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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  9,246 ratings  ·  437 reviews
Par une nuit glaciale de mars, le corps d'une jeune femme est repêché dans la Tamise. Le détective Gram, appelé sur les lieux, reconnaît la célèbre courtisane de Londres, Vivian Duvall, qui a repoussé ses avances quelques mois plus tôt. Elle respire encore ! Il décide de la conduire chez lui en la faisant passer pour morte, prétexte qui cache en réalité un désir de vengean ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 7th 2010 by J'ai lu (first published December 1998)
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Mariel
Sep 24, 2010 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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 ~ The 1-click Diva

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
"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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Leah
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Dina
I´m a fairly new reader of LK´s books and I´m yet to read a bad one. STWOM is not the best I´ve ever read, but it´s very good.

The "big mystery" involving the heroine´s 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
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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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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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Eastofoz
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 ¾ (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 ...more
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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Jennifer
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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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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Shelly
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Buqet
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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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Jen
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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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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Kathie (katmom)
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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Bekah
It was ok.....the ending was sort of longer than it needed to be. Morgan was sweet, and fell quite quickly. That was nice to see.... but it definitely could have been 30-40 pages shorter.

Updated review on June 25, 2011:

3.75*

Grant Morgan, a Bow Street Runner, rescues a young woman who was attacked and thrown into the icy Thames, a young woman he believes to be the infamous courtesan Vivien Duvall. Unfortunately, she has no memory of her attack or even her own name. She doesn’t believe she could h
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Jul 04, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas fans, Historical Romance fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Suzanne and Leah
Lisa Kleypas is one of my all-time favourite authors. But Someone to watch Over Me wasn’t my favourite book from her. Don’t get me wrong, it was still enjoyable and endearing, but it didn’t have the same punch as her other works.

I think I felt this way because of the characters. Grant Morgan is a Bow Street Runner. And like many men who work on street crimes, he’s a man of little words and cold determination. For some reason, I didn’t warm up to him as much as some of LK’s other heroes. Grant wa
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Julie
So far I've liked everything I've read by Lisa Kleypas, but this book was the first of hers that hasn't thrilled me. It wasn't bad, but it didn't grab me either - a bit too on the melodramatic side for me, and hardly any humor in it. It just took itself too seriously. I like a more lighthearted romance.

This is the story of a young beautiful woman who had amnesia. She's in the care of tall, handsome, and slightly uncouth Grant Morgan, a rich Bow Street Runner who thinks she is London's greatest a
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Ruby
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Alex
At First Sight: Waking up without memories in a stranger's bed was quite a shock, being told she was Vivien Duvall, a notorious and not very likable courtesan, was a very unpleasant surprise, but "Vivien" had no choice to believe the words Bow Street Runner Grant Morgan was telling her, because one thing she knew for certain: someone had tried to kill her and she needed to figure out why.

Grant Morgan rose through the ranks of the police and eventually became a Bow Street Runner, and amassed cons
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Lelyana Taufik
Mirip cerita Until You nya JM...mungkin memang karena cerita tentang amnesia masih sangat menarik dan tidak banyak di angkat di HR.
Di angkat dari sungai Thames yg dingin pada suatu malam, seorang gadis yg oleh Grant Morgan (detektif Bow Street Runners) sebagai Vivien, prostitute kelas atas yg pernah sekali ditemui nya di satu pesta, dan di bawa ke rumah Grant...Gadis cantik ini hilang ingatan dan tidak tau siapa diri nya, hanya tahu dari Grant kalau namanya Vivien.
Di pertahan kan tinggal di kam
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Kathrynn
Enjoyed this romantic suspense historical. It was a pleasure reading a book with an actual Bow Street Runner as the main character!

Grant Morgan was a green-eyed tall, dark and handsome (with a rugged twist). He was oo-la-la sexy.

Grant rescued a woman thought drowned in the Thames only to discover her coughing and gasping for air. Dead? Maybe not. Morgan thinks he knows this famous courtesan, but does he really know her? She has amnesia, so she starts to believe the things Morgan tells her about
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Lady Allison
Although I love this cover, this book didn't blow me away.

We are introduced the hero and heroine right away as it dives into the mystery of Vivien and why someone tried to kill her, thereby needing to be rescued by a Bow Street Runner, Grant. I liked the idea of both characters, but the execution fell a little flat for these two. I'm not sure if the amnesia aspect just didn't allow the character to grow much, but I just didn't fall in love with them. Though, it was refreshing to see them just a
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Ruth
This was really enjoyable until about 80% of the way through, and then, for me, it crashed so badly that I knocked it down from 4 stars to 3. The hero was great - a brooding, moderately violent, heartless s.o.b., and he didn't really change until towards the end, when, inexplicably, he became totally docile. What a waste! Likewise, the heroine was credibly naive and traumatized, but in a non-irritating way. The plot was also great - quite predictable, but still enjoyable. But towards the end it ...more
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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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