The Bastion Club: Seven gentlemen were members of the exclusive English secret service operating in France throughout the Napoleonic war. Now that Napoleon is defeated and their special talents are no longer required, the men return to their inherited lands and titles… and the watchful eyes of England’s matchmaking mamas. As a way of escaping society’s pressures, the men form a private club, a stronghold from which they might identify--and capture--the wives they want. Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham unexpectedly inherits title, land, houses and wealth from a great-uncle who always begrudged Tristan’s freedom to travel the world unencumbered by women. Along with the estate comes a gaggle of female relatives who live in the houses as pensioners. Worse than that, his great-uncle has introduced a devilish clause in his will--unless Tristan marries within the year, he will lose the wealth necessary to keep the estate--and support his new clan of dowager ladies. Now on the hunt for a suitable wife, Tristan buys a London townhouse to serve as Bastion Club headquarters. Soon he finds himself being distracted from his purpose by the enchanting woman next door, independent Leonora Carling, who, though she refuses to admit it, needs his help in finding the identity of a mysterious burglar. The more he is around Leonora, the more he discovers just how much he wants to be the first man she can depend on, and all thoughts of a meek and humble bride fall to the wayside.