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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written Regency historical romance.
"Someone to Watch over Me" is a wonderful historical romance set in Regency London.Ms Kleypas takes us into the life of Sir Grant Morgan who is the most successful Bow Street runner of his time.
He is handsome and intelligent, well-liked by the ladies of society and rich thanks to his talents in this profession.One cold night Grant is called out to examine a woman's...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written Regency historical romance., 31 Oct 2002
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"Someone to Watch over Me" is a wonderful historical romance set in Regency London.Ms Kleypas takes us into the life of Sir Grant Morgan who is the most successful Bow Street runner of his time.
He is handsome and intelligent, well-liked by the ladies of society and rich thanks to his talents in this profession.One cold night Grant is called out to examine a woman's body who drowned in the Thames. He recognises her as Vivienne Duval London's most expensive and most beautiful courtesan. She is not dead but the marks around her neck show that someone intended to kill her. Grant takes her to his home and decides to find Vivienne's attacker. He has his own reasons for keeping her by his side where he can watch over her and take his revenge at the same time.The young woman awokes with amnesia. She doesn't remember anything from her previous life but she doesn't want to accept the fact that she is a famous courtesan. Grant doesn't believe her but he is very strongly attracted to her beauty, her innocence and intelligence.He desperately wants to solve the mystery and he desperately wants to make love to her. Vivienne is very confused. She doesn't remember anything from her past and the only clear thing in her mind is Grant. She trusts him and she turns to him in her despair to get back her memory. Their attraction grows and they can't resist each other.
Grant has never been in love and he doesn't want to fall for this scheming scandalous courtesan but her innocent love proves stronger.The story is packed with action. The author describes the way the runners work and we get glimpses into the life of Regency Society.Ms. Kleypas writes about the decadent affairs of gentlemen with the members of the demimonde under false pretenses.Until these affairs were kept discreet they were allowed and accepted especially if the gentlemen was a peer of the realm and rich.The love of these two wonderfully developed characters is introduced by lots of talent and feeling by the author.
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME shows us why is Lisa Kleypas so successful with her novels among historical romance readers. The historical era is well researched and the characters well developed. The reader understands them and feels with them while reading the book. I have enjoyed most of Ms Kleypas' novels and I recommend them to all fans of this entertaining sub-genre.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistaken Identity Results In Surprising Romance, 3 Mar 2005
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This is another Bow Street Runner novel from Lisa Kleypas. Like the wonderful "Lady Sophia's Lover," and the unbeatable "Worth Any Price," this story features realistic characters from mid-1800's England's burgeoning middle class, and not the usual nobility of the "haute ton." Number 4 Bow Street is the headquarters for the relatively new force of organized police/dectectives, who keep law and order in London.
Grant Morgan, one of the Bow Street leaders, has made his fortune and fame recovering stolen property for banks, serving as personal guard to the monarchy, and locating abducted heiresses. He is one of London's most eligible and unattainable men. One night he is called to a ferry dock along the Thames to investigate a drowning. The victim turns out to be quite beautiful and alive. Mr. Morgan recognizes and identifies her as Vivian Duvall, a famous courtesan who defamed him some months before. He brings her to his home to recover. Noticing bruises on her neck, Morgan realizes that someone had attempted to murder Vivian. She, however, has amnesia and can remember nothing of her past, neither her own name nor her profession. Morgan is hot on the case of the murderer's identity and motive - and he's hot on Ms. Duvall's case also.
But Vivian does not live up to her tarnished reputation on the one hand, and proves to be much lovlier than expected on the other. Slowly, the secrets of her past emerge, as does the mutual attraction between Vivian and Grant. The mystery is not difficult to figure out, and the plot is undemanding, to say the least. However Ms. Kleypas weaves a story like no on else and her characters, with their sizzling chemistry, keep your eyes riveted to the page.
Lisa Kleypas novels are as addictive as good chocolate - but not as fattening. They are super rich, delicious, and you won't put on a pound. Try one! You're in for a treat.
JANA
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! A Must Read, 6 May 1999
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This book was great! I loved it. I've read almost all of Lisa Kleypas's novels, and this one is one of the best.
After well-known courtesean Vivian Duvall spreads rumors about Grant Morgan, he vows revenge. Never did he realize his chance would come so quickly. Bow Street Runner Grant Morgan is called to the docks to see a drowning victim, only to discover the victim is Vivian Duvall, and she is very much alive. Upon further investigation, Grant discovers someone was attempting to murder Vivian, unsucessfully. What's Grant to do, but bring her to his own home to protect her.
When Vivian wakes up, she realizes she not only knows her name, but she also can't believe that she was a prostitute. Grant uses this against her and informs her that they had an "arrangement."
Throughout the next few weeks Grant and Vivian work together to find who tried to murder her, and they also fall in love along the way.
Overall this was a great book. I started reading this book Wednesday afternoon and by midnight I was 3/4 of the way through. Unfortunately, 5 a.m. comes early, especially when I'm dreaming about the characters in my latest book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best by Lisa Kleypas but..., 28 Jan 2008
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...still above average

