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A Fine Passion (Bastion Club #4)

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For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's Bastion Club series with A Fine Passion, plus special excerpts from other novels in the series.

In A Fine Passion, the men of the Bastion Club are powerful, loyal, and not averse to overcoming danger if they must. Now, after years of loyal service to the Crown, they

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Paperback, 476 pages
Published 2011 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2005)
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Cruth
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 2005
Length: 425 pages
Setting: Gloucestershire and London, 1816 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Frequent. Varied. A magic vagina that cures headaches through lovemaking.
Includes: Excerpt from The Truth About Love

Book 4 and it's feeling like more of the same...

A different story, different characters, but the same, frequent sex that takes over half of the book. Same positions. Same desire for control.

In "A Fine Passion" the sex is less integral to the story -- she
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Ilze
Aug 25, 2016 Ilze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The storyline is fairly interesting and the heroine Clarice has an interesting background as the unfairly disgraced daughter of a marquess living in the country as, essentially, the housekeeper of a cousin of hers who is a parish rector and military historian. The hero Jack is a baron who returns to his country estate, near the house where Clarice lives, after 13 years away at the wars, although he spent the war as one of those dreaded "Regency spies". Clarice and the rector get inadvertently i ...more
Rose A
Jul 06, 2016 Rose A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this book on a whim, years after I chucked the only other Stephanie Laurens I attempted to read away five pages in. Actually very pleasantly surprised by this! Probably mainly because Clarice is just my kind of heroine and I really felt engaged by her story. The mystery was involving without taking over from the romance - I want to read the next one in the series now! The love scenes were not too samey and I felt a real sense of satisfaction on completing it. Very pleasantly surprised!
Kit★
Onward with the Bastion books! After some searching, I decided to cast William Levy as Jack (view spoiler). I think he fits decently enough. I liked Jack's role in the last book, and was kind of looking forward to his story. I liked how it started, but then when Clarice (Hannibal Lecter and his 'Hello, Clarice' kept running through my head, lol) was introduced, I wasn't sure what to think about her. She was rather prickly and bossy and I didn't think I was going to like her much ...more
inkandteacups
May 29, 2017 inkandteacups rated it it was amazing
Lady Clarice Altwood would fit perfectly in today's world.
Independent, fierce and not willing to give up without a chance. She and Jack Warnefleet are a powerful couple too so I'm definitely not complaining!
LailaBC
This is the fourth installment to the Bastion Club series. This time it follows the story of Lord Julius "Jack" Warnefleet, Baron Warnefleet of Minchinbury, after working as a spy for over a decade during the war with France he is back home to settle his estate and set upon the business of looking for his suitable bride however to his consternation he was almost entrapped with an unwanted bride after barely escaping that disaster he decided to quit London and go home to his home town in the coun ...more
Jennifer Hevern
I love this series. Mystery and Romance? Perfect!
Marie
Oct 26, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bintang 4.
Buku ke4 seri Bastion Club.

Lebih terasa petualangan dan aksi mata matanya dibandingkan buku buku sebelumnya. Dimana mantan komandan Jack, Dalziel yg belum pensiun karena masih mengejar pengkhianat terakhir yg selama ini hanya praduga dan insting semata. Karena kasus yg ditangani Jack lah, sang mata mata bukan lagi hanya sosok dugaan.


Bujangan ke4 anggota BC: Julius "Jack" Warneflet, Baron Warnefleet of Minchinbury.

Terluka dikepala yg cukup serius karena menolong koleganya dalam penyelid
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Oleta Blaylock
Sep 19, 2014 Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book's plot is a little different than the others so far. There is still the mystery of the last traitor which is still unresolved by the end of this story. This mystery is a little more subdued. There are hints at the very beginning but nothing that is urgent until much farther along in the book. There are two antagonists in this story a man that is the henchman of the final traitor and the stepmother of the heroine, Clarice Altwood. This all makes for an interesting story that will have y ...more
Meliana
Dec 03, 2013 Meliana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Warnefleet, Baron Warnefleet, akhirnya kembali pulang ke estatnya setelah 7 tahun dia tidak kembali karena urusannya di London dan terutama tugasnya sebagai mata-mata. Avening Manor tidak banyak berubah, akan tetapi sewaktu dia dalam perjalanan menuju rumahnya, Jack menemukan kereta kuda yang terguling dan seorang wanita yang tengah berusaha menolong pria pengemudi kereta tersebut. Wanita itu tinggi, dan tidak seperti wanita lemah pada umumnya, dan yang lebih mengejutkan wanita itu mengetah ...more
Astri  Nasthasia Videlia
Ahahhahha.. Jack lagi Jack lagi... hmpffth... [image error]

Sejauh ini.. Ceritanya rata - rata mirip - mirip.. tp kasus yg mereka hadapi biasanya lain - lain dan masih berhubungan...

