In A Gentleman's Honour, the second of the Bastion Club series, Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington comes to the aid of beautiful Mrs. Alicia Carrington. Unbeknownst to former spy, Tony, the widowed Mrs. Carrington and object of his desire is really Miss Alicia Pevensey, a young woman determined to find a husband for her sister. Miss Pevensey, attempting to keep her family's financial straits hidden from the ton tries to keep the viscount at a distance, but when she becomes the lead suspect in an act of treason, she finds herself becoming more and more involved with this dashing gentleman. Includes characters, Tristan and Leonora from the first Bastion Club novel and also Jack and Kit from Laurens' novel, Captain Jack's Woman.
This report prepared by Katherine Randall
Avon, Oct 2003, 7.99, 464 pp.
In 1816 Alicia Carrington pretends to be a widow escorting her younger sister Adriana Pevency during her first season. Alicia and Adriana know that the younger sibling needs a good match so that their three younger brothers can go to school. Anything less that a marriage to a kind wealthy man means disaster for the five Pevency orphans.
Lord Ruskin has offered marriage to Alicia who rejects him. However, he knows she is a fake having flaunted the Ton with her widow fabrication. He uses blackmail to force her into his bed, but someone kills him before he succeeds. Lord Anthony Blake of the Bastion Club, men dedicated to finding their own wives without the aristocracy interfering, notices Alicia with the dead Rusken. He helps her flee the scene, but wonders if she is involved as he was investigating the deceased in an effort to uncover those traitors who abetted Napoleon during the war. As he stays close to Alicia, he wonders if his heart is hiding the truth about her because she hides something from him.
The second Bastion Club tale is a typical Regency romance though the chase for the traitors occurs after the war is over. The story line entertains the audience, as Anthony knows his beloved has a deep secret she fears will be revealed, but he has a problem seeing her betraying her country. Though adhering to the conventional sub-genre tale and her own Cynster novels, Stephanie Lauren's latest novel will provide pleasure to her myriad of readers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner