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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,014 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bastion Club Novels Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781449813444
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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. Dispatched to a country house party to look the lady over, he discovers her not swanning about among the guests but with her nose buried in a book in the library.

Phoebe Malleson is tempted to distraction by Deverell, but marrying him isn’t part of her plan. Moved by an incident in her past, Phoebe has a secret cause to which she’s committed. Unfortunately, telling Deverell to go away doesn’t work, and he quickly learns of her secret. But someone powerful has her cause targeted for destruction—and her in their sights. Phoebe must accept Deverell’s help … though the cost to them both might be dear—and deadly.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Aptly titled, Laurens's latest generates enough heat to make you forget about sticky summertime weather.”


    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sensual, compelling and highly entertaining”


    Library Journal

  • “The wits are rapier sharp, and surprises await the reader. Deverell is an Alpha among Alpha-heroes; Phoebe is the heroine we all wish we could be. The sparks are immediate and never die as they battle injustice, avoid danger and fall headfirst into love.”

    A Romance Review

  • To Distraction had me enraptured until the end.”

    Romance Junkies

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie wagner | 2/14/2014

    " Really liked this book it was hard to put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/11/2014

    " The fact this book dragged on and had brought in almost entirily new plot after three hundred pages took away from a story that otherwise was intriguing! However if you Read the Bastion Club books you have to read this one, even if it is so not connect to the club! "

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

    " Bastion Club #5 Deverell & Phoebe Malleson "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 1/24/2014

    " Searching for a suitable wife, ex-spy Viscount Deverell Paignton follows his aunt's advice and pursues Phoebe Malleson, a young woman with no interest in marriage. The weakest in the series, neither character is likable and the plot is boring. Phoebe actions are so out of character for someone with her history that I constantly found myself shaking my head (she was almost sexually assaulted years ago, never let anyone near her, yet within a short time she is trying to seduce Deverell..yeah, right). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frances Fuller | 1/20/2014

    " After reading two of these Bastion Club books, anyone could write one. Laurens gives new meaning to formulated writing. Lord Handsome meets Lady Beautiful, takes her on a step-by-step seduction, with a tiny little plot, not enough to hold the story together. Lady is kidnapped, Lord rescues her, and they live happily ever after as partners reaching for the sky and falling to earth as one. Ugh!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danette Steward | 1/16/2014

    " Another great book in the Bastion Club series!! What I like most about romance books is the "chase." Lauren's heroes are so alpha and won't leave you wanting in that area. Plots are well written and you don't ever want to put the book down until the last page!! Steamy romantic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/10/2014

    " Delicious reading. The Mysterious Dalziel is becoming more mysterious. the Bastion club members are getting more yummy as well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/17/2013

    " Another lovely Stephanie Laurens, in which the euphemisms & repetitions abound as per the usual... BUT in this one she got a little creative with the role play. I dug it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina Oktariani | 11/19/2013

    " Bagus. Kasus yang ditanganin Deverell dan Phoebe juga seru! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/6/2013

    " Good side plot-- one of the better Bastion novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaye | 9/10/2013

    " The characters were flat, the sex scenes were too frequent, and the story went on forever, without nearly enough excitement to warrant 450+ pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette Meier | 2/24/2013

    " The great adventures and romance continues with the Bastion Club. Wonderful characters, good continuity with previous books in the series and a great narration by Jill Tanner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 1/29/2013

    " A decent but not stellar Laurens. There wasn't all that much chemistry between the hero and heroine and I skipped probably 20-30 pages of sex scenes that I really wasn't interested in reading. Found the ending frustrating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Cathie | 1/6/2013

    " great read!!I could re-read all of Stephanie's Bastion Club series over and over....To Distraction and Mastered By Love are my favorite ones in the series.If you havent read this series I recommend it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mutia fatimah | 9/17/2012

    " gara2 buku sebelumnya 'fine passion' yg bosenin bgt itu, pas mau baca ini agak2 males. eeh ga taunya bagus, kasus yg ditangani phoebe n deverrel jg seru. semangat lanjut yg berikutnya! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leticia Vega | 6/12/2012

    " What can I say - it's a romance novel! And for a regency romance, it delivers. This is the third book in the Bastion Club Novels that I've read. I enjoyed it; it was entertaining and a great distraction from the stress at work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 6/5/2012

    " While the first 3/4 of the book was very interesting, once it got into the whole white slavery angle it was almost as if the author didn't know how to end the book, so she took the end of another book and just shoved it onto the this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Summers | 4/16/2012

    " Finished, and like always I quite enjoyed the story. Stephanie Laurens is a comfort read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Sherman | 2/23/2012

    " Interesting book, different from many historical romance books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 catherine james | 1/23/2012

    " My opinion of this novel can be summed up in a single word: tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime | 1/1/2012

    " Apt title. This book annoyed me To Distraction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Titis Wardhana | 7/10/2011

    " it's all about seduction... :p "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leticia | 5/13/2011

    " What can I say - it's a romance novel! And for a regency romance, it delivers. This is the third book in the Bastion Club Novels that I've read. I enjoyed it; it was entertaining and a great distraction from the stress at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qtpham85 | 4/7/2011

    " Typical Stephanie Laurens. What I like about her is that the characters really get to know each other before deciding to get married. Not all historical romances are like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonileg | 4/3/2011

    " Wow. This is my first novel by Ms Laurens and I admit to being impressed with her writing style and sexiness. Very hot. So this is for the older more mature crowd.

    Writing 3 stars
    Characters 3 stars
    Hot scenes 4 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ummu Auni | 12/31/2010

    " This is my first attempt in reading Laurens. Her words are selectively picked, even though the story maybe common "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaye | 10/19/2010

    " The characters were flat, the sex scenes were too frequent, and the story went on forever, without nearly enough excitement to warrant 450+ pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danette | 8/27/2010

    " Another great book in the Bastion Club series!! What I like most about romance books is the "chase." Lauren's heroes are so alpha and won't leave you wanting in that area. Plots are well written and you don't ever want to put the book down until the last page!! Steamy romantic read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 catie | 6/28/2010

    " My opinion of this novel can be summed up in a single word: tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 3/16/2010

    " Finished, and like always I quite enjoyed the story. Stephanie Laurens is a comfort read for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime | 3/5/2010

    " Apt title. This book annoyed me To Distraction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bella | 2/9/2010

    " A plot that exceeds the norm for this genre, plus all the usual good things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/27/2010

    " Put this one down 30 pages in and then picked it up after reading another Bastion Club. A little slow at the beginning and the last 1/3 or so but a good story. Again, the interactions of the club members was a more interesting than the romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 9/20/2009

    " Another nice romance (with a suspense story, this one about the white slave trade) between equals. Good characters and a fun escape read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/9/2008

    " Really liked this book it was hard to put it down "

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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

Jill Tanner was a principal actress with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for eight years and has appeared in many classical and new American plays. She has been in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in most major theaters in the United States.