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3.99757869249395 out of 53.99757869249395 out of 53.99757869249395 out of 53.99757869249395 out of 53.99757869249395 out of 5 4.00 (1,652 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bastion Club Novels Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781470804800
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The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces the most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride.

As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club, known as “Dalziel,” Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England’s most august noble titles, he must now take on the gravest duty of all: marriage.

Yet the young ladies the grande dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle’s willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure. Determined to claim her, he embarks on a seduction to prove his mastery over every inch of her body—and every piece of her heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An outstanding story of love, honor, and commitment. The characters’ behavior reflects the deepest meanings of these words. The depth and intensity of their feelings show what romance and love really mean.”

    Romantic Times, Top Pick

  •  “Laurens brings her Bastion Club series to a splendid conclusion with the story of the club leader’s own romantic comeuppance. Composed of equal measures of sexy romance and dangerous intrigue, Mastered by Love is irresistible.”

    Booklist

  • “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

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Britton | 2/17/2014

    " Now we learn who Dalziel is; a great conclusion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freya | 2/6/2014

    " One of the better ones in the series but still a bit too long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/24/2014

    " Though it was a good book kindof fell same old same old. The story with different characters seems a redo of Beyond Seduction (#6). I have to confess i have not read all the books in order or when they released just as they appear/available on the library book shelfs, so that is coloring my impression. But I do think as the gist of it the story lines were very very similar. The only thing that had me reading to the end to figure out if the traitor dies. U can kindof say who is the traitor before the end as he is sleeping with the sister. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freida Stewart | 1/21/2014

    " Another wonderful book by Stephanie Laurens. It completes this series wonderfully. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 1/17/2014

    " Formulaic, stilted end to the 'Bastion Club' books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasneem | 1/17/2014

    " This is one of the best of the Bastion Club series. I adored Dalziel and his wooing of the woman who had ruled his home for so long. Their passion is hot, and the way in which he convinces her that nothing is more important for his happiness than her is beautiful. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greta | 1/15/2014

    " A great conclusion to the Bastion Club series, with a strong heroine to match the equally strong hero. An interesting story all around as readers finally get answers to the questions they had about the mysterious Dalziel, spymaster and leader of the Bastion Club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 11/27/2013

    " Good book to end the Bastion Club series with. This was a long book and did not hold a lot of surprises. The lead character's did not have a whole lot of spark! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/23/2013

    " My first read by Stephanie Laurens. Enjoyed it, will read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette Steward | 11/19/2013

    " 4.5 What a great ending to the Bastion Club Series!! Dalziel's story. HOT. HOT. HOT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances Fuller | 11/7/2013

    " Glad this series is over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Campbell | 10/27/2013

    " I loved the whole series, This was my most favorite out of the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 8/21/2013

    " Loved the romance in this one. Worked quite well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 5/14/2013

    " Another series ended,The Bastion Club, but the characters will return in a new series. Laurens' books are better than the average bodice-ripper, so I always look forward to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Titis Wardhana | 4/24/2013

    " bikin gemes pas lagi beduaan di menara, eh ketauan sama grandes dame, malunya wekekeke, tapi ya seperti biasa, Dalziel bisa mengelak dengan cool... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 2/11/2013

    " My favorite Bastion Club novel. Perfect ending to the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yessyamarilis | 10/27/2012

    " bosen bacanya, alurnya lambat, konfliknya datar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Robson | 8/7/2012

    " loved this book, could not put it down. A great finish to the Bastion Club which now leads to her new series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Rogers | 6/7/2012

    " I liked the story (Dalziel's story) and the characters. Their interactions and foreplay were very well done. The running of the estate was the strongest part of the book. But, by the 6th night of Unbelievable sex, I'd had enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 3/30/2012

    " I would have rather given Mastered By Love 2 and 1/2 stars -- I liked both the h/h -- liked all the walk-ons from previous books but there was just too much between the sheets and it did nothing, after a while, to advance the plot. But she's still a must read for me, even if it's from the library. "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens, a New York Times bestselling author, began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. She subsequently introduced the equally unforgettable members of the Bastion Club, as well as several other series. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels in her signature “Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style for more than twenty years.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.