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Brentwood's Ward

(The Bow Street Runners #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,629 ratings  ·  252 reviews
Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but ea ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Shiloh Run Press
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Michelle Griep Actually there are 2 male POV's. . . the hero's (Brentwood) and the villain, though the villain's is only in there twice, I think. And personally, for…moreActually there are 2 male POV's. . . the hero's (Brentwood) and the villain, though the villain's is only in there twice, I think. And personally, for some odd reason, writing male POV comes more naturally for me, so you might give it a whirl.(less)

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Jessica Wolf
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had low expectations when starting this. Like low, low expectations. After just reading a rather stale book, I was expecting another boring story where I wasn’t too emotionally invested.

Hot-digity-dang was I wrong.

I can barely even describe how much I love this novel. Not only can Michelle Griep write so well the world seems to fade away when you’re reading, but the characters are so dynamic and interesting it would be impossible to remain uninvested in the story. When
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is my third Michelle Griep novel and my favorite thus far. I loved the relationship between lawman Nicholas Brentwood and socialite Emily Payne. Nicholas was a fabulous leading male..tough, kind, honorable and loving.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brentwood's Ward (2015, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is a Christian Regency romance novel with mystery/suspense set in London in 1807. This book is clean, but be aware that rape is an issue in the story. I wanted to read this book because I liked the cover, and because I really enjoy Regency romances with a ward trope. However, the heroine isn't a ward quite in the sense that I expected!

Rating: 5 stars

Heroine: Emily Payne is a woman with a mission. She wants to be independent of her father, and in Regency time/>
4.5 Thoroughly enjoyed. There was one bit I thought worked too neatly, and yet it still worked because I wouldn't have wanted to go through a mess at that late in the book. Lovely romance, constant tension, heroic hero. I just wish he didn't look so strange on the cover...
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
London, 1807

I really enjoyed Ms. Griep's book, The Captive Heart so I was excited to read this regency of hers. While it was enjoyable, I enjoyed her other book more. I wasn't feeling the romance, didn't quite see what Nicholas saw in Emily (she was pretty spoiled). Had a hard time keeping my interest. This may be a case of "its not you, its me." Still look forward to trying more of Ms. Griep's books.

Romance: Pretty clean, just kissing
Language: None
Violence: Mild-Moderate.
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
An exciting story with two characters who drive each other crazy... until they don't ;) I had a difficult time with Emily in the beginning because of her attitude, but as her past was slowly revealed, I grew to understand her a bit more. I enjoy stories set during the Regency era but delve into the lives of those not placed high in Society. It's always a little more gritty, but also interesting and eye-opening to the way of life back then.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book;
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of regency novels, this is a book you will probably like.

Nicholas Brentwood is a fabulous character right from the beginning of the story and straight through to the end. I really enjoyed the way he handled Emily Payne at the beginning of the book as he dealt with all of her antics and snobbishness. And I loved watching the way his feelings changed for Emily as the story progressed.

Now, Emily Payne is a character that I flat out did not like at the beginn
Lady Emily knows her only means of supporting herself in life is to secure a wealthy husband, regardless of any personal faults such a man may have. When her father leaves unexpectedly on business, Nicholas Brentwood is hired by her father to watch over Emily during his absence. She is determined to find the perfect match to secure her future, and Nicholas simply wants the large payment her father has promised him for a job well-done in order to care properly for his sister who is direly ill. De ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Brentwood is a member of the elite Bow Street Runners; a highly trained law enforcement agency for hire, who does not make enough money risking his life for others to provide adequate care for his beloved, terminally ill sister. When offered a lucrative bodyguard position, he accepts; albeit with extreme caution after discovering that others have turned it down.

Emily Payne is beautiful, stubborn, and spoiled; and the fact that her father has hired a personal guard before leaving Englan
4.5 stars
In this story, featuring a Bow Street Officer and a privileged young lady in Regency England, lives are at stake and fortunes come and go in the blink of an eye...
Emily is determined to marry the most eligible bachelor of the season and loves nothing more than her pug Alf and her wardrobe full of bonnets and hats. She's headstrong and impulsive, and her father cannot control her whims.
When Nicholas Brentwood is assigned as her temporary guardian, sparks are sure to fly
Elizabeth Ludwig
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Griep has never failed to deliver outstanding historical fiction. This latest offering went one step further than spectacular by adding an element of suspense that had me alternating between biting my nails and flipping pages! Excellent!!
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Amber Stokes
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Payne is in need of protection - according to her father, anyway. Nicholas Brentwood is in need of money. It's dislike at first sight.

But as is one of the great lessons in fiction, people are much more complex than our first impressions allow, and their reasons for doing what they do often run deeper than what we assume. There's more than one side to Brentwood - and to Emily. But will both of them survive long enough to learn the true character of the other?

I so enj
✨ Kaira ✨
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Plot - 4
Writing style - 4
Characters - 3.5
Romance - 4

In which a rich young girl is stuck with a handsome investigator who is bossy.

Plot - was intrigued for a second but grew tired of it later. A few boring moments here and there. However, I must say, the first 5 chapters will hook you.

Writing style - have no problem with the writing style, just with the turn of events and perhaps the monologues but no worries, I did find the dialogues a bit hilarous.

