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The Virgin Who Ruined Lord Gray

(The Swooning Virgins Society #1)

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Behind the doors of the Clifford Charity School for Wayward Girls, there lies a secret society of brilliant, fearless women who are bringing justice to London's most corrupt aristocrats, one nobleman at a time...

Other young ladies might occupy their spare time with drawing or needlework, but Sophia Monmouth spends hers scaling rooftops and shadowing suspicious charact
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Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Lyrical Press
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Becky
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This is the first in a new series by Anna Bradley, whom I LOVE. I think she's my favorite writer. I just adore her descriptions and her tensions and her love scenes and kisses are so hot and poetic at the same time...sigh.

Anyway. This book had a different feel than the others by her I have tried. This book has way more plot going on, more danger, more mystery/crime solving and less on the romance. This makes me very sad. Very, very sad. The romance in this book is SO GOOD. But I do think it
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Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
4.5 stars rounded up!

Sophia Monmouth is wholly unlike most young women, spending her time skulking after suspicious individuals rather than perfecting her embroidery. Her current task is to clear the name of a young man who’s been wrongly accused of murdering a Bow Street Runner. She didn’t expect to be seen and then trailed back to the Clifford School by a mysterious earl with too much curiosity.

Tristan Stratford may now be titled Earl of Gray since his late brother’s death, but before that he
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eyes.2c
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great start to a new series.

What's not to LOVE! Take a dubious school, the Clifford Charity School on the edge of Seven Dials, led by the mysterious Lady Amanda Clifford, and a small cadre of different and fascinating girls.
The fact that they all love to read Miss Radcliffe's stories is rather endearing. There are rules of course. All must be present for any reading to continue is one of the most important.
Take one of their members, Sophia Monmouth, who is an endearing, brave and shrewd spirit,
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Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me
Sophia Monmouth was plucked from the streets as a child. Now she spends her days chasing after justice, scaling walls to bring hidden truths to light. She's determined to free her wrongly accused friend from prison, and no one, especially Tristan Stratford, a Lord with carries just as many secrets as she does, is going to get in the way. But desire soon wars with justice, and succumbing to their developing feelings may just lead them into the worst danger of all...

This was my first by Anna Bradl
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Elodie
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Virgin Who Ruined Lord Gray
The Swooning Virgins Society Series 1
Anna Bradley
https://www.facebook.com/annabradley472/
Release date 10/27/2020
Publisher Kensington Lyrica

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Behind the doors of the Clifford Charity School for Wayward Girls there lies a secret society of brilliant, fearless women who are bringing justice to London’s most corrupt aristocrats, one nobleman at a time…
 
Other young ladies might occupy their spare time with drawing or needlework, but Sophia Monmouth spends hers scal
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Ermione Pickwick
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Absolutely LOVED IT!
Barbara Rogers
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Series: The Swooning Virgins Society #1
Publication Date: 10/27/20
Number of Pages: 268

**** 4.5 Stars Rounded Up ****

Oh! What a lovely, fun, exciting read, and just what I needed. It is well-plotted, well-written, very exciting, and romantic. I usually like one of the main characters and am more neutral on the other – but that isn’t the case here. They are wonderful characters who are deep, complex, and fully formed, and I adored both of them.

Sophia Monmouth has lived at the Clifford Charity Schoo
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Lisa C
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story of Tristan Stratford, Lord Gray, a former Bow Street Runner (now an Earl), and Sophia Monmouth, a brilliant, fearless woman who runs around the streets and over the rooftops of London. (Not a swooning virgin as the series name implies) Tristan is definitely swoon worthy, however, as he is a strong character with honour and determination to spare. These two are amazing together and their investigation leads them to many dangers, including the danger of losing their hearts. Highly ...more
Janet
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Behind the doors of the Clifford Charity School for Wayward Girls there lies a secret society of brilliant, fearless women who are bringing justice to London's most corrupt aristocrats, one nobleman at a time. Other young ladies might occupy their spare time with drawing or needlework, but Sophia Monmouth spends hers scaling rooftops and shadowing suspicious characters. Her objective: to gain information that will free Jeremy Ives, a friend wrongly accused of murder. She hasn't bargaine
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Crystal Cook
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020b
I was provided an arc of this book by Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Lord Gray is a bow street runner who has never failed to track down a man, until Sophia comes along. She's nothing he was prepared for and his attraction to her leads to some delicious complications as they team up to track down the actual killer and free Sophia's friend who has been wrongly accused.

This book was a very fun read! It is unlike any other historical romance I've ever read with a heavy emphasis on the
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Ashton Reads
I absolutely adored this book! I will say that the title feels a bit misleading, and I wish perhaps it was slightly changed to more accurately represent the book, but that's my only critique with this novel!

