|A LADY OF HIS OWN
The 3rd Bastion Club Novel
First published 2004
Impatient to find his bride-to-be yet appalled by the damsels of the ton, Charles St. Austell leaps at the chance to help his ex-commander Dalziel by investigating rumors of spies operating via smuggling gangs near Charles's Cornwall home. The first strange thing Charles discovers is Lady Penelope Selborne, neighbor and ex-lover, marching through his house after midnight. Years ago, Charles and Penny shared one fabulously passionate interlude, but ever since, she's managed to avoid him. Now Charles uncovers a web of Selborne family secrets and a spy network others are also searching for-and trapped in the middle is Penny, the one lady he has never ceased wanting for his own.
But twist follows twist and nothing is what it seemed - Charles has his hands full unravelling the truth about the spying, unmasking an assassin intent on killing all Selbornes, including Penny, while simultaneously convincing that independent lady that she and only she will do for him - and he for her.
REVIEWS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Named one of Borders Best Romances of 2004.
A New York Times, Publishers Weekly & USA-Today Bestseller
Nominated for a Quill Award by Publishers Weekly
A ROMANTIC TIMES TOP PICK! "Laurens heats up the pages with sexual tension as her strong-willed characters engage in a sizzling battle of wills. With its marvelous miz of smugglers, murder, hidden treasure and several possible traitors, this book has the ideal blend of hot passion and mystery. Laurens excels at presenting the Regency era in a new light, and A Lady of His Own is no exception. A winner!" Kathe Robin, Romantic Times.
"Features all the steamy sensuality for which Laurens is known." Publishers Weekly
" Laurens shines with this fast-paced sensuous romance and exciting mystery....the love scenes sizzle and the tension is palpable...a superb read for a crisp autumn evening." Suan Wilson, thebestreviews.com
"Hunk appeal 10-plus. X-X-X-X-X steamy-scene grade - lots of steam." Lezlie Patterson, ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.
"This is another wonderful story of love, passion and fantastic characters that has made Stephanie Laurens the Queen of Regency romance. Penny and Charles are very charismatic, passionate characters. Their love for each other will make your heart sing. Throw in a good mystery, a handful of secondary characters, and an unknown French assassin, and you have another number one bestseller. This is a number one pick for your fall reading. Grab a nice cup of tea, your favorite fuzzy slippers and curl up with Charles and Penny. You'll be so glad you did!" Debbie Kepler, A Romance Review.com
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