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A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,449 ratings  ·  96 reviews
The Barnes & Noble Review: 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 Selborn ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 28th 2004 (first published 2004)
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Jessica Kayuha
Wow, I was quite shocked to discover that the author finally chose to write a book where the woman wasn't a spinster virgin. Just a spinster. Can't have it all, I guess.

I am increasingly finding myself wanting to go through these books with a red pen and edit out half of the words. I thought maybe it was my imagination, but I started to really pay attention, and the author repeatedly repeats herself three times within a sentence.

I picture her with her thesaurus program open, she picks a word or
Good Plot with gratuitous sex.

Good Plot with gratuitous sex.

While I realize these books have to have sex to sell, and god knows I. am not a prude, in this story the steamy sex gets in the way of a good story. Page after page after page, then a few pages of story, then they are at it again. Luckily I can skim quickly to get back to the story, but really...Anyway, I enjoyed the plot, and would have given the book a 5 star had I not been bored by all the gratuitous sex. I probably will not bother t
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I really liked this book much better than the previous in the series.
The spying investigation was surprisingly different and took a divergent path from the previous, which I liked.
I especially liked both main characters and the way they tread around the other, mostly trusting him/her though not with their inner feelings or thoughts and finally learning to put their past aside. The heroine was older than usual at 29, definitely not a meek miss, but never stupid or too impulsive. She was a perfect
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Charles and Penny have known each other since childhood, were close to each other's families, and were one time lovers. She's loved him for 13 years since before he left for the military and now with him back home as the earl and trying to uncover a mystery of a french spy in the area, they are spending lots of time together and are getting closer and closer. Murders happen, the culprit is unveiled and stopped, family pasts are cleared up, both find and admit to love this time, and they both inc ...more
Yes, Stephanie Laurens, we get it. The people in your book have lots of sex, with varying degrees of anatomical unlikelihood and violation of basic physics. But must there really be so many long and repetitive descriptions? Your plots are actually somewhat interesting. I know it's a romance, but bloody hell, woman. It's ridiculous.
Wendy Tavenner
Just finished the 3rd book in the series and loved it!!! It was hard to put down just to go to sleep!!! Just love her writings!!! In this installment you have 2 previous lovers Charles and Penny who have been apart for 13 years. Charles was a spy living in France for most of the time while Penny was home turning down offers after offers. With her father and brother now deceased she is investigating and following her distant cousin Nicholas. She thinks her family was involved with some kind of tr ...more
Sheila Melo
Good Addition to Bastion Club Series

A LADY OF HIS OWN is the third novel in the Bastion Club series about men who operated as spies during the war and have returned to England to seek brides. The Bastion Club is their refuge from the matchmakers of the ton. A LADY OF HIS OWN is about Charles St. Austell, Earl of Lostwithiel. He returns home and encounters is one-time love, Penny Selborne. Charles realizes that Penny would make the perfect wife if he could convince her.

I really liked Charles and
Lori McD
3.5-4 stars
(Library ebook)

What makes this book different from the others in this series is Penny and Charles. In this case, they're childhood friends and sweethearts. When she was 16 and he 20, she was in love with him and deliberately seduced him, leading to a tryst in the hay. But that tryst didn't end well for either - Penny, because apparently Charles was a bit rough and losing her maidenhead very painful; Charles, because after the event, Penny was convinced he didn't love her and never cou
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780749940331

Genre? - Historical / Romance / Erotica / Regency / Mystery

Characters? - Penelope / Charles / Royce (Dalziel) / Nicholas / Granville / Jack / Gervase / Dennis / Mother Gibbs / Amberly / Fothergill

Setting? - Cornwall & London & Berkshire (England)

Series? - Bastion Club #3

Title? - It seems an appropriate title, as the men of the Bastion Club don't seem to like to share women - they like to have them all to themselves.

Character Analysis? - I really loved Charles St Aust
This is the third installment of the Bastion Club series. This time it follows the story of Charles St. Austell, Earl of Lostwithiel who returned to his home town in Cornwall to escape the tedious atmosphere of London and his gaggles of female relatives who were too enthusiastic in helping him look for a suitable bride for him. So there in his own home the Abbey Hall he contemplated what qualities he wanted in his future wife.

~ He wasn't going back to society until he had a firm and definite vis
Elaine Mcdonald
This book really annoys me. I think Laurens is a hit or miss for me. This one has some intrigue going on but we can't get to it for the page after page of making out and almost sex. And really the sex is just not that good. Ms Laurens, give up the sex and get on with the story!

I find myself just wanting to give up or skim through it!

I finally finished this! Sorry, I can't recommend this one!
Kay Bolton
Review taken from my Blog Post #144 in August 2011, after borrowing the book from the local library:

After years as a spy in France Charles St Austell, Earl of Lostwithiel, returns to London and launches himself on to the marriage mart .... however he is quickly disillusioned by the sweet young misses and their mamas, and hies back off to Cornwall to work on a case for Dalziel.

Before he went into the army he had had spent an unforgettable afternoon with his childhood friend, Lady Penelope Selbour
Retreating to his country estate to investigate a possible threat to her majesty, Charles St. Austell, Earl of Lostwithiel, stumbles across his childhood friend, and onetime lover, Lady Penelope Selborne. Penny is somehow involved in the nefarious plot and Charles is determined to learn her role and reconnect with her. Penny isn't sure what to think of this older Charles and what follows is a decent tale of spying and loving.

