Mastered by Love (Bastion Club Series)

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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.

As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august noble titles, he must now take on that gravest duty of all: marriage.

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Overview

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.

As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august noble titles, he must now take on that gravest duty of all: marriage.

Yet the young ladies the grand dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle's willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure. Determined to claim her, he embarks on a seduction to prove his mastery over every inch of her body . . . and every piece of her heart.

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Royce Varisey, Duke of Wolverstone and former enigmatic Bastion Club leader Dalziel, heads to Northumbria to assume his new ducal responsibilities and find a wife. But Minerva Chesterton, the estate's insightful chatelaine and woman of his choice, will only marry for love, creating a dilemma for a man who thinks he's incapable of that emotion. VERDICT Erotically specific yet emotionally touching and infinitely romantic, this electrically charged, danger-tinged romance deliciously concludes Laurens's "Bastion Club" series. Laurens (Temptation and Surrender) lives in Melbourne, Australia.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061246371
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Bastion Club Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 201,928
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    So disappointed!!!!

    I waited a long time for this story..I feel cheated! I feel it was lacking in excitement and the ending was so bland! I lost count of how many times Minerva was referred to as Royce's chatelaine. They've known each other since she was six years old for Pete's sake. And his terrible temper was mentioned so many times it was ridiculous. And the villain! Don't get me started.
    I have enjoyed the Bastion Club series very much but this story could have been so much better!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    I would rate this book as a C-

    This book was extremely disappointing. It was designed to be centered around Dalziel, the last and most mysterious character of the Bastion Club series. It turned out to be centered around the lady that ends up in his life. His character does not demonstrate any part of his personality in previous books and instead makes him appear as a woman-dominated wimp. I was extremely disappointed in this book. As usual, Ms Laurens filled the book with sexual scenes instead of mostly plot -- which is getting old. In this book, out of all of them, the plot should have been the main theme because of the mystery of the character that had been out there for so long. I would rate this book as "average" and that is giving it a break. Suspenseful it is not, entertaining it is not. It is simply something to read that you hope at some point will get better and the plot will improve. It just never does. When will Ms Laurens start adding more plot to her books and back off of some of the sexual scenes to make up for the lack of being able to write more about the plot? This book was just sad and boring. I got the impression she just wanted to rush and finish writing it just to get it over with; she wasn't in any hurry to put any real effort into it because she was rushing to get the next one out. I would define this as a lazy effort with no regard for the main character of the book. If the Bastion Club members were real, they would be shaking their heads and haunting her days!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

    Bastion Club finale a big let-down

    The Bastion Club series has been exciting, action-filled, suspenseful, and wickedly fun, until now. The long-awaited story of Dalziel was a huge disappointment. With a tedious plot and sparse characterization, the only thing to recommend it are the torrid love scenes which, unfortunately, border on the pornographic and comprise the bulk of the book. The last traitor's motivation is trite to the point of being unbelievable, he does little of interest until the very end, and even then his plan is predictable enough to be downright boring. Surely someone this stupid couldn't have managed to avoid Dalziel and the other spies for so long! This book is unworthy of Laurens and appears to be a sloppy, disorganized mess written just to finish off the series.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Mastered by great reads

    Best thing about the book was the relationship between Royce and Minerva and the way he tried to be different from his father. I liked his outlook on what a duke SHOULD do and how he implemented his ideas. Whether that was consistent with the time period, I don't know, but it was great reading. I LOVE Stephanie Laurens and this book is just a great reminder of why that love is so justified. She is hands down my favorite author for regency England romances, I don't care how historically inaccurate they might be. Her women are just strong representations of femininity, strong without obviously kicking butt or taking names - subtlety is the word for a Laurens heroine. And in this book Laurens another compelling hero in Royce - the head of the Bastion Club come home at last to claim his Ducal title. It's one of those books that while it might look like it only has a simple plot from the outside, is actually quite complex and the twists and turns that result in the happy ending are engaging and enjoyable. I highly recommend it, as a stand alone or as the last in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Good, Not Great

