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Tristan Wemyss, lord Trentham, ni nikoli pričakoval, da se bo znašel v položaju, ko se mora v enem letu poročiti ali pozabiti na dediščino. Vendar ni niti najmanj naklonjen ideji, da bi se podredil spletkam uglednih dam omikane družbe. Ne, poročil se bo z damo, ki jo bo sam izbral. In izbral si je očarljivo damo, ki z družino živi v sosednji hiši – poleg njihovega kluba. G Tristan Wemyss, lord Trentham, ni nikoli pričakoval, da se bo znašel v položaju, ko se mora v enem letu poročiti ali pozabiti na dediščino. Vendar ni niti najmanj naklonjen ideji, da bi se podredil spletkam uglednih dam omikane družbe. Ne, poročil se bo z damo, ki jo bo sam izbral. In izbral si je očarljivo damo, ki z družino živi v sosednji hiši – poleg njihovega kluba. Gospodična Leonora Carling poseduje lepoto, duha in strast. Na žalost pa je zakon zadnja stvar, na katero bi pomislila ...Tristanovi poljubi so za Leonoro nepredstavljivo vabljivi in omamni, a ker se je nekoč že opekla, sedaj trdno zavrača misel, da bi se poročila. Toda Tristan je moški, ki ne pozna poraza. Ko skrivnostni moški poskuša pregnati Leonoro in njeno družino iz njihovega doma, Tristan spozna, da se mu je s tem ponudila odlična priložnost, da ji ponudi vse svoje usluge – da postane njen zaščitnik, njen zapeljevalec in dokončno tudi mož.

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Tristan Wemyss, lord Trentham, ni nikoli pričakoval, da se bo znašel v položaju, ko se mora v enem letu poročiti ali pozabiti na dediščino. Vendar ni niti najmanj naklonjen ideji, da bi se podredil spletkam uglednih dam omikane družbe. Ne, poročil se bo z damo, ki jo bo sam izbral. In izbral si je očarljivo damo, ki z družino živi v sosednji hiši – poleg njihovega kluba. G Tristan Wemyss, lord Trentham, ni nikoli pričakoval, da se bo znašel v položaju, ko se mora v enem letu poročiti ali pozabiti na dediščino. Vendar ni niti najmanj naklonjen ideji, da bi se podredil spletkam uglednih dam omikane družbe. Ne, poročil se bo z damo, ki jo bo sam izbral. In izbral si je očarljivo damo, ki z družino živi v sosednji hiši – poleg njihovega kluba. Gospodična Leonora Carling poseduje lepoto, duha in strast. Na žalost pa je zakon zadnja stvar, na katero bi pomislila ...Tristanovi poljubi so za Leonoro nepredstavljivo vabljivi in omamni, a ker se je nekoč že opekla, sedaj trdno zavrača misel, da bi se poročila. Toda Tristan je moški, ki ne pozna poraza. Ko skrivnostni moški poskuša pregnati Leonoro in njeno družino iz njihovega doma, Tristan spozna, da se mu je s tem ponudila odlična priložnost, da ji ponudi vse svoje usluge – da postane njen zaščitnik, njen zapeljevalec in dokončno tudi mož.

30 review for Izbrana dama

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    An entertaining story with good points and bad. It begins well with a group of ex military spies setting up their own private club in a house in Regency London. One of them then becomes embroiled in the affairs of the next door neighbour who is of course beautiful and unmarried. There is a mystery to be solved and some physical danger to the lady concerned. There is of course a romance which becomes very heavy very quickly and then goes on and on. And on. Hence my first issue with the book - it is An entertaining story with good points and bad. It begins well with a group of ex military spies setting up their own private club in a house in Regency London. One of them then becomes embroiled in the affairs of the next door neighbour who is of course beautiful and unmarried. There is a mystery to be solved and some physical danger to the lady concerned. There is of course a romance which becomes very heavy very quickly and then goes on and on. And on. Hence my first issue with the book - it is much too long. My second issue, which was easily solved with skimming, was the sheer number of sex scenes. Nothing wrong with them in the right place but boring when they keep covering the same ground over and over. But of course all was not bad. I kept on reading after all and enjoyed it - mostly:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    The Lady Chosen 3 Stars Never expecting to inherit a title, Tristan Wemyss has spent the majority of his adult life in service to the Crown. As the newly minted Earl of Trentham, he finds himself responsible for numerous estates and several elderly relatives, but requires a bride or he will forfeit the inheritance necessary for their upkeep. Determined to avoid the matchmakers of the ton and choose his own wife, Tristan decides on his charming and vivacious neighbor, Leonora Carling. Now if only h The Lady Chosen 3 Stars Never expecting to inherit a title, Tristan Wemyss has spent the majority of his adult life in service to the Crown. As the newly minted Earl of Trentham, he finds himself responsible for numerous estates and several elderly relatives, but requires a bride or he will forfeit the inheritance necessary for their upkeep. Determined to avoid the matchmakers of the ton and choose his own wife, Tristan decides on his charming and vivacious neighbor, Leonora Carling. Now if only he can convince her to give up her independent ways… The Lady Chosen has incredible potential both in terms of the romance and the suspense plot. Unfortunately, the story is excessively drawn out; the writing is overwrought and the sex scenes (while hot as heck) are as purple as they come. Tristan and Leonora are both appealing characters even though he can be a tad overbearing, and she has one or two (make that five or six) TSTL moments. Their courtship develops at a steady pace from attraction to intimacy to love, and is ultimately satisfying although it could have concluded more quickly. Likewise, the secondary storyline involving the mysterious man attempting to break into Leonora's family home is intriguing with some exciting actions scenes. However, it is unnecessarily protracted and the eventual explanation for the crime veers off into the ridiculous. Despite the issues with her writing, there is something about Laurens's storytelling that has me returning to her novels again and again. The basic premise of a group of military men returning home after war to seek solace in the arms of a woman they love is very enticing, and I look forward to seeing how the other members of the Bastion Club meet their matches.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Babel

