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Everything a Lady is Not

(Bow Street Beaus #1)

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Lucy Locket, the long lost granddaughter of a duchess, has never been a part of Society. One day, she was living a secluded life as the prisoner of a criminal, and the next day she was an heiress in a world she did not even remotely understand. She does not embody the typical qualities of a well-born lady...at all. She can't curtsy, she doesn’t hide her emotions, she’s too ...more
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Published August 17th 2020 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous) (first published August 14th 2020)
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
IT WAS SHORT - THAT WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT IT

No, this was not for me. I didn't capture, didn't speak to me. I couldn't connect with the story, the characters or the romance.

👎 WHAT I DISLIKED 👎

Dynamic: Lucy and Henry are our two main characters. They have known each other since they were children, but where separated and met up again under precarious circumstances. We're supposed to believe that they feel in love upon meeting up again. But honestly, I just felt like the dynamic between them was
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
So unique and entertaining.
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I love the character Lucy in the story. She’s rough and tough and absolutely nothing like the lady she’s supposed to be. But that’s a part of her charm and you really can commiserate with her as she struggles to learn the proper etiquette.

The author really gives it her all when it comes to Lucy and her personality. She has a great sense of humor and it’s loaded with sarcasm and I just love the way she stands up to the snobs.

Henry is enamored with her b
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Elodie’s Reading Corner
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything a Lady is Not
Bow Street Beaus Series #1
Sawyer North
https://www.facebook.com/sawyernorth/
Release date 08/17/2020
Publisher Entangled Scandalous

Blurb :

Lucy Locket, the long lost granddaughter of a duchess, has never been a part of Society. One day, she was living a secluded life as the prisoner of a criminal, and the next day she was an heiress in a world she did not even remotely understand. She does not embody the typical qualities of a well-born lady...at all. She can't curtsy, she
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Flower
Aug 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I desperately wish that this book is good. I thought for sure, with a cishet man writing it, that it’d have to be impressive in order to overcome the initial reluctance many romance readers would feel about the author. In an effort to be supportive of a wider audience for romance, I bought the book.

I can’t tell you how much I wish I hadn’t.

This novel was published solely based on white male privilege. There is no part of this book that redeems it.

The writing is amateurish in every negative se
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Vikki Vaught
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary copy of Everything a Lady is Not by Sawyer North for the purpose of reading and reviewing by publication. My opinions are my own, and no one has influenced them.

Everything a Lady is Not is a lovely Regency romance that took me to Regency London and the countryside with a new and refreshing twist. The pacing engaged me from the first page and kept me enthralled until the last.

Lucy Lockett, AKA Lady Margaret, is a delightful heroine,
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Gmr
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved our Miss Locket, or rather Lady Margaret aka Lucy, aka Crusoe (inside joke). The life she had was ripped from her. The one replacing it, while not necessarily ideal, was more than what it could have been. Henry's got a past, but the weight he carries isn't really his to carry. It was granted him by the ignorant, and blood relative or not, an arse is an arse and he's one through and through (not Henry, but his brother!).

All in all, I totally loved it! I admit, I did come dangerous
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Sophie
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

When she was 9, Lady Margaret Huntingdon, also known as Lucy, was lost/kidnapped following a carriage accident that dumped her in the Thames. Since then, she's been a part of the infamous highwayman, Steadman's, crew, and forgot all about the fact she is the granddaughter of a Duke. When Steadman plans another heist, and it all goes wrong, Lucy finds herself being caught by one of the Bow Stree
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Cassie Durrance
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a quick, light and witty read. I enjoyed it for the most part, but wanted a little more romance brought into the limelight.

Lucy is the long lost granddaughter of a duchess. She disappeared at the age 9 when she was separated from her father while traveling and taken in by a gang of criminals. Lucy is a genuine and intelligent woman, if a bit rough around the edges. She doesn't understand the ins and outs of society and the ton after being raised in seclusion by men. During a highw
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Aisha
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy from net galley in exchange for an honest review. Overall I liked this book. There were some things that irritated my however which is what makes this 3 stars instead of 4.

