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Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover? And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London? Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal: to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house. Every morning, her l Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover? And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London? Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal: to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house. Every morning, her lush presence tempts him beyond all reason . . . the way she bends over the table to serve him the meals she has prepared . . . the way her hands oh, so gently—yet sensuously—brush against him. Every night, she promises with her eyes—and her body—that the hours before dawn could be spent in unbridled passion instead of restless sleep—if only he'd let her share his bed. She knows he is falling more in love with her each day. But she never counted on falling in love with him. And she never dreamed he might very respectably ask for her hand in marriage.


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Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover? And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London? Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal: to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house. Every morning, her l Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover? And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London? Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal: to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house. Every morning, her lush presence tempts him beyond all reason . . . the way she bends over the table to serve him the meals she has prepared . . . the way her hands oh, so gently—yet sensuously—brush against him. Every night, she promises with her eyes—and her body—that the hours before dawn could be spent in unbridled passion instead of restless sleep—if only he'd let her share his bed. She knows he is falling more in love with her each day. But she never counted on falling in love with him. And she never dreamed he might very respectably ask for her hand in marriage.

30 review for Lady Sophia's Lover

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    Our group read for historical romance readathon - SO GOOD!!! And it’s steeaammyyy. Ross is the most protective and adoring hero ever. And I loved Sophia!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    this was my first lisa kleypas book and i really enjoyed it!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    I’ll make this short and sweet: This book was a pleasure from the first page to the last. As always, Lisa Kleypas gives us amazing characters, exciting yet believable situations and lots and lots of sexual tension, written only the way she can write it – sizzling hot! Who knew antique exercising furniture could be so much… fun?!?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Ross Cannon is yet another of Lisa Kleypas wonderful heroes. He is so honorable and dignified. He has this intelligence and way about him that inspires respect in others. He reminds me of how I think King Arthur must have been. He was mostly celibate for eight years after his wife dies. That's why the way he falls for Sophia is so wonderful. She becomes his obsession and sets his heart on fire. And he does everything to keep her happy and to show his love for her. Sigh. I liked Sophia, and I tho Ross Cannon is yet another of Lisa Kleypas wonderful heroes. He is so honorable and dignified. He has this intelligence and way about him that inspires respect in others. He reminds me of how I think King Arthur must have been. He was mostly celibate for eight years after his wife dies. That's why the way he falls for Sophia is so wonderful. She becomes his obsession and sets his heart on fire. And he does everything to keep her happy and to show his love for her. Sigh. I liked Sophia, and I thought she was a good heroine, but this book is mainly a favorite because of Ross. What a man! I also liked Nick Gentry, who is sort of the villain of this book, but turns out to be a very interesting character that we will see much more of (wink). If you like an older, mature, but intense hero who will steal your heart along with his heroine, you have to read this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    4 Hot Hot Hot Stars I did the audio version and it was Fantastic! The audio narrator is one of my top favorites for British narrators. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her voice. I love love love her voice transitions. She made the book SUPER enjoyable and I’ll probably stalk which books she narrators. If you are a fan of accents, as I am, then I highly recommend you getting the audio. I love Lisa Kleypas as do a lot of others and I was kind of concerned reading an old book and although her writing style isn’t th 4 Hot Hot Hot Stars I did the audio version and it was Fantastic! The audio narrator is one of my top favorites for British narrators. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her voice. I love love love her voice transitions. She made the book SUPER enjoyable and I’ll probably stalk which books she narrators. If you are a fan of accents, as I am, then I highly recommend you getting the audio. I love Lisa Kleypas as do a lot of others and I was kind of concerned reading an old book and although her writing style isn’t the same, I still enjoyed this one a lot. This book was SUPER steamy. I don’t think Lisa Kleypas is known for her steamy reads, sure it has steam, but I would put this one more in the erotica category. It didn’t bother me, but something I noticed. I really liked the flow of this one, it had some angst, but it had things I liked in a read. The Hero chases after the Heroine. The Heroine has a past with issues, there are other issues that are thrown at the couple and some twists and turns along the way. Sophia wants revenge and she wants it towards Ross because he’s the guy that put her brother in a horrible prison. Sophia goes to Ross to become one of his assistance. Ross is very hesitant to allow a woman near him. He doesn’t uses ladies and he’s known as a monk. I like the working relationship between Sophia and Ross. I loved the tension and I loved how Ross was curious about her. What I enjoyed most about the book is that it shifts throughout the book and you never know what you were going to get. What else could you ask for? I will now continue with the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Ross Cannon, the Monk of Bow Street. A Magistrate, a widower, celibate for years. He lives for his work and cannot ever see himself in a relationship, let alone married in the future. But then Sophia Sydney enters his life and turns it upside down. Once again, I sort of guessed one of the "reveals" but not all of it. Ross, bless him, was well able to keep up with Sophia ... "up" being the operative word. Lord above, he was no longer done "doing the deed" when he was off again. Jaysus, he could do Ross Cannon, the Monk of Bow Street. A Magistrate, a widower, celibate for years. He lives for his work and cannot ever see himself in a relationship, let alone married in the future. But then Sophia Sydney enters his life and turns it upside down. Once again, I sort of guessed one of the "reveals" but not all of it. Ross, bless him, was well able to keep up with Sophia ... "up" being the operative word. Lord above, he was no longer done "doing the deed" when he was off again. Jaysus, he could do it four or five times a night. Maybe I should put Himself on a celibacy diet for 4 years and see what happens at the end of it!! LOL. Ross could not help wondering if she found him attractive. He would soon be forty, and he looked his age. Off to read the last in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Won