    Desde niña, sí, sí, habéis oído bien, desde niña me ha gustado leer novela romántica. Una que es así de precoz. Con la lectura de hoy, me he sumergido en una novela de 500 páginas que han resultado ser todo un hallazgo. ¿Por qué? Por la sencilla razón de que LA PROMETIDA PERFECTA, de Stephanie Laurens, combina romance, misterio y pasión. Me he deleitado en la divertida premisa, la narración amena, el profuso detalle emocional, el estilo costumbrista y la paulatina relación de amor entre sus prot Desde niña, sí, sí, habéis oído bien, desde niña me ha gustado leer novela romántica. Una que es así de precoz. Con la lectura de hoy, me he sumergido en una novela de 500 páginas que han resultado ser todo un hallazgo. ¿Por qué? Por la sencilla razón de que LA PROMETIDA PERFECTA, de Stephanie Laurens, combina romance, misterio y pasión. Me he deleitado en la divertida premisa, la narración amena, el profuso detalle emocional, el estilo costumbrista y la paulatina relación de amor entre sus protagonistas. Propone un comienzo clásico: hombres de alcurnia en edad casadera. Vale, seguimos. Una banda de veteranos de guerra se enfrenta al mayor desafío a su seguridad masculina: el matrimonio concertado. ¡Esto es la guerra, caballeros, la guerra de sexos! Qué comienzo tan inverosímil y atractivo. Resulta que estos hombres, tan viriles y con un pasado militar algo turbio, aunque siempre al servicio de Su Majestad, han heredado tierras, títulos y una colección de parientes femeninas a su cargo. ¿La única pega? ¿Cómo mantener a la prole de abuelillas, hermanas y primas si no afianzan el dinero de la herencia ni la posteridad de su apellido? Ahí radica el problema: la sociedad inglesa puede ser más peligrosa que un campo de batalla, más astuta y traicionera que una información robada al enemigo. ¿Qué puede hacer un hombre de buen ver y un gran apego a la libertad de elección cuando le obligan a buscar esposa? Pues formar un club de caballeros, por supuesto. El Club Bastion Lo mejor de todo es la táctica militar de la que este elenco de machotes hace alarde para afrontar el dilema. Ellos quieren tomar las riendas del asunto y que nadie les endilgue una florecilla insípida para que perpetúe sus irresistibles genes. Así que para conseguirlo, fundan un bastión desde el que organizar su estrategia matrimonial. Y es aquí cuando empezamos a conocer a uno de los miembros del club: Tristan Wemyss, conde de Trentham. A su lado, una ristra de hombres con mayúsculas, muy curtidos y listos, irán protagonizando una novela cada uno de la saga del Club Bastion. Entremos en detalles de esta novela en cuestión: The Lady Chosen, primera de una colección de historias independientes. La prometida perfecta reúne a la pareja de una forma peculiar. Me encanta la "excusa" que se ha inventado la autora para cruzar el destino de Leonora y Tristan. Un gran misterio se cierne sobre el idílico barrio de Belgrave, en Londres. La naturaleza práctica de Leonora y el sentido del deber de Tristan les incitan a intentar resolver el problema criminal que acecha sus casas. De los inevitables encuentros entre ellos surge una chispa que, deliciosa e irrevocablemente, estallará en un gran incendio de pasión que los devorará a ambos. Allí, caminando con Trentham, la paz se deslizó por sus venas como si un pozo que hubiera estado casi vacío se estuviera volviendo a llenar. Stephanie L. demuestra una gran meticulosidad a la hora de describir gestos, reacciones y movimientos. Es fácil meterse en la piel de los personajes. Sus chicos, una buena panda de apuestos casaderos, hacen alarde de aptitudes espía/matón. Sus damas son la quintaesencia de la buena sociedad. Refleja claramente los modales y usos de la época (1815), lo que se espera de los hombres y mujeres de alta posición. Cosas que, a su propia manera, tanto Leonora como Tristan desafían con su carácter. Ambos encuentran en el otro lo que nunca esperaron en sus vidas. Así que poco a poco se embarcan en una investigación. A pesar de todas las estratagemas disuasorio-amatorias del guapo conde, Leonora no se deja amilanar y exhibe una determinación admirable por ir tras la pista del criminal. Me ha encantado el curso de la investigación, pues ha provisto la trama de ritmo y estímulo, aparte de otorgar una coartada perfecta para que la pareja se conociera, en más de un sentido. Aunque he de admitir que cada vez que se hacían arrumacos y luego se detenían... ¡menuda frustración! EL MEJOR PRIMER BESO QUE HE LEÍDO NUNCA Una de las taras típicas de la novela romántica es la repetición. S. Laurens es capaz de navegar con gracilidad por esas peligrosas aguas. Gracias a dos frentes simultáneos, el enigma que rodea el número 12 y la clara misión amorosa del conde, la novela avanza con soltura y encanto. Muy recomendable si te gustan los romances con trama de fondo y una relación apasionada. Babel en http://torretadebabel.blogspot.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    3.3 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "The Lady Chosen" is the first book is Bastion club, and the story of Leonora and Tristan. We are introduced to the club, made up of ex spies and military men, who are forced to settle down due to reasons aplenty. Tristan has to find a wife to secure his inheritance, but before he can look around, he is bowled over by his sassy neighbor Leonora, who's house keeps getting intruded and gets threatened by some landowners. As they both embark together to solve the mystery of the goons, passion explodes "The Lady Chosen" is the first book is Bastion club, and the story of Leonora and Tristan. We are introduced to the club, made up of ex spies and military men, who are forced to settle down due to reasons aplenty. Tristan has to find a wife to secure his inheritance, but before he can look around, he is bowled over by his sassy neighbor Leonora, who's house keeps getting intruded and gets threatened by some landowners. As they both embark together to solve the mystery of the goons, passion explodes and much to Leonoras reluctance- Tristan decides to make her his wife. Most of the book is them trying to solve the mystery, with interspersed scenes between the couple. Typical SL type slow burn romance. This takes place before the Cynsters as Devil is still single here. The love scenes between them are hot, and the chemistry is scorching. A well written book. Safe 3.5/5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kit★