Lucy has been raised by thrives since she was kidnapped however now that she has been reunited with her grandmother, the duchess, it is her opportunity to regain her place in society and a fortune.

Henry is a bow street runner who captured Lucy but now has been hired by the duchess to transform her grandd
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Amanda
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. I thought the plot was really intriguing and different. However, it fell kind of flat for me and a bit unbelievable. I am unsure society would accept her knowing she lived with a man, even if he was a "gentleman."

The dialogue between characters came across as forced and often times childish, especially from Lucy. I also found that after living with thieves and highwaymen she gave up her identity quite easily. The characters themselves were not overly likeable,
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Lori D
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heroine and hero that meet as children and then years later, she as a thief and he with bow street. Perfect for a love match you say? A delightful, fast paced tale that brings these two together in a most unique say. Their quick banter and situation made for an exciting read to see how it would all turn out.
This is the second book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it!
Suzette
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A witty and snappy read. From the first moment Lucy and Henry meet as children they have used words as sword play. When they meet as adults they have only sharpened their skills. The story is fast paced as they have a limited time to get Lucy prepared to face society. Henry as the unenviable task of being her tutor. With the mean girls and other roadblocks in their way navigating becomes treacherous. There is also the feelings they have for each other that they are both desperately trying to den ...more
Book Nookie
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Everything A Lady Is Not is the first book in the Bow Street Beaus series by Sawyer North and it follows fallen heiress Lucy as she stumbles back into society after running into a childhood-friend-turned-lawman running away with loot. Lucy despises fine society and all its double standards after being raised by a swaggering criminal, and she ends up the unwilling pupil under Henry’s etiquette tutelage at the risk of hanging for her crimes.
This story was a cute-- the pairing of an audacious, but
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Debra Martin
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by Mr. North and this one did not disappoint. Lady Margaret, also known as Lucy by her father, had her life upended when highwaymen attacked their carriage and the 9 year old was swept away in the river. Her father believing her dead soon died himself when his ship to Italy capsized. Margaret was rescued by one of the highwaymen who raised her and protected her like a daughter. When a simple robbery goes wrong, Lucy finds herself being pursued by Henry Beaumont, ...more
Lindsey Gray
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Born the second son from a second wife, Henry Beaumont is cast out from his home as soon as his older brother takes on the family title. Thankfully, his older sister is more than happy to raise Henry alongside her own children. On one occasion, a girl comes to visit his sister’s home with her father. The brief connection over Robinson Crusoe left a lasting impression. Over a decade later, Henry meets the girl again, except this time everything has changed.

Mr. North brings forth a brill
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Beatriz
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, arc
This was real fun :D! And the writer is a guy that decided to write regency romance? Gender progress is always progress, I guess. Anyway, the pacing was fast and mostly felt nice enough for me to enjoy it. I found myself grinning through most of it. If life is hard and 2020’s harder, do yourself a favor and read this.

Henry Beaumont, the second son of an Earl and Bow Street Runner is tasked with helping the lost granddaughter of a Duke with her introduction to the ton. He is your regular hero wi
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SH
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy Locket has gone from being a prisoner of a criminal to discovering that she is an heiress. However, her life so far, has not prepared her for being a well-born lady, given that she lacks all the finer qualities – the ability to curtsey and say all the right things. However, she has only three months, to become the proper lady if she is to inherit a fortune. Henry Beaumont, feels obliged to assist Lucy and her grandmother, given that he has been the one to remove Lucy from the life she once ...more
Janet
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Lucy Locket, the long lost granddaughter of a duchess, has never been a part of Society. She does not embody the typical qualities of a well-born lady...at all. She can't curtsy, she doesn’t hide her emotions, she’s too clever by far. But in three months, she must marry a suitor with a royally-bestowed title, or she forfeits a fortune—leaving her and the duchess in dire straits. All Henry Beaumont wants is to prove himself to Society and step outside of his half-brother’s shadow. So whe
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Rachel
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Victoria
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A Lady in Training
Everything a Lady is Not is an interesting, dramatic, very fast paced romance. Lady Margaret Huntington aka. Lucy Locket, and Henry Beaumont are both born into unfortunate situations. They first meet as children, both outcasts in their own families, like their favorite book Robinson Crusoe. Lucy and Henry meet again in a less auspicious way, as they trade salty insults. I can say it is the first time I have read bone box used as a synonym for a dirty mouth. Henry is cold, and o
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Vicky
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything a Lady is Not by Sawyer North