This book focused more on the mystery than the romance and it was a ni
Bronwyn Rykiert
The foremost reason I like this Bastion Club series is that the women are not the "teach me" types of other Laurens' novels. The Bastion Club women are assertive, intelligent women with a great deal of self-determination and lives of their own. No wonder they appeal to the Bastion Club men!

I like Penny because she is tall, resolute, and wants equal participation in her relationships. Charles is confident, secure, and wants a partner. Perfect match! Their chemistry is obvious from the start, and
This is my favorite of the Bastion's Club Series so far although I'm reading them completely out of order.

What I like about this novel is that it is well written. The intrigue, the romance and character development is woven together nicely, seamlessly. While the female character is still stubborn and overly so at times, Penelope is not bratty but generally down to earth for the most part. Charles as is well balanced as well. He is a nice change from the others who just want to avoid society all
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What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!!

I adore this whole series and can not wait to see each man get his lady. It is a bit formula with the alpha male who is often chased finding a lady he wants and being forced to pursue her. But formula works that why we love it!

Each book has an add but of intrigue that draws you in. And Stephanie Laurens knows how to deliver the steam!!

I am currently on a Regency k
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Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 2004
Length: 357 pages, 7638 locations
Setting: Cornwall, 1816 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Frequent. Varied.

You know how when you're reading a mystery that takes place over a few days you get a time passes pause in the narrative before picking back up? Well, not with "A Lady of His Own". Instead we get sex. And lots of it. Nothing happening for a few hours? Let's have sex. Night has fallen? Sex. Distressed over events but unable to progress for the time being
Oleta Blaylock
I don't know what it was about this story that drew me in but I could seem to put it down. The mystery part was very compelling however the development of the romance was very captivating. Both of these characters Charles St. Austell and Penelope “Penny” Selbourne are so evenly matched you wonder why they have stayed apart for so long. The story of course explains the problems and I can see how the separation may have happened. You just keep turning the pages wanting to find the next little bit ...more
Lita Bouquard
Odd plot about treason and secrets and a couple who meet again after a lustful encounter in their youth. Both are strong, stubborn and involved in a mystery. If you pick this book up, you can read it without having read the others in the series because most of the Bastion Club members aren't involved. Charles, a former government agent returns home to route out possible treasonists( is that a word?)
He falls in lust again with beautiful, intelligent Penny who despite many offers, has never marri
It was ok. I guess. It was a bit of a disappointment to me. It's a trope I like (friends turned lovers) and the mystery seems interesting. It didn't live up to my expectation, sadly. The solving of the mystery took a long time probably because they were so busy boinking each other. The reason why they separated before seems a bit silly to me too. It's the usual reason 'he didn't love me blah blah' but I felt there really weren't any evidence to support it aside from them being too young I guess.
Charles St. Austell, Earl of Lostwithiel, pulang kembali ke Cornwall sembari menjalankan misi untuk mencari informasi mengenai mata-mata Prancis yang bekerjasama dengan para geng penyelundup di sana. Charles dikejutkan dengan kehadiran cinta masa lalunya, Lady Penelope, di rumahnya. Rupanya Penny sedang membuntuti seseorang dan ketika Charles bertanya apa yang terjadi, Penny tidak mau memberitahukannya. Dan yang makin membuat Charles penasaran adalah Penny ternyata masih belum menikah sampai saa ...more
Steph Moyer
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3.5 Stars. Well, I was afraid I'd be kicking myself for starting this one so soon after finishing the second book, but I went for it anyway. What can I say? Unlike in the last two books, no one in particular leapt to mind to be 'cast' as Charles, but a Googling of 'sexy Frenchman' turned up this guy, Gilles Marini, who fits nicely I think: (view spoiler) Seriously, I want to try and find someone for each Bastion boy, just because ;)
I ended up liking this one rather well. The mys
A good story, dragging at times when it comes to the investigation side, but although the characters rekindled their flames in 2 weeks, it seemed like a long time. This is different from the other novels; in here the hero and heroine (Charles and Penelope) have a history together. This story is about true love and how time tested it, both are hesitant at first but if not for Charles's persistence, nothing would come out of their relationship. This novel focused more on Charles's life as a spy an ...more
Bintang 3.
Buku ke3 seri Bastion Club.

Bujangan ke3 anggota BC: Charles St Austell Earl of Lostwithiel.

Menerima tugas dari mantan komandannya Dalziel, dengan senang hati Charles kembali ke rumah tempat kelahirannya di Cornwall untuk mengungkap kasus lanjutan (pengkhianatan) yg berhubungan dengan kasus pembunuhan Ruskin (baca buku ke2). Charles adalah bujangan BC yg paling merasa bosan dan membutuhkan istri yg "tepat" secepatnya. Karena berbeda dengan bujangan BC yg lain, Charles menyukai pesta dan
I wish she would take a poll of her readers to find out how many of us just skim through the sex scenes. They're just so damn long, and there are so many of them, it gets old! I wonder if she thinks her books are popular because of the sex scenes so she just keeps putting them in there over and over again.

I've gotten really good at skimming the sex scenes but keeping an eye out for quotation marks (there might be some plot in there!).
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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.

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