Characters - I
Andrea Boyd
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most well written books I have read in a long time. I really related to the hero, and spoiled females usually get on my nerves, but not in this case. The romance was not rushed and neither were the changes the characters went through. I can’t wait to read another by this author.
Carrie Turansky
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Griep skillfully weaves together drama, mystery, and romance in Brentwood's Ward. She brings Regency London to life for her readers. Those who enjoyed a Heart Decived will be deligted with this new story.
Debby "Piene Raven"
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a Christian Historical Romance that I thought was very good. The plot was good and and the story was well-written. It also had its share of mystery and twists and turns.

Nicholas Brentwood is a very astute, down-to-earth lawman...Bow Street Runner, who is put in an awkward situation due to personal reasons. He is given an opportunity to better his circumstances by becoming the guardian of a very spoiled Emily Payne. He eventually finds out why no one else wan
Andrea Cox
What started out as a fun adventure with a Sherlock Holmes sort of lead turned out to be a confused-toned flop for me. The mystery aspect was fantastic, so the Holmes-y quality carried my interest past the junk, but barely.

At times, the tone was light and cheery and fun, but often it shifted into a brash, tawdry, sultry thing that gave me the willies. Of course, the profanities, expletives, replacement expletives, and a derogatory term or two that showed up fairly regularly did nothi
The Bow Street Runners was the precursor of the London Metropolitan police force. Nicholas Brentwood is a down-to-earth, sharp minded lawman. When he is given the job of protecting very spoiled, very rich Emily Payne. Emily has only one desire on her mind and that is to obtain a rich husband during the season. This leads both Nicholas and Emily into numerous situations that bring danger to them both. Emily always seems to be in danger which results in Nicholas having to continually rush in to re ...more
Although this wasn't an all time favroite, this book was still good. I loved the action and suspense throughout the whole thing, it really kept you on your toes.

The main characters were easy to connect to. I really enjoyed getting to see Emily's character development throughout the story. We saw her go from this shallow, high class girl to someone who wasnt.

Even though there were parts that I didn't really like, this book still was an entertaining read that I finish in 3 hours.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I unsuccessfully applied to Netgalley for an ARC, & so it feels like it's been forever waiting for this book to be published! Got a copy from my local library in the 'new' books section & was so excited. This is the first of Michelle Griep's books I have read & I shall certainly be looking for more. This story, a good mix of romance, murder, abductions - mixed in with the latter part of London's Georgian social scene. Based around the 'Bow Street Runners' (the precursor to the London ...more
The only reason I picked up this book is because I received the second in the series free via netgalley, and being a bit OCD on series, had to read the first one before I tackled the second one.

I’m very glad I read this book and quite surprised I haven’t heard of Michelle Griep before now. The regency era is probably my favourite of historical fiction and when suspense (my favourite genre) is added in, this made for an enjoyable read. Even though some of the plot was predictable, the suspense a
Reet Champion
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Emily Payne has been left in the care of a man she has quickly grown to dislike. After her father leaves on an undisclosed business trip Emily is thrust into the care of Nicholas Brentwood. Stoic, secretive and quiet Emily just knows he's going to ruin her chances of snagging a wealthy husband. And if there's something she doesn't need it's someone to repel suitors. So ensues a messy season fraught with intrigue, death and witless suitors.

Michelle Griep receives rave reviews. I own a
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I follow the author on Pinterest and I've been intrigued by the BW pinboard, and anxiously waiting for the book. So glad I finally got the chance to read it!

Although it's Regency, it's quite different from "A Heart Deceived". There's intrigue, adventure, and a very swoony romance, of course. The main theme of "God is in Charge" is expertly done, woven in with the story and characters, and it never feels preachy.

Emily starts out as slightly annoying in her childish actions, but the g
Salwa Smz
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It was so so entertaining. It is not like most other boring historical romance. There are many twists, suspense and mysteries. Mr. Brentwood is such an amazing character. A clever detective. brave, wise, kind and firm. The author lets you inside his genius brain while he is solving the mystery. I wish the author would turn this story to a series. I want to read more of Mr.Brentwood adventures .
Emily, the heroine is a strong headed young women , spoiled and silly sometime, but through the prob
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I loved the twists, the characters, and the metaphors!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading The Captive Heart I was an immediate fan of Michelle Griep. I loved the hero in this book and it had some surprising twits. Unfortunately, I didn't find the female lead endearing. I know that part of the story was that she would have a character development/change, and she did, but I still ended the novel feeling like she didn't deserve the sweet and unselfish hero. As far as writing goes, Griep is still wonderful and I am still very excited about the sequel!
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd highly recommend Brentwood's Ward to anyone who enjoys romantic historical fiction. I really enjoyed this story that beautifully blends suspense, intrigue, and romance. From swoonworthy hero Nicholas Brentwood to spoiled Emily Payne, the twists and turns kept coming, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride! The story also speaks subtly of faith, and family and what is truly important in life. It was especially interesting to learn about the Bow Street Runners in the authors notes at the end.
This book started off pretty slow, but got more interesting in the second half. What really made it great were the interactions between the main characters Emily and Nicholas, although Emily was incredibly annoying at first. Luckily she got better which is what I was hoping for anyways, and it was a cute regency that had a dash of adventure and mystery. An enjoyable 4 stars.
Anneliese Dalaba
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Brentwood is hired by Emily's father to protect her while he leaves for an extended period of time. Emily is above his station in life and he sees her as a spoiled rich girl. Emily wants nothing more than to find a husband this season, but feels confined with her bodyguard's rules and constant presence. Nicholas needs the job in order to save enough money to save his sister's life. Before long, Nicholas realizes what was supposed to be a simple guardianship soon develops into a dangerou ...more
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