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To Distraction (Bastion Club #5)

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The fifth bachelor of the Bastion Club has proved his courage while fighting England's enemies, but nothing has prepared him for that most formidable of challenges: the opposite sex.

Deverell, Viscount Paignton, is in desperate need of a wife. Unmoved by the matchmaking herd, he seeks help from his eccentric aunt Audrey. She directs him to her goddaughter, Miss Phoebe Malle
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published 2006 by Avon Books
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Kit★
Was going to wait, but went ahead and picked this one up anyway. Googled around until I found a guy who could fit my idea of Deverell, and decided upon Eric Belanger (view spoiler).
3.5 Stars! Ok, finally getting down to getting this review written. Life's been getting in the way of my reading and writing of reviews, hate it when that happens :p
I liked this one pretty well. I thought the mystery was sort of slow to develop. It didn't really become a big focus of the story until
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Wench
Dear romance writers: when a woman makes it abundantly clear she's not interested in marriage or courtship, and in fact calls the hero a threat and is shivering in fear at him, and he's GOING TO PURSUE HER ANYWAY BY GAD, that's not romance, that's stalking. Abuse. Non-consensual. STOP WRITING THIS.
Bronwyn Rykiert
In Laurens fifth novel of "Bastion Club" series Lord Jocelyn Deverell, Viscount Paignton has avoided matrimony long enough. The club was originally formed by a cadre of former spies to evade the matchmaking mamas of the ton allowing it's members to choose their own brides, at their own pace. Now Deverell is ready but has come to his unconventional favorite aunt Audrey for insights into where he might find a suitable bride. Naturally, she was waiting for him to ask and had the ideal candidate; on ...more
Hazel
Sep 10, 2010 Hazel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The past week or two, I've been seeking distraction because of pressure at work. This historical romance novel didn't do it. I think I may have read this before, or perhaps it's just that this author writes the same story and the same characters every time. The hero is always an uber-dominant alpha male, an aristocrat, perhaps a soldier or a spy who is used to shaping his environment, objects and people to his own ends. For social/practical reasons he decides to marry, but can't bear the usual o ...more
D.L.
Jan 31, 2008 D.L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a Stephanie Lauren's fan.
My Take:
In general, I am not I Stephanie Laurens reader, but in the past, I have liked a few of her Cynster novels. However, To Distraction did not nearly live up to the previous novels I have read.

The plot itself was decent, even good. I enjoyed the dramatic climax, the various turns of events, and the not overly drawn out suspense. Nevertheless, it was not enough to make up for all the things which grated on my nerves until I was ready to rip pages from the book.

If you’re like me, drop this b
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Gbina
Jul 17, 2008 Gbina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-regency
Ugh. Typical Stephanie Laurens. Stephanie Laurens use to be one of my favorite authors (especially when I first started reading her), but now her books are all running together and basically the same. And WAAAY too long.

It's sad, because I usually enjoy the beginning of the book. Getting to know the characters, enjoying the sexual tension, delving into the story line, etc. But then the characters start participating in sex acts* and from then on it is nothing but 15-20 page sex scenes with mayb
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Helene Harrison
Review - I am really itching to know how they find out who Royce really is. In this particular book, To Distraction I did really love Paignton, although it did take me a while to warm to Phoebe. I don't really know why but I just didn't really like her. I do tend to feel unsatisfied at the beginning of Stephanie Laurens's novels. They don't tend to become very gripping until about halfway through. In a lot of ways the women in the Bastion Club novels are too similar. I think Lauren's needs to ...more
Shlana Sims
Feb 07, 2013 Shlana Sims rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is so satisfying to read a book where the hero knows almost immediately that he wants the heroine. Often in romance the hero is so clueless to his own feelings that it takes the near death experience of the heroine to make him come up to scratch.