    I am a huge Stephanie Laurens fan and I adore the Bastion Club novels, but I was underwhelmed by her last effort. The last Bastion Club novel should have been much more exciting and mysterious. I also hoped that finding the last Traitor would have been much more thrilling and that the other members of the Bastion Club would be featured more in the story. It would have been nice to get an update on the other club members as well since this was the last book.. She could have made the story line much more mysterious, but chose instead to linger too much on every aspect of his homelife. Having said that I loved his romantic interest, Minerva. She was perfect for him and their story line was great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    Sorry ladies...

    Although, it was nice to finally read Royce's story, I felt like this book was way too dragged out. It seemed like it took FOREVER to finally get to the point of the story and to the end. I found myself skimming over overly descriptive sections. All in all though, it was a good story just could've been summed up a lot faster

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    The romance between the lead couple is fun to follow while the Ton's intervention enhances the tale

    In 1816 the Duke of Varisey, Royce heads home, knowing he paid a high price for his work for the Crown. Sixteen years ago, his father disowned him for dishonorable behavior as a duke's heir should never be involved in espionage. He hoped to reconcile, but his father just died before they could; his mother died a few years ago.

    At Wolverstone Castle, Royce meets his chatelaine Minerva Chesterone, who was a young orphan his parents brought into the household. They are attracted to one another, but both hide the unwelcome feelings. Minerva swore twice to both his parents on their respective death beds that she would help their son become the duke. She also understands Royce must wed soon and once he does she will leave the castle she has called home for over two decades.

    His three sisters and their husbands arrive as do the rest of the family for the late duke's funeral; the Grand Dames attend too and warn Royce to marry soonest as Prinny is planning something. Royce is irate as he put his life on hold to protect the crown yet ironically the crown wants to take away his heritage. He talks about tenant farms with Minerva and asks her to draw up a list of possible wives while his Bastian Club friends and their wives also arrive. However, the only woman to excite him is the one not on Minerva's list.

    The romance between the lead couple is fun to follow while the Ton's intervention enhances the tale. The lead male is too similar to the other Bastian Club members, but Stephanie Laurens cleverly defuses that by having the wives state so during their strategic meeting. Although the Last Traitor subplot is minor though built up through several books, fans will enjoy the return of a hero who gave everything to the Crown only to come home to learn that his sacrifice is yesterday's news.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Soooo disappointed!

    I was eagerly awaiting Delzial's book and it was a boring and stupid storyline for the end of the master spy series. His character was such a let down after the way she was building him up in other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Bought this as an e-book after already purchasing it before owning my Nook. Plan to read and re-read it.

    Probably the best of the Bastion series, although some weaknesses. Gaps in what he's been doing socially over the last 16 years. This book makes it appear he's led a great social life, but the previous books had the men uncertain who he was. The evil nemesis was predictable.

    However, this book goes deeper in understanding emotions of the main characters, making it more than just the average beach read that jumps over anything but the most frivolous. You can feel his frustrations (and hers, too).

    If someone hasn't read any of the Bastion series, or just a few, this book can standalone. It also wraps up a great mystery and allows the group to move forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    What can I say about this book without being rude!

    I really would apprecaite my money back. Man, I could find the energy to continue reading this borning book. I was highly disappointed. I gave it one star due to the fact there isn't no choice for nothing less.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2009

    Finally, who is Dalziel? Not the man you were led to believe.

    Leading up to this book, the impression you have been given throughout the series of this man did not come through in away in this book. It was quite a let down. The previous books about his underlings, had more back bone that he did. To find out in some manner that the aloof traitor was a relative so early in the book was disappointing. The only guessing was who, there was no suspense. I was confused as to where the plot really was, it was as if there were two stories written and made into one, leaving out the plot in both. Was the book about Dalziel or was it about Minerva. I expected to read a plot that left him calling in the guards, so to speak, planning and strategizing a resuce. Looking out over the land and saying the mill, well that was very quick and to the point. If anything this book seemed to be a poor rough drft that needed a lot of muscle and a little less fluff and sex to fill the pages. I truly hope the next book will be better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    A Long Awaited For, Satisfying Conclusion to the Wonderful Series!

