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A Fine Passion (Bastion Club) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2005
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About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.
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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 an attempt to frame her uncle for treason.
I really liked this book. The mystery story was one that kept me turning pages and wondering what would happen next. Having read all the previous Bastion Club books, I am engrossed in the question of who the traitor is. We learn more about Dalziel as well and there are some nice cameos from familiar characters. At the same time a new reader would not be overwhelmed with the information.
Clarice is amazing. She is one of my favorite heroines. She is incredibly strong and independent and just a force. Jack is a strong man as well and I enjoyed how he learns to accommodate Clarice's strength. He knows that he must allow her to be herself and appreciate that he cannot both love her and want her to be different. There two make an incredible pair. As always, Laurens provides great love scenes, but what I truly enjoyed about this book was how Jack and Clarice bring down the walls between them.
My favorite Bastion Club book so far!
Telling off her ex by letting him have it in the balls. Classic. She sure knows how to take care of herself, despite the fact that she needs, and wants, a little help from Jack.
Favorite scene with Jack-
Trying to discover the identity of a certain man, first at the tavern, and then with urchins. This scene made me think that Jack wanted kids after this. He was so wonderful with the urchins. Jack is a people person. Always calm and gentle, never demanding. He got what he wanted out of them because of this.
Finally confessing their love for each other, both wanting each other and kids and to return to the countryside.
What did you like about Clarice-
Her strength, her stubborness, her bossiness. Changing. She was so stuck in her ways, but then changed for the better because of Jack. Everyone, almost everyone, loved her, and wanted and needed her help. She would do anything for anyone, especially her family. She never put herself first. Allowing, and wanting, Jack to save her. I love how she tries, even does so, puts the fear of God into people. She doesn't let gossip get to her. She holds her head up high and knows how to put people in their place without resorting to threats.
What didn't you like about Clarice-
There wasn't anything I didn't like about Clarice.
What did you like about Jack-
This was one tough warrior dude. It was so funny that the only thing that he was afraid of was matchmaking mamas and their daughters. Although he vowed never to marry and have kids, he wanted to marry Clarice and have kids with her. I love how at first, he was jealous that everyone wanted Clarice's help, and not his.
What didn't you like about Jack-
There wasn't anything I didn't like about Jack. Well, one thing, but it's not a dislike. It's more that he didn't want to marry and have kids. Although I'm a loner, and like being single right now, I do want to get married and have kids. I don't want to be alone the rest of my life.
Casting Jack, I'd cast Hugh Jackman.
Casting Clarice, I'd cast Kate Winslet.
Top international reviews
Ms Laurens writes very well - but I wonder at the proliferation of Americanisms - particularly 'gotten'. I can see that if printed for the American market it is understandable that 'dived' is turned into 'dove', and 'fitted' into 'fit' (annoying though it is to British readers!). But why turn 'got' into 'gotten'? Most Americans I know to not use this form, and Ms Laurens lives is Australia, for heaven's sake!
If you are a Stephanie Laurens fan, you will definitely like this. If you are a first time reader, be warned that there is a goodly amount of explicit sex.
Unfortunately, she uses or misuses adjectives and adverbs to excess in an attempt to convey passion.
It really doesn't work and just irritates this reader.
True Romance yes. Keeps you entranced and entertained until