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Overview

The bluest of blood; the boldest of hearts; the de Monteforte brothers will take your breath away

Meet Lord Lucien

The head of his noble family, the dark and dangerous Duke of Blackheath spends his time manipulating other lives without giving a thought to finding a wife of his own. Yet Lucien must admit he finds exquisite Eva de la Mouriere most intriguing. What adventurous, red-blooded male would not be intrigued by a flame-haired beauty who appears in his chambers demanding that he make love to her? Certainly this hot-tempered minx would make a delightful bedmate — though surely not a bride.

Eva knows Lucien is the cause of all her current misfortunes, Yet he refuses to be humiliated. But the worst betrayer is her own heart. No match for Lucien's seductive mastery, Eva craves the blackguard as she's never craved another, She must resist this rogue, but how long can she deny her own passion — or Lucien's blossoming genuine love — in the face of his scheming family's successful attempts to force a wedding?

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Harriet Klausner
FIVE STARS! "Wickedly delightful as the Duke meets his match in the fiery independent Eva!"
Jean Mason
FOUR STARS! "A real page turner!"
Kathe Robin
FOUR STARS! "The grand manipulator gets his comeuppance when he meets tempting, independent American patriot Eva Noring de 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! Danelle Harmon's delightful sense of humor, her marvelous characters and her true understanding of the ties that bind a family turn THE WICKED ONE into the perfect, well-crafted conclusion to her series!"
Lisa Kleypas
"Provocative and passionate!"
Mary Novak
DESERT ISLE KEEPER! "Eva is Lucien's equal . . . Most romance couples have complementary strengths and weaknesses; I adore the rarer couples who match each other exactly. Eva is every bit as smart, dangerous, and difficult as Lucien; it's Machiavelli meets Lucrezia Borgia, and the sparks they do fly!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380809097
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Voyage of the Basset Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.73 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Multi-award winning and critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon is the author of ten books, previously published in print and distributed in many languages throughout the world. Though a Massachusetts native, she has lived in Great Britain and is married to an Englishman; she and her husband make their home in New England with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and numerous pet chickens. Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached at or through her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DanelleHarmon
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Chapter One

Blackheath Castle
Berkshire, England
Winter 1777

He was coming.

The darkened bedchamber was still. Eerily so. Outside, faint through the ancient walls, she could hear the night wind howling around the castle turrets. The solitary candle flame twisted and writhed against the winter drafts that managed to creep, unseen, through the leaded casement windows. But somehow, with some deep, primal part of herself, she sensed his presence. Knew that he had finally arrived ... was now approaching. Then, faintly discernible over the wind, the rising tattoo of her heart, she heard them.

Footsteps.

His footsteps.

Coming, now, up the spiraling stone stairs of this ancient tower.

Her senses heightened. Her heartbeat quickened. Sitting cross-legged on the huge medieval bed in the near darkness, her heavy skirts fanning about her hips, she became keenly aware of every sensation: the icy air against her skin...the way his fine linen sheets felt against her calves, her feet, naked beneath her petticoats ... the way the lone bedside candle seemed to shrink back in nervous anticipation. She caressed the butt of the pistol, savoring the comforting weight of it in her hand. Her breath, hanging thick as fog in her lungs, stirred in small, silent exhalations. She tensed like a cat poised to strike down her prey.

Any moment now...

And yes, there it was, the sound of his tread coming up those last few stairs as he made his way, unsuspecting, to his apartments, the footfalls louder now than the wind outside that had been her companion since she'd scaled, by way of a rope and her own wits, the parapets, thewindow ledge, the very walls that had been able to hold at bay cannonballs during the civil war, besiegers from the Middle Ages-but had been unable to keep her, one furious, determined woman, out.

But she was driven by purpose. She had come for one thing, and she would not leave without it. He had fooled her once, this man, his diabolical machinations nearly costing her her position at the French court and jeopardizing her standing among the American contingent in Paris-all of whom were working to secure France's aid in the fight for American independence.

She had worked hard to gain respect and prominence in a political arena dominated by men, but he had threatened that-and now she would threaten him.

Her adversary was a worthy one, a dangerous one, a man purported to be one of the deadliest duelists, in England. He had a reputation for cunning. He had secured a formidable backing among his peers at a young age, had steered older men to attain his goals when his own youth should have hampered him, had been a subtle, sinister presence who was quite likely behind or at least involved with the British spy ring in France—a spy ring that had always been one step ahead of the Americans' own cleverly laid plans. No sane person would make an enemy of the Duke of Blackheath. Especially now that he was in the true height of his power...

She squeezed the pistol lovingly. He would not emerge victorious this time. Oh, no. She had the element of surprise.

And she—a slow, feline smile curved her lips—had the cunning superiority of her gender.

Now he stopped just outside the closed door. Her eyes narrowed. She steadied the small weapon. The door latch was lifting. She passed her tongue once, twice over her lips, her blood beginning to hum, her smile becoming one of anticipation. She fixedly watched that slim piece of metal rising. Never taking her eyes off it, she reached out with her free hand and gripped the bottle she had stolen. Then she brought the gun up, sighted down her arm, and trained the weapon right where his heart would be when he came through the door.

It opened on a well-oiled sigh, spilling faint light into the cold, gloomy chamber; outside, the moan and whistle of the wind was suddenly louder. A sense of danger pervaded her bones. Screamed through every nerve. And there he was, a taper in his hand, his tall form backlit by a torch set into the stone wall behind him.

