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Mastered by Love (Bastion Club Novels, Book 8) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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''Erotically specific yet emotionally touching and infinitely romantic, this electrically charged, danger-tinged romance deliciously concludes Laurens' Bastion Club series.'' --Library Journal
''Vintage Laurens: excellent plot, erotic love scenes, mystery, and danger.'' --UK Historical Novels Review
''Mastered by Love is what historical romance is all about! A spellbinding story. This one is definitely a keeper.'' --TheRomanceReadersConnection.com
''The humor, romance, and intrigue kept me flipping the pages to discover the next secret hidden within its covers. Stephanie Laurens has another winner on her hands.'' --Coffee Time Romance, 5 Cups rating
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My problem was with the plot. Dalziel is told that he must marry immediately because Prinny is so short of money that he is tempted to kill Dalziel so he can take back all his estates and his money. This is the thanks he gets after serving for so many years! I thought this was the most ignorant plot device I have ever read bar none. How can Prinny possibly pull this off since the whole ton knows about it? Nevertheless all the grand dames tramp out to Wolverstone to demand he marry immediately. They actually make up a list of women and tell him to pick one right this minute. This is Dalziel we are talking about. I expected him to raise one eyebrow and give them the Ducal glare.Read more ›
When Royce returns to his home, Wolverstone, he finds everything ably managed by his chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. He remembers Minerva as a young girl when he left, one who followed him around; she has grown up rather considerably in the intervening sixteen years and runs his home ably. When society requires Royce to marry, he is given a list of possible brides. However, he very quickly realises that Miranda is the woman for him - only will he be able to persuade her?
What was particularly good about this book was the way in which Stephanie Laurens described Royce taking up the mantle of duke and learning how his estate works, relating with his tenants and carrying out the daily business of a duke. His relationship with Minerva was believable, if occasionally requiring a few stretches of imagination. What didn't work for me was the sub-plot of the baddie, the final traitor that Royce has been hunting; very little book space was given to this part of the plot so it felt rather rushed, as if it were included just to create some kind of dramatic tension at the end. Still, overall it was a good enough read, with some nods toward historicity even if the behaviour of some characters felt a little unlikely.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
There are about a hundred or so pages of less than erotic sex. Dalziel decides, for no real reason, that he cannot be honest with her until she's granted him complete physical submission. Ok, whatever - so she does. For pages, and pages, and pages. He feasts on breasts and she turns "sopping wet" and it's all boring as anything while the story grinds to a complete halt. What about the last traitor? What about the allegedly dire (and actually both plausible and interesting) plot from the crown that's forcing Dalziel to marry? It's lost in crimson silk sheets and the declarations of ducal beds and possession.
Then it's the last fifty pages and time to cram all the plot points in. Who could the traitor be? Well, since only one non-employed, non-befriended male character is mentioned by name, I wonder...... Right, but the traitor only gears up in the last pages where he swiftly puts his plot into action and talks endlessly through the whole thing. "First I'll rape her, then I'll kill her, no I'll cut her to pieces, no, I'll...." Seriously. Just like that. And it is preceded by all the past heroines saying her man won't tell Minerva he loves her until her Life Is In Peril.Read more ›
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I needed to read something light after the past few books I've read. This one did the trick.Published 7 days ago by Emmalee316
I hoped to find another interesting Bastion Club novel and I found a disapointment. A very feble plot, a change in the character of Dalziel-Royce, and a so called novel that is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by andrea macia
This is the final book in this series. It can stand alone even if you didn't read the previous books. This author puts the reader in the story and winds them through the journey. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a way to end the series with a BANG!!! Finally Dalziel has his story and BOY what a story it is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great ending to the 7 book series. Wouldn't have guessed it would turn out the way it did, from beginning to end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terry Weinmann
This is the second book I've read in this series. The two books are very similar. Powerful, handsome, rich aristocrat who meets a strong woman. He decides he wants her. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I absolutely adore anything that Stephanie Laurens writes, and own over 35 of her books.... I am now looking for her books in the hard cover format and will purchase them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary Sue McCormick