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Someone to Watch Over Me - Sang Penjaga Hati (Bow Street Runners #1)

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Grant Morgan adalah bujangan paling didambakan di London, juga salah satu anggota Bow Street Runner yang diperhitungkan. Ketika suatu malam ia dipanggil untuk menyelidiki korban tenggelam, Grant terkejut saat mengenali korban itu sebagai Vivien Rose Duvall, wanita bereputasi buruk. Ia semakin terkejut ketika menyadari wanita itu masih hidup. Karena tak ada seorang pun yang ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 424 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published December 1998)
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Mariel
Sep 24, 2010 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: prostitute twin sisters who ditch you with the bill
Recommended to Mariel by: it wasn't me!
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

3.5/5

I’ve been indulging myself in Lisa Kleypas’ books for the past few weeks and have come to appreciate her story telling talents. Perhaps because this is the first book in the Bow Street Runners series, it didn’t grab me quite the way her Wallflower series did. I didn’t find the characters quite as charismatic as those in her other books.

It has an interesting plot – a courtesan with amnesia being pursued by someone who is trying to kill her and the man who saved her life and is now protecting
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Kinga
Mar 09, 2012 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy-and-lovely
"She was sore in places she had never been sore before.” Is this an awesome quote, or what?

I think OD’ed on this girly porn, I had a good reason but I need to stop now and read some James Joyce or something.

Spoilers ahead. I am not going to even officially mark it as a spoiler because if you didn’t see that coming from the very first page then you don’t deserve to be warned.

A certain tall, strapping Bow Street Runner named Grant finds a nearly dead woman fished out of Thames. To his surprise an
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Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars

Not an all time favorite by this author, but that ending...RIGHT IN THE FEELS!!

I wasn't sure I'd like a story about a famous London hooker. I'm not one to be very forgiving of overly promiscuous leads, especially females. Those midwestern roots of mine are showing!! But this heroine won me over very quickly. She was a nice little mystery to unveil. The hero wasn't as charismatic as Kleypas' other men, so maybe that's why the story didn't grab me as much.

Still, a nice HR with a great
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Laura the Highland Hussy
3.5 stars

I liked this book, but the plot needed a deft hand to pull it off. Lisa Kleypas did in fact pull it off, but not to my satisfaction. It was good, it kept me reading, but I don't really think I enjoyed the hero of this book for at least 75% of the book. I did come to like him, but with all the descriptions of him as being large, hulking, a lummox, a thick pelt of fur (chest hair), having large hands, I just pictured him as Robert, the brother from Everybody Loves Raymond. I couldn't help
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Dina
Feb 09, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im a fairly new reader of LKs books and Im yet to read a bad one. STWOM is not the best Ive ever read, but its very good.

The "big mystery" involving the heroines identity was pretty easy to figure out, but I enjoyed following the hero try to solve it. I loved Grant, a working-class hero who was a welcome "breeze of fresh air" among the usual Lords that dominate historical romances. I loved Victoria too, an adorable "country girl" who was the perfect match for Grant. I truly enjoyed seeing both o
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Leah
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⊱ Irena ⊰
2.5
The good thing about this story is that the characters aren't the usual ones. They are not members of aristocracy and overcoming the issue of her being a prostitute should have been a problem then. The Runners are great choice.

After Grant Morgan takes Vivien to his home to recover, remembering how she spread gossip about him two months ago because he refused her, all he wants is revenge. He doesn't expect Vivien not to remember who she is nor that she is completely different person from manip
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Rane
There are two things I can always count on when it comes to LK's books: a great story and rememberable characters. While the story of STWOV was great I felt the characters were less then remarkable.

Grant was a great hero with his strength in justice and his love for books was a total bonus, Sadly, I felt his narrow-mindness toward Vivien’s remarks were below him and dragged down the story at times making you wanna smack him over the head, even when something wasn’t right and staring him right
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Yz the Whyz
A woman with no memories. A man with a grudge. When fate brought them together, can a case of mistaken identity be the path to true love?