    Oh gosh, ok, I'm gonna do it. Here I go Bastion Club #1... I originally read it back in 2006-7 I think and I remember it being mostly ok, but long and drawn out. But that was before I really got into Laurens' books, got accustomed to her style and such, so I was kind of hoping it would impress me this time around. Well, I did enjoy it pretty much throughout, but I still think it was rather long and drawn out. Not that I can pinpoint anything that should've been cut out, but it just seemed pretty Oh gosh, ok, I'm gonna do it. Here I go Bastion Club #1... I originally read it back in 2006-7 I think and I remember it being mostly ok, but long and drawn out. But that was before I really got into Laurens' books, got accustomed to her style and such, so I was kind of hoping it would impress me this time around. Well, I did enjoy it pretty much throughout, but I still think it was rather long and drawn out. Not that I can pinpoint anything that should've been cut out, but it just seemed pretty long. I got to page 40 or something like that before I realized (cause I'm oblivious to the obvious sometimes) that Leonora, the heroine of this one is the sister of Jeremy, hero of In Pursuit of Miss Eliza Cynster! Ha! I was sitting there like... why does the name Jeremy Carling seem so familiar? Heck, in that case, this is practically a Cynster book xD Speaking of Cynster, the younger, bachelor Devil Cynster made a brief appearance at a ball, it was kind of fun seeing him, and good ol' Lady Osbaldestone as well. I kinda kept waiting for more names to drop. I like the Bastion guys so far, and the premise behind the club. I don't think Tristan is going to be my favorite though. He had a few moments in this story where he came across as more stalker-ish and overly-controlling than romantic. His pursuit of her hand in marriage showed a side of him that to me, went beyond strong, protective alpha male, and into that crazy stalker territory. Thankfully, they got past it, but there were a few sections where I was wanting to tell Leonora to run from his obsessiveness. To some extent, his actions could be construed as romantic I suppose, but to me it was kinda just a turn-off. And I just gotta say I am not a big fan of the name Tristan. No offense to anyone with that name or loved ones with that name, but it's just not my favorite, at all. I know it's a classic name, but meh, I don't like it :p Other than all that though, I don't really have too many complaints. To me, the mystery wasn't too easy to figure out, it kept me wondering. The love scenes hovered around that mythical border into purple-prose land, but never quite crossed it. A few scenes were even pretty steamy for me. With the description of Trentham having long wavy dark hair, I was kind of picturing him as a beefier Schneider (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] , and that certainly helped ;) I liked the way their relationship developed, though I have to say when she started thinking about having him 'teach' her about desire, all that stuff, I got pretty worried that I was going to have to go through that old, worn plot of love lessons and such that I got so tired of in the Cynster books. Thankfully, it didn't happen that way. The whole heroine with the 'I'll never marry any man' ploy got used here, and that was more than enough. Mostly though, I enjoyed this book. It didn't necessarily thrill me, but it was pretty good. Plus, it leaves me eager to continue on with the Bastion Club books, I will most likely tackle book #2 next month. Dalziel also intrigues me, I look forward to seeing more of him for sure. 3.5 Stars!

