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, Englishman Charles de Montforte has awakened to find himself in the tender care of a sensuous, sloe-eyed local miss, whose beauty would be a joy he would treasure always…if only their paths had crossed in some other place and time. Charles’ heart is profoundly moved by Amy Leighton’s desperate plight, and her curvaceous dark loveliness and gentle, healing touch are enflaming his desire. But the noble British lord is already taken, though Amy soon lures him away from past loyalties to Crown and fiancée with a golden, rapturous promise of love happily forever after.
Amy has long prayed for someone special to enter her life—someone who would take her far away from the daily drudgery imposed upon her by a cruel, unloving step-family. Now fate has brought her the strong yet gentle man of her dreams; but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land…and he’s sworn to love another.
After finding the first of this series – The Wild One – free on Amazon, and to my amazement I enjoyed it thoroughly, so much so that I had to buy the rest of these series. Danelle Harmon is an exceptional writer. I love how she creates her men, she writes them with such great detail and make them highly humorous.
With The Beloved One, we have Charles, the ‘perfect’ brother whom everyone thinks he does no wrong an he is loved by everyone, hence the nickname ‘The Beloved One’. Second in line to the Blackheath dukedom, Charles buys himself a commission in the royal army where he’s stationed in New England, fighting during the Revolutionary War when he becomes injured. Suffering a blow to the head, causing him to be blind, he is cared for by Amy Leighton, a young girl who holds a secret. Amy is extremely kind and sweet but browbeaten by her sisters an is treated cruelly by them. Desperately seeking to recover from his accident, Charles waits answers from his family and his fiance. While on the mend, Amy falls for Charles and his old world charms and mannerisms. Finally receiving word from his family and fiance, Charles becomes depressed due to his injuries – feeling worthless. With Amy’s help, she brings Charles around and helps him recover. Soon later Charles’s sight is restored, he finally gets the see the young girl who tenderly cared for him during his dark times. Wanting to go back to England, he takes Amy with him so she can escape her wicked sisters clutches. As they arrive in England, Charles older brother – Lucien, Duke of Blackheath – begins his brotherly schemes with Charles and Amy. Suffering from mixed feelings and soon realizing that he cares for Amy, Charles tends to seek her out when he needs someone to talk or to turn to. With Lucien’s meddlesome matchmaking a success, Charles and Amy finally see there happy ending.
Although I loved Gareth’s humor (I love anyone with a great since of humor) in The Wild One, Charles character was easily charming and sweet in his own way, which made him also very likable. Some say his reaction to his situation was a bit annoying and depressing, but I did not, who wouldn’t be devastated by the blow of the accident he endured? I know I would probably act just like him. Again, as always I enjoyed this book, but therefore I enjoy just about anything that Danelle Harmon writes.