Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

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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. With the exception of Sophia, who is given to histrionics, Kleypas's characters are well drawn and refreshingly levelheaded. Even her villain, a famed thieftaker, displays surprising dimensions. Through deft plotting and simple yet stylish prose, Kleypas distinguishes herself as a master of her craft. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380811069
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Bow Street Runners Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 239,031
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the author of nineteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and WaldenBooks. Lisa is married and has two children.

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Chapter One



It had been too long since he had bedded a woman.

Sir Ross Cannon could think of no other explanation for his reaction to Sophia Sydney...a response so powerful that he was forced to sit behind his desk to conceal a sudden, uncontrollable erection. Perplexed, he stared intently at the woman, wondering why her mere presence was enough to ignite such raging heat inside him. No one ever caught him off guard this way.

She was undeniably lovely, with her honey-shaded hair and blue eyes, but she possessed a quality that surpassed physical beauty: a hint of passion contained beneath the frail gravity of her facade. Like any man, Ross was aroused more by what was concealed than by what was revealed. And clearly, Sophia Sydney was a woman of many secrets.

Silently he strove to control his sexual awareness of her, focusing on the scarred mahogany surface of his desk until the flare of heat subsided. When he was finally able to meet her unfathomable gaze, he remained quiet, having learned long ago that silence was a powerful instrument. People were uncomfortable with silence -- they usually sought to fill it, revealing much in the process.

However, Sophia did not erupt into nervous chatter as so many women did. She stared at him warily and did not speak. Obviously she was prepared to outwait him.

"Miss Sydney," he finally said, "my clerk informs me that you would not disclose the reason for your visit."

"If I had told him why, I would not have been allowed past the threshold. You see, I have come about the positionyou advertised."

Ross was seldom surprised by anything, having seen and experienced far too much in the course of his work. However, the notion that she would want to work here, for him, was no less than astonishing. Apparently she had no idea of what the job entailed. "I require an assistant, Miss Sydney. Someone who will act as a part-time clerk and records-keeper. Bow Street is not the place for a woman."

"The advertisement did not specify that your assistant had to be male," she pointed out. "I can read, write, manage household expenditures, and keep account books. Why shouldn't I be considered for the job?"

A hint of challenge had colored her deferential tone. Fascinated and vaguely unsettled, Ross wondered if they had ever met before. No -- he would have remembered her. And yet there was something oddly familiar about her.

"What is your age?" he asked abruptly. "Twenty-two? Twenty-three?"

"I am eight-and-twenty, sir."

"Really." He did not believe her. She appeared far too young to have reached an age that was considered to be advanced spinsterhood.

"Yes, really." Seeming amused, she moved to lean over his desk, placing her hands before him. "You see? One can always tell a woman's age by her hands."

Ross studied the small hands that had been proffered without vanity. They were not the hands of a girl, but of a capable woman -- one who had known hard work. Although her nails were scrupulously clean, they were filed almost to the quick. Her fingers were marked with thin white scars that had come from accidental cuts and scrapes, and with a crescent-shaped burn that must have come from a bake-pan or pot.

Sophia resumed her seat, the light sliding gently over her rich brown hair. "You don't look the way I expected, either," she informed him.

Ross arched a brow in sardonic inquiry. "Oh?"

"I thought you would be a portly old gentleman with a wig and a pipe."

That drew a brief laugh from him, low and scratchy, and he realized that it had been a long time since he had made such a sound. For some reason he could not help asking, "Are you disappointed to find otherwise?"

"No," she said, sounding a bit breathless. "No, I am not disappointed."

The temperature in the office rose to a blistering degree. Ross could not help wondering if she found him attractive. He would soon be forty, and he looked his age. Threads of silver had begun to appear in his black hair. Years of relentless work and little sleep had left their mark, and the reckless pace of his life had left him almost rawboned. He did not have the settled, pampered look that many married men his age possessed. Of course, they did not prowl the streets at night as he did, investigating murders and robberies, visiting prisons, and putting down riots.

He saw the assessing way Sophia glanced around his office, which had been furnished in a Spartan style. One wall was covered with maps, the other fitted with bookshelves. Only one picture adorned the room, a landscape of rocks and forest and stream, with gray hills rising in the distance. Ross had often stared at the landscape during times of calamity or tension, finding that the cool, quiet darkness of the painting never failed to soothe him.

Brusquely he resumed the interview. "Have you brought references, Miss Sydney?"

She shook her head. "I am afraid that my former employer will not recommend me."

"Why not?"

Finally her composure was disrupted, a wash of color spreading over her face. "For many years I have worked for a distant cousin. She allowed me to reside in her household after my parents died, despite the fact that she was not a woman of great means. In return for her charity, I was required to serve as a maid-of-all-work. I believe that Cousin Ernestine was pleased with my efforts, until..." Words seemed to clot in her throat, and sudden perspiration lent her skin a pearly shimmer.

Ross had heard every possible tale of disaster, evil, and human misery during his ten years as Chief Magistrate at Bow Street. Although he was not callous by any means, he had learned to put a certain emotional distance between himself and those...

