Posted by: Jennifer | February 20, 2007

To Distraction – Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens. To Distraction. (New York: Avon Books, 2006). 0060839104.

Main Characters: Phoebe Malleson and Jocelyn Deverell, Viscount Paignton.


Related Works: This is part of Laurens’ the Bastion Club series. Books in the series include:

  • Captain Jack’s Woman (honorary title – prequel)
  • The Lady Chosen (1st)
  • A Gentleman’s Honor (2nd)
  • A Lady of His Own (3rd)
  • A Fine Passion (4th)
  • To Distraction (5th)
  • Beyond Seduction (6th)
  • The Edge of Desire (7th)
  • the unnamed story of Dalziel to be released in the fall of 2009 (8th)


Date of Story: 1816.

Description from the book:

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 a library.

Phoebe Malleson is tempted to distraction by Deverell, but marrying him isn’t part of the 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.

My Thoughts:

Phoebe Malleson is a strong, vibrant woman – she rescues women who find themselves in bad situations. Her business of helping these special clients is incredibly inspiring. Deverell never even hesitates when it comes to helping Phoebe. He stands by her side throughout the entire book. They make a wonderful pair. I love how Phoebe comes to the realization that she does want to marry Deverell all on her own – that he doesn’t push her into it. In fact, after he makes his intentions clear to Phoebe in the beginning of the story, Deverell never mentions it again.

Read again: February 19, 2007.



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