I adore Lisa Kleypas. She is one of my favorite Romance writers - I like her style, I like that most of her heroes are members of the working class and not only Lords of the Ton, I like the fact that she is able to take a much used plot and turn it something unique due exclusively to her amazing storytelling abilities.
I also adore her because she has given me my top two favorite Romance Heroes: St Vincent (Devil in Winter) and Derek Craven (Dreaming of You) . She has delighted me with interesting and spunky heroines such as Lawless Lily and Lilian Westcliff. And this is why it breaks my heart to say that Someone to Watch Over Me didn't do much for me.

I mean, it's not by any means, a bad book. Once again, she shows how good of a writer she is - this time she deals with the old amnesia + revenge scenario which, in the hands of a less qualified writer, would leave me wondering "why I am reading this"; but in her hands she manages to add something that gets me going. And that something is definitely the characters she invents.

Grant Morgan is a good man and a good hero. He works as a Bow Street Runner, a sort of police officer and as the story begins he is called to investigate a drowning. Once he gets to scene he recognizes the victim as Vivien Duvall, London's most famous courtesan. She is barely alive and it is clear that the incident has been a failed attempt of murder - she has strangling marks around her neck. Grant takes her to his home so he can keep her safe and find out who is trying to kill her but when she regains conscience , they realize she does not remember anything, not even who she is. Which brings us to the revenge scenario - Grant has vowed to make her pay for some rumors that she had spread around the Ton that she refused his advances when they first met but it was actually the other way around. He sees the current situation as a perfect way of getting back at her by telling Vivien that he is her current protector - he plans to use her and dump her.

But of course, nothing goes according to plan as there is something about Vivien that is not quite right. She doesn't behave as a courtesan; she has an air of innocence that is very puzzling and attractive to Grant. She is, in fact very adamant that she would not be capable of doing the things she is said to have done. She feels this connection to Grant because he saved her and as they go about investigating the mystery of who tried to kill her, Grant can not help but to feel utterly attracted to her and right from the very beginning he thinks that if he didn't know that she was a conniving, ruthless woman he would be quite mad about her. And as they succumb to their attraction to each other they finally realize what is clear to us - that she is not who they think she is. And now, they must run against time to find out the truth, get the would-be killer who is still at large and to come to terms with their insecurities so they can get their happy ending.

There are amazing sequences in the book, specially the ones relating to Grant realizing his feelings and how important Vivien is to him but I also felt like there was something missing front his read and I am not sure what. Perhaps, the fact that towards the end of the story Grant became a bit too overbearing for my taste not giving Vivien the time she needed to get to grips with who she really was and what she wanted for her life.

In the end, it was a nice read but not the Amazing and Heartwarming that I have come to expect from Lisa Kleypas. I have high hopes that the other two books in this series will be better. If not, it doesn't matter; she still is an auto-buy for me.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5+. This is a good story and a terrific romance, 15 April 1999
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Bow Street Runner Grant Morgan loves his profession and the large sum of money he has amassed from it. All classes of London society know his reputation as one of the best runners. This explains why the worker hands him over the unconscious body of a beautiful woman. He quickly recognizes her as Vivian Duvall, a courtesan with a reputation of her own. Grant also realizes that someone strangled her, hit her on the head, and left her to die in the river.