  7. 4 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    I also really liked this book which was formally the first in the Bastion Club series. The explanations behind the creation of the club were rather interesting, though a bit short and with so many new characters that it was difficult to place them all. I liked how the mere fact of creating this club embroiled Tristan directly in the story behind strange incidents occurring next door. I was convinced almost from the first that the two leads were perfect for each other and really enjoyed reading th I also really liked this book which was formally the first in the Bastion Club series. The explanations behind the creation of the club were rather interesting, though a bit short and with so many new characters that it was difficult to place them all. I liked how the mere fact of creating this club embroiled Tristan directly in the story behind strange incidents occurring next door. I was convinced almost from the first that the two leads were perfect for each other and really enjoyed reading their discovering the other, learning to trust him/her, to like him/her and then progressively fall in love. There were not many misunderstandings or big clash of wills as the author often likes to add. The few there were always quickly deflated, with humor and respect for the other. I really liked that. A very good book as well which confirmed my good impression of this entertaining series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Noelia

    Me dejó un buen sabor tanto el romance como el misterio que encierra la historia. Buen inicio de serie, aunque no puede decir lo mismo del siguiente.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Kayuha

    These books definitely require me to start keeping notes of all of the things that make me go "Really? That's really what you wrote?". 1. The prologue's exposition. Nobody, but nobody would talk with friends that way. I get it, you have to give the reader the info some way. But please, at least also give us the benefit of the doubt that we have brains, and can possibly figure some things out on our own. Having men who have known each other for years address each other the way these did is asinine These books definitely require me to start keeping notes of all of the things that make me go "Really? That's really what you wrote?". 1. The prologue's exposition. Nobody, but nobody would talk with friends that way. I get it, you have to give the reader the info some way. But please, at least also give us the benefit of the doubt that we have brains, and can possibly figure some things out on our own. Having men who have known each other for years address each other the way these did is asinine. 2. (view spoiler)[I'm so aggravated by even the idea that she's so stupid as to think she's going to use her old key to the house because obviously the big strong military neighbor couldn't possibly have meant what he said when he said he'd take care of the possible burglar. I believe this is what is meant by TSTL. (hide spoiler)] 3. Hooray, another mouth, another honey cavern! Well, I made it through this one. Very middle of the road. I didn't hate it, as I've finally made peace with the fact that I can't stand the way the author writes. But I do seem to enjoy the actual storylines so I will eventually make it through all of Laurens' books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori McD

