Avon Books / Harper Collins
Date: April 2003
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Regency romance/ mystery
Notes: steamy sexual scenes
of ex-spies, all wealthy noblemen bachelors, return from the Napoleonic
Wars to take up their respective lives in society. Here they find
the sword of matrimony hanging over their heads. To escape from
Society and to compare notes on potential attachments, they form
the Bastion Club and rent a suitable house to use as a bolt hole.
Demyss, Earl of Trentham, must wed within a year to inherit monies
to support the inherited estate and fourteen maiden aunts. He has
been admiring his next door neighbor, Leonora Carling, from his
When she questions him about his occupancy
of his house, she reveals that she has experienced several home
invasions. They learn that the houses are connected by cellars.
Tristan is intrigued by the incidents, and sets out to investigate,
using this as a ploy to get to know Leonora better.
at 25, is not interested in marriage, but is curious about the sexual
aspects of life. Therefore, she is a willing victim of Tristam's
seduction. The two deal very well with each other, both in the bedchamber
and in the investigations of the attempted robberies.
search to learn the reason for the invasion of the houses is suspenseful.
There is a varied cast of characters from the charismatic Earl,
the lovely Leonora, her oblivious uncle and brother immersed in
their scholarly pursuits, and the various members of the spy network.
The progress of the attraction between Tristam and Leonora from
mere sexual attraction to love and respect is a delight to observe.
The steamy sexual scenes add spice to the story.
is an entertaining story of high adventure with two charming characters
and the first in a projected series: The Bastion Club. Hopefully
the following books will be as enjoyable as this.