- File Size: 1680 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1696748283
- Publisher: Danelle Harmon (May 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 17, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00849YPZA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Defiant One (The De Montforte Brothers, Book 3) Kindle Edition
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K.I.S.S. AWARD! "This laugh-out-loud read is a special treat for animal lovers, whowho will fall in love, not only with the humans in the story,but their unforgettable pets as well. Ms. Harmon'ssensual hero and charming heroine will sweep into your heart! 4 Stars!" -- K. Robin, Romantic Times
I thoroughly enjoyedThe Defiant One ...Danelle is a writer you can trust to deliver great stories timeafter time!My only regret is that I didn't read it with my oven mitts on!Witty and wonderful... a fresh and enchanting story withprovocative love scenes and intelligent, passionate characters.I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.I am awed and delighted by Danelle Harmon's talent!"--NY Times Best-selling author Lisa Kleypas
FIVE STARS! Anentertaining, often times jocular Georgian romance that lives up to itspredecessors' standard of excellence. The storyline is fun and breezy ... at times WC Fields will come to mind asthe animals steal the show. Fans of a humorous historicalromance will savor [this] story and impatiently wait for the conclusion starring the Machiavellian WICKED ONE. -- Harriet Klausner
FOUR STARS! A charming, intelligent, and a wonderful tortured romantic hero ... an equally enjoyable heroine ... fans will not be disappointed! -- W. Crutcher, The Romance Reader
THE DEFIANT ONEis a lot of fun. . . a delightful romantic comedy with compelling characters anda crazy "mad scientist" plot. ... expect to laugh and be carried along with a crazy romantic tale!" R. Uncapher, All About Romance
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Celsie, the female lead, is a great character and actually outshines her hero in this story. She is strong-willed, funny, and although she comes off somewhat shrew-like initially, is actually warm, vulnerable, and very kind-hearted whereas Andrew is insecure and moody. Don't get me wrong, he has his heart-melting moments but I often found him frustratingly immature and self-absorbed. That aside, I enjoyed how Harmon developed their relationship from one of mutual dislike to reluctant attraction, and finally, to genuine friendship. Many other reviewers criticized Harmon's heavy handed use of dog references, but they really didn't bother me and besides, they don't matter to the story in the grand scheme of things.
However, there are two things I really don't like about The Defiant One:
1) the overuse of the aphrodisiac in the story (such as after the dueling scene) because it was completely unnecessary to the development of the plot but reduced their lovemaking to an artificial experience that neither of them wanted. Why not allow the two a moment of genuine passion? SMALL SPOILER ALERT: And why is it that Celsie couldn't remember anything that occurred after she took the aphrodisiac but Andrew could?
2) the way Harmon managed Andrew's so-called illness. She alludes briefly to the fact that his hallucinations may be visions that he can use but for something that plagues him throughout the book to be dismissed so casually in dialog with no closure whatsoever felt very unfinished to me.
Consistent with the previous two books, this is an entertaining read to pass the time.
Though I was looking forward to reading more about this unique de Montforte, but I was honestly a little disappointed. That has nothing to do with the author, whose writing was just as stellar as it was in the first two books. What disappointed me was the way the story seemed to become more about Andrew's invention than Andrew himself. And there seemed to be a lot less of a central focus on Andrew and Celsiana, which was different than the first two books.
In The Wild One and The Beloved One, the two people who become a couple were the focal point of the entire plot. Though others came and went, they were given the most attention and we got to read a lot about each of those two peoples' perspectives. In The Defiant One, a lot of other people came into play to such an extent that they were almost equally central characters to Andrew and Celsiana. That's just not my personal preference. I enjoyed the first two books and was hoping to see something more along those lines in this third installment.
That being said, the story was really interesting and well-done. Though it didn't quite fit my personal preferences, the focus on Andrew's invention was very fitting to his character. And, frankly, to Celsiana's character. These two would likely never have gotten together if not for Andrew's invention. It was a necessary catalyst, if you'll pardon the pun.
Overall, it was a good story. I highly, highly recommend the series.
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You will be inspired by this book. Lucien is up.to his tricks again. But whether his siblings realise it or not he has got it right again. Only once again they don't realise it. This brother is more difficult to deal with, so a mere leading him to the right person is all he needs to do.
Although Andrew doesn't see it that way...obviously.
Celcie: I think I have a headache coming on
Lucien: Perhaps you should have thought of that an hour ago. Or Andew should.
I nearly didn't buy this book - but for those two scenes alone, it was worth it.
The Defiant One (The De Montforte Brothers)