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

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  8,641 ratings  ·  353 reviews
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 l
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Avon (first published January 1st 2002)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Ross Cannon is yet another of Lisa Kleypas wonderful heroes. He is so honorable and dignified. He has this intelligence and way about him that inspires respect in others. He reminds me of how I think King Arthur must have been. He was mostly celibate for eight years after his wife dies. That's why the way he falls for Sophia is so wonderful. She becomes his obsession and sets his heart on fire. And he does everything to keep her happy and to show his love for her. Sigh. I liked Sophia, and I tho ...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

I’ll make this short and sweet: This book was a pleasure from the first page to the last. As always, Lisa Kleypas gives us amazing characters, exciting yet believable situations and lots and lots of sexual tension, written only the way she can write it – sizzling hot! Who knew antique exercising furniture could be so much… fun?!?
5+ stars – Historical Romance

This is another beautiful, lush, evocative, and passionate romance from amazingly talented author, Lisa Kleypas. I've absolutely loved every single book of hers that I've read and Lady Sophia's Lover is another 5 star LK favorite for my keeper shelf!

Sophia is an endearing heroine, and Bow Street Runner Sir Ross Cannon is such a sexy, gruff alpha hero. He can chase after me anytime! Watching the stoic, disciplined, cynical Bow Street Magistrate being brought back to l
While Someone to Watch Over Me was somewhat of a disappointment, Lady Sophia's Lover truly made up for it ten-fold!

In Someone to Watch Over Me you meet Ross Cannon who appears cold but not uncaring with the weight of the world not riding on his shoulders. Know to pretty much live as a monk, after the death of his first wife, straightlaced, and a true believer in right and wrong. Ross appears to be large then life almost- superhuman. Slowly you comes to see Ross in a different light, as just a m
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4.5 stars

I'll be honest with you. Here's the thing. There are two kinds of writers. The ones to whom writing and inspiration come easily and those to whom they don't and they are jealous of the people that belong in the first category. Clearly, Lisa Kleypas falls under the first category, but this isn't the issue here. The issue is that as a reviewer I'm the equivalent of an uninspired writer, those green with envy people that belong in the second category.

Long story short, I don't know what to
Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. The Bow Street Runners are simply not holding the same appeal for me that the Wallflowers or Hathaways series did.

The start threw me off to the rest of the book. Generally, a Kleypas couple gets some time to banter around and build steam. I felt like I'd been thrown into the deep end right off, which set the tone in a way I didn't care for.

But, it's Kleypas. Enough said. I'll forgive this and hope her next book will reignite my love.
Anna D.
The first half or a little more than half of this book was just wonderful. I admired Sophia’s very practical sensibilities. She is a strong heroine who maintains her femininity yet she’s also able to work with the best of them. She’s a good cook, can handle herself in running a home, she did a good job with her office work at the Bow Street, and can hold her own at the market with the sellers and fishmongers. She’s also not a simpering miss when it comes to being intimate with a man. Ross was an ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
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I read the first book in this series a while a go and it was one of the few Lisa Kleypas that I didn't fall in love with, which is why it took me so long to get started on this book, that and the cover where it looks like the woman is being strangled to death!!!! This was a mistake, I adored this book!

We met Sir Ross Cannon fairly briefly in previous book, Someone to Watch Over Me, and he seemed staid and slightly cold with his wintery grey eyes, that just g
I started this book out warily. The first book of the series, Someone to Watch Over Me, was not the most stellar piece of writing that I have ever read by Lisa Kleypas. I was rather disappointed in it and only gave it three stars. So, I'm sure you can understand my caution with Lady Sophia's Lover.

Another reason I was cautious was the revenge plot. I hate revenge plots. Hate them! So, I was anxious about how this would affect my enjoyment of the novel. However, not far into the book, the revenge
Lelyana Taufik
Aku pasti sdh lama tdk tidur dg perempuan.
Itu yg muncul di pikiran Sir Ross Cannon saat merasakan ketertarikan yg tdk biasa pd Sophia, yg melamar kerja sbg asisten pribadi dan hosekeeper di Bow Street.
Selesai buku 1 yg menggambarkan Ross pertapa yg dingin dan tdk tersentuh nafsu duniawi, Ross disini yup ! Membara !

Berniat membalaskan dendam atas kematian adik nya yg menurut Sophia disebabkan oleh Ross,dia berniat memikat,merayu dan membuat skandal hingga menjatuhkan Ross di karir nya. Namun yg
Jun 23, 2011 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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MUCH better than the first Bow Street Runners book. Ross is a pretty awesome hero. He falls fast and hard for Sophia. He was willing to change his habits and his life for her. It was very sweet.

The little Nick Gentry twist was interesting. I was very annoyed Sophia and her nerve with asking Ross to overlook what Gentry had done. Asking him to compromise his life's work for her was not cool. I think this is the reason the book did not get 5 stars for me. Ross would have done anything for her but
I would give this book only 4.5 stars.

This was a very sweet and charming story. I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it, although that is what happened to me with all LK's books, LOL.

But it is true that this book was better than the first. I can't wait to read the next.
Jacqueline it wrong to literally flip off a novel for sucking so terribly? I mean, insanity is relative, right? No, of course it is; when a novel sucks to the level of All Suckdom, all bets, questions, and straight jackets are entirely out of the question! Put simply, Lisa Kleypas is an awesome writer, but holy damn, one could not tell that fact from the atrocity that is Lady Sophie's Lover. (Fact: The novel's so terrible, I just typed "Sohpie's," rather than "Sophia's" and I can't even care.)