    3.5 stars I liked this book better than "Captain Jack's Woman", probably because the Hero and Heroine weren't jumping on top of one another every couple of pages! The premise is that post-Waterloo, the spies are out of business and back in England. We are introduced to seven men who were previously employed as spies, mostly infiltrating enemy lands and enemy lines, posing as locals. All seven are master impersonators, fighters, and strategists. The seven haven't all met until they find themselves 3.5 stars I liked this book better than "Captain Jack's Woman", probably because the Hero and Heroine weren't jumping on top of one another every couple of pages! The premise is that post-Waterloo, the spies are out of business and back in England. We are introduced to seven men who were previously employed as spies, mostly infiltrating enemy lands and enemy lines, posing as locals. All seven are master impersonators, fighters, and strategists. The seven haven't all met until they find themselves gathered in a back room of a local tavern, having escaped a pre-Season ball. They knew one or two of the group, but not all seven. Now, the seven find themselves now heirs to titles and lands; all are gentlemen, but most didn't expect to inherit, being second sons or cousins -- not directly in line for the titles. But the war took many men, and illness that swept through the country (influenza) took many more. So now all seven men are being sought as husbands by determined mamas and debs. The seven men band together to form The Bastion Club - the last bastion for these men to have a say in their own futures. They're determined to marry the women that THEY choose, not be trapped or tricked into marrying because they aren't fluent with the rules of the "ton". And these men understand the value of associates, information, and sharing. They agree to purchase a house in Mayfair, close enough to the action, but far enough away to be inconspicuous. The purpose is to have their own club, to have a place to meet/interview prospective ladies, and to help one another make the best possible marriage of each man's choosing. Since Trentham has a double stake in marriage (he must marry by July or forfeit the monies to the estates but still inherit the upkeep of 8 old tabbies) and his Town house and estates are the closest, he takes on the chore of getting the house fitted and set up. While looking out the new club's library window, he spots Leonore - the lovely miss from the townhouse next store. She looks older, no deb this one. But when Trentham runs into her - literally - she proves to be handsome and intelligent. And she ensnares him in a mystery.... Seems that #14 (the Bastion Club is #12) has had at least 2 foiled burglary attempts in the past month -- after Leonora's uncle Humphrey refused to sell the property to an unnamed buyer. And Leonora has been accosted twice. Leonora thinks that either Trentham and his friends are part of the scheme or can help shed light on what's going on; after all, they likely have a share in the worry, since they're close enough to be potentially burgled, too. And the club has had at least one intruder, who took the impression of the house keys and seems to be interested in the club's basement. Trentham sets to work to find the source of the burglaries and learn why #14 is the target. In the process, he spends more time with Leonora, who, at 26 has determined never to marry. But that doesn't mean she's not interested in learning more about what goes on between men and women. In one of my favorite passages, Leonora wonders why only women on the eve of their wedding nights are told about these "secrets"; why should this information be withheld? She's now old enough to be "on the shelf"; why can't she be told? Trentham has had thoughts about Leonora - he's not sure if she's mistress material or not, but likely not, since she is a lady. But he doesn't rush to decide she's his candidate for marriage... not until Leonora decides to seduce Trentham past the kissing and light petting that he's engaged in with her. When she asks him to "initiate" her into the ways between men and women, Trentham loses his mind, body, and soul. While not being ready to admit he's in love, Trentham is determined to MARRY Leonora, which proves to be difficult, since she's set against marriage. She's convinced the attraction will fade now that they've completed the exploration; he says never. They agree that they'll continue to be lovers for the next month. At the end of that month, if the attraction has faded, Trentham agrees to stop pursuing her; if not, Leonora agrees to marry him. Now we wade into pages and pages of sexual exploration... and the mystery takes a definite back seat. While it's fun to explore Trentham's family of "old tabbies" and learn more about both Leonora and Trentham, it's almost exasperating that someone as connected and astute as he is cannot solve this mystery or make any significant progress! Here is where the author remembers that she's supposedly writing a Regency romance, so she feels obligated to treat us to the "ton" scenes of balls, fetes, nights at the theater, and so on... all just minor backdrops for Trentham's continued seduction of Leonora. When we finally get right down to it, the mystery is, indeed, intriguing. And more complex that it appears on the surface. But it's all kind of a hodge-podge at the end... the resolution is quite anti-climactic, unfortunately. So why the 3.5 stars? Because most of this book is not only fun and enjoyable, but good - well-written with fascinating characters from every strata of Regency London society. Obviously, there's a lot more coming, since this is the 1st in a long line of books. I assume we'll learn each of the 7 men's stories? "Captain Jack's Woman" is supposed to be .5 in this series; I'm not sure why, though - the only Jack mentioned is one of the 7, and his last name doesn't seem right to me. Guess we'll have to find out!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane Briones™

    The Lady Chosen, if like me, you're a Laurens fan, you may have been waiting for this book, for what feels like ever. I eagerly read it. The Bastion Club is a group of returning heroes from the war, feted (mainly, because there aren't that many eligible bachelors still around) in society, the men decide to buy a house and turn it into a club. A bolthole from all those marriage hunting mama's. Tristan holds true to that Lauren's image of a Regency man, blue blooded and true. Also very noble, (mak The Lady Chosen, if like me, you're a Laurens fan, you may have been waiting for this book, for what feels like ever. I eagerly read it. The Bastion Club is a group of returning heroes from the war, feted (mainly, because there aren't that many eligible bachelors still around) in society, the men decide to buy a house and turn it into a club. A bolthole from all those marriage hunting mama's. Tristan holds true to that Lauren's image of a Regency man, blue blooded and true. Also very noble, (makes me wish that there were some around here) she skillfully weaves a tale of the man who knows he has to get married, in this case Tristan has to marry within the year or forfeit his inheritance. This would put all his lovely, scatty female dependents out on the street. He doesn't want to choose Leonora, but after she compromises him he is firmly under her spell. A plot concerning the theft of a powder that could help heal wounds on the battlefield, all pushes to a cracking finish. Lauren's remains my choice for fast paced, funny and non-boring Regency romance novels. I'm sick of whey faced heroines who swoon and expect the man to do it all, it's not accurate, there were many women who were independent and Laurens gives them a place within her books. --- Diane ™

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Morris

    This is the first book by Stephanie Laurens which I have read.The beautiful book cover captured my attention and the blurb on the back cover interested me. The first chapter about aristocratic spies during the Napoleonic Wars, who have resigned from the army and must marry, interested me. So did the opening scene set in October 1815 in which The Prince Regent burbled on about the Battle of Waterloo causing the former officers, who have sold their commissions, to escape from the Brighton Pavilion This is the first book by Stephanie Laurens which I have read.The beautiful book cover captured my attention and the blurb on the back cover interested me. The first chapter about aristocratic spies during the Napoleonic Wars, who have resigned from the army and must marry, interested me. So did the opening scene set in October 1815 in which The Prince Regent burbled on about the Battle of Waterloo causing the former officers, who have sold their commissions, to escape from the Brighton Pavilion to a snug at an inn where they could chat about their inherited titles and fortunes and decide to form a club. “The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all:finding a bride.” The plot and theme of the novel are interesting and the larger than life characters spring to life. Unfortunately, instead of reading repeated descriptions of the hero and heroine kissing each other etc., which I found tedious, I wanted to find out what happened next. Eventually, I became irritated because although Stephanie Laurens’ many fans might not agree, in my opinion, the story was too long drawn out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Galman