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh how I hate this book. I gave 1 star for the first 2/3 of the book and 1 star for the fantastic hero. LK has always been so amazing with her male leads and she does not disappoint. We first see a glimpse of Sir Ross in the first Bow Street Runners, Someone to Watch Over Me. Even then I couldn't wait for Ross's story. He is masculine, strong, kind, merciful, quick witted and great in any situation. Then you have "Lady" Sophia. *bleh* The first 2/3 of the book she's hell bent on revenge. It's fan Oh how I hate this book. I gave 1 star for the first 2/3 of the book and 1 star for the fantastic hero. LK has always been so amazing with her male leads and she does not disappoint. We first see a glimpse of Sir Ross in the first Bow Street Runners, Someone to Watch Over Me. Even then I couldn't wait for Ross's story. He is masculine, strong, kind, merciful, quick witted and great in any situation. Then you have "Lady" Sophia. *bleh* The first 2/3 of the book she's hell bent on revenge. It's fantastic. She slowly falls in love with this honorable man and realizes she can't hurt him. LK does an amazing job fleshing out her character in a way that Sophia isn't a simple 1 tone vindictive woman. Then Nick Gentry aka John Sydney (SO TOTALLY OBVIOUS BTW) walks in. And Sophia turns into a blithering idiot. She is everything that Ross is not: weak, stupid, slow and cumbersome. And she solves everything with sex. Yes, I know this is a romance book but seriously, porn much? Rather than communicating her with husband she simply jumps him and forgets everything else. She allows herself to be blackmailed by her long lost brother. She follows through on his request. She then, WHILE IN THE MIDST OF BETRAYING HER "LOVE", accepts Ross's marriage proposal. Mid sex. Cause she can't keep it in her pants. She meets her former lover at the wedding and he practically molests her. She cowers in the corner and acts like nothing is wrong. I guess she forgot her husband is a freaking magistrate. He fixes it. She gets pregnant... and expects Ross to be exhilarated. In fact, she's disappointed that he's not as enthusiastic as she thought he would be. *smacks head* I guess she forgot how his previous wife died. She talks a little to make him feel better.... and yep more sex. Finally her brother is caught red handed. Seems like he'll be hanged. What does this fantastic Lady Sophia do? Finally tell her husband that Gentry is her brother. Oh and while she's at it, she basically asks him to forget all his morals, all his ideals, everything he stood for and everything he worked towards for the past ten years and please get her brother of of this mess. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HER?! I hate unreasonably stupid characters. I hate it even more when they start out so amazing and all of a sudden, out of the blue, they end up acting like they just got a home made lobotomy. In fact, I think I'll go get one myself. Maybe then I'll end up liking...or maybe understanding the abomination that is Lady Sophia.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    5+ stars – Historical Romance This is another beautiful, lush, evocative, and passionate romance from amazingly talented author, Lisa Kleypas. I've absolutely loved every single book of hers that I've read and Lady Sophia's Lover is another 5 star LK favorite for my keeper shelf! Sophia is an endearing heroine, and Bow Street Runner Sir Ross Cannon is such a sexy, gruff alpha hero. He can chase after me anytime! Watching the stoic, disciplined, cynical Bow Street Magistrate being brought back to 5+ stars – Historical Romance This is another beautiful, lush, evocative, and passionate romance from amazingly talented author, Lisa Kleypas. I've absolutely loved every single book of hers that I've read and Lady Sophia's Lover is another 5 star LK favorite for my keeper shelf! Sophia is an endearing heroine, and Bow Street Runner Sir Ross Cannon is such a sexy, gruff alpha hero. He can chase after me anytime! Watching the stoic, disciplined, cynical Bow Street Magistrate being brought back to life (and to his knees!) by Sophia's nurturing, care, and affection was sweet, charming, and utterly romantic. Their relationship was believable and touching, and the love scenes were tender, intense, and very hot! I just loved it! Big 5 stars!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Iliada

    4.5 stars I'll be honest with you. Here's the thing. There are two kinds of writers. The ones to whom writing and inspiration come easily and those to whom they don't and they are jealous of the people that belong in the first category. Clearly, Lisa Kleypas falls under the first category, but this isn't the issue here. The issue is that as a reviewer I'm the equivalent of an uninspired writer, those green with envy people that belong in the second category. Long story short, I don't know what to 4.5 stars I'll be honest with you. Here's the thing. There are two kinds of writers. The ones to whom writing and inspiration come easily and those to whom they don't and they are jealous of the people that belong in the first category. Clearly, Lisa Kleypas falls under the first category, but this isn't the issue here. The issue is that as a reviewer I'm the equivalent of an uninspired writer, those green with envy people that belong in the second category. Long story short, I don't know what to write about this book right now. The only reason I'm even going to try this is that I loved it too much and I know that a simple rating, even a 5-star one, won't make anyone want to read it. As I've said before, this is, in my opinion, one of Lisa Kleypas' best moments. I haven't loved all the books she's ever written, but I have loved most of them and when I think about why I keep going back to her books and why they always turn out to be the perfect comfort reads it all comes down to two things. -Great characterization. -No two heroes or heroines are ever the same (or even remotely similar). I believe Lisa Kleypas is a master in that last thing. There are writers like Julie Garwood that write lovely, lovely books, but you've read one and you've read them all. No reading experience is ever the same with Lisa Kleypas. Even her writing style seems to have changed a little through the years. Anyway, let's go back to this book. Sophia There is nothing that particularly stands out about her, but this is not a bad thing. She's an all-around likable and relatable character. Just an ordinary sweet woman, that is strong and hard-working nevertheless. She's been dealt a bad hand in life, but she's not annoying or miserable and she doesn't complain all the time. Ross What a man? No, really. What. a. man? We all enjoy our alpha heroes, but, let's face it, there are too many of them. I hereby present you the perfection a beta hero can be. Sir Ross Cannon. You see, he's the guy you want to have in real life. The man you dream about, but you're afraid you'll never find (you're right, you won't). Awwwww, he's so sweet; he's forgiving, understanding and he wears his heart on his sleeve. There's not an indecent bone in his body. And because he's been celibate for three years (he's too decent to sleep with a woman for money and he didn't want to marry again), he's also the most sex crazed hero LK has ever written (which only made me think he's even cuter). Really, he's adorable. The plot For a book whose plot is driven by revenge initially, this is surprisingly angst-free. I feel almost like LK is afraid to insert a conflict, small as it may be, in her books. I don't know how I feel about that here. On the one hand, it made me love and appreciate Ross even more, but, on the other hand, I am a reader who appreciates a little angst in her books (a small amount of it mind you!). I don't like BIG misunderstandings that last for too long or that happen one after another and won't let me even catch my breath. But this almost seemed like a wasted opportunity. Why would you even have a plot like this when there is no groveling, no angst, nada? Poor Sophia tried to grovel, she cried and worried about what would happen, but the moment she told Ross he was like "of course I forgive you dear Sophia". However, Sophia and Ross are so good. They made butterflies appear in my stomach every time they were together. I could feel their attraction growing and turning, first into affection, and then into love. In any case, this is a great book. Read it for the hero alone if not for anything else.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I´m not a fan of revenge-driven plots, but I loved this book. LK made me understand Sophia´s motivation and I could feel her struggle when she started falling for Sir Ross. What made the book for me was the hero, Sir Ross. What can I say about him that hasn´t been said before? I´m in love with him! He was just perfect but not annoyingly perfect, if I´m making any sense. I had some problems with Sophia at first, but she won me over when she gave her revenge plan up for love. In the end, she was ex I´m not a fan of revenge-driven plots, but I loved this book. LK made me understand Sophia´s motivation and I could feel her struggle when she started falling for Sir Ross. What made the book for me was the hero, Sir Ross. What can I say about him that hasn´t been said before? I´m in love with him! He was just perfect but not annoyingly perfect, if I´m making any sense. I had some problems with Sophia at first, but she won me over when she gave her revenge plan up for love. In the end, she was exactly what Sir Ross needed - and that was something! As for the "big surprise" concerning Nick Gentry, I already knew about it before reading the book, so I don´t know if it would´ve come as a big of a shock as it should´ve been. Anyway, it didn´t take away my enjoyment while reading LSL.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fangirl Musings

