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The Beloved One

(The de Montforte Brothers #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,866 ratings  ·  125 reviews
The bluest of blood; the noblest of hearts; the de Montforte brothers will take your breath away.

Meet Lord Charles...

"On the eve of battle, I find my heart is restless and uneasy. And when a fellow is three thousand miles from home, love makes a far more desirable companion than loneliness." —Lord Charles de Montforte, Boston, Massachusetts, 1775

Wounded in battle, Englishm
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Avon Books
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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DNF @ 7%

I was so excited for this book because I did a BR of the first book in the series, THE WILD ONE, with my friends, and we really enjoyed it. I couldn't wait to read further into the series and managed to convince my very good friend Heather to join me. God, just look at that original 90s cover. Doesn't the hero look like he's taken the heroine to a park for the express purpose of appreciating his man boob next to a scenic backdrop
A gr friend is currently reading this book so I was remained of the fact that I never wrote a review. She said that she picked it up because she fell completely in love with book one, and I understood her. That is the reason I gave this book a try, also.

Was it a good read? Not for me. It was a constant pile of frustration. I wanted to scream my head off during some parts. I wanted to rage against the hero, and I disliked the heroine. Still, it was written well. The plot line did not sag. The plo
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my second attempt at the de Montforte brothers and still, I walked away very disappointed.

But it has nothing to do with the quality of writing or the book itself. It's just not my cup of tea.

In the first book, I did not like Juliet Paige, the heroine. In this book, I like both Amy and Charles but dislike their relationship. I remember how disappointed I was when I read Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale, which also had the lead characters falling in love in a similar context: the
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was easily my least favorite in this series because I had a really hard time liking Charles. He is supposed to be the beloved one and a perfectionist, but he's already fallen in love with, promised marriage to, and impregnated one colonial girl. Then, he almost dies and goes to stay with another family and almost immediately is attracted to Amy and almost immediately begins acting on that attraction in some way or another. It made him seem fickle and blase in a way that really bugged me. An ...more
Sha Mslvoe
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the beloved one

Once upon a time there lived an 'unhappy and boring' young girl named Amy. Her sisters didn't like her and always asked her to do all the house works. One day, The Beloved One got shot by her 14yrs old brother named Will. Will feel guilty and brought Charles home to save him from death. Amy was happy to tend him. Well, the story goes on and of course Amy married the The Beloved One and lived happily ever.

Things that I love when Juliet said 'Oh Gareth. Please
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Even better than The Wild One, this book gives us the back story of what was happening to Charles while the events in Book one took place, then brings everyone together to sort out the awkwardly heartbreaking results of the apparent death of Charles, The Beloved One. Both parts of the story are well told, though Amy's wicked stepsisters are a bit over the top (and so derivative of Cinderella, I had to laugh)- and the patience Ms. Harmon shows in developing the relationship between Amy and Charle ...more
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
DNF @ 16%

I may have been biased against this book going in, because I really, really hate the synopsis. But since my friends and I had done a buddy-read of the first book in the series and planned to BR the rest, I was willing to give it a chance instead of just skipping to the next book.

This appears to be a re-release of the original book, and there are almost two hundred additional pages. This frightened me. Your typical romance novel generally doesn't need to be more than 400 pages. In my nai
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Wild One, Lord Charles de Monteforte's death on the battlefields in America set off a chain of events that ended with his pregnant fiancée coming to England and marrying his younger brother, Gareth. They are now deeply in love and expecting another child and Gareth has accepted Charlotte, Charles' biological daughter, as his own. Now we know Charles is very much alive and has been living in America.

This story begins with the center of the controversy, showing what really happened to Char
Somebody call the wahmbulance, we've got an emergency. 90% of this book is our "hero" whining about how perfect he isn't anymore and the "heroine" whining about how unworthy she is of being treated like a human being. I have some sympathy for her as her upbringing was rather harsh, but I got over that real quick. I wasn't a fan of The Wild One either. Part of it is the writing style, as it's rushed and either anachronistic or trying too hard to emulate the period. The other part of it is that th ...more
Sabrina Jeffries
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The One Series. I scarfed these down like candy. Harmon's de Montforte brothers are each delicious, and every book is better than the last. Unfortunately, most are out of print, but if you see them in the used bookstore, definitely grab a copy. Also, the last book, The Wicked One, is still available and stands alone very well. ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles de Montforte is the second son of a duke and a captain in the King's army. Amy is a half-Indian patriot from the American colonies. When Charles is injured, Amy nurses him back to health. They develop feelings for each other during the recuperation. Charles is betrothed and he feels guilty over his growing feelings. Can Charles find his confidence he had before the injury? Is there hope for their growing love?