    I liked the idea of a group of noble gentlemen planning their marriages like a military campaign, but that's not at all what we get in this book. Question: why DO authors write Regencies when they're not willing to accept Regency conventions? Does the author really think that the catty old ladies in Jane Austen wouldn't notice if her hero and heroine snuck off together at every single party they were at for weeks to have sex across the breadth of the ton? Does she really think that an unmarried I liked the idea of a group of noble gentlemen planning their marriages like a military campaign, but that's not at all what we get in this book. Question: why DO authors write Regencies when they're not willing to accept Regency conventions? Does the author really think that the catty old ladies in Jane Austen wouldn't notice if her hero and heroine snuck off together at every single party they were at for weeks to have sex across the breadth of the ton? Does she really think that an unmarried lady could move unaccompanied around London at all times of the day or night without occasioning comment? Add to that the stick-figure characterization, the choppy, overwrought prose, and the general implausibility of the plot, and you have, well, this mess. The sex is pretty hot, though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    SamJ ★Needs a HEA★

    Please check all prices before buying, prices correct at time of publication. £1.49 was £5.99 Amazon UK Link - The Lady Chosen: Number 1 in series (Bastion Club) $2.26 Amazon US Link - http://amzn.com/B004DNVXB0

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mahareni Sukadi

    Kurang greget,datar,cenderung mmbosankn.Heroine-nya jg nyebeliiiiiin,tiap dtiduri semangatnya '45,tp kukuh gak mo dnikahi.Sikap yg aneh u/ ukuran wanita lajang pd zaman it.Selain it,aktivitas spionase d buku ini jg kurang seruuuuu. *fiuuuuh...untung kmrn gak jd beli*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amafle

    Tristan ❤❤❤❤

  18. 5 out of 5

    L H

    I didn't really hate the book...but it wasn't really a romance! Because I haven't really got any idea why fill in love...for me, it was basically a mystery book with a love story thrown in. -There wasn’t really much conversation between the two leads. No actual way for them to KNOW each other even though they seemed to spend a lot of time together going to parties, having sex (at every party), and solving the burglaries problems. -The heroin is set against marriage...but even SHE doesn't know why I didn't really hate the book...but it wasn't really a romance! Because I haven't really got any idea why fill in love...for me, it was basically a mystery book with a love story thrown in. -There wasn’t really much conversation between the two leads. No actual way for them to KNOW each other even though they seemed to spend a lot of time together going to parties, having sex (at every party), and solving the burglaries problems. -The heroin is set against marriage...but even SHE doesn't know why! By the middle of the book she was trying hard to figure out WHY was she so against being married...no past tragedies...even her broken engagement was something she welcomed at 18! -The lust? She never said NO!!!! All the guy had to do was pull her hand or kiss her finger and she can't stop anything...how was she a virginal spinster at 26 I wouldn't know! -I understand when leads sometime have reservations and can't be fully honest or open with each other...but trying to solve the burglaries and face a frightening man who attached her twice and broken in her house another 2 times, all by herself when the hero is trying to protect her? I felt the author was just trying to complicate the relationship but not in a very subtle way. Overall, the mystery part was good...the romance was not...there was a general lack of PASSION between the two.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    I really loved the relationship between the hero and heroine. First off, the hero KNOWS he needs to get married; he isn't one of these romance heroes who abhors the thought of marriage (and that's supposed to be the main conflict for him). Rather, it's the heroine who doesn't want to get married, and though that's a tad flimsy, it's at least grounded in some solid emotional reasoning, combined with the fact that she's reasonably independent and well-off without being married. These two come to g I really loved the relationship between the hero and heroine. First off, the hero KNOWS he needs to get married; he isn't one of these romance heroes who abhors the thought of marriage (and that's supposed to be the main conflict for him). Rather, it's the heroine who doesn't want to get married, and though that's a tad flimsy, it's at least grounded in some solid emotional reasoning, combined with the fact that she's reasonably independent and well-off without being married. These two come to genuinely fall in love, make changes for each other, TALK. Just lovely. But I've marked this as only 3 stars because the mystery plot is so boring and tedious, and I honestly didn't care who the burglar was or why he wanted into the house, and that took up a LOT of time in this story. Skim-read those parts and enjoy the romance.

