I haven't read a Lisa Kleypas novel in a long, long time (the last book I read was "Love in the Afternoon" and I think I read it in 2009/20104.5 stars
I haven't read a Lisa Kleypas novel in a long, long time (the last book I read was "Love in the Afternoon" and I think I read it in 2009/2010) and I'm definitely not regretting buying and reading "Someone To Watch Over Me", although I initially wanted to read her newest historical "A Cold-hearted Rake". Unfortunately the more or less disappointed reviews of "A Cold-hearted Rake" made me starting an older series of her instead and I think I made the right decision. I will probably read "A Cold-hearted Rake" someday, but this day has yet to come. ;)
"Someone To Watch Over Me" was a good book, I enjoyed reading this novel and liked the characters, but even so I wouldn't consider "Someone To Watch Over" me one of my favourite historicals. The novel has it's flows.
The crime plot for example. This novel is the perfect example why I don't like crime plots in most historicals, most of the time they are boring and uninspired. Our hero finds the heroine after she nearly drowned in the Themes and was nearly choked and hit to death. Afterwards he tries to find the culprit but for most of the remaining story nothing really happens regarding the case. I expected a story full of suspense but in the end I good the typical historical romance crime story ending. Although the ending wasn't that bad I was a little disappointed, especially after I read "A Talent for Trickery" by Alissa Johnson, which has a great crime story for a historical romance novel.
Another flaw were the characters. I really liked both of them, especially memoryless Vivien was very sweet! I had some problems understanding Grants character, because he was easy with his declaration of love (which definitely surprised me when he admitted it the first time, because I didn't see it coming. I wasn't even expecting him having realized that he is in love with her at this time), but at the same time he was SO convinced in the beginning that marriage and fidelity is not his thing. And I just couldn't fit both Grants in my mind. The one who is so strongly against marriage and the one who is so open with his feelings. And then there is the ruthless Grant to. His revenge plot wasn't his best idea, but I could understand it and I truly believe that "the past Vivien" wouldn't have suffered a lot after his deception came to light. But I was surprised to see him driven by his emotions so much that he would break the law and everything the Bow Street Runner stand for (view spoiler)[when he tries to kill the culprit. I can understand his feelings, but I ever expected him to be so without scruples, considering that he knows the culprit. But in the end this was only a minor thing, I liked him nonetheless. ;-) (hide spoiler)] But the flaw is that Grant and Vivien were too one-dimensional for me. In Viviens case it's understandable, because she has lost her memory for most of the story, but Grant wasn't showing more complexity either. They had their backgrounds, both were good enough, but neither played an important role for the story nor their characters. Their pasts explained some of the decisions they made, e.g why Grant became a Bow Street Runner or some of their character traits, which were only important in minor parts of the novel. Nevertheless I was relieved to notice that Viven wasn't the typical courtesan, because I'm not a fan of courtesan heroines. I don't expect or need them to be virgins, but an infamous mistress as Viven was described is another matter altogether. (view spoiler)[Although I expected it, because of the strong hints in both the blurb and the beginning of the story, I was happy to see that Vivien wasn't Viven after all (she was Vivens twin instead). The real Vivien wasn't nearly as likable as sweet Victoria. (hide spoiler)] In contrast to "courtesan heroines" I really like the amnesia trope. And I think it made the story so enjoyable in my eyes. It was interesting to the the past Vivien and the current Vivien collide, especially because of Grants dislike for one and his affection for the other. ;-)
Overall this was a nice and enjoyable story, but not as good as it could have been. I will definitely read the next two books in this series and probably the short story about the doctor in "Where's My Hero". I read the latter a LONG (9-10 years?) time ago, because of Kinley MacGregors story and cannot remember a thing about the other two stories (okay, I admit it, I don't remember anything from Kinley MacGregors story too!)...more
I loved McKenna, he was an amazing hero! He is just 5 star worthy. But Aline... oh god, I understand her decision in the beginning, but at th4.5 stars
I loved McKenna, he was an amazing hero! He is just 5 star worthy. But Aline... oh god, I understand her decision in the beginning, but at the end? Why would she choose to live without him, when she had the CHANCE to live with him? I just don't understand it. In telling him she would have the chance in a live with him, by not telling him, she would live alone for a certainty. It's a stupid decision and I disliked her for it. McKenna deserved more... but nevertheless a very sweet romance, especially the side romance was brilliant. The ending wasn't enough to satisfy my curiosity, I wanted more of them....more
The writing style was good but the story had many flaws: the villain was stupid and annoying, the hero was absent for 20 to 30% in the first3.5 stars
The writing style was good but the story had many flaws: the villain was stupid and annoying, the hero was absent for 20 to 30% in the first half, the emotions weren't shown or understandable for me as a reader (aside from a few sweet gestures like him kissing the ring, I never saw the emotions) and the hero basically raped the heroine. She didn't say "No", but he demanded and she gave... yes, she had an orgasmen, but he treated her badly on purpose because he was jealous and thought she had an affair with his brother... and it was painful for her and it was implied that she cried herself to sleep afterwards... so overall it was the "typical romancelandia rape"... were the rape was disguised as... I don't know... harsher sex? This wasn't the main reason why this novel got 3 stars, the emtions and stupid villain caused that, but it didn't help the novel either....more