Aahhh... makin dekat dengan dalziel nih... ini Buku pertama dimana Seseorang mengetahui Nama Asli Dalziel.. ahaayy... [image error]

Clarice sang tokoh wanita disini.. jd Favorite gw saat ini.. Strong.. Smart.. Wiser.. ga salah klo Jack sang Baron Warnefleet Bertekuk lutut di mariih...
apa lagi Jack itu kan tipe Seteng
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Sheila Melo
Jun 29, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Just Loved the Heroine

A FINE PASSION is the fourth Bastion Club novel. The series is about English men who operated as spies in France during the war. They have returned to titles and the obligations of marriage. The established their club as a refuge and help during their search for brides.

A FINE PASSION is the story of Jack, Baron Warnefleet who comes to his family estate to discover that Lady Clarice Altwood has been operating in his absence for years. The two end up having to investigate
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Lita Bouquard
I once again reinvest in a Laurens series, never knowing what I will get. Some are good and others make me put down my kindle and vacate the series for a while. As with the on again/off again Cynster series-(still in the vacate pile for now), I reentered the Bastion Club series.
A brilliant woman has taken over a village as the unofficial chief advisor while the Baron was away. When he returns, he is miffed that everyone suggest all decisions that need to be made should be discussed with the pa
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Kelly
It took me a really long time to read this book, not because I didn't like the characters or the plot, but because it was so very long that there was just no pace to anything.

Characters: I loved Jack and Clarice as individuals - both were strong, witty and funny and could clearly hold their own. As a couple I loved their chemistry. In most similar novels there are usually two outcomes; Either the heroine is inexperienced and therefore dominated by the personality of the man, or she is so stubb
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Maura
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Joy
This story started where the previous Bastion Club book left off. The pace was slow at first but somewhere along the story it picked up. I immediately liked Clarice, she's the epitome of a strong heroine, she wasn't only feisty, she has razor-sharp wits too. A warrior-queen, in a nutshell, just how our hero Jack viewed her.

I liked how their dalliance mingled with the matters at hand. This story was rich in intrigue, unresolved family issues, and the going back to the ton, where both Jack and Cla
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Maria
Oct 24, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action in this book is fast-paced, especially if you skip the long drawn-out sex scenes and move right along with the rest of the book. These characters make sense in the Regency format (except for the sex scenes, of course) and the plot is a good one. I enjoyed it immensely, particularly the scenes with Lady Clarice's step-mother, Moira. There was only one point where I wanted to yell at Clarice, until then a woman of superior good sense, "What are you doing, you stupid, stupid woman?" She ...more
ies
Jan 05, 2012 ies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
huaaaa... Jack!! keknya gw jg musti dapet cow dgn tipe kek jack deh, soalnya gw jg tipe2 setengah Alpha yg susah banget ngalah, hobi ngatur dst kek si heroin nya ni *la kok malah culhat*

hhhmmm.. aku kasih bintang 4 bukan cuma karena ini SL loo.. tp karena aku jg suka sama ke2 karakternya XD

ya itu, Jack si hero nya sangat amat sabar, die tau cara dan trik ngadepin heroinya yg keras kepala dan tipe alpha abis, padahal jack jg tipe alpha lo..
biasanya kan jadi ribut terus menerus kl 1 tipe, tp ini
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Melissa
Feb 07, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-reads
One of Stephanie Laurens's best novels. Clarice is a heroine much in Honoria Cynster's style: a well-bred lady from the aristocracy who understands the "rules" yet refuses to allow herself to be bullied by them. It is actually refreshing to find a heroine who doesn't go wandering about dressed as a boy because she's been living in the countryside and got bored. Jack also, rather than just be another prowling, possessive Laurens male, takes Clarice's opinions and thoughts into full consideration ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - At the beginning I really didn't expect to like the book but I liked both the hero and the heroine which for me is unusual. Clarice and Jack seemed to belong together but I do wish that just once Laurens could do a novel where the heroine wants to marry the hero from the beginning. I was actually surprised by how much I loved this book. The mystery was interesting but what really drew me in was Clarice's re entry to the ton and her developing relationship with her family. Definitely wor ...more
Sari
Lebih bagus dari buku 1, 2 & 3 yang sangat membosankan itu. Abis baca buku ini jadi makin penasaran siapa sebenernya bos para cowo" Bastion club ini, sama siapa dalang asli dari penjahat dibuku ke 3 n ke 4 ini, kira" dibuku berapa y semuanya bakal ketauan.

