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

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Leonora Carling yang cantik memiliki kecenderungan mengatur dan senang memimpin. Kematian orangtuanya di usia muda membuatnya tidak bisa memercayai ataupun bergantung kepada orang lain. Di usianya yang kedua puluh enam, Leonora tidak menyesal telah memutuskan untuk tidak menikah. Sampai ia bertemu Tristan, tetangga sekaligus mantan mata-mata Kerajaan Inggris, yang membantu ...more
Paperback, 588 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by Dastan Books (first published August 26th 2003)
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Babel
May 18, 2012 Babel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
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
Kit★
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
LaFleurBleue
May 03, 2014 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
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
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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
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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
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Diane Briones™
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 bachelors 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, (mak ...more
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
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Rachel
Rachel rated it liked it
Mar 26, 2013
Meredith Galman
Mar 14, 2008 Meredith Galman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
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Mahareni Sukadi
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*
L H
Aug 31, 2013 L H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shari
Jun 27, 2012 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Nura
Apr 12, 2011 Nura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nyla
May 11, 2011 Nyla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cortney
Feb 28, 2010 Cortney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Elizabeth Bowman
Jan 20, 2017 Elizabeth Bowman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado.
Sorprendida y agradecida con la narrativa de la autora (sobria, elegante, sutil), con la perfecta combinación de romance e investigación, encuentros íntimos furtivos, intriga y misterio. Una historia muy buena que he disfrutado.
Yelania Nightwalker
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.
Amanda
Dec 14, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barbara
Not happy with this narrator. She can't do the male voices. Jill Tannner
The book was slow and long.
Bianca
A bit slow in some places, but overall very enjoyable!
Mariloli
Mar 16, 2017 Mariloli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho, los personajes y la trama
Nikki ♥
3.5 A little slow at times, but the writing was good and it was a decent story
Lily
Sep 06, 2012 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña publicada originalmente en: http://www.desvandesuenos.com/2012/10...

La prometida perfecta, si bien me ha gustado bastante y me ha parecido un libro correcto y entretenido, no ha cumplido todas mis expectativas ni me ha llenado por completo. Quizá es que esperara demasiado de él.

Desde luego, tiene un argumento inicial de lo más interesante: un grupo de ex-agentes secretos al servicio de la Corona británica deciden fundar un club para evitar las estrategias de las solteras de Londres. Y así
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JS
Mar 12, 2017 JS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
Enjoyable. Might even be four stars. A bit slow at times, but I liked the characters and their relationship.

I didn't completely 'feel' Leonora at times, but Tristan was lovely :).
Cruth
Oct 13, 2014 Cruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Netha
May 15, 2011 Netha rated it liked it
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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Snigdha Prakash
Loved it.
I'm increasingly falling in love with this author's works.
The way she authors a romance.
With all the angst and the thrill....it is the most perfect recipe for a romantic suspense.
I am in love with Tristan. He is going into my book boyfriend list.
I like Leonora for the most part.
The plot was good and set in an intriguing manner and was executed well enough.
Totally loved it.
Marie
Oct 26, 2013 Marie rated it liked it
Bintang 3.
Buku ke1 seri Bastion Club.

Bastion Club (BC) adalah sebuah perkumpulan eksklusif yg didirikan oleh beberapa gentleman yg pernah menghabiskan waktu bertugas di militer dan menjadi mata mata tak resmi milik negara. Setelah sekian lama, mereka pensiun dan saatnya harus menerima gelar dan warisan (yg tak pernah mereka bayangkan mereka terima oleh sebagiannya) dari masing masing kerabat. Mereka terdiri dari para bujangan dewasa yg sadar dengan kewajiban mereka untuk mencari istri dan meneru
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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)

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