A Fine Passion - Bastion Club, Bk 4 Author:Stephanie Laurens 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 each--one by one--must face that greatest danger of all...love. — The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, has fled London after nearly being compromised into marrying a dreadful female. Turn... more »ing his back on the entire notion of marriage, he rides home to the estate he has not seen for years, determined to set in motion an alternative course of action.
But then in the lane before his gate, Jack rescues a startlingly beautiful lady from a menacing, unmanageable horse. However, while he begins by taking command, the lady continues by taking it back. Lady Clarice Altwood is no meek and mild miss. She is the very antithesis of the woolly-headed young ladies Jack has rejected as not for him. Clarice is delectably attractive, beyond eligible, undeniably capable, and completely unforgettable. Why on earth is she rusticating in the country?
That enigma is compounded by mystery, and it's quickly clear that Clarice is in danger. Jack must use every ounce of his cunning and wit to protect this highly independent and richly passionate woman...who has so quickly stolen his heart.« less
Wonderfully romantic escapism novel. The Bastion Club is a group of English gentlemen returned from the wars with Napoleon who all must marry. They form the Bastion Club and buy a residence in which to meet and share info on prospective brides and which debutantes and managing future mothers-in-laws to avoid. Of course there are mysteries which lead them to meet women they most likely would never have met in Almack's Assembly Room. The struggle between strong willed men and women ensue with lots of torrid romance thrown in.
This is the fourth book in the series. I'm not normally a reader of historical romance but I've been hooked by Laurens clever plots and her sizzling hot love scenes that are more than just hot sex; there are tenderness and romance blended with the passion which makes for a very good read. I'm also reading the Bastion Club series and while the main story line is a bit predictable (dominanting male wins reluctant female) her female characters are strong and smart and very much a match for our handsome and sexy hero. Can't wait for the next book in the series.