by Danelle Harmon

January 2001
ISBN: 0-380-80909-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

If you've read the previous books, The Wild One, The Beloved One and The Defiant One, you probably know who Lucien de Montforte, the Duke of Blackheath, is - and in The Wicked One, this manipulating, conniving sibling finally gets his comeuppance.

As the head of the family, Lucien has been controlling and manipulating the rest of his brothers, and, in this book, his sister as well - with almost dire consequences. And, once again, as in The Defiant One, the troublesome love potion is back.

Eva de la Mouriere is frantic for that aphrodisiac. As an American patriot eager for the support of France in the revolution against England, Eva believes that she can get France's alliance through the use of that potion. However, in The Beloved One, she had taken a different potion with disastrous results. Now, she's back with a vengeance, facing down the unflappable Lucien in his own bedroom with a pistol in order to get what she wants.

Lucien is aware that he has met his match in Eva and has never been more excited. He can barely contain his desire when he watches her thwart a couple of highwaymen on her own with nary a scratch. Although with Eva, he sees his control slipping and he has never been more afraid.

Meanwhile, brewing a revolution of their own, Lucien's brothers and sister - Gareth, Charles, Andrew, and Nerissa - along with their spouses, plan to bring Lucien to his knees by forcing him to marry Eva. Since Lucien and Eva are wildly attracted to each other, one would have thought the task easy... well, it was - almost.

Harmon once again delivers non-stop action and romance, not to mention hot bedroom scenes, in The Wicked One. She introduces two very independent, strong-minded people in Lucien and Eva; one would have thought that such a like-minded couple would never work but talented Harmon makes it so. While Lucien is almost always composed and in control, Eva is fiery and hot-tempered, but make no mistake that both are stubborn to the core. It was fun to see the interaction between these two individuals and how they came to accept their "defeat" in love. The only disappointing fact is that Nerissa, Lucien's sister, did not get her own story as hers was entwined with Lucien's. In any case, The Wicked One is a recommended for anyone who loves to read romance, especially those on the steamier side.

Reviewed in August 2001 by Veronica.

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