    Ummmm...is it wrong to literally flip off a novel for sucking so terribly? I mean, insanity is relative, right? No, of course it is; when a novel sucks to the level of All Suckdom, all bets, questions, and straight jackets are entirely out of the question! Put simply, Lisa Kleypas is an awesome writer, but holy damn, one could not tell that fact from the atrocity that is Lady Sophie's Lover. (Fact: The novel's so terrible, I just typed "Sohpie's," rather than "Sophia's" and I can't even care.) Ir Ummmm...is it wrong to literally flip off a novel for sucking so terribly? I mean, insanity is relative, right? No, of course it is; when a novel sucks to the level of All Suckdom, all bets, questions, and straight jackets are entirely out of the question! Put simply, Lisa Kleypas is an awesome writer, but holy damn, one could not tell that fact from the atrocity that is Lady Sophie's Lover. (Fact: The novel's so terrible, I just typed "Sohpie's," rather than "Sophia's" and I can't even care.) Ironically, the above GIF applies both to the aforementioned title error, and to the novel itself. Aside from the fact that the story was forgettable to warrant a mistaken title, the novel additionally contained so many "I'm-Just-Gonna-Bash-My-Skull-In-Until-Sanity-Returns" elements that I'm almost positive Kleypas utilized a Ghost Writer for this project! Never would there have been a day that I thought Lisa would fail so miserably at writing dynamic, interesting, engaging characters, but oh Me From The Past, how wrong you were, truly! Like genitalia piercings wrong! Pictured above? THESE CHARACTERS! I don't know what kind of crack Ms. Kleypas was smoking while writing this book, but it was NOT the good kind. Aside from the nails-on-a-chalkboard irritating reality of the underdevelopment of Ross (had to fact-check if that was indeed our hero's name, AND I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK TEN MINUTES AGO!), the heroine Emma?...No, no...Julie?...No, Sophia! (That guessing-game wasn't a joke, sadly.) This heroine was the very example of a literary blank slate. Justin Bieber's V-jay-jay has more personality and identity than this Sophie-Sophia whatever chick. (We've only just started, Sansa!) ... Oh, oh, and that's not even touching upon the terribly thin set-up or back-story given to Sophie-what's-her-name! This chick rushes on scene like Rocky Horror, starts off with some laughably thin revenge what-the-serious-hell-is-your-plan-again plot that dissolves instantly, all while our Hero Dude runs around trying to hide his boner over Heroine Chick. Seriously! That is the extent to which I can place any description on our lead! For Hitler's balls' sake, the novel begins with Ross' arousal for said chick! No initial buildup, no character introduction, no exposition! Nothing! Wow. I really deviated just there. Okay, okay; back on track. Heroine's got zero identity, hero's got zero identity, so what about plot? Hahaha, you're funny, internet, with your hypothetical assumptions. Wrong there too, buddy! This book struggles in every feasible manner to have some form of a story. And, oh, how it fails! This book bombs miserably as a legitimate novel because, one, the plotting time-jumps more than Dr. Who in a Delorean with a flux capacitor, and two, because it contains zero plot! If the romantic elements were well written, with solid build up, believable tension, and fully explored character interactions, I wouldn't bitch so loud. In that case, the emotional elements would have a good exploration, and pay off. But... Nope! Didn't happen. What so-called plot did exist (haha, you funny!) meandered the frack out of itself! Oh, and if that weren't enough to call this one a major shot in the face, how about the randomly rushed character realizations for NO apparent or logical reasons? Or the exceedingly insulting manner in which the secondary cast of characters felt like set pieces rather than people? Still no? Okay, fine, how about the over utilization of the "tell them, don't show them?" Or, maybe, just maybe, if all that's not enough to make this book an Epic Face Palm, what about the fact that our "hero" not only apparently has a dead wife in the past (the he shows NO genuine emotional realities over!), but who is a hero that turns into Mr. Rapey Guy in a very random-ass scene midway in the novel? You still thinking this book is good? Really? Well! Yep. That about covers it. I'm honestly amazed that this book survived my reading it, truly. And, yes, okay, it managed to -not- attain DNF status, which is a mark in its favor. The novel felt entirely forced, and had epic-epic issues, but admittedly it did hold my attention like a cat with a laser pointer; I knew it was going to end in disappointment, but I HAD to see where the train wreck was headed. So, if for no other reason, those two facts allow for a two star rating for this novel. And, much like said cat and said laser pointer, there were a few smile-worthy moments throughout, but I'm just thankful that crap is done and over with, like whoa-damn happy. | Lisa Kleypas, hon, I don't know what happened to you while writing this book, but please endeavor not to let it happen again. Do less of this... And more of this...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    honest rating: 2.5 i skimmed this one for the historical romance readathon and it was good but it didn't grip me enough to really dive into it and give it a try. I didn't like the almost nonconsensual scene, the big revealing, and the overall story development. it was okay. honest rating: 2.5 i skimmed this one for the historical romance readathon and it was good but it didn't grip me enough to really dive into it and give it a try. I didn't like the almost nonconsensual scene, the big revealing, and the overall story development. it was okay.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Liese

