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Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2009
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Vivien hesitantly accepts her handsome rescuer's claim that she is his mistress, despite her misgivings about her true identity. Nevertheless, she can't deny the marks on her throat that prove her near-drowning in the Thames was not an accident, and now she must trust the man who claims her as his paramour, for her life is in danger. As Grant searches for Vivien's attacker, the two find themselves falling in love, all the while struggling to stay one step ahead of the evil forces that will stop at nothing to see Vivien dead.
Kleypas's characters are not your run-of-the-mill Regency fare--Grant lacks a noble lineage while Vivien's "membership" in the demimonde is unusual to say the least--which makes them even more fascinating and thoroughly absorbing. Toss in a puzzling mystery to solve and an intriguing look inside the workings of the famous Bow Street Runners, and you've got a novel well worth reading. No wonder Lisa Kleypas's books are consistent bestsellers--you won't be able to put this one down.--Lois Faye Dyer
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When she regains consciousness, it's clear that she's got amnesia. Grant decides to take some petty, childish revenge by using Vivien while she's vulnerable then dumping her. But he does not count on the effects of the amnesia on her. She's so different from the woman he and the rest of Society know. She's sweet, unassuming, kind and he reluctantly finds himself growing more and more attracted to her - and not just sexually. Meanwhile, she is completely incredulous when Grant tells her of the depraved life she leads, but with no memory she has no choice but to believe him. And now she must allow herself to be used as bait to catch the person who so obviously wanted her dead. What a frightening prospect for a woman who has no memory of anyone she meets! Her attempted killer could be anyone!
Though I enjoyed the story, I did feel that the lead characters were a bit one-dimensional and could have been better developed. And Grant's petty anger over a fairly innocuous bit of gossip from a courtesan was a bit irrational. But I did like Grant's gruff protectiveness and felt compassion for her unenviable confusion and fear.
I really enjoyed this trilogy - this was followed by Lady Sophia's Lover and then Worth Any Price. I was fascinated by the workings of Bow Street, the political opposition to it and the power (and the way he did not abuse it) of the yummy, dreamy, sexy Sir Ross Cannon. Recommended.
The novel is nice and enjoyable and I wasn't bored (much) as I read the book. But, as said earlier, the story is a little too predictable and the things that happen I saw coming from a mile away.Read more ›
Grant Morgan makes a truly spectacular hero in this book. Yes, he may not have the best intentions in the beginning when he takes the near drowning victim back to his home, but I totally disagree that he should have known it wasn't Vivien Duvall after a short time. Why would he have any reason to think differently when this woman looks exactly like her? Yes, she acts strangely compared to his knowledge of Vivien, but she also has amnesia... and no one knows that there could be some other possibility. He's not dense, just ignorant of all the available facts like everyone else in society.
I don't think anyone could fault his character because his intentions change very quickly when he begins to fall for this woman against his wishes. He wanted petty revenge, but his mind was overruled by his heart and it all works out to his favor. I think the female character of "Vivien" was absolutely charming and they had a very sweet romance.
In this book we are also introduced to Ross Cannon, the Chief Magistrate of Bow Street, and it is his equally touching story that unfolds in Lady Sophia's Lover.
I would definitely recommend the Bow Street Runner books to any Kleypas fan, because I believe that this series and her new Wallflowers series truly show off her talent as a romance writer. The romances are just lovely and the historical setting is excellent, and I continue to grow my Kleypas collection!
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I'm glad I discovered this series. I always love Kleypas books, and this series is on the gritty side. If you like these, you'll like CS Harris and Will Thomas books.Published 10 days ago by sinnerarity
An enjoyable story set in a mysterious finding of a lady almost drown and with no memory. As the story unfolds you are entrenched in the need to protect and cherish her. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Entertaining tale of a Bow Street runner and a courtesan who is not what she seems. Lovely couple I was pleased with the HEA, and look forward to the next in the series.Published 14 days ago by P jolly
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