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Captain Jack's Woman (Bastion Club 0.5)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,025 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain’s rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling “Kit” Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. His all-knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the “lad” leade ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Avon (first published October 1997)
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Mar 13, 2013 Cbackson rated it it was ok
What an odd book this was.

The thing about Stephanie Laurens is that you generally know what you're getting going in: generally interchangeable, arrogant, possessive heroes and generally interchangeable, but fairly tolerable heroines. The stories will never surprise you. The heroines are unmemorable, but at least they're neither doormats nor (shudder) "feisty minxes."* And if the books are, to a one, entirely humorless, at least the writing is more than competent.

But this? I don't know what thi
Rated 3.5

They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain's rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling "Kit" Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. His all-knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the "lad" leader of a rival gang with frightening ease - and his "punishment" with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters.
Feb 23, 2014 Kit★ rated it really liked it
Still feeling a little bereft after our buddy reads of the Cynster series came to a (temporary for now) close, I decided I was ready to try this one, get a head start on the Bastion Club series. I think I'm planning on tackling them maybe sometime after the upcoming Barnaby books The Masterful Mr. Montague and Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair come out, if I can hold myself back for that long. I might end up doing em while I wait for the Barnaby books. Haven't decided yet, we'll se ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Liv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a sumptuous read! It’s like eating your favorite, most exotic fruit one juicy bite at a time! After reading the synopsis of the book, I thought I was in for a story about smuggling gangs in the rookeries of London, or something of that sort…but this fantastic story was far more (and far from that initial image). This story takes place in the beautiful countryside of Norfolk, England during tumultuous times between France & England, as both countries are at war with one anot ...more
Mar 24, 2011 nurmawati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hr, terjemahan
wow...i love this book...kalo ada 6 bintang gw kasih 6 deh :D
kapten jack nya bener2 hotty banget....
ceritanya lengkap...dari gak kenal...kenal gara2 kit nyamar jadi co dan jadi penyelundup...sampe jack ngenalin kit itu ce dan bertekad buat merayu kit....dan sampe nikah juga di ceritain semua....lengkap banget....
jack nya yang awalnya gak ngerti cinta dan mau jadiin kit mistress ....berusaha nikahin kit karena dia bener2 gak bisa jauh dikit dari si kit ^^
Captain Jack is an asshole. The idea that arousal = love is disturbing. The hymen was...bizarrely portrayed. I could go on, but you get the picture. Stephanie Laurens, what the hell happened with this one?
Sep 12, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it
This is the first Stephanie Laurens book I've read, my friend highly recommended her for me to read since I'm a fan of regency/historical romance. I started with this book because it is the first of the Bastion Club. Now I could see why she's highly regarded in this genre. The vivid prose is fluent and the love scenes range from steamy to sizzling hot, not just your typical "roll in the sheets" as she said in an interview, but the love scenes develop the characters and their relationship with ea ...more
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
This one was just okay. It's my 3rd Stephanie Laurens' book and I have the same reaction I had with the prior 2. Meh. The book wasn't as engaging as I was expecting. The heroine Kit was unconventional, so that was good. I guess I was expecting to be drawn in more to the story than I was.
Stephanie Laurens at her very best - steamy, romantic, heartfelt, action-induced plot with fleshed out characters. Lovely read!
Lita Bouquard
Dec 28, 2014 Lita Bouquard rated it did not like it
It took me days to read this when usually I finish a novel like this quickly and that's because I disliked the characters so much. It was a strange book with Kit a young woman who was tricked into leaving her beloved grandfather by her aunts (who never make an appearance). This is all told as past history. She has lived in London and had one broken romance - again with the evil aunts who persuaded someone to propose to her. Now Kit finally returns to her Grandpa who always was tricked by the aun ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 15, 2014 Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book some years ago and I enjoyed it very much, I enjoyed it just as much this time. This is a wonderful romp that introduces the reader to a young woman that is just a little unconventional. Kathryn “Kit” Cranmer longs of excitement and freedom from the strictures of society. She finds that excitement when she returns to her grandfather’s estate after being stuck in London for six years. This excitement is in the form of smuggling brandy and lace into England. She doesn't realize th ...more
Sheila Melo
Jun 17, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow! Better Than I Expected

CAPTAIN JACK'S WOMAN operates as a prequel to the Bastion Club series. It is the story of Kathryn "Kit" Cranmer who returns home to her grandfather's estate after six unsuccessful years on the marriage mart in London. Kit is feisty, defies convention and is ungovernable. Within days she ends up becoming the leader of a small band of smugglers. Kit has a habit of riding in the guise of a boy and no one suspects that she is a lady.

Her smuggling activities bring her to t
May 06, 2014 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
I really liked this book and almost everything about it.
There's plenty of adventures with smugglers and anti-smugglers hanging around. There's plenty of deceit with the anti-smuggling investigation led by Lord Hendon, masquerading as Captain Jack, leader of one of the local gangs. Notwithstanding the leader of another local gang he wanted to control, who was a lady in disguise of a youth. Well those adventures clearly reminded me of some of the best Georgette Heyer's books.
I really liked the cha
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I loved this book when I read it for myself a few years ago, and now I love it even more after having it read to me by the delightful McAllister Lee!