    I had long been waiting for Dalziel's story and was absolutely pleased with it. I had thought that a few of the spots would be slow but I was felt the pace was terrific and the storyline wonderful. At last Royce finds his peace in his home with his Duchess. It was great to see the wives of the Bastion Club play more important roles in the story then their husbands! And it was nice to see Devil (my absolutely favorite Cynster) pop in twice as he appropriately needed to do as the Duke of Ives. Royce had interesting character development - a man who was powerful, was accustomed to controlling much of what he oversaw facing situations when he could not, including those awkward social situations. And I do agree with another reviewer - the scene when Minerva shows Royce how much his father respected him and wanted to reconcile - anxiously awaiting for his son's return - was moving, especially the very last line of that section as Royce sat alone with his thoughts.

    I look forward to the next stages in the Cynster sage where the Cynsters and Bastion Club intersect!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    I absolutely loved this book. My favorite Laurens novel.

    A TRULY worthy, gloriously romantic and blatantly erotic (VERY HOT) ending to the Bastion Club series. The mysterious, charismatic spymaster known as Daziel, while banished from home by his father for 16 years, devoted his life to his country finally retires from Whitehall and returns home after his father's death to become the most powerful and feared Duke in the land. Handsome, bad tempered, demanding Royce finally meets his match - Minerva, the little orphaned girl his parents had taken in, is now all grown up & beautiful, & ably running his home and estates AND unknowingly driving him wild with desire. The night they consummated their love he'd followed her thru his castle, told her he couldn't take it anymore, threw her over his shoulder & carried her to his bedroom <sigh> - not realizing THIS had ALWAYS been HER fantasy of him. (No one writes a love scene like Stephanie Laurens) Unlike his parents and his selfish sisters embroiled in arranged marriages laced with frequent affairs, Royce wants to love and be loved. And he wants a woman who is a true partner beside him. With Minerva he's found all he ever wanted and longed for during his lonely years away from his beloved home. A loyal, honorable, decent man and a real "hero" he wants to be a different kind of nobleman - one set on improving the lot of his people - further endearing him to his Chatelaine, Minerva. She also helped him learn his father had in fact been very proud of him - a scene that will touch your heart. I could not put this book down. Watching them both realize how much they loved each other was breathtaking. The love, trust and devotion between these two characters had me enthrall - their teasing banter and romance an exciting page turner - I had to know what they were going to do next. Laurens' descriptions were vivid - whether it be in the bedroom or describing the landscape, the characters or the situation - you feel like you are there. I was delighted to see many of the characters from the various Bastion Club novels appear again, and also to learn he had a loyal and loving (albiet) illegitmate brother who helped "guide" Royce and Minerva. AND it was also fascinating to see Devil Cynster before he met his match (the time period for Mastered by Love takes place before the book Devil's Bride) show an interest in Minerva and incite Royce's jealousy and "claim" on her. And in the end he finally got the last traitor and freed himself from his past. I highly recommend Mastered by Love! And I recommend all of Stephanie Laurens' books. Not for the faint of heart - she's erotically specific, but a great storyteller. And I cannot wait to read her new series The Black Cobra Quartet - which will revisit all the Bastion Club members and the Cynsters. I'm hoping Royce and Minerva have a son - and he grows up to some day marry Devil's daughter - a blending of the two families - wouldn't that be something!
    Diane

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    MASTER

    Waits a whip in his hand

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Babydoll

    Nods gtg

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Kylie

    Kisses u and wraps my arms around ur neck.

    0 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Sam

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Laurents Fann

    One of her best. GREAT PLOT and sizzlinng love scenes. Well worth a second read.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    This is the best of the 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. This was my favorite of the entire series and I fell in love with each and every one of the characters.

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