This is my third Lisa Kleypas book, and once again, it is the start of another series. Here we meet Grant Morgan, famous Bow Street Runner, as he was called to help rescue a woman, who looks like Vivien Rose, the London beauty that had humiliated him in the past. However, as he started to get to know more of his beautiful charge, he found himself attracted to h
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Eastofoz
Mar 12, 2009 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different kind of historical here. Reads more like romantic suspense set in a historical backdrop at times so it’s not always focused on the love story like some of her other books. The beginning is good but somewhere around the middle I started getting a bit bored so it just makes a 4 star rating —more like a 3 (lol!). Kleypas still does a great job of making you feel like you can actually see what she’s describing but there were too many long narrative passages which dragged the book down a ...more
Jennifer
May 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I thought the big reveal was kind of a cop out in a way. As in the case of the heroes in some of Eloisa James' early stuff (like the Pleasures series), it was really hard to see Grant as this dreamy guy when he said, felt, and did some really awful things, but it was ok because...(view spoiler)

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ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
I really enjoyed this book. I like that the author always has these small connectors to her other series.
Grant Morgan was a stand out bow street runner and he just rescued Vivan Duvall, a woman who openly rejected him. Now Grant has an opportunity to give the renowed beauty her commeuppance, except she has temporary amnesia and is so different from the woman he met before. So Grant has to decide, Revenge or a New Beginning?

The heroine was really likable and so was the hero. Good character devel
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Ririn
3.75 stars

A well-written and well-plotted story, as expected from Lisa Kleypas. But for me, it lacked the emotions and the chemistry to pull me into the story.
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Wow. I never thought I'd say this about a Lisa Kleypas book, but this one was just okay. Yep.

With this series we've moved on to the Bow Street Runners and their paths to true love and we start out with adventurous Grant Morgan. He's called to a crime scene where a drown woman's body awaits him to be investigated with signs of strangulation on her neck. Only she isn't a dead body, she's very much alive! What? Oh yes. The people who are at the crime scene, including the one who rescued the woman
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Shelly
Feb 02, 2016 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Buqet
Jun 27, 2012 Buqet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okuduğum en iyi Lisa kitaplarından biriydi. Favorim Wallflowers serisi olmasına ragmen , bu kitapta hepsinden daha çok şey buldum. Öncelikle başından sonuna kadar heyecanlı bir suç/romantizm karışımı bir kitaptı. İnsanı alıp götürüyordu.

Konusu , Vivien Londra'nın en güzel ve yüksek ücretli fahişesidir. Sadece yüksek sosyeteye hizmet eder. Ta ki birisinin ilgisini fazlasıyla çekinceye dek. Morgan işini iyi yapan bir polistir , hatta bu konuda şöhret sahibi olmuştur. Vivien'ı ilk gördüğü zaman ,
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Sara ♥
Jul 19, 2014 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Book 1 in Lisa Kleypas's Bow Street Trilogy. (Book 2 is Lady Sophia's Lover, Book 3 is Worth Any Price)

Okay, perhaps my starrage is skewed. 4.5 stars! This is one book series where I'd say READ THESE BOOKS IN ORDER!! Because I read Book 2 first and I knew some key information that threw the surprise of this book completely off. So READ THIS FIRST!!

Anyway, so Grant Morgan is a Bow Street Runner who is called to a case. A fisherman found a woman who had drowned in the Thames (pronounced TEMS, rhym
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Iliada
4 stars
So I hear many people don't like this book. Come on! Sure, LK has written better books, but it's LISA KLEYPAS, which means the book is still 5 times better than most romance novels out there.

StWOM had a bulky, possessive and swoon-worthy hero, a sweet heroine and a healthy dose of angst due to the heroine's profession. The mystery around the heroine's identity was not that hard to guess (I figured out what it was in chapter 2), so the book didn't work that well as a mystery, but as a roma
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Seffra
Nov 17, 2015 Seffra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!
Meet my Vivien/Victoria:
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Meet my Grant:
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I needed to return to someone who I knew would not fail me after a not so great read so I went to the awesome, Lisa Kleypas!!!