Tapi nih buku hampir gw kasih bintang 2 lagi, krn setelah mereka dateng ke London, alur cerita sudah mulai monoton lagi, tiap bab pasti ada adegan mereka uhuk", bosen juga lama", trus konflik dgn nyokap tirinya kok ilang gitu aja, kurang gr
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Elke
Jan 08, 2015 Elke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance
Stephanie Laurens dragged me into her wonderful world of romance and rouges, Of Debutantes and Dowagers. I cry and I laugh. I want to slap the chits with more hair than wit. Then tumble in bed with the hot and steamy men that catch my heart and warm my dreams.
Stephanie Laurens is the first historical writer I read. then completely fell in love with . Each book I read I love. Some of the series are a bit on the same (exact) theme, but still the writing is jun, romantic and steamy when need be.
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April
I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!!

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 i
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Christine
Jan 03, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fleeing London after almost getting trapped into marriage, Baron Jack Warnefleet meets Lady Clarice, [a marquess's daughter who is feisty, spirited and has no plans to marry. Jack pursues Clarice while they work to combat traitorous allegations against her cousin and Jack's lifelong friend.

I absolutely loved Jack [strong yet showed weaknesses at times; sexy and romantic, especially his proposal at the end] and I loved Clarice [very strong willed]. Together, they were a powerhouse couple. My onl
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Lori McD
One of the better books of the series - I enjoyed the warrior and warrior-queen analogies as much as the Hero and Heroine. I also enjoyed the furthering of the "last traitor", specifically the involvement of Dalziel and The Bastion Club members. I thought that the club members showed a better balance in this book - dedication to both the mystery and the romance of their fellow member.

I also thought that Hero and Heroine had a better balance in this book of pursuing mutual goals and keeping the "
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Jan
The men of the Bastion Club are second only to their erstwhile spy master.
I have read this series several times and still I am impressed with the imagination and skill that has gone into crafting this novel.
Jack Warnefleet was seriously concussed in the previous novel, the gets bowled over by the opinionated woman he meets upon coming across a near fatal carriage incident. Starts out with a bang and keeps moving along quickly.
Usual bouts of erotica (yes, the hormone spikes DO alleviate some na
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Jessi
Jack Warnefleet is trying to escape the matchmaking mamas of London by escaping to his country manor. There, he finds that in his absence as a spy for the Crown, Clarice Altwood, a marquess' daughter who escaped London after she refused to play by society's rules, has been acting in his place. After getting over their initial opinions of each other, they realize that they are actually very attracted to each other. But they still have to work with each other to try and overcome a recurring charac ...more
Caitlin Kelly
Apr 24, 2014 Caitlin Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasn't sure about this one, it took a very long time to actually get into the story... But after it did I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down (It came everywhere with me in my handbag!)
I loved that Clarice was such a strong woman, and wasn't going to take no for an answer.
Jack won my heart over in the end as well, I wasn't to sure of him for the first few pages of the book, but once again Stephanie's writing won me over.

The 'adventure' these two went on had me at the edge
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Kristi
Oct 25, 2013 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, own-book
The funniest line I've read in a while was in this book...

"Apparently, his body couldn't throb in two places simultaneously."

Took me a while to get used to Clarice, because she was such a strong character. I'm glad she stayed that way and it was interesting to watch the relationship develop and they ended up a team (for lack of a better word),so in the end It worked for me.

Usual formula used for this one as is used for nearly all of Laurens' books, but I'm finally just going with it. :-)
Robin
Jul 29, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am rereading the Bastion Club series and enjoying it every bit as much. Jack Warnefleet is one of the most likable of the Bastion Club members but his Boadicea took a while to warm up to, though that was character appropriate. Not all the novels deal directly with the overall story arc of the series, the last traitor, but this one intensifies the hunt several degrees. Truth be told my favorite parts are when Dalziel sets foot on the stage. He is one of the most compelling characters I've met i ...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, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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Bastion Club (8 books)
  • The Lady Chosen (Bastion Club, #1)
  • A Gentleman's Honor (Bastion Club, #2)
  • A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club, #3)
  • To Distraction (Bastion Club, #5)
  • Beyond Seduction (Bastion Club, #6)
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  • Mastered By Love (Bastion Club, #8)

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