    After reading the first in Kleypas’ Bow Street Runner series and not enjoying it too much I hadn’t planned on reading the next book but I am SO glad I did. This was hot, fast-paced, and an original, engaging plot. I loved it. Highly recommend—just bypass the first in the series and jump right in with the tenacious Lady Sophia and her grumpy, passionate silver fox, Sir Ross Cannon.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    2.5 stars. The Bow Street Runners are simply not holding the same appeal for me that the Wallflowers or Hathaways series did. The start threw me off to the rest of the book. Generally, a Kleypas couple gets some time to banter around and build steam. I felt like I'd been thrown into the deep end right off, which set the tone in a way I didn't care for. But, it's Kleypas. Enough said. I'll forgive this and hope her next book will reignite my love. 2.5 stars. The Bow Street Runners are simply not holding the same appeal for me that the Wallflowers or Hathaways series did. The start threw me off to the rest of the book. Generally, a Kleypas couple gets some time to banter around and build steam. I felt like I'd been thrown into the deep end right off, which set the tone in a way I didn't care for. But, it's Kleypas. Enough said. I'll forgive this and hope her next book will reignite my love.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    I didn't expect to love this! The first book was horrible but this one, blew my expectation away! So, in this one we have a heroine wanting to exact revenge on the hero, by being closer to him and later stabbing him in the back. To be honest, I get why she was hell-bent on this, where she was kept being disappointed by the life she was given and to finally take revenge on someone who took something important away from her, hell yes I was all in for this revenge plot! Somehow along the way, she di I didn't expect to love this! The first book was horrible but this one, blew my expectation away! So, in this one we have a heroine wanting to exact revenge on the hero, by being closer to him and later stabbing him in the back. To be honest, I get why she was hell-bent on this, where she was kept being disappointed by the life she was given and to finally take revenge on someone who took something important away from her, hell yes I was all in for this revenge plot! Somehow along the way, she discovered the hero was not the person she thought to be... and she let go. My god, how I love Sophia despite her flaws and I love Ross and his endless forgiveness. He was practically a saint in this one. I expected him to blow everything out but no. He grabbed on and grabbed on tight on what he had. He didn't let go. And I appreciate the hell out of this character. He's officially being inducted to my hall of book boyfriend for this! I also have found that the more I read historical romance, the more attracted I was to the story where the main couple didn't come from a nobility background (you know, she's the daughter of a lord, he was the Duke of something). In fact, a few favourite books I love from LK has this plot (i.e. Dreaming of You, Hello Stranger, Marrying Winterborne). I love it when the characters came from a common working background rather than being handed the title,land and the lordship and so on. If you guys have any recs for me, with the similar background, do recommend!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    IN LOVE WITH SIR ROSS *swoons* Lisa Kleypas is just magic, she can truly do no wrong and is the reason I have extremely high expectations in men.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    You can also check my review out HERE I read the first book in this series a while a go and it was one of the few Lisa Kleypas that I didn't fall in love with, which is why it took me so long to get started on this book, that and the cover where it looks like the woman is being strangled to death!!!! This was a mistake, I adored this book! We met Sir Ross Cannon fairly briefly in previous book, Someone to Watch Over Me, and he seemed staid and slightly cold with his wintery grey eyes, that just g You can also check my review out HERE I read the first book in this series a while a go and it was one of the few Lisa Kleypas that I didn't fall in love with, which is why it took me so long to get started on this book, that and the cover where it looks like the woman is being strangled to death!!!! This was a mistake, I adored this book! We met Sir Ross Cannon fairly briefly in previous book, Someone to Watch Over Me, and he seemed staid and slightly cold with his wintery grey eyes, that just goes to show you that it is always the quiet ones! As we see Sir Ross come out of his shell under the care of Sophia we find out that he is a passionate but lonely man, who has crushed all his human desires under his massive pile of work. Sophia was also a great heroine, originally she has come to Bow Street to try and destroy the man who she believes responsible for the death of her younger brother, Sir Ross Cannon, but as she gets to know the man she is finding it more difficult to carry put her plan of revenge. Once again LK has managed to write a love story that is both sweet and caring but also hot as hell, you could feel the tension between the two characters from the first moment they laid eyes on eachother, and I thoroughly enjoyed Ross' wicked thoughts about Sophia when he first saw her across his desk. There was also a small mystery, but I thought Sophia's "stalker" was fairly obvious but I don't mind that too much, honestly I was so enthralled watching Sophia and Ross together that it paled in comparison. But having said that, it has made me look forward to the next book very much. If anyone else has read the first book in this series and been put off then please don't let that stop you from reading this book. It is fabulous you will love every second of it!

