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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 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 …

Are you ready to be seduced by New York Times Bestselling author Lisa Kleypas and her most compelling love story yet?

Topics: London, England, Revenge, Office Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Tortured Hero, Secret Life, Steamy, and Sensual

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061793509
List price: $4.99
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Steamier than the usual historical (though not nearly in the league of Passion--more on the level of Emma Holly's historicals). The heroine gets a job as a magistrate's assistant, planning to destroy him for indirectly causing her brother's death, by, among other things, making him fall in love with her and then breaking his heart. Well, we all know plans like that are doomed to fail. A couple of cute twists.read more
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Ross Cannon is the head of Bow Street and is looking for a new assistant. Sophia Sydney interviews for the position and even though Ross knows it is a bad idea he hires her anyway. He senses that she has some ulterior motive and wants to find out what it is... and he is of course very attracted to her. Sophia does indeed have another reason for being there. She is out for revenge and she will do anything to achieve it. She is determined to prove that Ross is dirty and expose him. To cap it off she wants to make him fall in love with her so she can spurn him and crush him completely.I am a big fan of Lisa Kleypas and usually read her books in one sitting. Unfortunately this one was just kind of meh for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It was just sort of... average. I found myself easily putting the book down to do other things. There was nothing horribly wrong with it; it was pleasant but rather bland.Ross was a very nice man. I admired the fact that he held his wife's memory close and preferred to wait for a relationship with substance rather than sleep with just anyone. I respected the fact that he could admit it to himself that he missed the companionship of being married. What lowered his character in my eyes was the slow reveal of his relationship with his wife. The comment about his protector aspect just made me shake my head. I would have preferred that he loved his wife completely and was able to fall in love again anyway.I went back and forth on my opinion of Sophia. I respected her reasons for revenge and wasn't bothered at all by her past indiscretion. I rather liked the fact that she was a little older and seemed more mature. I was a little bothered by how quickly her revenge was forgotten. I guess I was looking for more character tension as she had to struggle to reconcile her attraction to Ross while still hating him for what happened to her brother. I didn't want a book full of nonstop fighting, but I didn't expect her to just suddenly decide he's a great guy and give up any conflict. I guess I got the wrong impression from the book description.Although I found Sophia and Ross (and their romance) rather tame, my attention was caught by the additional character reveal toward the end. I found the duality of his character very catching. I wanted to know more about him and be able to see from his point of view.As I said before, there was nothing wrong with the book. It was just not what I was expecting and not really anything I wanted. I would still most emphatically recommend other works by this author.read more
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Not being very well grounded in Lisa Kleypas, it was suggested to me that I try Lady Sophia's Lover where Nick Gentry (Sophia's brother) was introduced, before listening to this, Nick's book. I suspended my listen of Worth Any Price and started LSL. I only got about 60 minutes into LSL and I gave up, at least for the time being. The story, right from the start, sounded super dated - by which I mean Old Skool and I just wasn't feeling it. I decided it wasn't that important to meet Nick early. I don't feel I can even grade LSL as I didn't listen to enough of it. I'm not sure if I'll make my way back to it in future. I'm doubtful, but, you know, never say never and all that.read more
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Steamier than the usual historical (though not nearly in the league of Passion--more on the level of Emma Holly's historicals). The heroine gets a job as a magistrate's assistant, planning to destroy him for indirectly causing her brother's death, by, among other things, making him fall in love with her and then breaking his heart. Well, we all know plans like that are doomed to fail. A couple of cute twists.
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Ross Cannon is the head of Bow Street and is looking for a new assistant. Sophia Sydney interviews for the position and even though Ross knows it is a bad idea he hires her anyway. He senses that she has some ulterior motive and wants to find out what it is... and he is of course very attracted to her. Sophia does indeed have another reason for being there. She is out for revenge and she will do anything to achieve it. She is determined to prove that Ross is dirty and expose him. To cap it off she wants to make him fall in love with her so she can spurn him and crush him completely.I am a big fan of Lisa Kleypas and usually read her books in one sitting. Unfortunately this one was just kind of meh for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It was just sort of... average. I found myself easily putting the book down to do other things. There was nothing horribly wrong with it; it was pleasant but rather bland.Ross was a very nice man. I admired the fact that he held his wife's memory close and preferred to wait for a relationship with substance rather than sleep with just anyone. I respected the fact that he could admit it to himself that he missed the companionship of being married. What lowered his character in my eyes was the slow reveal of his relationship with his wife. The comment about his protector aspect just made me shake my head. I would have preferred that he loved his wife completely and was able to fall in love again anyway.I went back and forth on my opinion of Sophia. I respected her reasons for revenge and wasn't bothered at all by her past indiscretion. I rather liked the fact that she was a little older and seemed more mature. I was a little bothered by how quickly her revenge was forgotten. I guess I was looking for more character tension as she had to struggle to reconcile her attraction to Ross while still hating him for what happened to her brother. I didn't want a book full of nonstop fighting, but I didn't expect her to just suddenly decide he's a great guy and give up any conflict. I guess I got the wrong impression from the book description.Although I found Sophia and Ross (and their romance) rather tame, my attention was caught by the additional character reveal toward the end. I found the duality of his character very catching. I wanted to know more about him and be able to see from his point of view.As I said before, there was nothing wrong with the book. It was just not what I was expecting and not really anything I wanted. I would still most emphatically recommend other works by this author.
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Not being very well grounded in Lisa Kleypas, it was suggested to me that I try Lady Sophia's Lover where Nick Gentry (Sophia's brother) was introduced, before listening to this, Nick's book. I suspended my listen of Worth Any Price and started LSL. I only got about 60 minutes into LSL and I gave up, at least for the time being. The story, right from the start, sounded super dated - by which I mean Old Skool and I just wasn't feeling it. I decided it wasn't that important to meet Nick early. I don't feel I can even grade LSL as I didn't listen to enough of it. I'm not sure if I'll make my way back to it in future. I'm doubtful, but, you know, never say never and all that.
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This was a bland, uninspired story about two pretty boring, though beautiful, people. The heroine comes to the hero, Sir Ross, head of Bow Street, under the pretense of a desire for revenge against him that is summarily abandoned after she enters Sir Ross's employ as an assistant. I take issue with most revenge plots in the first place, and when the form of that revenge entails seducing then breaking the heart of the intended victim, a generally annoying motivation degenerates into utter stupidity. It might have been alright if Sophia had gone about her harebrained notion with some conviction, but she falls in love with Ross so easily and quickly that her supposedly intense hatred of him proves to be very flimsy and unconvincing, just a plot contrivance to get the two together for many rounds of boinking. To make matters worse, the romance that develops between the two is very boring. It basically consists of Sophia being wifely/motherly towards Ross, making sure he eats, has clean clothes, ministering to him when he's sick/injured, which is nice and all. Just not that interesting. As for Ross, it's lust/love at first sight for him, and doesn't progress much beyond that. I don't find their interactions compelling in the least. Sadly, Lady Sophia's Lover, my second Kleypas novel, was a big disappointment for me, particularly after enjoying Mine Till Midnight so much. Oh well, on to the next.
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