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Preview — To Distraction by Stephanie Laurens
The gentlemen of the Bastion Club have proven their courage while fighting England's enemies, but nothing has prepared them for dealing with 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 aunt, who directs him to a lady she vows is perfect for him. D...more
Deverell and Phoebe
I so didn't see this one taking this turn. Totally enjoyed the story and the cameos from the previous couples of the Bastion club.
Deverell and Phoebe rock! Loved this book and this couple. I got a kick in how it tied into the last Cynster book I read which takes place years after this duo become involved.
Laurens addresses areas that are near and dear to me, particularly ones concerning the exploitation women face in society and how we can make a difference.
Can't wait to read the next installment of the Bastion Club.
Plus we get some Malcolm Sinclair and tho he really needed a skillet whack or sixty, I still kinda like the guy.
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 ...more
The plot is simple: Deverell wants a wife. His aunt suggests Phoebe. Phoebe is a spinster with mission and doesnt want marriage. Deverell seduces her. Phoebe is seduced. Oh and marriage.
Ofcourse, since its a Bastion Club novel we have a secondary story of a mystery, and loads of sexy pre-marital lovemaking- but overall, for me the plot was a bit repetative.
I liked how the hero dealt with the heroine's "fear",as well as all the midnight encount ...more
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
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
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
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
That's the problem with most series that have too many stories. I remember liking Devil's Bride but then the rest of the Cynster stories became a repeat of each other. Same with the Bastion Club series. Seriously, don't know how this book has a 4* status. It drags on and on and on. I can't take her writing style.
But....confused, he frowned at her.
First published: 2006
Length: 475 pages
Setting: London, 1816 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Frequent. Varied. Role-playing.
Almost Rape: (view spoiler)[At 17, our heroine was assaulted by a member of the ton. She wasn't raped but it was a near thing. This attack affected the rest of her life, spurring her to start a scheme to aid women in untenable situations as well as avoiding men and physical contact. (hide spoiler)]
Includes: Excerpt from The Taste of Innocence.
Book 5 and all ...more
Once in London, Stephanie ...more