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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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