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The Lady Chosen (Bastion Club) [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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30 Sep 2003 Bastion Club (Book 1)

Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbour living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . .

Once bitten, forever shy - never again will Leonora allow any man to capture her heart and break it. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat, especially when a mysterious blackguard with dark designs on Leonora's family home gives him the perfect excuse to come to the lady's aid - as her protector, confidant, seducer...and husband.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (30 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060002069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060002060
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

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London's most eligile - and adventurous - bachelors have banded together to form the Bastion Club, an elite society of gentleman dedicated to determining their own futures when it comes to marriage!

About the Author

Stephanie Laurens is the New York Times bestselling author of many Regency-set Romances, well known for the Bar Cynster series, which have gained her a legion of dedicated fans.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Lady chose it, 24 Jan 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 bacelors 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 skilfully 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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First in the "Bastion Club" series 24 Mar 2010
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the first in the "Bastion Club" series of regency romances by this prolific regency romance author.

The "Bastion Club" stories start just after the battle of Waterloo brought to an end twenty years of war. A group of British officers who have been serving their country, first as officers in the Guards and latterly as spies, have to adapt to peacetime life. Most of them have recently inherited titles, all are single and most of them need to marry. For example, the hero of this book, Tristan Wemyss, has just become the Fourth Earl of Trentham, but the late Third Earl, who had a jaundiced view of his successor's side of the family, put a clause into his will requiring Tristan to marry within a year, or all the unentailed property and money he would otherwise inherit will be given to various charities. And the whole of the "ton" as high society was called, knows that they are very eligible batchelors.

Realising that they are likely to be mobbed by matchmaking mothers, our heroes decide to set up a club where they can retreat to enjoy one another's company, and to call it the Bastion Club.

So they buy an empty property in Belgravia to serve as the club. But while setting up this building, Tristan becomes aware that a sinister figure has nefarious plans for one of the houses on the street. At the neighbouring property are the Carling family, where Miss Leonora Carling lives with their uncle and brother. An agent acting for a mysterious person or group has tried unsuccessfully and very persistently to buy the Carling's house. This may or may not be linked to a series of actual or attempted break-ins at all three properties in the vicinity.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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What started off as an interesting plot (a nefarious individual intent on gaining entry into Leonora's house by any means) fell flat when the story shifted to the increasingly desparate attempts of Tristan to get Leonora to marry him (after she seduced him). Then unfortunately it is all about illicit sex in secluded areas at their various hostesses houses, right in the middle of functions both attend every night. Which is fine if what you are looking for is just sex, unfortunately although I do not mind it (I am French afterall), every single page for about 3 chapters give you an overdose!!
Anyway, I gave her 2 stars, just for the plot. Maybe Laurens should cut the size of her book to compact a bit more the story rather then trying to fill it with too many sex scenes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Chosen 5 Nov 2006
By penny
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It makes a change to find people referring to 'too much sex' as 'boring', with which statement I fully concur. So many of Stephanie Laurens stories, including this one, are good in themselves and do not need the sex to sell them. I enjoyed this story but found that a certain amount of the money I spent on it was wasted as I skipped quite a few of the pages. Please, please, please, write us more stories which stand alone, without the sex. That, in fact, is the sign of a good writer and Stephanie Laurens could be a good writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would Choose it 15 Feb 2013
Actually, if you love historical romances (this one is Regency) then you will love this as much as I have ..... it's the first in a whole series of Bastion Club novels, and revolves around the romance of the Earl of Trentham and Leonora Carling.

I've devoured it in less than 24 hours, and for me is a big fat 10/10. I have now plundered the reading shelf and got another The Edge of Desire, which is also a Bastion Novel (I spotted a Georgette Heyer there too) ..... I am assured that you can read them independently and don't need to follow on for each series.

I would highly recommend this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bastion Novels review 30 Jan 2010
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The Bastion Novels have a quiet or refective title but apart from the romance element they usually have a gripping thiller/spy story as well.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More plot less sex please... 8 May 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a Stephanie Laurens fan and have read and enjoyed all her books for the good plots, good characterisation and generally good use of English. Her books are fun to read and her heroes/heroines are believeable people. However I feel that in her later books - and "The Lady Chosen" is a good example of this - she has perhaps been encouraged to add longer and more explicit sex scenes. Sex sells...? Sex in a romance novel is fine and appropriate in the right context but I find too much anatomically correct sex can merely become boring. I agree with another reviewer - shorten the book by leaving out some of the repetitive sex and the book would still sell as Stephanie Laurens is a very gifted writer. Nevertheless, apart from this criticism I would recommend the book and will no doubt read it again in a few months - and skip the boring bits!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romp plus mistry
Am a collector of laurens' books this goes back to her older works which I often find are better. I like the overlap with other serieses.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. K. A. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story Line
Got this book for my Granny when come in the post on date said she was so happy. She start reading at day
She says it as a good story line.
Published 4 months ago by Tan
4.0 out of 5 stars rely on stephanie for a good story
good story and characterisation. I just love her heroes and heroines. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. another winner from Stephanie Laurens
Published 6 months ago by billy
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Chosen
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rosemary Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance
I love the books set in Old England. Enjoy to get a glimps in how they use to live a few hundred years ago.
Published 10 months ago by kinders12
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
have read others in the series, suits reading style of regencey romance with an edge, good fun and an easy read.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs T M Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong female character
Liked Leonora's strength and drive. Intreige and mystery fasinating. The hero, a man of solid character too. Her uncle and brother quite comicle. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Scot Thistle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Chosen
A New series with a new set of powerful characters, a very good read by this popular writer, looking forward to the next in series.
Published 20 months ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Chosen
i enjoyed this books, its got all the qualities for a good period romance. danger, passion, love, mystery and leading charicters who are enjoyable to read about.
Published 21 months ago by Charlotte Dickie
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