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The Defiant One (The De Montforte Brothers, Book 3) by [Harmon, Danelle]
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5 STARS!  "Vastly entertaining, thoroughly and utterly amusing ... a charming, funny, and just plain delightful read!"    -- Melanie Friedman, Romance Crush Junkies Reviews

K.I.S.S. AWARD!  "This laugh-out-loud read is a special treat for animal lovers, who who will fall in love, not only with the humans in the story, but their unforgettable pets as well. Ms. Harmon's sensual hero and charming heroine will sweep into your heart! 4 Stars!"  -- K. Robin, Romantic Times

I thoroughly enjoyed The Defiant One ... Danelle is a writer you can trust to deliver great stories time after time! My only regret is that I didn't read it with my oven mitts on! Witty and wonderful... a fresh and enchanting story with provocative 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! 
An entertaining, often times jocular Georgian romance that lives up to its predecessors' standard of excellence. The storyline is fun and breezy ... at times WC Fields will come to mind as the animals steal the show. Fans of a humorous historical romance 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 ONE is a lot of fun. . . a delightful romantic comedy with compelling characters and a crazy "mad scientist" plot.  ... expect to laugh and be carried along with a crazy romantic tale!" 
R. Uncapher, All About Romance

About the Author

Multi award-winning author Danelle Harmon has written nine romances for Avon Books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3411 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Danelle Harmon (May 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00849YPZA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Both the bride and the groom had vowed never to marry, but a few drops of an aphrodisiac invented by Andrew left Celsie thoroughly compromised (or was it the other way around?) and marriage was the only option. Although Andrew found himself beginning to like the idea of being married to Celsie, he knew that she would despise him when she found out the truth about him. Celsie found herself falling in love with her handsome new husband, but knew that whatever horrible secret he was keeping from her had the potential to destroy their marriage.
Although this is the first book I have read by Danelle Harmon, it is apparently the third part of a series of romances involving the de Montforte family and their matchmaking duke of a brother, Lucien. (Reminds me a great deal of the Malloren family saga by Jo Beverley.) This book had me so spellbound I could hardly put it down! I'll be looking for more books (past and future) by this talented author!
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I must say this is a great book it was wonderful and funny.Many people have complained that they have not read the first 2 and so this is confusing or such. Well I feel that this book carries it own. There is no need to read the others if you don't want to because this book tells a little about the other two.But I sugjest you do anyways because they are excellent. Ms. Harmon is an excellent writer. I have Read the wild on and the beloved one and they are both great books First the wild Lord Gareth and Juliet then the beloved Lord Charles and Amy(both women are americans) and now the defiant Lord Andrew and Lady Chelesana. it was funny from the first moment and romantic to the last. I would give this book and its brother books 8 stars if I could. I can't wait for the last book about The Wicked Duke of Blackheath. READ IT! is all I can say
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It's been a little while since I was so engrossed in a bookthat I could not put it down. Happily enough The Defiant One was oneof those books.
Celsie and Andrew the main characters in this rich story line are a well matched pair and the way that those two get together is fantastic. He is a inventor who accidentally invents an aphrodisiac and well ... you just have to read it. All I have to say is that I usually skip sex scenes in romance novels because they are too contrived and boring but this was waaay steamy. They are also both charminlgy vulnerable and it was truely wonderful to watch them become friends and lovers.
The only complaint that I have about this book is that there are two books before it, in the de Montforte saga, and the first book in that saga, The Wild One, is out of print. I know, waaa.
This is a must read book that I hope is part of a must read series. It does have at least one book left in the series, slated to come out in January of 2001. I can not wait for it to be released.
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With so many glowing reviews I had to ensure I was reading the same book as the other reviewers; I found this story to be an awful read.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

The reader is subjected to language that is more suited to young teenage girls from Southern California circa 2012 (rather than 1777) from the beginning. At the ball where the reader is witness to Andrew's first "episode" for example, one girl commented, "...did you see the way his eyes got all distant?" and later, we read Andrew thinking to himself, "...when she lowered her defenses...and got all nice to him...." I think the author must be a closet valley girl; the "voice" for a late 1700s story was completely off the mark. (I realize this isn't a Jane Austen book, but still, a little authenticity never hurts.)

The mention of dogs in nearly every scene and analogy written in this story was unnecessary, even with animal rescue being Celsie's passion. I quote (apologies for the graphic language but again, these are quotes): "...she'd had cold, sloppy kisses...and found puppies' tongues to be dryer..." and the apalling, "...as his tongue lazily circled her areola, the nipple in its center as hard as a dog's toenail." Is that what men think about when making mad, steamy love? A dog's TOENAILS?

Celsie's character was so completely beyond reality for this era it made me cringe. Yes, we always love to read about the strong-willed, quirky, independent, nobody-really-understands-her heroine, but Celsie was nothing but a shrieking, spoiled, and rude young woman. The only redeeming quality I could ascertain was her love of animals/the animal rescue mission. Her character's behavior was more suited to a street urchin than to a gently-bred (I use the term loosely) lady.
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I am writing this review after reading the series of 5. This is the 3rd in the series and it pertains to Lord Andrew, "The Defiant One." Once again we have Duke Lucien trying to control Lord Andrew to leave his laboratory to go out to balls, etc. Lord Andrew is studious type of person that wants to invent things and mix chemicals, etc. In the end, Lucien does get Andrew married and he does love his wife. I do love the way the duke manipulates to get people to do what he wants to happen.
The author's words convince you of what is happening.
Inventions take place, things go disastrously and you will have to read what does happen next. It is an interesting plot!
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