SHE DID NOT FAIL MEEEE!!!

This book, wow, I was not expecting it. I really enjoyed it...Like a lot. Vivien/Victoria was such a sweet girl who was a book lover! She was a sweet girl untouched by the cruelness of the world and her innocence and kindness is was great but she was also a strong character. She didn't run to Grant onc
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valee
Really good. I enjoyed it a lot, although I had some problems with this one.

First of all the beginning was a bit slow. It took me a while to get hooked with it. I never felt that I couldn't stop reading it as it happened to me with other Kleypas' books. I left it aside for some hours several times.
Moreover, I also felt that the ending was too long, it could have had 40 pages or even more taken that I would have liked it the same or even more.
Maybe because it was the first book in the series, I
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Ruby
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Jen
Jun 06, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kleypas
This is kind of a hard review to write simply because I don't know how to say what I want to say. This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good as a normal LK book. Had this book been written by anyone else I probably would have given it 4 stars. But I have such high expectations for LK that this one fell a little short. Having just read Smooth Talk Stranger and Jack Travise, which ended up being one of my favorite LK reads, Someone to Watch Over Me didn't live up to what I wanted.

Part of what bug
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Kathie (katmom)
Aug 21, 2011 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
LOVED this...

There's a mystery...Vivian is a snippy courtesan...she's looking for a new protector.

Grant is a Bow Street Runner...one of the best. He sees her and is blown away by her beauty...until she speaks. He's never met such an uppity woman in his life. Her beauty can't overcome that and he walks away. She's ANNOYEd and spreads rumors that SHE is the one to have declined his suit.

Later Grant is called to a body fished from the Thames...it's her and she's not dead.

But...she's not the snippy
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Mary Rose
Dec 25, 2015 Mary Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para ser el primer libro de una trilogía ha sido muy fascinante y entretenido. Un intento de asesinato, un detective que, además de resolver el caso, tiene que proteger a una cortesana que nunca ha sido de su agrado y un romance en el medio... Es imposible no decir que ha dado un resultado bastante positivo: una lectura adictiva y entretenida que no puedes despegar los ojos de las páginas.
A pesar de un par de pegas que he encontrado dentro del libro (y eso no incluye mi desagrado hacia Vivien Du
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Rachmi
As usual with Lisa Kleypas books, I liked the writing and love the characters, especially the hero and heroine. The hero, Grant Morgan, is a brooding-loyal-serious man. He dedicated his life for his work and doesn't have any desire to marry and has his own family. While the heroine, Vivien Duvall, is a courtesan who lose her memory and doesn't seem like a woman Grant Morgan thinks after they met for the first time.

I really liked reading their relationship. Although it's kinda hard for them at th
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I enjoy Lisa Kleypas books quite a bit, but this isn't one of her best. Still fun if you're in the mood for an historical romance with some crime drama thrown in.
Regan Walker
Nov 14, 2015 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
4 and 1/2 Stars - Sexy Bow Street Runner Mistakes the Heroine for a Courtesan

This is the first of Kleypas’ Bow Street Runners trilogy. Though a date for the stories is not given, since the Bow Street Runners operated from 1749 to 1839, I’m guessing these are late Regency era or early Victorian since the hero in book 1 had been a Runner for many years, but no monarch is mentioned.

It begins as Grant Morgan, a famous London Bow Street Runner, is called to the Thames where a half dead woman is fetch
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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“His lips pressed against her forehead and she felt him smile against her skin. "Believe me...the only place in the world I want to be is wherever you are."

-Grant Morgan”
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“It's fairly easy to break hearts, Miss Duvall. The more interesting challenge is how to keep someone's love, not to lose it.” 42 likes
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