Kit is just my kind of gal, independent and a touch wild, with plenty of sass!! I love everything about her, she easily grabs you from the beginning and makes you love her. Captain Jack is the perfect match for this hoyden!! He is the perfect man for her, even though he wants to protect her, he
May 17, 2011 Netha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hhhhhh gara2 inet yg baru lambretawati aq nulis nih review sampe 3x ini duhhhhhhh.....

mari kita mengulang mengetik indah yukkkk

prequel bastion club & menurutku prequelnya lebih menarik dibanding lady chosen nya hehehehehhee

bercerita ttg kathryin cranmer ato oleh orang2 dekatnya dikenal sbg kit.
setelah mengalami 6 tahun penuh derita di london bersama bibi2nya, kit memutuskan kembali ke cranmer & hidup dengan kakeknya, baron cranmer.

kepulangan kit disambut bahagia oleh sahabatnya sejak kec
Nov 29, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've yet to read a Stephanie Laurens I didn't like. This one was no exception. Being one of her earlier books, it was different than what I was used to from her. It certainly was steamier!

The hero, Captain Jack, is also known as Lord Jonathan Hendon. By profession he works for the British government tracking down spies. The heroine, Kathryn Cranmer, also known as Kit, disguises herself as a young man and becomes a smuggler on a very small scale. She is quite adventurous and reckless. Captain Jac
When I started this book I was in love. A strong female character and a strong male character that had a deep connection and passion between them. What could go wrong?

The female character, Kit, was in my opinion a wild girl who does what she likes and really stands strongly for her views and opinions. Yet, when tempted with sex with the great captain Jack she completely seems to lose her own norms and values. I could have understood this (though it would have annoyed me) once, getting swept up
Nov 24, 2015 Cherie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-unliked
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An action-packed British historical romance, Captain Jack’s Woman takes the listener on a thrilling ride that includes sword fights, wild horse chases, smuggling runs, a masquerade ball, and even a passionate, illicit affair among two aristocrats impersonating leaders of rival smuggler gangs. Brought to life by McCallister Lee’s dynamic and talented performance, Captain Jack’s Woman is a classic romance, originally published in 1997, that lovers of European historical romances will not want to m ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
One of the first books by Stephanie Laurens that I read and still one of my favorites. It's set in 1811, with Kit a rebellious young woman who's been lied to by some of her family, meeting Captain Jack while Kit is in disguise as a young man. Jack is running under his own disguise as a smuggler, when he's really one of the local aristocrats who's been gone in the army and is now trying to find out who's spying for France. There are loyal sidekicks for both, who happen to be engaged to each other ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
As a spy trying to corral some of the smuggling rings along a coastal area, Jack wasn't prepared to meet a woman, disguised as a man, who makes his breath stop. Kit decides to lead a small smuggling gang to temporarily break up the monotomy of her life; she has decided to keep her freedom and never marry. He is the only one to see past her disguise and when he takes over the smugglers in his plans to help stop 'human trade' he finds she dislikes taking orders. She falls for Jack as well and deci ...more
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4

Throughout history, England has long been a site for smugglers and privateers: an island with miles of coastline and small villages where making a living is difficult, the sea has always managed to provide a living. Additionally, crown-sponsored privateers, and merchants with fleets of ships working both sides of the law were responsible for large fortunes being lost and won. Much like bootlegging on this side of the world, often the luxury it
Oct 19, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
I found the characters in this book hard to read. Jack comes across sometimes as masterful and more often as a bully. Recognizing that the men of Regency times had full control of their women's finances and expected total obedience is one thing. Not taking their feelings into account and using their physical strength adversely is another. I'm sure it happened, but I find it no more attractive then as today. Kit comes across as a woman of strong character and the courage of her convictions but wh ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Cruth rated it liked it
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 1997
Length: 374 pages
Setting: Norfolk, 1811 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent. Varied. Much of it is with no expectation of marriage (he intends to, at best, make her his mistress and is actively looking for a suitable bride).

He's a control freak who, while enjoying her wildness and impetuosity when he thought her his mistress, acts to stem it and force her to submit to his will as his wife. To the extent he takes away her freedom, her horse a
Feb 06, 2011 ies rated it liked it
Bagussss..... pengen kasih bintang 3.5 tp ngga bisa hehehe :P

buku ke2 SL yg aku baca dan memang WOW.. Hot banget ^_*

untuk karakternya sendiri aku suka Kit, meski si jack ngga pernah mau mendiskusikan segala sesuatu padanya, tp setidaknya Kit ttp percaya Jack yg biasanya di novel2 HR bisa menimbulkan perselisihan fatal :P

bagian yg lucu, pas si Kit kabur ke London... die ngarep banget di jemput sama Jack, tp Jack nya ttp cool kwkwkwkw
Jun 27, 2015 Emilie rated it liked it
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Aug 01, 2010 Martina the Book Fairy rated it really liked it
This book is a historical romance (I couldn't find any pnr from 1977) set in England in the early 1800's. It's mostly set in the countryside near the coast. There's a fair mix of romance/sex and excitement/danger from smuggling/spies, which I always appreciate. I can't abide a romance that is nothing but romance anymore.
Dec 30, 2010 MashJ rated it did not like it
This could have been a fun read if the plot hadn't been so clunky and the hero hadn't been such a total control freak. Lively heroine, plot with pirates, horses, etc. Hero could have been shot and dumped overboard for a better ending.
Stephanie wagner
Apr 09, 2008 Stephanie wagner rated it it was ok
Didn't really care for this book I know it was a prequal to set up the baston club but I don't think it really added to the series at all... was kind of boring... hurried through it to say that I read it
Queen Bee
Jan 06, 2015 Queen Bee rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I can't go on one more minute! I'm working on a few projects and need my hands and eyes free to work so I have been listening to the audio of this book. I've read several books in the Cynster series and they are usually okay for me but this one I can not finish.
Kit's portrayed as a smart willful woman but her inability to think when Jack touches her and his use of it to manipulate her are ridiculous.
I won't repeat the same negatives already expressed by others but will instead say 'ditto'!!!
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