  18. 5 out of 5

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    There is no denying my love for Lisa Kleypas and her penmanship. What more, there is no denying in me admiring all of the Bow Street Runners and their auras of secrecy and alpha nature. These men know how to take care of their women. In all ways, there are out there. Considering that I finished reading this title in less than 24hrs, one might say I enjoyed myself immensely. That one would not be mistaken. It was a diverting story even if filled with lies, vengeance, and not so much bedroom activi There is no denying my love for Lisa Kleypas and her penmanship. What more, there is no denying in me admiring all of the Bow Street Runners and their auras of secrecy and alpha nature. These men know how to take care of their women. In all ways, there are out there. Considering that I finished reading this title in less than 24hrs, one might say I enjoyed myself immensely. That one would not be mistaken. It was a diverting story even if filled with lies, vengeance, and not so much bedroom activities - at least not as much as other Lisa's plots. I admired Sir Ross and slightly disliked Lady Sophia. If there is something I hate in characters, it would be deceitfulness, which is why our heroine was not my favourite one out there. I picked this up as a guilty pleasure read and pleasure it was. What's next on the list? :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Luana ☆

    I know I am contrary to most opinion about Lisa Kleypas books, but I enjoyed this book much more than any other that I have read from her so far. I loved the fact that the main characters were a bit older than normal (28 and 40) and I almost always enjoy widower stories, so that's that! It was an insta lust, enimes to love story (where only one side knew), because she wanted revenge on him but instead felt attacked to him. I liked seeing how wifey she acted towards him from the start... I did no I know I am contrary to most opinion about Lisa Kleypas books, but I enjoyed this book much more than any other that I have read from her so far. I loved the fact that the main characters were a bit older than normal (28 and 40) and I almost always enjoy widower stories, so that's that! It was an insta lust, enimes to love story (where only one side knew), because she wanted revenge on him but instead felt attacked to him. I liked seeing how wifey she acted towards him from the start... I did not read book one, but I didn't feel like I missed anything.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I started this book out warily. The first book of the series, Someone to Watch Over Me, was not the most stellar piece of writing that I have ever read by Lisa Kleypas. I was rather disappointed in it and only gave it three stars. So, I'm sure you can understand my caution with Lady Sophia's Lover. Another reason I was cautious was the revenge plot. I hate revenge plots. Hate them! So, I was anxious about how this would affect my enjoyment of the novel. However, not far into the book, the revenge I started this book out warily. The first book of the series, Someone to Watch Over Me, was not the most stellar piece of writing that I have ever read by Lisa Kleypas. I was rather disappointed in it and only gave it three stars. So, I'm sure you can understand my caution with Lady Sophia's Lover. Another reason I was cautious was the revenge plot. I hate revenge plots. Hate them! So, I was anxious about how this would affect my enjoyment of the novel. However, not far into the book, the revenge idea pretty much falls apart as Sophia actually gets to know Ross and starts to care about him. So, I really liked the way that the revenge thing didn't permeate the whole novel. Sir Ross Cannon is perfect. I mean it, he's the perfect man! Ross is kind and loving, fair in judgments, forgiving and honest; he takes his responsibilities seriously, whether they are work or family related. He would do anything for his wife and children; he loves with all his heart, mind, body, and soul. He has fears and doubts; he holds himself to higher standards. He's a passionate lover and so strong, mentally and physically. Like I said, the perfect man. He's great, but he realizes that he has many faults, that he's just human. Oh, and he's sexy! Come on, how could a woman not love him? I loved Sophia too. In the beginning, she annoyed me a teeny bit because she wanted to hurt my Ross (the one character I actually really liked in Someone to Watch Over Me). However, once I started seeing how she liked him, we came to an understanding. By the end of the book, I totally loved her. She's perfectly imperfect like Ross. There was one thing she did that I didn't really care for, but I see why she kept the secret from Ross. I forgave her, though, once she told him. All in all, Sophia rocked. One thing I really liked about Ross and Sophia as a couple was that they really didn't fight their attraction for each other very much; they pretty much just accepted it. I generally like angsty, I-hate-you-but-want-you relationships when I read paranormal romance and sometimes in contemporary romance, but not usually in my historicals. So, I liked that they were able to accept and express how they felt about each other. Okay, Lisa Kleypas is like the master at putting in shocking twists. Those of you who have read this book most likely know what I am talking about. Maybe it wasn't much of a surprise to you, but I had to put the book down for a minute as "Holy motherfucking shit! No way!" raced through my