This is a Cinderella story. The major characters are well-rounded; even the sec
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

This was a good second story to the first, although you did not need to read the first story to follow the plot. The hero is perfectionist, used to the acclaim of the community. He is rendered temporarily blind and is nursed back to health by the heroine. The experience makes him doubt his self worth and the most interesting parts of the book is his development of humility and confidence. The story has some different twists a nd turns and decent characters. An easy summer read
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For as much as THE WILD ONE was filled with a mix of humor and drama, I found THE BELOVED ONE to be filled mostly with drama.

We finally get a chance to find out what happened to Charles and whit took him almost two years to get in touch with his family.

Charles' story starts off with the letter Charles wrote to his brother Lucien in which he asks his brother that in case he never comes back alive from the upcoming battle, to please take care of the woman he loves and their baby she is expecting.

Overall a 3.5

I love this setting, it starts in 1775 Boston area. I am always happy to find historical romance from this time. And I like when it combines the American setting with the English setting in one book. Everything was lush, the area, the people, the bits of battle we got.
The heroine is having a sort of Cinderella story. She is half native american and basically used as a servant by her two half sisters and father. When she meets the hero, he is seriously injured.

This story basically fo
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the de Montforte brothers' series and is a somewhat solemn tale.

In this book we meet Charles, the golden child of the family who has never done wrong and never expected to. We meet him whilst he's in crisis, not only physically but also of spirit. All that he has depended on has been cruelly ripped away and he has to try and discover the man he knew within. Helping him to find his way (both literally and figuratively) is Amy Leighton. In her we have our Cinderella hero
Cristina Villalon
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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Vikki Vaught
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Wild One, which is the first in this series, I wondered how the author was going to surpass it, so as I began to read I was a bit skeptical. Ms. Harmon more than met my high expectations with this one.

Lord Charles is a tormented soul through much of the story, and the depth of emotion this author showed for him was so moving. He's just one of the most romantic characters I've ever read about. This is truly a wonderful love story, but so much more.

Amy was such a sweet character,
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I so wanted to like this book because I loved the first book in the series. I didn’t. Charles was a whiny douche and Amy was just blah. If I had to listen to any more whining from either of them I was going to scream. I did like the location. Since I am from the same area the book takes place, I could picture it perfectly in my head having walked the same streets and especially when they were on the Merrimack river in Newburyport. Once they got on the boat for England I started to skim. I basica ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
I remember borrowing this series from my mother when it first came out, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this book at the library. It is as excellent as I remember it. (Although you'd never know if from the cover (!), Charles is an honorable hero, and Amy is a sympthetic heroine who gets caught in between the proverbial rock and hard place trying to help the hero. Watching their relationship unfold makes for a lovely romance. ...more
Danette Steward
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harmon-danelle
Highly recommend this de Montforte series by Danelle Harmon!!! The series gives us 4 alpha males to drool over. I've been reading out of order (one more to go) and recommend they be read in order. Author connects the books and leaves you wanting to know what happens to the next brother and his story. If you like sexy alpha males then I recommend this series. ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colonial lady and English officer

Loved the first book and this one brought back to life the brother thought to be dead. His survival at the hands of a colonial surgeon and our heroine was interesting and accurate. Looking forward to the next book.
Eileen Dandashi
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had to share this review comment because I totally, totally agree. If you haven’t read the de Montforte Series from Danelle Harmon you are in for a treat when you pick it up! I’m swept off my feet!!

Comment taken from Amazon reviews:
A DESERT ISLAND KEEPER! GRADE A! Practically perfect from start to finish, [it] keeps you on the edge of your seat as the plot twists and turns, and leaves you with a tear in your eye. A wounded hero to die for, a heroine to admire, and a wonderful cast of secondar
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the end of The Wild One, finding out that Charles was still alive was a jolting shock. His fiance has already had his baby, moved to England, fallen in love with his brother, and gotten married to him! Largely because Charles was dead did all these things happen - the obvious exception being the baby, who was coming regardless. So how could Charles still be alive? What has he been doing all this time?

I was so excited to delve into this second installment of the de Montforte chronicles, and I
Space Cowgirl
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cinderella Amy💃💋 Gets the Prince🐺🍆⛲💪🔪🔫

ADULT Historical Revolutionary War Romance💕 and Adventure.
Lord Charles De Monforte🐺🍆⛲💪🔫🔪, a commissioned British Army Officer, is introduced again in this second book, by his letter📝 home to England to his brother, Lucien, Duke of Blackheath, declaring his intent to marry Julia, a young American woman, who is pregnant with his child.