Lady Sophia Sydney has applied for the assistant position at the Bow Street office working under the direct supervision of (The Monk) Sir Ross Cannon. Ross has his qualms about hiring her, but he just can’t seem to resist the beauty, so he makes a compromise and adjusts the position to include some housekeeping as well as administrative duties in the office. The opportunity to be so close to Ross Cannon cannot be passed up by Sophia and so begins the tantalizing and titillating story of Lad
I thought that this was going to be a 5 star book, but it was not! When I read what this book was about I loved the story line. I loved Sir Ross Cannon from what we knew about him from the previous book "Someone To Watch Over Me". I just knew his story would be fantastic. I mean, here we have this man who never smiles, is so serious all the time, is a workaholic, is a widower, and does not sleep around. As a matter of fact, he has not had sex in 3 years.

Then we meet Sophia. She is out to seek r
In Lady Sophia's Lover a young woman named Sophia pretends to interview with Sir Ross Cannon, leader of the Bow Street Runners, for a position as his assistant. However Ms. Sophia is actually on a course for revenge as she believes Sir Ross to have played a large part in the death of her younger brother. Over time as Sophia spends more time as Mr. Cannon's assistant and housekeeper, her need for revenge begins to falter. He is nothing like Sophia expected and she can't control her growing feelin ...more
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4 1/2 stars.

Your typical LK novel, enticing, sexy, emotional, beautiful. This book captured my attention from page one and flow smoothly through, next thing I knew, it's 4 am and I’m 3/4 of the way done.

This novel may not stand out among the other LK novels because it’s simple, nothing that will make your blood pressure rise, make you hyperventilate, or cry buckets, but what it will do is put a smile on your face and warm your heart. It’s quick pace, focus on the H/H 99% of the time, strong, lik
5.00 Stars - Victorian/Historical Romance

I wonder why I waited this long to read this beautiful book. It once again displays the musical writing of Lisa Kleypas at her very best. LK is famous for writing illustrious superlative heroes and I felt Sir Ross Canon definitely proved to be a shining star in the assortment of all her male protagonists. The love scenes were positively creative and blistering in contrast to the historical romance sensibilities. The story was engaging with LK’s signature
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Loved this book. Really did. It was definitely better than the previous one in both its characters and storyline.

Sir Ross, aka Monk of Bow Street -see the potential already?- encounters the beautiful and strong Lady Sophia who applies for the job to be his assistant at Bow Street. But of course they both have their secret pasts and their own pains to get over. There's a bit of everything in this book. Revenge, regret, fear, love, heat and secret admirers.

I liked Lady Sophia. Even though she had
This book is set in 19th century England. Lady Sophia is a woman out for revenge. Ten years ago, Sir Ross Cannon sentenced her brother to a year on a prison hulk- basically, a floating prison. His crime? Shoplifting. This is harsh even by Charles Dickens' standards. Lady Sophia wants to ruin Ross' reputation to make him pay for what he did. There are several things that I liked about this novel. To begin with, Sophia was justified in wanting revenge., I have read novels where women wanted reveng ...more
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 s ...more
Carol Storm
Back in the Dark Ages, before Goodreads, America On Line used to have romance chats every Tuesday night. In those days I used to hang out with all kinds of incredible, generous, crazy romance fans, and one of them (I'm talking about you Amy, where ever you are!) was nice enough to send me a copy of LADY SOPHIA'S LOVER by Lisa Kleypas. At that time the only historical authors I knew well were old standbys like Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, and Bertrice Small. Reading this book absolutely blew my mind ...more
Sara ♥
Takes place in 1840.

Another great book by Lisa Kleypas! This book was SO INTERESTING! I love books with Bow Street Runners in them... or guys who work for the War Department... (spies)... This is book 2 of the Bow Street Trilogy. Book 1 is Someone To Watch Over Me (with Grant Morgan) and Book 3 is Worth Any Price (with Nick Gentry).

Anyway, So Sir Ross Cannon is Chief Magistrate of Bow Street—the guy in charge. And his wife died about 4-5 years before the book started, and he's kinda taken a vow
Booklover, Indianapolis
(August) Was torn between a 3.5* and a 4*. I liked Sophia, although it seems like she gave up on her quest for vengeance too fast. Sir Ross was a great hero. Sexytimes were very sexy. Twist was something I'm not sure I would have seen coming if I'd not already known about it (I'm a glutton for spoilers!). Great ending. But...there was something just a little flat about this book for me. My favorite LK will forever be Suddenly You. I've read and loved others as well. But so far, the Bow Street Ru ...more
While the title of this book is less than appealing, I really enjoyed it! Ross is another one of LK's awesome heroes. This guy was so delicious (McKenna was my favorite LK hero before reading this. I think they are in a tie now). Sophia was good too. Some very steamy scenes!

Perfect summertime read:)
I liked the hero in this one a lot... he was very Mr. Darcyish at first... and fought his attraction to the heroine so hard. I liked that he forgave some issues so easily and didn't brood for pages and pages... nice twists on the heroines story as well.
Lisa Kleypas, I love you.
From Publishers Weekly
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
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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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“I hope it hurts,” she said vehemently. “Perhaps that will teach you not to be running about on rooftops! What possessed you to do such a thing?”
Sir Ross gave her a narrow-eyed glance. “For some reason the suspect didn't want to come down to the ground so that I could catch him more easily.”
“Like any man, Ross was aroused more by what was concealed than by what was revealed.” 4 likes
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