Posted by: Jennifer | August 28, 2008

The Edge of Desire – Stephanie Laurens

Laurens, Stephanie. The Edge of Desire. (New York: Avon, 2008). ISBN – 9780061246364.

Main Characters: Christian Allardyce, Marquess of Dearne and Lady Letitia Randall

Date: 1816

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)

Description from book:

They proved their bravery fighting for His Majesty’s Secret Service and were rewarded with brides of great beauty and breeding. But one member of the Bastion Club has remained a bachelor . . . until now.

“Christian, I need your help. There is no one else I can turn to . . . L.”

When Christian Allardyce, 6th Marquess of Dearne, reads those words, his world turns upside down. Lady Letitia Randall is a woman like no other andthe day he left her behind to fight for king and country was the most difficult of his life. He never forgot the feel of her lips against his, but never expects to see her again. Yet now she seeks his help, and Christian knows he will not resist her plea.

Letitia believed that Christian abandoned her when she needed him most, and she hates to call on his aid. But to clear her brother’s name, she has sworn to use every weapon at her command, even if it means seducing her ex-lover. Yet all the while, Christian is waging a war of his own – a campaign of pure pleasure and sweet revenge that will take them both beyond the edge of desire.

My Thoughts:

Stephanie Laurens is one of my favorite authors. So many of her books are ones that I read over and over and over again. The Edge of Desire will certainly join my stash of books that I keep handy for rereading. I love the characters that Laurens creates – especially the heroes. They are all most definitely alpha-type males, but ones who tend to recognize fairly quickly that they have met the woman who was meant for them. Christian is no exception. Unfortunately, his duty to his country separated Christian from Letitia. She was left hurt and vulnerable to the machinations of Mr. George Randall. To save her family from financial ruin, she agreed to marry Randall and spent most of her marriage unhappy. After Randall is violently murdered, suspicion falls upon her brother Justin. To help clear his name, Letitia sends a note asking for help from her former love.

Once reunited, Christian and Letitia cannot stay away from each other. While Christian has some plan to get close to Letitia for revenge, it doesn’t take him long to understand that she is still as important to him as ever. Meanwhile, Letitia feels as if she must safeguard her heart. But really, the majority of the conflict takes place around the investigation of Randall’s murder. It takes a while for Christian to learn that Letitia was forced into marriage – and that she hadn’t been able to contact him for help. With this revelation, he does understand how negligent he had been and how difficult it will be to win Letitia’s love.

Now, I have been truly enjoying the Bastion Club series. On one hand, I am a bit sad that it is nearing the end. However, I am also very excited that we are finally getting close to the last book in the series – Dalziel’s story. In the epilogue of The Edge of Desire, we learn Dalziel’s real name and position in the ton. I, of course, have no doubt that there is much more to learn. I do know that I am going to find it awfully difficult to wait until next fall to read his story. I have been eagerly awaiting this final chapter in the series for several years. Dalziel (and I) need the closure.

Read first August 28, 2008

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