brain. Nick Gentry is the hero of the next book in the series, Worth Any Price, but he's no hero in Lady Sophia's Lover. Seriously, the guy has a long way to go yet. I hear that he is one of Lisa Kleypas' best male characters, but damn, he is a dick in this book! I wanted to love him but I ultimately couldn't like him the way I wanted with this book. I am so looking forward to falling for him in Worth Any Price! So, Lisa Kleypas, my faith has been completely restored! I should have known not to doubt you, but you threw me for a loop with Someone to Watch Over Me. However, I will go into Worth Any Price with an open mind after the wonderful creation that is Lady Sophia's Lover. Favorite Quotes: "I am more in your power, Ross, than you could ever be in mine. I love you." (Sophia, page 349) After the birth of their daughter, Dr. Linley commented that it was the first delivery at which he had feared more for the father's well-being than the mother's. (Sophia, page 374) "I'm so glad you didn't marry someone else before you met me." Ross leaned closer and slid his arm behind her back. His mouth moved over hers in a long, caressing kiss that made her shiver with pleasure. "That would have been impossible," he said, drawing back to smile into her eyes. "Why?" Sophia leaned back against the support of his arm while the baby continued to nurse at her breast. "Because, my love...I was waiting for you." (Sophia & Ross, page 376-377)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    Reread for the 2nd time in 2020: Rating increased from 4 to 5 stars upon re-reading because what the hell was past me thinking?? This is one of the best Kleypas books EVER!!!!!! It's officially one of my top 3 Kleypas books ever. Note: Content warning in the spoiler tag at the very end of review. "There were so many seductive qualities about him: his intelligence, his compassion for vulnerable creatures, the raw need beneath his self-controlled facade." Lady Sophia's Lover was always one o Reread for the 2nd time in 2020: Rating increased from 4 to 5 stars upon re-reading because what the hell was past me thinking?? This is one of the best Kleypas books EVER!!!!!! It's officially one of my top 3 Kleypas books ever. Note: Content warning in the spoiler tag at the very end of review. "There were so many seductive qualities about him: his intelligence, his compassion for vulnerable creatures, the raw need beneath his self-controlled facade." Lady Sophia's Lover was always one of my favourite Lisa Kleypas books. It was the book I enjoyed and loved the most in the Bow Street Runners trilogy when I read it years ago. Even though I'm not done my re-read of Worth Any Price, I'm 100% sure that Lady Sophia's Lover will remain my favourite in the trilogy. I am fated to love Kleypas's least popular books the most 😂 It baffles the mind that this treasure of a book has the least number of ratings in the trilogy. Everyone who skipped this book is missing out on the delicious sexiness that is Sir Ross 🔥🔥🔥 Oh my goodness where do I even start?? Miss Sophia Sydney is the daughter of a viscount, but circumstances have forced her to work for a living. Sophia blames the head of Bow Street, Sir Ross Cannon, for her brother's untimely death and she wants revenge. Her plan? To infiltrate Bow Street as Sir Ross's new assistant and housekeeper and to uncover information that will undermine her enemy. But that's not enough...she also wants to make Sir Ross, who's famously known as the Monk of Bow Street, fall in love with her and then break his heart. But Sophia's resolve for revenge starts crumbling once she's in close proximity with the celibate widower and she begins to doubt whether someone as honourable and fair-minded as Sir Ross was in fact responsible for her brother's death. This is a formal plea to Ms. Kleypas: PLEASE WRITE MORE CELIBATE HEROES!!! HOLY MOLY 🔥🔥🔥 SIR ROSS 🔥🔥🔥 Sir Ross used to be in my top 7 Kleypas heroes, but after this re-read, he is now officially my 2nd favourite Kleypas hero!! Gird thy loins because they will be on FIRE when the stoic, stuffy, and seemingly-cold Sir Ross gets undone by Sophia. His insatiability even takes Sophia by surprise! When he flirts with Sophia 🔥🔥🔥 I felt breathless and had some serious heart palpitations 😂 Ross and Sophia's stolen kisses made my heart skip a few beats. I thought the first kiss was 🔥🔥 🔥 but the secret stolen kisses are 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 I got a serious case of BUTTERFLIES. The chemistry is POTENT and the sexual tension is DANGEROUS for my heart!! I probably need to go see a cardiologist now 😂 I love honourable, dependable, and romantic heroes like Sir Ross. And the fact that he's an older man and a celibate widower 🔥🔥🔥 A one-woman kind of man 🔥🔥🔥 Sir Ross is proof that good guys don't finish last!! He waits for his girl to finish a few times first 😏 Did I mention age gap? Sir Ross is a sexy older man, soon approaching 40 while Sophia is 28. The CHEMISTRY. The SEXUAL TENSION. The ROMANCE. The LOVE. The INTRIGUE. It is ROMANCE PERFECTION à la Kleypas. My second reading of this book made me realize that I am officially over reformed rakes. I think I've been over them for a while now, but I just didn't realize it until now. Content warning: (view spoiler)[Heroine gets caught in an angry mob and almost gets sexually assaulted. Not graphically described. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Whatever happened to Ross's cat, Chopper, who is the real head of Bow Street? 😭 P.P.S. The EXERCISE CHAIR gets an honourable mention 🔥🔥🔥