The book is comical, but Lucy & Henry are two peas in a pod. They are both out of their elements for entirely different reasons. Henry has been downtrodden and berated by a despotic jealous older half-brother. Henry has more character, honesty, loyalty and gumption in his little finger.
Lucy was raised by a semi-criminal with a background of societal birth. Lucy had training and education, but more geared that of a younger son than an lady her actual socie
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Corinne
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jen
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I am torn on this book. On one hand, I like it- good story line premise, characters are good, it's a sweet slow romance, witty banter.
On the other hand- it fizzled quick and went down in flames - no romance past furtive smiles, hints and inner monologues - where was the actual romance? Not that I need that to make or break a story but it would have worked well for this book, plus, it would have helped with the scenes which most of the time were way to choppy and short. This was written as a nov
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Mary Gallo
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a charming story of a heroine, lost in her youth due to a highway man's kidnap. The heroine has met the hero as children, and when the hero received news that the heroine had passed away in a carriage accident, he was saddened. Now, eleven years later they meet up at another highway man hold up. She runs in fear and he gives chase. They meet and she is able to convince him to assist her. I really enjoyed the plot of the book. The story line was solid and didn't need any strange plot twis ...more
Courtney
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I was intrigued by Sawyer North’s work when I first heard about it, especially since there are very few cishet male romance authors, and I’m always looking for more new historical romance authors to follow. However, while I think this story had a lot of potential, it failed to really deliver.

The writing is solid, and I do think with time and growth, North could become a more engaging writer. However,
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Katie (ksquaredreads)
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Entangled Publishing for the gifted eARC of Everything a Lady is Not! Available now ✨

#minireview 📖 Guys if you are looking for a short and sweet historical romance with some rags-to-riches and a dash of enemies-to-lovers, I just might have one for you here!
Lucy was born a lady, but she doesn’t act like one! She can’t curtsy, she talks back, and she has a short temper! For the last eleven years, she had been a captive among a band of thieves and now that she’s returned to her Duchess
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Gladys
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading the blurb for this book I was greatly intrigued. I thought that this sounded like a very clever and emotional romance. After reading it though I admit to feeling a bit let down. I did feel that the story delivered as promised. It was how some things played out that bugged me. As for the highs: I really liked Lucy, the story concept had a fun feel to it and the sort of fairy tale air to Lucy's history had great appeal for me. As for the lows: Henry. I wanted to like him. I truly did ...more
Marianne
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first story I've read from Sawyer North. I enjoyed the development of the characters, both Lucy and Henry. I'm still not sure why Henry's brother hated him so much, but he did. The story starts when these two are children. So much happens to both of them - most of it not so great - but they grow into very interesting and kind people. I never write a spoiler, but you will feel such empathy for Lucy and probably want to kick Henry in the pants on occasion!

Enjoy this story, I did. I rec
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Alexandra Greaves
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-08
Everything a Lady is Not by Sawyer North is the first book in the Bow Street Beaus. (First, I have to say that it should be Beaux, not Beaus).
It presents the story of Lucy Locket, the lost granddaughter of a duchess, and of Henry Beaumont, a member of the high society. The story needs to be read as a satire of what is expected in a lady. Lucy grew up out of society and needs to learn how to behave properly in it. Henry is there to help her.
The story is pretty funny. I really liked what Sawyer
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Brittany
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historicals
I received this from Netgalley in exchange fo an honest review. This is book one in a new series called Bow Street Beaus. This book was very frustrating. I really was getting annoyed with this book. We have a lady Lucy who is a dukes long lost grand daughter and has to be introduced into society and marry before her next birthday. I have read many historicals and I know that society did have rules about conduct but someone was always breaking them and there was leeway given. Henry was very much ...more
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