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Someone to Watch Over Me

(Bow Street Runners #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  17,984 ratings  ·  1,041 reviews
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Grant Morgan is one of London's most eligible and unattainable bachelors. He's also a powerful member of the Bow Street Runners, and when he's called to the waterfront late one night to investigate a drowning victim, Grant is stunned to recognize the face of Vivien Rose Duvall, a well-known woman of the night. He's even more startled when he re
Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Avon (first published December 1998)
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Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: prostitute twin sisters who ditch you with the bill
Recommended to Mariel by: it wasn't me!
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Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: pub-1998
"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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish


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
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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, the "big twist" was obvious as was the "bad guy". Maybe I have read too many Romantic Suspense books over the years that I can pick up on these things! I loved Grant, a commoner, vowed never to wed ... but he is attracted to the lovely Vivien.

I am really interested in the next book. Sir Ross Cannon sounds like an intriguing character.

“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."
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first historical romance book by Lisa Kleypas. I found a certain ease about her writing and I have to say I rather enjoyed it.

Even though Grant was a bit of a brut sometimes I found him to be charming. And Vivien was sweet and kind. A perfect match for him. It had an interesting plot and I loved the ending!!

I'm certainly looking forward to reading more of her historical romance books.

Al George
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love / Hate Love / Hate Love / Hate

Daniel craig

But one cannot deny the ultimate apparent hotness of the hero. So, he gets a Daniel Craig. I mean he goes tearing after the bad guy, beats said bad guy up and is torn between giving said bad guy his final look at the world. Yea, he's alpha hot. But he's also an a$$hole. Don't be fooled.

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency

Series: Yep and I think I very well may need to read the rest

Sexy times: Yes, and in comparison to a Joanna Shupe being a 5 and Julia Quinn being
Emilia Barnes
Kleypas writes well enough, but I'm a little confused as to when the story was supposed to have taken place, and I think that's mainly because she writes little about the historical context, though there is a lot of physical descriptive detail. Here there was more even than in her other books, but it served no purpose, and certainly did not make it any clearer exactly what period in English history I am imagining. And though I am no expert on the Bow Street Runners I find it difficult to believe ...more
Sammy Loves Books
I've been in a reading funk with a medeocre dragon series.

Thank Goodness for Lisa Kleypas coming to the rescue!!

Vivian Duvall


Vivian is the most sought after courtesan. How unfortunate that she and Grant don't get along.
What an Amazing twist and a wonderful love story!!
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
3.5 The twist was everything stars

Not one of LK's best,but nevertheless a well written read.
Jun 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book many many years ago and loved it. It is a wonderfully written book, definitely one of Lisa Kleypas' classics. Bow Street Runner rescued the virgin sister of a famous courtesan. The attraction is steamy and the lead characters very likable.

What I find a bit unsettling is I never really knew whether the hero liked the heroine or her sister. The mistaken identity is naturally the big plot in the book. It did make me wonder, is he attracted to the heroin, really? Or it is her sister
May 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
I thought the big reveal was a cop out. 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)

Yeah, not a fan of this particular storyline at all.
I have heard nothing but great things about Lisa Kleypas, so I knew my historical romance explorations would not be complete until I read some of her novels. My first Lisa Kleypas novel was a light, fun and enjoyable experience. I can see why so many people absolutely adore her combination of interesting and unique characters, fast-paced plots, and unexpected plot twists.

This first book in the Bow Street Runners series follows a Runner, Grant Morgan, who investigates the attempted murder of Vivi
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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
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance; Amnesia Theme
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I first read Lisa Kleypas’ Bow Street Runners series about ten years ago when I’d just been coming off a book drought that had lasted at least that long. I still marvel at how I, a self-confessed bookaholic, could have gone so long without reading much at all, but I guess becoming a mom can completely rearrange your life and priorities that way. In 2007, I promised myself that I would get back to reading regularly and I haven’t looked back in the decade since. If memory s
For some time, I have been told that 'if you love historical romance, you must try Kleypas'. And, I've been meaning to do that, but you know how it goes... Anyway, I finally did it and now I can see what all the fuss is about. Engaging plot, lush and spicy romance, and well-drawn characters had me listening eagerly each chance I had.

Someone to Watch Over Me was an interesting combination of romantic suspense and historical romance bringing together tropes with amnesia, revenge, and few others th
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-f, 3-stars, adult-lit
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Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kleypas fans, and sweet romance fans
Update! 4.5 unexpectedly pleasant, why have I not read this before stars

To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement! This book was wonderful and sweet! Can't believe it took me this long to read lol. The blurb is misleading. Full review to come

to read or not to read
that is the question.

I'm not a fan of romances that start off with deception, and it's in the blurb. Still, it's Kleypas, and I liked the third one in the series. so maybe I'll give it a shot
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

“She was sore in places she had never been sore before.”

Feels good to be back in the world of Lisa Kleypas. I loved Grant & Victoria’s story so much! A woman’s body pulled from icy cold waters, presumably dead starts coughing and awakens not remembering who she is or what happened. This story had several tropes in it. Big strong dashing Bow Street Runner starting to fall for this woman with Amnesia. A case of mistaken identity. Body guard falling for the one he is protecting. I won’t s
Apr 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: angry ranting ahead! I'm pretty sure this is my first 1-star HR...I considered giving it 2, but I just can't do it.

So...this book has the worst male lead I have come across in almost a year of reading HR. Grant Morgan sucks. He is a Bow Street Runner who is brought to the banks of the Thames where a presumably dead woman has been fished out of the water. Turns out, she's not dead, and as she gasps for breath, Grant realizes he knows her. She's a high-brow courtesan named Vivian Duvall
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 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 "
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 righ
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ugh. Just--ugh.

The plot itself wasn't bad--Bow Street Runner misidentifies a woman pulled out of the Thames as a well-known courtesan and proceeds down a super asshole path to Teach Her a Lesson until he finds himself In Love©.

It was all suitably overwrought and full of hijinks and what-have-you.


True story: having sex is not a sin. Having sex with more than one person is not a
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
"I think the truth is something
you recognize with your heart,
even when the evidence seems to prove otherwise."

Yz the Whyz
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Penney
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
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A Comfy Easy 3 Stars

This is an enjoyable light read, one I have read before. The main characters are likeable and their connection clear. The plot is good although I did guess early on who the villain is. This book never ensnares my attention as potently as LK's other books do, but it is overall a nice light, light read, the books that proceed this in the series are stronger.

I know I'll re-read this but not as frequently as Kleypas' other books.
My least favorite Kleypas book. It has a good twist but everything is so easy. Killer was easy, relationship was easy, love was easy... I couldn’t like it.
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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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