  22. 5 out of 5

    [Aengell]

    Lisa Kleypas, I love you.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna D.

    The first half or a little more than half of this book was just wonderful. I admired Sophia’s very practical sensibilities. She is a strong heroine who maintains her femininity yet she’s also able to work with the best of them. She’s a good cook, can handle herself in running a home, she did a good job with her office work at the Bow Street, and can hold her own at the market with the sellers and fishmongers. She’s also not a simpering miss when it comes to being intimate with a man. Ross was an The first half or a little more than half of this book was just wonderful. I admired Sophia’s very practical sensibilities. She is a strong heroine who maintains her femininity yet she’s also able to work with the best of them. She’s a good cook, can handle herself in running a home, she did a good job with her office work at the Bow Street, and can hold her own at the market with the sellers and fishmongers. She’s also not a simpering miss when it comes to being intimate with a man. Ross was an equally noteworthy hero. He has strong principals and a strong compass for right and wrong and he practices what he preaches. Ross’s protective instincts and pursuit of Sophia was great to read, I even sympathized with Sophia’s reluctance and feelings of guilt over betraying her brother’s memory. All of these factors made me a happy reader. Unfortunately the second half of the book was not as enjoyable. It was still good, but a couple things made it less so. There was a shift, perhaps in the 60-70% mark of the book I didn’t like. After the party for Ross’ grandfather - this is also around the same time Sophia found out the truth about Nick Gentry, Sophia’s personality changed all of a sudden. She became the aggressor in the physical/intimate stuff with Ross and she did it in times when she felt trapped with guilt. Instead of being mature about it and having an honest conversation with Ross, she diverted him with sex – and of course Ross wasn’t going to say no..he never says no to Sophia. On the same note, Ross lost his stern hand and seemed to always be overly soft and mushy where Sophia is concerned. I didn’t like these changes with the H/h. I wish Sophia had stayed true to her practical sensibilities and had been honest with Ross and I wish Ross lost his starchy-ness without becoming somewhat of a doormat to Sophia. Two seemingly minor things that made a big difference in my enjoyment of this book are 1) Kleypas didn’t include a misunderstanding of how they truly feel about each other – lies and omission of the truth, yes. Misunderstanding, no. The second thing is Ross’ errand boy, Ernest, who works at Ross’ home. He was absolutely adorable and funny to me – his enthusiasm and honestly was a breath of fresh air and a comic relief. I actually wish we saw more of him.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I was looking forward to reading this book because so many people seemed to enjoy it and I want to get more into Lisa Kleypas. Unfortunately, I was not blown away. This book started off well. I was intrigued by Sophia’s character, because she sets out on a mission to seduce Sir Ross Cannon and ruin his reputation because she blames him for the death of her brother. I thought it was an interesting twist to give the heroine a revenge plot. I was immediately sucked into the story and enjoyed both So I was looking forward to reading this book because so many people seemed to enjoy it and I want to get more into Lisa Kleypas. Unfortunately, I was not blown away. This book started off well. I was intrigued by Sophia’s character, because she sets out on a mission to seduce Sir Ross Cannon and ruin his reputation because she blames him for the death of her brother. I thought it was an interesting twist to give the heroine a revenge plot. I was immediately sucked into the story and enjoyed both Sophia and Ross’ characters. Sophia was witty, smart and brave. Ross was kind, gentle, and loving, the kind of guy who only wants to do the right thing. He immediately endeared me to his character. Their relationship was cute and sweet with the right amount of steam at the beginning. However, I was left slightly underwhelmed. First of all, there is a sex scene that could be construed as dubious consent. I do not understand why that scene needed to be written the way that it was. If there had only been a few more lines about Sophia agreeing despite her better judgment, or falling into passion despite knowing it’s a bad idea, I might have been okay with the scene. As it is, it was just jarring and I could never really get back into the story after that. Sir Ross became too much of a typical alpha in that moment and it didn’t really seem consistent with his character. It was frankly unnecessary. I also didn’t like how many of the central conflicts were resolved. Sophia’s plan for revenge was wrapped up too easily. The climax of the story also ended with a neat little bow. On one level, it does make sense, because the chief antagonist of this story, Nick Gentry, is the hero of the next, but it seemed too easy for me. The relationship between Sophia and Ross also developed too quickly for my liking, and there was a significant chunk of the book that was literally just sex scenes. Now, I love me some steamy scenes in my romance, but it felt like overkill after a while. This was just not the Lisa Kleypas for me, but I am determined to find some of her novels that I will fall in love with. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, because all the bones--good characters, steamy romance, fast-pasted plot, unique plot twists--are there in her books in abundance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol Storm

    Back in the Dark Ages, before Goodreads, America On Line used to have romance chats every Tuesday night. In those days I used to hang out with all kinds of incredible, generous, crazy romance fans, and one of them (I'm talking about you Amy, where ever you are!) was nice enough to send me a copy of LADY SOPHIA'S LOVER by Lisa Kleypas. At that time the only historical authors I knew well were old standbys like Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, and Bertrice Small. Reading this book absolutely blew my mind Back in the Dark Ages, before Goodreads, America On Line used to have romance chats every Tuesday night. In those days I used to hang out with all kinds of incredible, generous, crazy romance fans, and one of them (I'm talking about you Amy, where ever you are!) was nice enough to send me a copy of LADY SOPHIA'S LOVER by Lisa Kleypas. At that time the only historical authors I knew well were old standbys like Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, and Bertrice Small. Reading this book absolutely blew my mind because Lisa Kleypas just does everything you expect, yet in a totally new way. Here are some things that set LK apart as a genius, and make her gifts seem totally unique. 1.)A MODERN FEEL TO A TRADITIONAL FORM. When you read about how Sophia is trying to seduce Ross, you also learn a lot about crime in London in the 1840's. It's incredible how modern and fascinating it all seems -- literally like a really good episode of LAW & ORDER. There are scenes where Nick Gentry (the sexy villain with a secret connection to Sophia's past) starts sneering about "my people are getting me out of here" and he sounds EXACTLY like a modern gang lord, like Wesley Snipes in NEW JACK CITY or Al Pacino in SCARFACE. And yet, somehow, it all feels utterly authentic and real in the historical setting. That's genius! 2.)A HEROINE WHO FEELS HIS PAIN. While Sophia is a very demure heroine all the way through (unless you count a little pistol-packing at the very end) where she really shines is in getting Ross to open up about the pain in his past life. This is another LK trademark -- she always creates a special balance between what the hero offers, (physical safety, luxurious comfort, a place in society, and stupendously satisfying sex that goes on for hours) and what the heroine offers (sympathy, understanding, a chance for the hero to FEEL instead of just acting out all the time.) When she gets Ross to admit that his first wife freely chose the dangers of marriage and that her decision deserves respect, Sophia is really showing insight and empathy, like a modern therapist. It's all the more seductive that she's so untouched and virginal at the same time! 3.) A RICH TAPESTRY OF PURE SENSATION. While other reviewers can probably describe the sex scenes in more detail, I want to point out that the sensuality in LK's novels is never just about sex. All five senses are always involved in every scene. You come away not just wanting to live out the sex scenes, but also to wear all the clothes, eat all the food, drink all the liquor, and smoke all the cigars (if you're into that sort of thing.) The texture of each novel is always fully sensual and fully visceral at all times. 4.) ELEGANCE WITHOUT TEDIUM. One thing that's striking about LADY SOPHIA'S LOVER is that it's clearly a Victorian novel. Yet it could really be set any time from 1830 to 1890. Lisa Kleypas knows how to create an elegant atmosphere -- the fog, the greatcoats, the lovely gowns -- without bogging you down in the Corn Laws or the Reform Movement. These novels are timeless, and will never date because they could be set in almost any era. It's like the way Motown Soul from the Sixties still sounds fresh and new even after all these years, while the Jefferson Airplane sounds dated and almost quaint. Not only is this my favorite Lisa Kleypas novel, but if I had to pick one book to show the world what historical romance is all about, this is the one I'd pick. Thanks Amy!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peri June

