an aphrodisiac from each other). Instead, the heroine is foiled with little effort, becomes a shadow of her former self and the 2 first love/sex scenes between Lucien and Eva are unsatisfying and cut short. It would be one thing if those scenes served as a teaser to a wonderful and revealing physical and emotional encounter, but unfortunately they do not. The scene in which Eva leaves Lucien and the two end up in dire physical straits due to an avoidable accident, seems forced. In addition, the series-long relationship between Lucien's sister Nerissa and her beau Perry has never been fully explicated and although that relationship played a pivotal role in this book, it was unsatisfying. I thought the author missed the boat on this book: the aphrodisiac was not well employed as a deus ex machina, the sex scenes did not live up to the possibilities, and the characters' spy work was not employed to its full potential.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Published 2 days ago by Loretta Billingsley
    4.0 out of 5 stars I love all her books in this series
    I love all her books in this series. I just couldn't wait to get to the next book. At the end of each was sad for me, like saying good bye to old friends.
    Published 5 days ago by Oklahoma Gal
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Wicked One
    Much better story then the last in the four book series. More excitement throughout the novel. Not a surprise ending but very pleasantly written.
    Published 5 days ago by Gail K. Larkin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    i love it
    Published 11 days ago by Natlija Simunic
    4.0 out of 5 stars Last n best
    To have four books in a Rowe was an amazing two weeks. I never put it down even cooking. I have fallen I. Love with this family.
    Published 24 days ago by momof5
    5.0 out of 5 stars Al four of these booke were excellent. They were well written and keep...
    Al four of these booke were excellent. They were well written and keep your attention. You won't want to put it down.
    Published 1 month ago by Deb K
    5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best out of the series
    Lucien was my favorite brother and I LOVED the story line. The whole series was wonderful. I've never read Danelle Harmon before but I highly recommend her.
    Published 1 month ago by Danielle
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love, dedication, and adventure
    Everything everyone wants. Love for the family as well and each other. Loved the flow of the story. All 4 books were wonderful.
    Published 1 month ago by dot
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I loved it and all of the De Montforte Brothers books!
    Published 2 months ago by Verla Frans
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... is the fourth book in the series and my favorite. I reread it as...
    This is the fourth book in the series and my favorite. I reread it as soon as I was done with it the first time. I think Lucien is my favorite character in all the books.
    Published 2 months ago by dopey
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    More About the Author

    "One of my all-time favorite authors!" -- Julia Quinn, NYT Bestselling Author

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written many books, previously published in print and distributed in many languages throughout the world. Though born and raised in Massachusetts, she and her husband, a native of southwest London, were married and lived in England for several years. These days, Ms. Harmon and her husband make their home in New England with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including three dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and numerous pet chickens. Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached at or on Facebook at

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