Her finger froze on the trigger, and her breath stuck in her lungs at the sheer magnificence of him.

There was that same unsmiling face, glowing like Satan's in the candle's flickering light, its orange flame picking out the lofty cheekbones, the chiseled mouth with those hard, sculpted lips, the compelling profile with its noble brow and razor-straight nose. His hair was as one with the darkness around him, no powder, no pomade, just thick black waves -swept-back off his brow and caught at the nape with a bit of velvet.

He was watching her.

Watching her with eyes as still and deadly as a cobra preparing to strike.

The candle in his hand flickered. In vain, the meager flame tried to find softness in a face that was as severe and unforgiving as the stone walls she had scaled, the little tongue of fire finally giving up and shrinking down in cringing terror, the wax running like a tear down the long taper.

Her smile became malevolent.

"Ah, Your Grace. I have been waiting for you. You see"—she held up the aphrodisiac, her voice pretematurally calm—"I found a little bottle in your safe there, and since I cannot afford another error, you-like it or not-are going to sample it prior to my departure."

For a long moment, he remained perfectly still, his expression betraying nothing of what was going on behind that inscrutable black stare. And then his lips curved in the faintest of smiles as, putting down the candle, he began to move toward the bed.

Toward her.

Of its own accord, the door swung slowly shut behind him. She steadied the pistol and pulled the hammer back to full cock. Even the ominous click failed to check his approach...

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable historical romance

    Avon, Jan 2001, $5.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0380809095 In 1777 England, Duke Lucien Blackheath has played a Machiavellan matchmaker, manipulating family members by assuring the right marriages for his siblings (see THE WILD ONE and THE DEFIANT ONE). However, Lucien may have met his match when Eva Noring de Mouriere enters his boudoir with a gun in hand. Eva accuses Lucien of giving his siblings, bottles containing a fake aphrodisiac that she stole from them and almost killed the French king with it. She forces him to use the vial and tests it with heated lovemaking. <P>As they keep ¿rendezvousing¿, their sexual tension reaches stratospheric proportions without the help of an elixir. When she becomes pregnant, his brothers turn the tables on Lucien forcing the confirmed bachelor into marriage even if he and Eva love one another. <P> The third and final Blackheath tale, THE WICKED ONE, is wickedly delightful as the Duke meets his match in the fiery independent Eva. The story line is a jocular historical romance that uses humor to diffuse the serious undertone of the importance of family in an individual¿s life. The lead couple screams passion to the reader while the return of heroes from the previous books adds to the fervor of Danelle Harmon¿s enticing tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    The best of the 4

    I LOVE Lucien! He is definitely my favorite of the brothers! Imagine earning alove & devotion of such a cold machavellian brute as he is! I liked Eva immediately when she made her first appearance in The Defiant one. I just couldntimagine the adventure & the fate of either her or Lucien but this was a fast paced read & Danelle once again sets a perfect story with a bit of mystery, adventure & plenty of sexual tension!

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    I highly highly recommend this whole de Montforte series all 4 b

    I highly highly recommend this whole de Montforte series all 4 books were excellent and each one different. I absolutely loved them all and cannot wait to read more from the author and really anticipating Nerissa &amp; Perry's book. Lucien, Duke of Blackheath, is always in control and has a very Machiavellian way of gaining what he wants for the benefit of his family. I suggest that readers read the book in order so they can appreciate Lucien and all he does to ensure his siblings happiness. Well in this one they get their payback and what a great story it is. Eva is the perfect woman for Lucien even though neither of them want or need anyone. READ THIS SERIES!!

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Fan-fricken-tastic

    This was my favorite out of all the series. Torchered soul and a history
    with men that will have any woman want to avoid men. I found this book of Lucian
    and Eva funny and heart stopping.

    Lucian having dreams and not letting anyone in because he feels it's his burden,
    And needs to protect his family by marrying them off and seeing to their happiness.
    All the while his family plots to marry him off by getting the king to write a letter. You
    know what they say about payback!

    Eva is witty and enegmatic as well. Strong and adventurous. It's what gets Luc's attention,
    and falls in love with that. The things she does to Lucian are hilarious She is his match in every way. But Eva has sworn off men since she caught her husband fooling around with her maid. Plus a past that she can not get past.

    Once they let themselves love each other, it is so strong it captures your heart as well.

    All in all it's a must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Highly recommended a must if you love historical romanance

    Excellant, hard to put down. I am hooked on Danelle Harmon's books. She is one of the best historial romanance writers.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    The last in the series and all I can say is FINALLY the Duke get

    The last in the series and all I can say is FINALLY the Duke gets his own just rewards! It starts w/an bang and keeps going. Normally by the end of a series you are happy that it's done but not this one! Through out all four books the dynamic's between the brothers hasn't changed. We laugh, we cry, we want to strangle the Duke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    great series

    Hate that it had to end, great series. Should have gave a proper ending to Nerissa's story

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    A quick and fun read

    A really fun ending to the series. All are quirky in their own way. I would recommend the series.

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    Posted August 31, 2013

    Missing part of the story

    I feel like i skipped part of the story. The end of book 3 has Lucien riding off in anger. Searching for Eva...He was bleeding profusely and looking for revenge..I think...Book 4 begins with her pregant and safe in the bosom of his family. Other than this, the entire series is a must read.

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