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Lisa Kleypas has thrilled readers with her unforgettable love stories set in the glittering world of Regency London. Now, the author of Stranger in My Arms, brings her fans a story with all the promise, and oassion, of forbidden love.

She couldn't remember who she was …

A temptingly beautiful woman awakens in a stranger's bed, rescued from the icy waters of the Thames, her memory gone. Told that she is Vivien Rose Duvall, one of London's most scandalous beauties, she finds herself under the protection of enigmatic, charming Grant Morgan. Her life is in his hands. Deep in her heart, she knows he has mistaken her for someone else …

He was the only man she could trust.

As one of London's most eligible, and unattainable catches, Grant Morgan is a man who has known every kind of woman. And the one in his arms now seems so innocent, so vulnerable, that he can't help but be enchanted. And as his love for this mysterious beauty grows, he's determined to unravel the secrets of her past and discover the truth—no matter what.

Topics: England, Amnesia, Mistaken Identity, Twins, Sisters, Prostitution, Revenge, Steamy, Suspenseful, and First in a Series

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061752476
List price: $3.99
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This book really didn't do it for me.

Although I thought the initial premise was good, a beautiful courtesan found half dead in the Thames, and the subsequent quest to find her attempted killer, etc., it all just began to fall flat for me very quickly.

1. I thought Victoria's character just a terrible bore. Self-effacing, meek, weak, dependent. I couldn't see what he saw in her, except her looks. She reminded me of Emmaline in Devil in Winter, except unlike Emmaline, she doesn't come into her own by the end of the novel. She is the same throughout. Yaawn.

2. I thought Grant despicable. When he finds who he thinks is Vivian in the water, half-dead and drowned, he takes her back to his home and attempts to revive her. As she is half-conscious and hypothermic, he decides that he will use this opportunity to take advantage of the situation by seducing her. Why? Because he wanted to get back at her for starting a rumor about him. I found that simply disgusting. Then, as he uncovers more and more information about who Vivian "is" he is angered by her promiscuous ways and judges her, even as he wants her.

I don't know, the whole thing fell very flat to me. The book seemed inconsistent, the characters were weakly constructed, and there didn't seem much of a story there for me except for the mystery of who tried to kill Vivian. Furthermore, Keyes motive for killing Vivian just didn't make sense to me. He wanted to kill her for money so he could retire?? I don't know- weak.

I wanted to read more about Vivian- the Scarlett O'hara of the novel. I almost wish that it was really Vivian he fell in love with- it would have been fun to see them clash and to see him get over the fact that he was falling in love with a courtesan who he had hated and to watch her become a one-man woman.


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An entertaining, if not overwhelmingly intriguing, read. Kleypas is to be admired for daring what most historical romance writers will not -- diving into aspects of the underworld, the demimonde, and the middle class. This entry into her Bow Street Runners series is a refreshing shift for anyone who's been spending too much time with stories set in Vauxhall and Almack's. The plot contrivance is not unique, but is well-handled, and both hero and heroine are compelling enough to propel the book along. It's far from one of Kleypas's best, however, and somehow lacks the heat that so dominates many of her other novels.read more
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Read in Maui - typical historical romance - which is fine for the beach. Yes, I'm justifying it!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book really didn't do it for me.

Although I thought the initial premise was good, a beautiful courtesan found half dead in the Thames, and the subsequent quest to find her attempted killer, etc., it all just began to fall flat for me very quickly.

1. I thought Victoria's character just a terrible bore. Self-effacing, meek, weak, dependent. I couldn't see what he saw in her, except her looks. She reminded me of Emmaline in Devil in Winter, except unlike Emmaline, she doesn't come into her own by the end of the novel. She is the same throughout. Yaawn.

2. I thought Grant despicable. When he finds who he thinks is Vivian in the water, half-dead and drowned, he takes her back to his home and attempts to revive her. As she is half-conscious and hypothermic, he decides that he will use this opportunity to take advantage of the situation by seducing her. Why? Because he wanted to get back at her for starting a rumor about him. I found that simply disgusting. Then, as he uncovers more and more information about who Vivian "is" he is angered by her promiscuous ways and judges her, even as he wants her.

I don't know, the whole thing fell very flat to me. The book seemed inconsistent, the characters were weakly constructed, and there didn't seem much of a story there for me except for the mystery of who tried to kill Vivian. Furthermore, Keyes motive for killing Vivian just didn't make sense to me. He wanted to kill her for money so he could retire?? I don't know- weak.

I wanted to read more about Vivian- the Scarlett O'hara of the novel. I almost wish that it was really Vivian he fell in love with- it would have been fun to see them clash and to see him get over the fact that he was falling in love with a courtesan who he had hated and to watch her become a one-man woman.


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An entertaining, if not overwhelmingly intriguing, read. Kleypas is to be admired for daring what most historical romance writers will not -- diving into aspects of the underworld, the demimonde, and the middle class. This entry into her Bow Street Runners series is a refreshing shift for anyone who's been spending too much time with stories set in Vauxhall and Almack's. The plot contrivance is not unique, but is well-handled, and both hero and heroine are compelling enough to propel the book along. It's far from one of Kleypas's best, however, and somehow lacks the heat that so dominates many of her other novels.
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When Bowstreet Runner, Grant Morgan, is called in to the scene of a drowned woman he is startled to discover that the corpse in question is not only alive, but is also the beautiful courtesan, Vivien Duvall. Despite his distaste for the gossip Ms. Duvall had spread about him after his rejection of his of her charms Grant takes the beauty into home, determined at exact his own revenge against her while seeking the person who tried to murder her. Grant soon finds his vengeful plans in jeopardy as when Vivian awakes she not only has no recollection of who she is, she appears to be a changed person. This Vivian is both innocent and frightened, stirring feelings of protectiveness that Grant cannot deny. Will he be able to figure out the murder mystery before he loses his heart to the woman he is supposed to hate?This was certainly another lovely historical romance from Ms. Kleypas. I liked both Grant and Vivian although I suspected the twists and turns of the story pretty much from the start. I like how she always seems to add in elements of believable danger and excitement into her stories to keep the reader glued to the pages.
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This was a good read my first book from Kleypas will read more of her books. Got hooked on this book a really interesting story in this one.
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This is a fun book. Lisa Kleypas is a good writer, and her books are fast and entertaining. Grant Morgan is a good character - enigmatic, harsh, seemingly cold, but with a loving interior, his plan to get his revenge for a past slight is complicated by the fact that he begins to fall for the woman he wishes to punish. Or so he thinks. Throughout this book, I found myself wishing that she really had been Vivien - I think it would have been a lot more interesting and a lot more emotionally engaging if she had been. It would have demanded a great deal more of both characters, while this book takes the easy way out. Despite that, I enjoyed this book a great deal.
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