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A Fine Passion (Bastion Club Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    It Was A Fine Passion...

    I have never read any books by the author Stephanie Laurens until I got this one - A Fine Passion. I have been reading historical novels for over 20 years (since my high school years) and had taken a bit of time off - got burnt out on this stuff! So...I came back and found some new authors. I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit. The characters had a lot of fun in the beginning getting to know one another. It was nice to see a heroine who was smart, witty, attractive and not 'perfect in every way'. She was very appealing in her strength and it was great to see a hero respond to these characteristics as well. Clarice - the main character - was a handful and that was part of the fun - she gave as good as she got. In turn, the main character hero, Jack - had a lively sense of humor, intresting take on women and life. Fortunately, he had been around the block and upon discovering Clarice at his home running the world...he got to see what he had really been missing in life. A true partner. I like books that make characters realize all they really want in life is the simple things - a partner who they can live with, laugh with and love until the end of their days. These two were an excellent match and the story flowed smoothly. The intimate relations they had together were strong and positive too - beautifully told. It wasn't silly - it was real. I believe readers will enjoy this story line well. I just wish the main character had a better name than 'Jack' - all I could think of was 'Jack the Ripper' and we know what happened there! Other than the name issue, this was a fine read. Enjoy!

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Great Summer Read

    Though this was not my favorite if the series, due to a slow start, the book was a great summer read and picked up pace more consistent with Lauren's novels about half way through. Don't miss this book in the series, as it gives you more glimpses into the lives of other Bastion Club members and their leader, Dalziel.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    A good, solid read.

    Although I have been told that for first-time SL readers, this book isn't the way to go, now that I have experience just that, I would have to disagree. This was my first book by her, and it sent me scamping off to the library to find many, many more.

    I found that the relationship between the two main characters was, while perhaps not entirely unique, at least easy to relate to and perfectly able to hold my attention, although I typically don't prefer the bold, outright "liaison" type scenarios. I think initially after I finished reading, I was surprised that the author had managed to keep me perfectly enthralled after what seemed like a record amount of "love scenes" (I'm generally disenchanted after around 3 or 4 full-blown encounters).

    As for the mystery/suspense aspect of the book, I thought it was pretty good. The premise was fairly solid and there were enough turns to keep me mildly surprised. I felt the end was a bit open-ended, in a confusing "Did I miss something?", rather than in a full "cliff-hanger" sort of way. I read this book out of order with the other ones, so that may have contributed to that; I'm not really sure.

    Either way, while I wouldn't say this book can stand out so intensely in my mind as to deserve a full 5 stars, it kept me entertained enough that I feel 4 is a fair assessment. I will be reading more of the author's work in the future.

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