Captain Charles🐺🍆⛲💪🔫🔪 goes into the battle of Concord and Lexington, and although he is a valiant British officer💂, he cannot
Dee Jay Blaylock
Captain and half-breed...

What is a Captain of the King’s Own to do when he wakes up blind in a rebel stronghold?
He relies on the person who is nursing him to lead the way. Amy is undervalued by her family and her half sisters take advantage of the fact that she is Mohawk and white makes her unacceptable except as a maid of all work in her own home,
The Captain, Charles de Montfort, supports her and expects that she is treated fairly even though he has no knowledge of her ethnicity.
As he strives
Melinda Mulcahy
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the tragic background to the first in the series of what happened to his lost brother, who as it transpires is actually very much alive thanks to the miraculous healing hands of Amy.
In truth, I found the first half dragged in pace for my liking from the first instalment of the De Montforte family hence why I withheld one of the five stars. And Amy's step-family annoyingly Cinderella-esque. Still, once Charles got to grips with his new reality, it all came up to scratch or should I say st
Ann Gonzalez
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I first read this book in print years ago. I decided to re-read the series since it is on Kindle Unlimited. I'm so glad I did. I love the Dr Montfortes. Charlie's story was emotional and heart wrenching at times. Fortunately he met the lovely Amy that could help him heal. The characters,all of them, in this book\ series are well-written and lovable. This book could be read alone,but I highly recommend this series.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is easily my favorite of the de Montforte series--well paced, compelling characters, and a fun twist on the Cinderella story!

I also liked the added tension that resulted from how it interwove with the previous book, and how well the character development was handled for everyone involved in the accidental "love square" caused by Charles' apparent death. I was worried it would become too awkward, but instead it worked out really well!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written seventeen critically acclaimed and award-winning books, with many being published all over the world. A Massachusetts native, she has lived in Great Britain, though these days she and her English husband make their home in New England with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including five dogs, an Egyptian Arabian hor ...more

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“Will you tell me your name, sir?" Oh, bugger it.  She was a persistent little thing, and he was of no mind or strength to resist her determination. "Charles," he rasped, turning over onto his back.  "Charles Adair de Montforte."  And then, hoping to head off any more questions he was too weak to answer, he added, "I was born in the year 1752, my home is in Berkshire, England, and I am a captain of infantry in the Fourth Foot."  He paused, exhausted simply by the effort of speaking.  "Does that satisfy you that I am still in control of my faculties, madam?" "Oh yes," she breathed, and he heard the smile and relief in her voice.  "Oh yes, indeed!" But” 0 likes
“Miss Leighton?" "I'm here." "Why can't I see you?" he asked, greatly confused.  "Why can't I see this fire I feel against my face, or the birds I hear outside, or this room in which I find myself?  Is there something in my eyes?"  His looked around, stunned.  "By God, woman, what has happened to me?" He heard the rustle of her skirts, smelled bayberry as she knelt down beside him and took his suddenly cold hand within her own.  He rubbed his eyes and stared, blinking, into the blackness, trying to see beyond it.  But it was there when he turned his head to the right.  It was there when he turned his head to the left.  It was there when he opened his eyes as wide as they would go and looked where she should be, and it was there no matter where he directed his open, staring gaze.  A deep, involuntary shudder drove through him, and cold sweat broke out all along his spine, turning his insides to ice.  He yanked his hand from hers and reached blindly up and out into the darkness. "There is nothing wrong with your eyes, Charles," she said quietly.  "You fell and hit your head on a rock and were left for dead.  My brother went back after the fighting passed, saw that you were alive, and brought you home to us, thinking you could be saved."  Her voice grew even more gentle.  "The doctor has been visiting every day . . . he warned us that if you ever woke at all, it was likely you might not be able to see . . . that your eyes would be fine, but your brain might not be able to tell what they were seeing.  Does that make sense to you?  It doesn't to me, but then, I'm not a doctor. . ." "No.  No, I cannot accept this . . ." "You had a blood clot beneath your skull, and the doctor said that if he didn't release it, you'd die.  He had to trepan you."  Again, she took his hand, squeezing fingers gone as cold as marble.  "I'm sorry.  We did everything that could be done." "This — this is unreal, it cannot have happened to me, there is no room in my life for this!" "Is there anything I can do?  Anyone I can contact, write a letter to, summon for you?" "No — dear God, no . . ." "Please, calm down," the girl murmured, her hand stroking his shoulder as he stared blindly about him.  "You've had a terrible shock and now you must rest, get your strength back —" "Get my strength back?  For what?  I'm blind, blind, what the hell good am I if I can't see?!” 0 likes
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