A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club Series) [NOOK Book]

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The seven members of the Bastion Club have served loyally in the perilous service of the Crown. Now they've banded together to support one another through their most dangerous mission of all: getting married.

When Charles St. Austell returns home to claim his title as earl, and to settle quickly on a suitable wife as well, he discovers that experience has made him impatient of the young ladies who vie for his attention—with the exception of Lady Penelope Selborne. Years ago, ...

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A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club Series)

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Overview

The seven members of the Bastion Club have served loyally in the perilous service of the Crown. Now they've banded together to support one another through their most dangerous mission of all: getting married.

When Charles St. Austell returns home to claim his title as earl, and to settle quickly on a suitable wife as well, he discovers that experience has made him impatient of the young ladies who vie for his attention—with the exception of Lady Penelope Selborne. Years ago, Charles and Penelope's youthful ardor was consummated in an unforgettable afternoon. Charles is still haunted by their interlude, but Penny refuses to have anything more to do with him.

If controlling her heart was difficult before, resisting a stronger, battle-hardened Charles is well nigh impossible, yet Penelope has vowed she won't make the same mistake twice, nor will she marry without love. But when a traitorous intrigue draws them together, then ultimately threatens them both—will Penny discover she has a true protector in Charles, her first and only love, who now vows to make her his own?

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Stephanie Laurens delivers a welcome third entry in her popular Bastion Club series, featuring adventurous ex-spies who have determined to foil the matchmakers of the ton and marry ladies of their own choosing. Here Charles St. Austell, Earl of Lostwithiel, finds himself face to face with his onetime love, the unforgettable Lady Penny Selborne, when he returns home to Cornwall. At the request of his former commander, Dalziel, Charles starts to investigate rumors of spy smuggling in the town, even as he reignites a powerful sensual relationship with Penny. As he uncovers Selborne family secrets and possible hidden treasure, will he also damage any possible future with Penny? Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
Regency romance juggernaut Laurens shows signs of fatigue in the third book of her Bastion Club septet (after The Lady Chosen and A Gentleman's Honor). Lord Charles St. Austell, earl of Lostwithiel, is one of the seven noble members of the Bastion Club ("a last bastion against the matchmakers of the ton") who served as spies during the Napoleonic wars and who still do a bit of investigating for the Crown when they're not braving eager ladies on the marriage mart. At his country estate, Charles encounters old friend (and old flame) Lady Penelope Selborne, who's up to her neck in intrigue. Penny's late brother may have been involved in schemes to smuggle secrets to France during the war-schemes that seem to be continuing with new sources even after his death. The novel features all the steamy sensuality for which Laurens is known, but the sex scenes lack the spark typical of her best work; Penny and Charles spend far too much time staring longingly at each other, dutifully denying their own urges. The unwieldy spy plot, meanwhile, progresses with agonizing slowness as the two interrogate every suspicious newcomer in town. Dedicated fans will probably stick with Laurens through the remaining four Bastion Club titles, but she's going to have to pick up the pace if she's to keep others intrigued. Agent, Nancy Yost. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061746444
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Bastion Club Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 59,914
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Stephanie Laurens

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Loving Rose is her fifty-fourth book. All of her previous works remain in print and readily available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    Boring

    I started this book sometime last year and despite many attempts I haven't finished it as yet. It just drags on and on. There is a nice tension between the characters that is unfortunately intermittent popping in and out in between a dull story line that just too dull. The Bastion series has none of the fire of the Cynster series. It's all brain and little heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    5 stars for the entire series

    5 stars for the entire series

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    This is a must read book and series

    I love this series and the characters in it.I highly recommend it and will sing praises for this book and the entire series.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Stephanie Laurens has created an awesome set of books in(The Bastion Club Series). I am on the last book of the set and cannot recommend these books enough. In "A Lady Of His Own", Charles St. Austell, an Earl who must wed, comes home after ten years of spying for his beloved country. He promptly meets Penny, his sweetheart of ten years before. Charles immediately decides Penny is to be his bride and she decides she wants nothing to do with him. The chase begins and the reader is led into a fascinating journey of love, betrayal and intrigue.