The Bastian Club books are not like that. THe heroes know who they want and wage a campaign to get her to know it as well. The key is that they don't just seduce and let thier sexual prowess do it all, they value her outside the bed and show how they
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LaFleurBleue
I rather liked the beginning of the book during the house party and the beginning of the mystery of the disappearing maids. However I was soon quite disappointed by the rather lukewarm romance between a less than charismatic hero, whose first name was never called once - a good sign that his inner persona was non-existent. And indeed he needed the heroine' cause to find himself a new raison d'etre. Their progressive entry to lovemaking also felt a bit too long, too detailed. The heroine was also ...more
Cruth
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 2006
Length: 475 pages
Setting: London, 1816 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Frequent. Varied. Role-playing.
Almost Rape: (view spoiler)
Includes: Excerpt from The Taste of Innocence.

Book 5 and all
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Sheila Melo
Jun 30, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing Story About Love and Respect

TO DISTRACTION is the fifth book in the Bastion Club series. The series is about the English men who were spies during the war with France. They have returned home and are seeking wives of their own choosing. They created the Bastion Club as a refuge against the matchmakers of the ton. Jocelyn Deverell, Viscount Paignton hadn't found a woman who interests him. When his aunt suggests he seek out Phoebe Malleson, Deverell doesn't have high expectations, but u
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Oleta Blaylock
Oct 07, 2014 Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is a little different from the previous books in this series. There is no hunting for traitors in this story just a little mystery that doesn't really start until close to the end of the book. This book is mostly about Jocely Deverall, Viscount Paignton trying to win over Phoebe Malleston heart. Phoebe is terrified of large, powerful men and as such has never married. She is twenty-five and has made a satisfying and rewarding life for herself. For all that she is happy and determined ...more
Maria
I liked the characters and plots in this one, although much of the writing gets repetitive from book to book and I can skip pages and pages without missing any action. The plot of having an agency to help female servants in need of escape from importunities from someone in the household where they serve is a good one, although it took a while to figure out why there had to be so much secrecy since what they are doing is not illegal in any way. It all makes sense in the end, given the time period ...more
Frances
Aug 01, 2009 Frances rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading two of these Bastion Club books, anyone could write one. Laurens gives new meaning to formulated writing. Lord Handsome meets Lady Beautiful, takes her on a step-by-step seduction, with a tiny little plot, not enough to hold the story together. Lady is kidnapped, Lord rescues her, and they live happily ever after as partners reaching for the sky and falling to earth as one. Ugh!!
Charlotte
Jun 06, 2011 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: period-romance
OMG this book was amazing!! I read it in about three days. As soon as I picked this up (which I did off spec in the library for something different) I couldn't put it down, I nearly missed my bus stop a couple of times because I was miles away!! It is full of sex, romance and a little mystery, well worth a read, so much so I am going to buy a copy to reread :)
Danette Steward
Another great book in the Bastion Club series!! What I like most about romance books is the "chase." Lauren's heroes are so alpha and won't leave you wanting in that area. Plots are well written and you don't ever want to put the book down until the last page!! Steamy romantic read.
Geraldine
Sep 20, 2014 Geraldine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!

The first time I read this book was in hardback so no review. I liked it then and I really like it now. I have not found one book by Stephanie Laurens that I have not liked.

Everyone has there opinions and I read them when buying my books but I have to make up my own mind about the book. If I didn't buy this book because of a bad review I would have missed out on a very good series and a very wonderful author. I look forward to all your series. I actually reread this book because I wa
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Ivana Azap
Feb 06, 2014 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book there is the best description of seduction I have ever read!!! Deverel is the best! So... Let's just say that I approve this book ;)
Wendy Tavenner
Aug 26, 2014 Wendy Tavenner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the 5th installment of the Bastion Club. Phoebe is a strong willed and independent person and us not interested in marriage!! Deverell needs to marry since he has come into the title, but none of the girls of the ton will do so he asks his Aunt Aubrey for help. She tells him that Phoebe is the perfect person for him but he will need to persuade her. He slowly starts to get her to trust him. A great tale with a worth wild subject that still haunts part of the world today with. Another home ...more
Clare
Apr 12, 2014 Clare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally love Stephanie Laurens books. I could sit and read them back to back but this one, this one made me uncomfortable. So much so that I did not finish it.

The Hero made my skin crawl, and not in a good way. He actually turns into a bit of a stalker of the Heroine. Also at one point (this was the bit that made me wary) He gets angry at her when she panics after he pins her to a tree and restrains her. This is after only being acquainted for a few days.