    Such a fun book to read! Lady Sophia is determined to avenge her brother by ruining Chief Magistrate Ross Cannon's reputation. She plans to seduce him, making sure he falls in love with her, then revealing damaging information about his work to show him how it feels to be betrayed by someone you love. Of course things go awry when she falls in love with him and he surprises her by asking for her hand in marriage. I loved that Sir Ross was actually a decent man and not a jerk that the heroine can't Such a fun book to read! Lady Sophia is determined to avenge her brother by ruining Chief Magistrate Ross Cannon's reputation. She plans to seduce him, making sure he falls in love with her, then revealing damaging information about his work to show him how it feels to be betrayed by someone you love. Of course things go awry when she falls in love with him and he surprises her by asking for her hand in marriage. I loved that Sir Ross was actually a decent man and not a jerk that the heroine can't help but fall for like it usually is in historical romances. He was hardworking, honest, and kind--something you don't see very often in the aristocracy. The chemistry between him and Sophia practically sizzled off the pages, leading to some very sexy times. I really enjoyed the inside look at the workings of the Bow Street runners and how they managed to capture criminals with very few resources. If you're a Lisa Kleypas fan, don't miss this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Insh

    “There are two things a man should never do, — keep a woman waiting, and claim to understand her.”

  28. 4 out of 5

    Smart Women Read Romance

    I know I know... why haven’t I read the Bow Street Runners series before? Thankfully this was the group pick and I got to experience the lovely Lady Sophia and Sir Ross for the very first time! All the stars for this secret enemies-to-lovers. Lady Sophia wants revenge and she knows just how to bring Sir Ross down. With step one complete (get a job at Bow Street) she plans to have him fall in love with her to make her betrayal that much more hurtful, but she doesn’t expect to fall in love with hi I know I know... why haven’t I read the Bow Street Runners series before? Thankfully this was the group pick and I got to experience the lovely Lady Sophia and Sir Ross for the very first time! All the stars for this secret enemies-to-lovers. Lady Sophia wants revenge and she knows just how to bring Sir Ross down. With step one complete (get a job at Bow Street) she plans to have him fall in love with her to make her betrayal that much more hurtful, but she doesn’t expect to fall in love with him! Sophia learns that the legendary magistrate is kind and compassionate - the opposite of what she believed him to be. It’s not long before both Ross and Sophia are barely fighting their attraction for one another! Watch my review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kayJV...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Regan Walker

    Sir Ross Falls Prey to a Scheming Woman... This is book 2 in the Bow Street Runners trilogy. Set in the late Regency era/early Victorian period (we have no date till book 3), this one features the head of the Bow Street runners, Sir Ross Cannon, who has been celibate since the death of his young wife years earlier. Lady Sophia Sydney intends to seduce the unattainable Sir Ross for her revenge because of the death of her brother, John, on a prison ship--a death she blames on Sir Ross. Sophia manage Sir Ross Falls Prey to a Scheming Woman... This is book 2 in the Bow Street Runners trilogy. Set in the late Regency era/early Victorian period (we have no date till book 3), this one features the head of the Bow Street runners, Sir Ross Cannon, who has been celibate since the death of his young wife years earlier. Lady Sophia Sydney intends to seduce the unattainable Sir Ross for her revenge because of the death of her brother, John, on a prison ship--a death she blames on Sir Ross. Sophia manages to get herself hired as his assistant/housekeeper to gain his trust. It is clear from the beginning he wants her in his bed and she wants him, the revenge notwithstanding. Kleypas tells a good story and has obviously done considerable research into the history of the Bow Street runners. The characters are limited but we learn a great deal about Sophia and her brother John. And a respected thief-taker by the name of Nick Gentry who is the bane of Sir Ross’ existence. I did like book 1 more than this one and perhaps that’s because this one seemed so similar: a Bow Street guy reluctant to embrace marriage falls for a woman and turns into a doting lover. I liked this heroine less well, too. Both stories are replete with love scenes (one might say too many) and lots of internal dialog. To me they are very different than Kleypas’ Regencies I had previously loved. Still, an entertaining read. The Bow Street Runners trilogy: Someone to Watch Over Me Lady Sophia’s Lover Worth Any Price

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I thought that this was going to be a 5 star book, but it was not! When I read what this book was about I loved the story line. I loved Sir Ross Cannon from what we knew about him from the previous book "Someone To Watch Over Me". I just knew his story would be fantastic. I mean, here we have this man who never smiles, is so serious all the time, is a workaholic, is a widower, and does not sleep around. As a matter of fact, he has not had sex in 3 years. Then we meet Sophia. She is out to seek r I thought that this was going to be a 5 star book, but it was not! When I read what this book was about I loved the story line. I loved Sir Ross Cannon from what we knew about him from the previous book "Someone To Watch Over Me". I just knew his story would be fantastic. I mean, here we have this man who never smiles, is so serious all the time, is a workaholic, is a widower, and does not sleep around. As a matter of fact, he has not had sex in 3 years. Then we meet Sophia. She is out to seek revenge on Sir Ross, the man who sent her brother to prison where he died. Her plan is seduce "the monk", which is what Sir Ross is referred to by everyone in town, make him fall in love with her and then leave him broken-hearted. Only her plan doesn't go quite as she hoped for she didn't plan on falling in love with him herself! I still enjoyed the story. There were some parts of it that I thought were strange, almost like the author threw them in there as fillers. And I wish the sexual tension between the h/h were stronger. I mean, you know they want each other, but some of the scenes seemed pushed, almost like the author had a checklist of how many sex scenes she wanted and checked them off as she went along. Still a great book and one you should definitely read after "Someone To Watch Over Me". Characters: Ross- Gerard Butler

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