Lisa Kleypas continues the story of the Bow Street Runners series, and she doesn't disappoint. This plot line was interesting and was not quite as predictable as so many of these historical romances can be. A fan of a good love scene, I must say that I was a little shocked at how quickly in the story (page 6) we are given an in-depth imagined scenario, with the first male anatomy response reported on PAGE ONE. So OK, that's a little tacky, I think...
However notwithstanding, I did like the book. Its a good read. The male hero is just too incredible though. Wouldn't it be nice, if in reality...?
Against the grit and glamour of London's crime-fighting Bow Street operation, Kleypas weaves an exceptional early-Victorian-era romance that is driven by much more than mere sexual attraction and sizzling loves scenes (of which there are plenty here). Political, social and familial conflicts heat up this story, and not all of the resolutions come easily. Ever since her younger brother died in prison, Sophia Sydney has had one goal in mindto find the magistrate who sent her brother to prison, worm her way into his office and his heart and then destroy him both politically and emotionally. Handsome Ross Cannon, London's most powerful and irreproachable magistrate, is not the hard-hearted devil she had expected, however. Known as the Monk of Bow Street for his celibacy following his wife's death, Ross is fair and forgiving, which Sophia soon learns when she takes up a position as his office clerk and housekeeper. The chemistry between the pair is palpable, but several obstacles stand in the way of their happiness, not the least of which is the shadow of Sophia's brother.
this book was hard to put down! sophia was such a strong smart character, no damsel in distress act for her, but it is lovely to see her end up with a even stronger man who can take care of her, which is how every good romance novel should end. in my opinion. if you liked other lisa kleypas books i would definately recomend this one as it is one of her better works. but warning to the wise i read the bow street runner series out of order and wish that i hadnt because you will get much more out of them if they are read in order so read someone to watch over me first.
A little manufactured but not bad. Lately this author had started to slip a bit for me...and this one was a bit more developed...even though the plot was heavy handed with devices to create conflict between the characters - I liked it because you could see why these two would like one another, and understand how they might come to forgive each another for past mistakes. Some setup for a future book.
The second book in the Bow Street Runners series, Lady Sophia's Lover, is much more sensual than its predecessor. We launch immediately into the relationship between Sophia and Ross and Ross has a strong reaction to her.
While I still think Lisa Kleypas's earlier works (this among them) aren't quite as well-written as the later series like Wallflowers or Hathaways, she always writes irresistible characters with individual quirks and foibles. I love her characters and even on second and third readings, her books always resonate.