    Any reader of Historical Romantic Fiction will find this book as well as the entire series a wonderful journey into some of Englands fascinating history and the delightful lives of some very interesting people.

    I personally want to thank Stephanie Laurens for giving to the Romantic Fiction World this awesome Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2007

    Fantastic!

    I have read all of the Bastion Club novels, and I have to say, this one is my favorite so far!! There was an excellent blend between the spying and the romance between Penny and Charles. Definitely recommend this one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    More of a Thinking Woman's Love Story...

    This is the second novel by SL that I have read. I also picked up ¿A Fine Passion¿ and read and reviewed that earlier (good book). Unfortunately, this second pick was not quite up to par. Although I found the story line interesting and the characters a challenge¿it was almost a bit too much of a good thing. The basic nature of this was a spy tale not a love story. The elements of spying on each other and solving the mystery of the heroine¿s family legacy and the possible killer on the loose over-road the basic love story of the main characters Penny and Charles. Just when I would read some passages of serious love interaction between the two¿they would then jump into spy talk, detective actions and so on. Then when I would get engrossed in the spy passages¿.they would have flashbacks to their early years together and/or current sexual attraction issues. It was like a tennis match ¿ back and forth, back and forth. I think it was simply a good thing gone bad. I think the author tried hard to make the story deep and intriguing to balance out the typical lightness that goes with historical romances but, for me¿this one just didn¿t work. I like the authors writing style, her development of plots and character depth but, on this book, I just didn¿t ever bond with the situation or the people. Too much going back and forth killed the story and intensity for me. The fact that these two seemed to be so attracted and sexual 13 years earlier and then meet up and nothing has changed seemed a bit far fetched. They spent ½ their lives apart and yet things can take off better than ever? That was too much for me. Plus¿neither seemed to fight their feelings and just acted on impulse all the time. Although this was great in the spontaneity areas and their was plenty of sexual outings together, it didn¿t seem likely for the time or the risk of pregnancies back then. Both these characters ¿ Penny and Charles had so much potential but¿.sadly, it just never developed in the current context. Most of what we knew about these people were about who they used to be? I just couldn¿t get a grip on who they were now and why they would be creating a future together. They had too much past, not enough now and only the spy tale seemed to pull them together again. The side characters in this book didn¿t warrant much interest either. Although this book only got three stars, I still bought other books by this author and hope for better in the other stories. Don¿t give up on SL if you don¿t like this book ¿ it just wasn¿t one of her better or more memorable tales. It could have been but, simply didn¿t work out that way. On to another¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Great Plot but a bit slower than the 1st two books. . .

    I liked the story as i am a huge fan of series, however of all the Bastion Novels,I actually found this to be the slowest in development of the group, which is not a bad thing because often times when there is a series there is always one book that doesn't quite punch like all the rest. But I look forward the read the next book coming in some time this summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    LOVED IT!

    I couldn't put the book down. It was a wonderful read from the first page to the last. I can't belive I have to wait a year for the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    WORTH THE READ

    MOST ALL OF MS. LAURENS BOOKS ARE KEEPERS. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAD WITH THIS NEW BASTION SERIES BOOK WAS THE TIME FRAME OF 13 YEARS BETWEEN THE TWO MEETING AGAIN.THE SPY STORY STRETCHED A BIT BUT WAS PLAUSIBLE. AS USUAL THE AUTHOR GAVE SO MUCH DESCRIPTIVES--IT WAS EASY TO BE ENSNARED INTO THE PLOT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Worth it

    The characters in this new romance have clearly matured in the 13 years since they were first, and disappointingly, lovers. Seems to me that SL has also matured in her writing in this book. There is depth of character, logical interactions between the lovers (reasonable misunderstandings, reasonable progression of feelings), if a little too much sex too fast (can't believe I'm even thinking that!) Like 'A Secret Love' (probably my favorite SL book), the long-term friendship they share adds believable texture to their relationship and justifies it moving so quickly without being just casual sex. I found the spy story to be a silly, unconvincing distraction, though they clearly needed a challenge to work on together. It makes the book longer than it needs to be. I'm sorry to hear it will be another 6-8 months before the next Bastion club installment comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    I loved it