  20. 5 out of 5

    April

    I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!! What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!! I adore this whole series and can not wait to see each man get his lady. It is a bit formula with the alpha male who is often chased finding a lady he wants and being forced to pursue her. But formula works that why we love it! Each book has an add but of i I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!! What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!! I adore this whole series and can not wait to see each man get his lady. It is a bit formula with the alpha male who is often chased finding a lady he wants and being forced to pursue her. But formula works that why we love it! Each book has an add but of intrigue that draws you in. And Stephanie Laurens knows how to deliver the steam!! I am currently on a Regency kick and this one was terrific!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nura

    ngebayaing para M16, kalo udah pensiun pada ngapain ya? kecewa sama aksinya para ex-spies ini, yang kebetulan para bangsawan semua. kurang greget. romannya terlalu bertele-tele. masa kemampuan mantan spion kawakan cuma nemuin kamar kosong di setiap pesta dansa. hadoooh... petunjuk yang didapat juga kebanyakan berdasarkan faktor luck doang. yang lebih ngeselin lagi, si Humprey sama Jeremy, kok kayaknya cuma jadi tempelan doang. Sibuk sendiri sama bukunya. dan gak bikin amaze meskipun mereka dikon ngebayaing para M16, kalo udah pensiun pada ngapain ya? kecewa sama aksinya para ex-spies ini, yang kebetulan para bangsawan semua. kurang greget. romannya terlalu bertele-tele. masa kemampuan mantan spion kawakan cuma nemuin kamar kosong di setiap pesta dansa. hadoooh... petunjuk yang didapat juga kebanyakan berdasarkan faktor luck doang. yang lebih ngeselin lagi, si Humprey sama Jeremy, kok kayaknya cuma jadi tempelan doang. Sibuk sendiri sama bukunya. dan gak bikin amaze meskipun mereka dikontrak buat ngerjain proyek dari British Museum.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nyla Bright

    I have mixed feeling on this book. There are many historic inaccuracies which hurt suspicion of disbelief. The main male character is more then a little creepy and frankly someone I wouldn't want to meet. Yet, I read the entire book and completely enjoyed the sex scenes. So, read for the sex. If that thing doesn't float your boat, skip it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cortney

    This book was ridiculous!!! A women that is 26 years old and unmarried falls in love with a weird man that watches her next door. BUT she doesn't just fall in love she gives up her morals right away and then they continue doing such things with WAY TO MUCH INFO.... and hardly any story line!!! I couldn't even finish it it was so bad!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bowman

    Me ha encantado. Sorprendida y agradecida con la narrativa de la autora (sobria, elegante, sutil), con la perfecta combinación de romance e investigación, encuentros íntimos furtivos, intriga y misterio. Una historia muy buena que he disfrutado.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yelania Nightwalker

    Me ha gustado mucho la relación entre estos dos, y el misterio sigue presente en la novela como es común en los libros de esta autora. Sin embargo, los Cysnter son mi serie favorita de ella :) Reseña completa en breve.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Actual 3.5 - it's so nice to have some action and mystery in historical romances. It adds so much to it, almost to the point where maybe they're technically not historical romances. Almost. I like this series so far. Ex-spies… how very Victorian 007.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Not happy with this narrator. She can't do the male voices. Jill Tannner The book was slow and long.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nikki ♥

    3.5 A little slow at times, but the writing was good and it was a decent story

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    A bit slow in some places, but overall very enjoyable!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McHugh