Not for me I'm afraid. It's actually
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Jaime
Mar 05, 2010 Jaime rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apt title. This book annoyed me To Distraction.
Kirsti
Feb 07, 2015 Kirsti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun Regency romance, although the hero was a little too manly and perfect for my taste. I much prefer them to have some kind of weakness, because utter perfection scares me, oddly enough. I did like the back story, away from the romance. There was other driving factors apart from the sex, which is always nice. I'm certain I've read a Bastion club novel before, but I'm not sure when since none of them come up on my read list. Maybe it was before I joined Goodreads? Eh, I don't know. A good rege ...more
Meliana
Jocelyn Deverell, Viscount Paignton, meminta bantuan bibinya untuk mencarikannya calon istri dan bibinya tahu bahwa ada seorang wanita yang cocok untuk Deverell. Deverell pun setuju dengan pendapat bibinya, Phoebe Malleson seorang wanita yang menarik dan sikapnya yang terus terang menolak Deverell, membuat Deverell makin penasaran dengan Phoebe. Deverell pun menyatakan bahwa dirinya ingin melakukan pendekatan kepada wanita itu selangkah demi selangkah.
Phoebe memang terpesona dengan sikap dan pe
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Maura
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Chris Einfach unverbesserlich
Für Deverell, Viscount Paington wird es Zeit sich eine Frau zu suchen und einen Erben zu zeugen. Allerdings fängt er mit den Backfischen in der Londoner Gesellschaft nicht viel an. Doch seine clevere Tante hat schon das richtige Mädchen gefunden und schickt ihn zu einer Gesellschaft auf dem Land. Dort lernt der frühere Spion der Krone die unkonventionelle Phoebe Malleson. Bildschön, klug und sehr spröde und abweisend. Die kluge Phoebe erkennt schnell Deverells Absichten und kann nicht schnell ge ...more
Jacqueline
Nov 30, 2009 Jacqueline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, really..it wasn't my cup of tea
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Me, Myself, and I
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jenjn79
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Oky Septya

Yang saya suka dari seri Bastion Club ini adalah cerita spionase yang amat sangat kental dan nyaris memenuhi 60% bagian dari keseluruhan cerita. Kalo adegan kipas-kipasnya ambil 35% kali ya, sisanya sih cerita pedekate Deverell ke Phoeboe. Saya selalu menyukai kisah spionase. Segala yang keren dalam spionase ala abad 17 ada disini. Cuma karena masuk genre hisrom jadi ya nggak heran juga kalau spionasenya kurang greget dan kurang action. Tapi kerahasiaan, penyamaran, dan etc cukup memenuhi ekspek
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Astri  Nasthasia Videlia
uhuuk... Aga boring nih yg ini.. kenapa yah...

mungkin... karna kasusnya terlalu bertele - tele...

mungkin karna Phoebe sang tokoh wanita ini terlalu cepat luluh tanpa perlawanan, padahal awalnya kekeh ga mau terlibat...

entahlah...

dan seperti biasa.. gw selalu menunggu kemunculan Dalziel disini..

ga sabaarr... xD

===PecintaPriaNakalBersaksi.. Dalziel.. Dalziel.. Dalziel.. ===
Marie
Bintang 3,5.
Buku ke5 seri Bation Club.

Bujangan ke5 anggota BC: Jocelyn Deverell Viscount Paignton.

Bosan dengan kehidupan yg kurang tantangan dan putus asa dalam mencari istri yg sesuai dengan keiginannya, Deverel meminta bantuan bibinya yg eksentrik. Menurut bibinya: Phoebe Malleson adalah wanita yg cocok untuk dirinya, sempurna dalam segala hak, berasal dari keluarga baik baik, menarik dan bersemangat, tak memiliki kekurangan, memiliki mas kawin yg bagus, dengan didikan yg tepat dan pantas, cer
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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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Bastion Club (8 books)
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  • A Gentleman's Honor (Bastion Club, #2)
  • A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club, #3)
  • A Fine Passion (Bastion Club, #4)
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