    This was a great story by a great writer. The hero was fantastic and throughout the whole story I wished i could find a man like that. And aren't that what romance novels are for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    I¿ll Take Charles¿A Man of My Own

    Although I¿ve already read close to 200 romance novels this year (historical, medieval, erotic, contemporary, paranormal, etc.), this is the first book I¿ve ever had the guts to write my personal opinion on¿ Girlfriend (SL) is all that AND the bag of chips! I didn't think she could match the sensuality of 'Devil's Bride¿, but she dun did it again with her seductive exchange of Charles¿ and Penny¿s pent up sexual desires for each other, which spans 13 years of abstinence for Penny and maturing into manhood for Charles. Although neither will openly admit loving the other, their individual exploration of each other¿s passions, expresses their love not just physically, but blissfully includes their hearts and souls. Something the two were too inexperienced to understand 13 years earlier when Penny surrendered her heart and virginity to Charles. Now a grown woman, spinster at 29, and him a bachelor, Earl in need of a wife at 33, Penny offers Charles another personal ¿invitation¿; one in which she never extended to any other man since her first and only time with him. By continuously intensifying each kiss and embrace, they are awakened to each other¿s sensual growth and ripened maturity that only the nurturing of time and experience could hone; they welcome their differences as man and woman vs the experimenting adolescents of their past relationship. Their new relationship gradually develops, which now transcends the physical plane and drives deeper into their hearts. Penny and Charles are satisfyingly surprised by one another when they recognize their coupling isn¿t quite the same as they remembered that afternoon they tumbled in the barn when they were mere youths of 16 and 20 years old. Charles slowly builds his plan of seducing Penny into surrendering her heart to him and becoming his wife. She relinquishes her stubborn attitude of `I am in control and call all the shots of my life¿ and little by little allows him to be the man in her life; friend, lover and protector. Her fervent moments of passion burst out as he guides her to ¿heaven¿ again and again by candle light and moon light; saturating his personal pleasure with ensuring hers. SL articulates very well their maturity, as well as the soul satisfying giving and taking of pleasure betwixt the found again lovers. SL had me in Penny¿s spell when Charles whispered a moan, succumbing to Penny¿s ravenous hungry eyes and seeking hands, ¿Whatever you wish, however you wish. I¿m yours. Take me.¿ Ohmigod¿ The `who done it¿ murder mystery plot of the story will keep your mind contriving trying to out wit the author between the love scenes. Charles and Penny constantly share their ideas and are basically honest with each other in their joint efforts to clear her family name and find a brutal murderer and spy. Therefore, leaving little room for blatant deceptions (lies), allows them to `go hand and glove¿ in impromptu situations they face during their investigations. This is definitely a ¿deep read¿ ¿ more than the surface of words in a book¿mysteries of the heart¿s desires and yearning for the other half of one¿s soul mate to ¿complete¿ the longing to be loved as no other can possibly do. ¿Nadine ¿Madame Jazze¿

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A delightful romance

    In 1816 Bastion Club member Charles St. Austell feels good for some of his fellow founders that have found love and marriage, but also is impatient for him to find and marry the proper uncomplicated wife. With that in mind and the need to pick his own spouse without matchmaking interferences from well meaning mamas, Charles takes advantage of a Home Office assignment to learn if someone is smuggling secrets out of country near his home........................ At his house, Charles sees Lady Penelope Selborne sneaking around the home. Unbeknownst to him, Penelope believes that her distant cousin Nicholas is working with the smugglers and seeks the evidence to prove her assertion. As she gets embroiled in danger, Charles tries to keep her safe until he realizes he has fallen in love with an improper complicated woman............................... Though very similar to the previous tales (see A Gentleman's Honor) fans of Stephanie Laurens¿ rousing Regency romances will appreciate this latest romance as the lead couple competes to uncover the identity of who is giving away secrets to the smugglers. Charles does not believe Penelope meets his criteria for a wife although he cannot help being there as she faces perils because to his chagrin he loves her. Fans will enjoy observing the restless hyperactive Charles meet his match in the living on the edge Penelope............................ Harriet Klausner

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