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To Distraction (Bastion Club #5)

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The gentlemen of the Bastion Club have proven their courage while fighting England's enemies, but nothing has prepared them for dealing with the 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 aunt, who directs him to a lady she vows is perfect for him. Di...more
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Published (first published 2006)
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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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Gbina
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...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780749940430

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

Characters? - Phoebe / Deverell / Royce (Dalziel) / Fergus / Edith / Emmeline / Audrey / Gervase / Lowther / Tristan / Malcolm

Setting? - London (England)

Series? - Bastion Club #5

Title? - The titles in this series always seem to be sexual - To Distraction is no exception, again with a double meaning; lust and love.

Character Analysis? - I am really itching to know how they find out who Royce really is. In this particul...more
Shlana Sims
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...more
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
Sheila Melo
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...more
Frances Fuller
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
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.
Ivana Azap
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 ;)
Clare
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...more
Jaime
Apt title. This book annoyed me To Distraction.
Jacqueline
Nov 30, 2009 Jacqueline rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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Isis FG
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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...more
Trish
I've been struggling through To Distraction by Stephanie Laurens for the last two weeks, but I'm throwing in the towel. I love Stephanie Laurens' romances - their strongly developed characters, their powerful love stories; their sexual tension; their sensuality. Not this time.

I liked the heroine Phoebe: her independence, her strong will and spirit, but when I got to the part of the story where she gives in to the hero's seduction, I just couldn't buy her decision and motivation for doing so. And...more
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...more
Laila
The fifth installment of the Bastion Club series follows the bride quest of Jocelyn Hubert Deverell, 7th Viscount of Paignton. He likes to be called Deverell which is good coz his real name is not that attractive. He enlisted the help of his unconventional and favorite aunt Audrey to look for a suitable bride one that suits his taste and needs. His aunt outright told him a specific name of a certain lady that she was on authority knows is the right woman for him. However Lady Phoebe Malleson is...more
Melissa
Backtracking the Malcolm Sinclair appearances - I think this is the first one. The major problem with Laurens's books is that if you read too many at one time they start to run together because the many (many) love scenes run together. Sort of a problem, although in this instance the H/h engaged in a bit of fantasy role-playing just for a change. Liked the evolution of the Athena Agency and the suspense plot.
Lizabeth Tucker
Jocelyn Hubert Deverell realizes he needs a wife now that he is Viscount Paignton. Unable to find a suitable candidate at Almack's, he turns to his eccentric Aunt Audrey Deverell for help. She knows just the right woman, Miss Phoebe Malleson.

Phoebe swore to never marry. Her focus was on rescuing female servants in danger from the males in their households. But as she gets to know Deverell and allows him into her life, Phoebe begins to reconsider her stance. As some of Phoebe's rescues go awry, D...more
Nancy E. Franks
Excellent

I love Stephanie Laurens novels, but this one is slated to be one of my favorites. The concept of white slavery was gripping and kept me from putting the book down. Clever characters and insights into human interactions.
franklyswedish
April
I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!! Easily my favorite book in the series!!

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...more
Jean
I liked the idea of the heroine's mission of spiriting away female servants away from horrible employers to better situations. However, it just doesn't seem believable the way it was developed. The male hero, Deverall stalks Phoebe. Their courtship has a lot of moments that just don't sit well with me for some reason. And the storyline is not as well developed as previous novels.

With that said, if you can get past those hurdles, it is again an enjoyable read. Deverall (as with all the male chara...more
Eliza
Aug 10, 2007 Eliza rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cheesy regency romance
Shelves: romance
Apart from a few weeks in tenth grade, I've never really been a fan of Stephanie Laurens. Despite that, I picked this book up because it was on sale and the back blurb looked interesting. And while it wasn't bad, it wasn't really my kind of book. Everything the hero did seemed rather arbitrary, and while I liked the heroine well enough, I didn't get why he was so intent on being with her. More than that, though, it was written in Laurens's typical style, which I have never been a fan of. I would...more
Christine
Searching for a suitable wife, ex-spy Viscount Deverell Paignton follows his aunt's advice and pursues Phoebe Malleson, a young woman with no interest in marriage. The weakest in the series, neither character is likable and the plot is boring. Phoebe actions are so out of character for someone with her history that I constantly found myself shaking my head (she was almost sexually assaulted years ago, never let anyone near her, yet within a short time she is trying to seduce Deverell..yeah, righ...more
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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, Laurens and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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