A little bit wild and undeniably brave, the gentlemen of the Bastion Club have pursued adventures far and wide. But their exploits at home could prove to be the riskiest of all as they hunt an elusive target: the perfect bride.
In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, sixth Earl of Crowhurst, swears he’ll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with nary a suitable woman for miles, he never expects he’ll have to fulfill his pledge, at least not until the London season begins. But then he meets his neighbor, the very appealing Madeline Gascoigne.
Years of secret service to the Crown have taught Gervase the value of always having a loophole - there will be no wedding if he and Madeline are not compatible in every way. So he sets out to prove that they would make a most dreadful match by luring her into his arms and, ultimately, his bed. From their very first kiss, Gervase discovers that the headstrong and independent Madeline is no meek country miss - and that the fire between them will burn long beyond that first seduction.
Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. She has been writing for more than twenty years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author.
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“A reliable serving of rogues and romance.” (Publishers Weekly)
What a great addition to the tales of the Bastion Club members! Gervais will absolutely tear your heart out with his patience, determination, and understanding.
It's difficult to get past the narrator's amazingly bad female voices. I enjoyed reading the book, but listening to it has proved to be impossible.
This compares poorly to every other narration I've heard. All of Crossley's females sound like Monty Pythonish interpretations of women, and he has an irritating habit of raising his voice near the end of a sentence. His characters come across as priggish.
Anyone who can read female voice without making them sound whiny would be a big improvement.
I was not able to get through all of Part 1. It was too painful.
love audio books - Anglophile
I really enjoy the Bastion series, and Steven Crossley's narration is a real plus. I hope he narrates more romances to come!
This was one of my favorite Bastion Club stories, it has more interaction with DL and their past as spies.
I waited years for an audio version and I can't believe the publishers settled on this narrator for the last of the Bastion Club stories. He can't act so he just gives a very boring reading of a great story. The female voices are screeches that are almost too painful to listen to.
My advice to male narrators, their is nothing you can do to sound like a woman, just soften your voice for the female roles. Trying to raise your voice just makes for a bad comedy and is painful on the ears.
What a waste.
I love the Bastion Club series -- perhaps my favourite of Stephanie Laurens' novels! I highly recommend the books! But why the switch in narrators? After listening to Jill Tanner through the first 6 audiobooks, I had gotten used to her narration, so the switch to Steven Crossley is jarring! I do not mind the switch from female to male voice in general, but it is hard to differentiate Crossley's 'voice' for different characters. It's sometimes a little confusing when the 'voice' switches between hero and heroine. Also, Crossley pronounces some of the names differently than Tanner did. So while I highly recommend Laurens' novels, it's difficult to recommend this particular audiobook based on the narrator. Sorry to see that the remaining books are also done by Crossley. I will buy them because I'm one of those that wants a complete series, but hope the narration improves.
I am a huge fan of romances and happy endings. I like books that take me away from everyday life and into the land of romance, some adventure and of course happy endings.
Yes I always listen to Stephanie Laurens book more than once. I love her style and her stories
Any of the Bastion Club books but the hero in this book is very special and reasons problems out before acting unlike most of the other members when it comes to the ladies they are in love with.
To formal, dry
No because of the narrator I needed to break it up.
Stephanie Laurens never lets me down!
I've listened to several Stephanie Laurens books, and I've never been bored or anxiously awaiting the end to a story. But nothing last forever. This story just didn't hold the heat or an interesting tale. However, I liked that she didn't try to wrap everything all neatly in the end. That's more true to life and may continue in another book. I don't know and don't care. I certainly will listen to other books by this author, but I forwarded through parts of this one and was just relieved that I could count this one done when it was over. I think the narrator did well with what he had. It may have been that the small town atmosphere contributed to my degree of boredom; I don't know. I can't quite put my finger on the problem. It still had some heat, which I like, but it seemed less somehow. I liked the adult relationship and the heroine's familial relationships. But neither the H nor the h were especially interesting characters. It was just all average. And there's a place for that, just not when I have to pay for it.
I enjoy the series.
Any of the other Bastion Club books.
I would have much preferred to have Jill Tanner as the narrator. I found this reading to be tedious and I wasn't able to concentrate on the story when the narration was so different than the previous books and not half as good. Pronunciations were different (Dalziel, for example) and I found that distracting. I especially found Crossley's women's voices to be both annoying AND distracting. This is a terrible thing to do to the author's work.
I had an extreme reaction to the narration from the very beginning.
It's a shame that a decent book was made almost "unreadable" by the very poor decision (for whatever reason) to change narrators in the series and to select such a poor one. The story is good.
57 Yrs Young, have been reading since age 5. Avg 3-5 books per week. Avid reader/listener, enjoy ALL genres & many writing styles.
The narrators voice somehow didn't fit the story -- a bit too light/friendly -- something. And I really didn't like his portrayals of female voices. His voice continuously made me think of "The Grinch that stole Christmas" video or a Dr. Suess story, so I spent a few hours just trying to get with the story.
Madeline is my favourite Bastion club heroine. She actually IS a strong, independent woman and a lot of authors could learn how to write one from Stephanie Laurens!
Madeline runs the Gascoigne estate in lieu of her much younger brothers. She spends her days out riding, gives advice to local farmers and gentry alike, keeps up on their mining and investments, is a mother to her younger borthers and still finds time to be seduced by the hero Earl on the neighbouring estate when he returns from war. She comes off as intelligent and capable without being arrogant - a really likable leading lady.
Their love story is slow but passionate, and it was incredibly enjoyable to listen to Gervase decide Madeline was going to be his Countess then pursue her until she agreed.
The story is well-woven and the surrounding cast make the story even more enjoyable, the only let down is the characterisation of the female voices. The women all sound as though the narrator is mocking them, which I don't think he is.
That's not insurmountable - the story is so good I went back for a second listen.
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