    Note Stephanie Laurens is one of the earliest romance authors I got into when I started reading romance in 2003. The second book in this series, A Gentleman of Honor, was in CVS, so I guess this might have been 2004 or 2005, and I liked it enough to start investing in the backlist. The Bastion Club is probably my favorite series from Stephanie Laurens, though the Cynsters Sisters trilogy is a close second. I love stories set in and around the Napoleonic Wars, and I liked that her heroines are acti Note Stephanie Laurens is one of the earliest romance authors I got into when I started reading romance in 2003. The second book in this series, A Gentleman of Honor, was in CVS, so I guess this might have been 2004 or 2005, and I liked it enough to start investing in the backlist. The Bastion Club is probably my favorite series from Stephanie Laurens, though the Cynsters Sisters trilogy is a close second. I love stories set in and around the Napoleonic Wars, and I liked that her heroines are active participants in the mysteries (even if the hero is less than thrilled about it.) Stephanie Laurens has a very particular writing style and she adheres to specific tropes, kind of like Catherine Anderson. When you pick up a book from her, there are going to be things that you can either let go or bother you enough to stop reading. Both are reasonable responses. I will remark on these tropes, but I'm very rarely going to make it a criticism.  I know what her books are and what they aren't, and I'm mostly okay with it. Overall Okay, so we have our usual romantic set up. A Laurens Hero is an alpha male who takes charge, is completely competent, and the biggest flaw they have is their overprotective nature. A Laurens Heroine is a headstrong, independent woman who usually needs to be convinced to get married, but she's almost always up to have an affair of some kind. Their romantic conflict is always the hero convincing the heroine to marry him. There are couple reasons why I've decided not to let this trope in her writing annoy me enough to stop reading. Yes, her characters are interchangeable. For the most part, you can pick up Tristan and Leonora, plop them down in any other Laurens book, and the outcomes would be the same. So there's that. But what I like about it is that it is different from what was being published twenty years ago. It was usually the women who wanted to marry and the men who had to convince themselves to get a leg shackle. The fact that Laurens' heroes are almost always refreshingly open to matrimony is nice, because you get tired of the other type of hero pretty fast. And we can't have enough independent and capable women. I very much like the trope most of the time. Do I wish she'd do more with characterization so the characters were less the same? Sure. But I also wish I had a million dollars. I'm realistic. Here, the romantic conflict is a bit less strong than I like. We always have to find a reason why the heroine won't get married, and I think that while I do believe the reason Leonora eventually offers is valid, it takes too long for her to even admit it. And it takes Tristan longer than I'd like to tell her marriage is his plan. That being said, what Stephanie Laurens does well and the reason I go back to her over and over again is her plots. I love her mysteries. I love that I can't always figure them out before she tells us the bad guy, that her stories are set all over England and she writes of the settings with such lushness I can picture myself there. The plot here is pretty good. Laurens deals with the set up in the prologue and this book serves well to launch the rest of the series. Tristan and the other Bastion Club members have begun to outfit a house for their own private gentleman's club. They've all left the service having served as spies during the Napoleonic Wars. They didn't serve together, but they worked for the same spymaster and have general awareness of one another. They're all also members of the nobility with titles they either expected or fell on them, and they all are very eligible on the marriage market. The club is supposed to be their safe haven. Tristan is overseeing the refitting of the house, and Leonora Carling is his neighbor. Someone tried to buy the home she lives in with her younger brother and uncle, and they've been very forceful about it. Tristan and Leonora team up to get to the bottom of it. I like the characters. Filled with tropes they might be, Tristan and Leonora are still fun to read. I wish that her uncle had been better fleshed out, but Jeremy gets more to do later in his own book (which is hands down one of my favorite Laurens books). What I also like is that the entire Bastion club does not show up. A few members here and there lend a hand, but I'm not dealing with seven alpha males and their spymaster in every book. Laurens uses the characters sparingly which helps me get to know them in advance of their own book. The plot is pretty good, even if the ending is a bit foggy, and overall -- it's a really good start to the series. (Because I mostly ignore Captain Jack's Woman, and you should, too.) Spoilers Ahead There are two moments where I think Laurens actually does the romance really well. Tristan is mostly alone in his life having served most of his adult life in the wars as a spy. To the best of my knowledge, his family is limited to fourteen elderly female relatives (aunts and cousins) for whom he is responsible. When he gets angry because Leonora hasn't told him that some of the attempts to break into the house were also attacks on her, he leaves her house basically telling her that she's important to him and he doesn't want to see her until she's ready to be important to him. It's actually better than I'm saying -- because first, he does what a lot of heroes never do--he opens up to her about caring about her and being worried. It's actually a sweet vulnerable moment.  And Leonora's explanation works for me, too--they happened before they met, and she's been running her life and everyone else's, that she didn't really think about telling him. There's another moment later after Leonora has agreed to marry him and promised not to go into danger, she immediately follows Tristan and another Bastion Club member next to do to the house when they know the bad guy is around.  She gets herself caught, used as a hostage, and after she is rescued (though Leonora holds her own in these scenes--she's not a damsel, even if she is an idiot), Tristan is about ready to open a can of whoop ass, and she talks circles around him until he can't do it, and somehow makes it proof of her love. It's a thing of beauty really. Basically, she tells him it all happened because she trusted him to come for her, and that's really hard for her, and he should appreciate it. She tells him not to spoil it, and because he is a lot brighter than a lot of men, Tristan drops it.  It's actually a really nice depiction of how far their relationship has come and why I genuinely like their romance in the book. The only moment I can honestly say I wanted to smack Leonora was after their engagement, Leonora found out Tristan had to get married by a certain date to keep the funds for the estate and care for her relatives. She starts assuming it was all an act and she's been manipulated--starts reading Tristan for filth. He calmly explains that, yes, he has that limit but he had the entire Season to find a wife, so he wasn't really all that worried. Then he met Leonora and it didn't seem relevant anymore. It's actually kind of nice because I believe him -- the deadline is brought up in the opening chapters as the reason Tristan is thinking about marriage in the first place, but he basically never mentions it again because it's not something he's thinking about. My problem is that I don't like this misunderstanding when it flares up in most books but particularly here. It's not like Leonora was a super easy woman for Tristan to win. If he wanted marriage, he could have gone anyone where else. He's a handsome earl, for crying out loud. I also don't buy Leonora would have that kind of reaction. She knows better than that, and she's smarter than that. It's the only beat of false conflict I can really point it. Still, reflecting on it, I'm surprised how much I did like it and how much I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

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