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The Lady Chosen - Wanita Pilihan (Bastion Club #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  4,541 ratings  ·  155 reviews
The Lady Chosen with Bonus Material by Stephanie Laurens has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.
Paperback, 588 pages
Published 2011 by Dastan Books (first published August 26th 2003)
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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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
I like how Stephanie Laurens handles her characters. She doesn't let the women be bullied by the men, because they have protective instincts and the like that can also be termed as possessive. Instead her females have their own voices, can be stubborn, and have flaws and insecurities just like women in our world. For example, her heroine in this novel, Leonora, is easily relatable for me because I understand her disbelief over thinking she could hold Tristian's attention for very long; it's an i ...more
Mahareni Maldini
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*
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
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
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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
Sheila Melo
Good Mystery, Sweet and Hot Romance

THE LADY CHOSEN is the first book in the Bastion Club series. It is the story of a group of men who acted as spies in the war, returned to titles and fortunes and matchmaking female relatives. The men agree to form a club where they can support one another and also find refuge from the social whirl. Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, must marry within a year or lose the fortune that helps support his relatives. While preparing the house where the Bastion Club wi
Oleta Blaylock
As always Stephanie Laurens has written an enthralling story that pulls into the mystery of why a young woman and her family are being besieged by burglars. I love the premise of the series. Eight gentlemen that have come into titles that they never expected to inherit decide to take their own fate into their hands and find wives that they can live with. It is funny how these men view the marriage mart and the manipulation of the mothers that are determined to find titled husbands for their daug ...more
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 2003
Length: 440 pages
Setting: London, 1816 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Frequent. Varied.

The first book proper in Laurens' Bastion Club. Laurens sets the books before her Cynster series (Devil's Bride is set in Aug 1818), but allows the Cynster's the occasional cameo appearance.

It really is a nice series. Lots of sex, but good story lines. Unlike the Cynster's, the Bastion Club members want wives. They are open to the opportunity. They want love. They want a
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
2.5 stars.
I picked this up from the library because it was a "new to me" historical romance author. The premise sounded interesting and I liked that it was a series.

Unfortunately, the author's writing style was irritating to me. She's very wordy and her sentence structure is all over the place. I read this on Kindle, so maybe the hard copy didn't have this issue, but in my copy the author jumps from time to time without any separation inbetween the chapters. I never knew whether the next paragra
Lita Bouquard
I read Jeremy's (Leonora's brother)story first, out of order so it was interesting to read her book and get a different point of view. Almost like when 2 friends tell a story about an event but see it differently.
Leonora runs the household. While her Uncle and guardian Humphrey and Jeremy spend their hours on translating ancient documents, she is the realist in the family. Leonora doesn't want to marry. She values her independence- for a moment I thought she was going to be too similar to the f
Karen Wilson
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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.
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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!
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Elii Vela
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.
Wendy Tavenner
I love how Stephanie Lauren's writes, it's unbelievable!!! In this book you have Leonora whose family is continually being accosted by someone who wants them to sell their London home. Then you have Tristan who along with his fellow friends buy the home next to Leonora's. While the home is being remodeled someone breaks in and it seems to be the same person who for some reason wants #14 Leonora's home. You have questions, intrigue, death, cat and mouse game and passion all wrapped up in a must r ...more
Ketujuh mantan mata-mata Inggris pulang kembali setelah perang, menerima gelar mereka dan menghadapi sebuah masalah baru, yaitu musim perjodohan. Mau tak mau, ketujuh pria bangsawan ini menjadi incaran para ibu yang ingin menikahkan para putri mereka, dan mereka pun sepakat untuk membentuk sebuah klub untuk saling membantu dalam menjalankan misi mereka, mencari istri. Dan terbentuklah Bastion Club.
Karena desakan wasiat yang diterima Tristan, Earl of Trentham, dia harus segera mencari seorang ist
Caitlin Kelly
The Lady Chosen being the second Stephanie Laurens book i've read, after The Lady Risks All...... Annnnnd I loved it, and have no doubt that I will be reading the rest of her books!
I feel in love with the characters (especially Tristan - Would love to read more about him and Leonora) but anyway, both being very strong willed people, independent people having to learn to 'compromise' to be together because of love (sends chills down my spine *Awwwwh*.
Whilst the book might drag on a bit in some ar
This is the second Stephanie Laurens book I've read and I'm looking forward to reading all of her books, especially those of the Cynster Saga. The story evolved not only on love but on some happenings at Montrose Place, where Tristan and Leonora met and later fell in lust, then in love. The books is written with vivid details, steamy and passionate love scenes, suspenseful action scenes, and a bit of a mystery. The sweetest line Tristan uttered was Leonora being an important person in his life, ...more
hmmmmm buku pertama bastion club
kalo menurutku pribadi aq lebih suka cynster saga dibanding bastion club
bukan berarti bastion club jelek ya tp aq ngerasa ada yg kurang dari seri ini.

bercerita ttg 6 veteran mata2 inggris yg memutuskan pensiun & sedang pusing memikirkan nasib mereka sekarang yg ibaratnya lepas dari mulut harimau eh masuk mulut buaya.

mereka lebih suka berperang digaris depan waterloo dibandingkan harus menghadapi sekawanan ibu2 serta gadis2 bangsawan siap menikah.
karena itu mer
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie
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Other Books in the Series

Bastion Club (8 books)
  • A Gentleman's Honor (Bastion Club, #2)
  • A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club, #3)
  • A Fine Passion (Bastion Club, #4)
  • To Distraction (Bastion Club, #5)
  • Beyond Seduction (Bastion Club, #6)
  • The Edge of Desire (Bastion Club, #7)
  • Mastered By Love (Bastion Club, #8)
Devil's Bride (Cynster, #1) A Rake's Vow (Cynster, #2) Scandal's Bride (Cynster, #3) A Secret Love (Cynster, #5) A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster,  #4)

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