Grant takes Vivian to his home. When she regains consciousness she has no idea who she is or what happened to her. She refuses to believe that she lived the life he insists she did, but even Grant cannot understand the air of innocence that radiates from her soul. As they fall in love, Grant adamantly believes that Vivian remains a nasty schemer willing to do anything for a pound. He continues to try to uncover the truth behind the person he now wants to love even though he is afraid of the consequences when she regains her memory. He also needs to learn who tried to kill her before her assailant succeeds.

The answer to the puzzle of Vivian seems relatively easy to solve, but that does not reduce the enjoyment of SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME. The mysterious Vivian quickly gains the hearts of his servants, the audience, and even the skeptical Grant. In turn, readers will love Grant for being so different from the typical Regency hero, but hate his disdainful treatment of Vivian. These memorable characters inside an entertaining story line demonstrate why Lisa Kleypas is considered one of today's best historical romance writers.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Non-Turkey from Kleypas!, 19 May 1999
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My faith in Lisa Kleypas is renewed in this book. After the horror of Because You're Mine and Somewhere I'll find You (insipid is the nicest thing I can say about them), Someone To Watch Over Me offers fresh characters and some interesting conflict. The hero is especially well-done; his flaws are realistically presented and his bad behavior is shown as exactly that: bad behavior from a very human person. Plus the heroine isn't perfect physically: she's short, slightly plump with a high waist and short legs. I could definitely identify as a woman who's 5'2" and far too fond of chocolate! But the hero, who's a total hunk, loves and desires her anyway. Mmmm...
The only thing that prevents me from giving this book 5 stars is the pyschobabble and self-analysis that takes place in it, a rather annoying feature that Kleypas has utilized too often in too many of her recent books. Yes, we can understand that both main characters have complexes from losing people they loved early on in life, but to analyze it so quickly and so accurately just does not seem convincing for a pre-freudian/psychoanalytic society. Other than that little glitch (and believe me, it's REALLY minor), I found this novel to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. I hope Kleypas keeps turning out books like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give yourselves a break!, 17 July 1999
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Firstly, if you guys can let a little, tiny, minute detail like salt water bog you down for the whole book, you are spending WAY too much time obsessing on adjectives and such. Sit back and enjoy the book! It's an extremely charming story that can touch hearts. The heroine was adorable, as well as admirable, and the hero was VERY likeable. (Very typical of Kleypas!)
P.S. Don't you think there could be salt water in the Thames? London, after all, is a port directly on the sea...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before you get too critical, think about it..., 1 July 1999
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Reading some of the reviews here so far made me pause. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I don't criticize. But I thought this novel to be entertaining. I didn't find Victoria to be a spineless girl - but a girl not experienced in the ways of the world. That's why Ms. Kleypas depicted her as a loyal sheltered daughter to an aging scholarly father. Yes, the hero seduced her - but they both really believed her to be an experienced courtesan at the time of their initial 'encounter'. After that what difference did it make? The damage was done. And as for the weather - don't you people have anything else to do? I live in an area where the winters are brutal. That doesn't mean there won't be a day or two where the temps will climb to the 70's. It happens. Fiction is the suspension of disbelief after all... Write on Ms. Kleypas. I am anxious for the story on Sir Ross.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book, 7 July 1999
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I didn't even notice the salt water that everyone says shouldn't have been in the book. It was a very enjoyable book, i jumped online the next day to see if there was a sequel in which Sir Ross was to be in. Alas, not yet that I could find. As always, Lisa Kleypas has another exceptional book on her hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone to Watch Over me., 27 April 2011
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The first in the Bow Street trilagy, this book features Grant Morgan, as he resuces Vivien Duvall from an failed murder attempt.

I really enjoyed reading this book, the characters were funny, and there was a interesting and quite enthralling plot,which some romances can be missing. I am a big fan of Kleypas' work and this was no exeption.
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