Lady Sophia's Lover. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    A Good Story by a Good Writer

    Once again Lisa Klaypas has entertained with this second in the Bow Street Runners Series. I don't think I would have enjoyed this one quite as much, had I not read the first book in the series. I had read all five of the Hathaway Family series first and these books all follow each other to some extent, but each one can stand alone, though not as enjoyable as in order. Since it is a romatic historical, I don't know that men would enjoy this as much as women. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story line.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful early Victorian romance

    Bow St. Chief Sir Ross Cannon hides behind his desk to conceal his erection caused by the visit of Sophia Sydney. He pats himself on the back for holding a rationale conversation with Sophia though his hormones rage out of control. Sophia has applied for the Bow St. assistant clerking job, but Ross says no as the position is male only. He offers her a housekeeping position, but Sydney says both or none. Ross known as a monk for his celibacy allows his desires to decide and agrees to a one month trial. <P>Sydney blames the death of her younger brother on Ross, the magistrate who sent him to die in prison. However, the cold hearted villain with no room for compassion inside the law is not what Ross is. She realizes he is a kind individual who tempers justice and the law. As they fall in love, her deceased brother casts a specter on any permanent relationship between them. <P>Lady Sophia¿s Lover is a powerful early Victorian romance that provides a deep descriptive panorama of the era. The story line contains erotic scenes that are deftly written in as part of the fast-paced plot and not used to shock the audience. Ross is a great protagonist filled with passion and courage, but Sydney acts out of character at times as she occasionally seems weak for someone so brave. The rest of the cast is three dimensional and their roles propel the powerful plot. Lisa Kleypas provides a wonderful novel that will return the author to all the best selling lists. <P>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    enjoyable read

    True Kleypas....enjoyed every minute of it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Not her best work

    I've read all of Lisa K's books, as I'm a fan. This is not her best work; I was dissapointed. While I do like a steamy book, this one seems a tad overboard and contrived and reads more like something from a gentleman's magazine than a romance novel. Sadly, the story is hard to believe and the ending is very silly. The good news is that I was able to finish the whole book, which isn't true about every romance that I read. If you're new to Lisa K, then don't read this book first; it's not a good example of her work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    CAPTIVATING

    Enjoyed the strength in each character such as, Ross hiring Sophia as an assistant in his office and, Sophia's outright honesty instead of the usual fare of being frightened to tell the truth in order to keep her lover or be thought less of in a hypocritical society. It was also nice that they were able to acknowledge their love for each other instead of being afraid of the word or the need. LORRAINE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Liked it

    I liked 75% of this book. I liked the brother story but I didn't like her deceiving him. I like that she was brave, beautiful, smart and out spoken. I think I may just read the other two books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Loved this series and the unique storyline. LK is one of my favo

    Loved this series and the unique storyline. LK is one of my favorite hist rom authors as she thinks outside the box and doe not give us the same characters over and over again - unlike Stephanie Laurens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    recommended

    I really enjoyed all the Bow Street books, and this was no exception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Loved it!

    Amazing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Awesome!

    Stayed up most of the night to finish this!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Loved it

    This story proves that love can conquer over all

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

    Good Romance!

    I just finished this book, Lady Sophia's lover,and I loved it! I have read many books by this author and I prefer her historical romance over other authors in the same genre. This book was nice because it didnt take forever for the couple to get it together and get together. Some other romance stories get alittle annoying toward the end because it takes forever for the woman to give in. This book was not like that, it took a reasonable amount of time for them to get together and the rest of the book goes into their life together as a couple. I liked it alot! if you like romance, especially Lisa Kleypas, you'll love this one! Its not quite the Wallflower Series, but nothing else is.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    My mom loved it!

    My mom and I love romance stories, and she especially likes Victoria Alexander, Stephanie Laurens, and this author, whom she would highly reccommend! She read the book quickly, and told me that she enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    An Amazingly Awe Worthy Read

    This book was more than I imagined. Many who read this novel will realize that Sophia is a character that one can relate too. She gets caught in horrible dilemma's and makes the wrong choice, thinking it the only one that can be safe. Now most people expect the male character to be beastly and lash out when lied to, but our leading man most definitely is not. He shows the kindness and forgiveness one would not place on his character. I truly enjoyed this action packed piece and suggest it to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2003

    Could not stop reading

    I read this book because my spanish soap finished. I wanted to enjoy something else now. I did not like to read but this book got me hooked big time. I read it in one day. I plan to read all of Lisa Kleypas books now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    Sir Ross makes this one 5 stars...

    I would rate the story 4 stars because it was tedious at times. Sophia was lovely, although I failed to see exactly what it was about her that made Ross fall that deeply in love with her. However, being that he was, I have to say Sophia was fortunate to be loved that deeply and completely. Ross was everything a woman could want in a man. He was handsome, intelligent, charming, loyal, romantic and very passionate. There are better books out there, of course, but out of all the romance novels, L.K. must be credited with making Sir Ross one of the best all-around heros ever. This author's love scenes were a little over the top, though. I found it difficult to look at L.K's picture in the back of the book without blushing! I couldn't look her in the eye! It's almost as if one knows what goes on in HER bedroom! Also, I liked Nick Gentry from the start!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    THIS BOOK IS FANTABULOUS!

    I am really hard on books anyone who has read some of my reviews knows that. I didn't think this book would be that great but after reading it how wrong I was. This was the most intriguing book i've ever read. It has so much deapth. Never have I read a book where the heroine wants to take down the hero. There is so much love and devotion in this book that it utterly compelling. This will not be the last Kleypas book I read. BOTTOM LINE: If you haven't read this book, READ IT now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    This was a good book.

    Ok I got this book on my lunch hour and by 8pm, that evening I was finished. So that should tell you how wonderful this book was. I was afraid it was going to be a little wack in the begining, because of how easily attracted to her he was. But considering how he was celibate I understand. I also like the fact that the sex was not rushed right into. And the fact the heroine upon realizing she was wrong about him quickly abandoned her scheme. And most of all I love the fact that Nick is getting his own story in Worth Any Price. I would like for Morgan to have his own story as well. All in all a good book. Nice reading.

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