This is my first Anna Bradley, but it certainly won't be my last! This was the perfect blend of romance, mystery, and action, as well as having a dark gothic feel to it. This is a random thought, but if anyone has read the Webtoons titled Purple Hyacinth, this was giving me verrrry similar vi
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Cheryl
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a good paced story with very likeable characters. Tristan, Earl of Gray had been a Bow Street Runner until the death of his older brother and he became the earl. Sophia Monmouth often adopted disguises in the line of her work with Lady Clifford. Whilst working on an assignment, Sophie encounters Tristan. At first, they disliked each other but there is an underlying attraction. Sophie is working to clear a friend’s name, who has been charged with murder. Sophie did have a mischievous sid ...more
Les Romantiques
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Reviewed by Fabiola
Review Copy from the Publisher
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Virgin Who Ruined Lord Gray is the first volume in the new Anna Bradley’s series, titled The Swooning Virgins Society.
The author has already been published in France with A Wicked Way To Win An Earl that I read and loved for the same reasons I loved this one.
Clearly TVWRLG is a favorite. There’s everyt
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Norah Gibbons
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. The Virgin Who Ruined Lord Gray by Anna Bradley is the first book in what looks to be an intriguing new series, The Swooning Virgins Society. Sophia Monmouth resides at the Clifford Charity School for Wayward Girls. She was one of the first students at the school. When one of their own is unjustly accused of murder, she is willing to do anything to help set him free, be it scaling rooftops and following suspicious ...more
Rainelle
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Virgin Who Ruined Lord Gray, by Anna Bradley. This was a beautiful story. Simple as that. Thank you to Anna for the wonderful opportunity of reading this romantic suspense. I was intrigued.
I was very impressed and I was drawn to the intense drama. The suspense and the exciting passion that transpires between Tristan and Sophia is superbly written. The book was written like a Saturday night TV drama. Anna’s writing instantly drew me in with the suspense that takes place in the beginning. Her
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Cassie Durrance
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This was definitely a darker and grittier historical romance and it was oh so good. Both the main characters are crime fighting badasses, just one does it as a Bow Street Runner and the other is a nighttime vigilante.

Sophia Monmount was rescued as an orphan by Lady Clifford who collects orphans and trains them to help her seek justice against bad aristocrats "under the table" so to speak. Sophia is not your usual heroine. She isn't a lady, there are no glittering ballgowns an
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Michelle Rupe
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved an ARC of this book from the author via Netgalley in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tristan Stratford, Lord Gray, is a former bow street runner who has recently retired since he inherited the Earldom from his brother. He is a staunch believer in the justice system and wants to see his friend's murderer hanged. The person accused of murder is Jeremy Ives, a student of Miss Clifford, who is a simple man who doesn't understand the crime he committed. Jeremy is like
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Fabiola Chenet
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my best read for 2020. I highly recommend it.
However the title is not very accurate
Bwmurf
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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fridayinapril
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
While some are sipping tea and honing their feminine skills, Sophia Monmouth is climbing on roofs and chasing criminals. Comes in Tristan Stratford, Lord Gray, a former runner known as The Ghost of Bow Street, and Sophia's quest to exonerate her friend might become more complicated than she had imagined. Fear not, sparks fly between Sophia and Tristan, and the enemies of yesterday might well likely become the lovers of today.

This was my first read by Anna Bradley, The story is well-written and
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Kaitlyn Dunnett
The premise of this first in a new series intrigued me, and overall I enjoyed this book, but there were a couple of things that bothered me. There were one or two actions that were left unexplained--the function of a buckle under a door, for example. I conclude this somehow kept it from being locked, but I was never clear about how this worked, and that distracted me from the story. So did the hero's name. Lord Gray is an earl, making him Earl Gray or Earl of Gray, and of course I kept thinking ...more
Lisa H
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophia is great.

She's clever, crafty, a survivor. And she's been mistaken for a lad (she's in disguise) by Tristan.
Tristan is a former Bow Street Runner (a not very good one, if he can't tell she's a girl and he assumes she's a thief). I did not think he was particular bright, as he assumed she was a thief and tracks her down and then basically holds her hostage after convicting her of a crime, none of which happened. He was just bored and saw her lying on the roof and thought - thief. Guilty.
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Addie Yoder
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been in a deep historical romance mode and love when one surprises me. I liked the unexpected twists of suspense and adventure. I also really enjoyed that SHE is the wild card in this story instead of him skirting the edge of the law. Tristan is very straightlaced and Sophia is the one who bends the rules and that role change created a really fast moving and enjoyable read. Thanks, Anna, for sending me a copy to read!
Courtney
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Virgin Who Ruined Lord Gray was the first book by Anna Bradley I picked up, as while she was on my radar since at least her first series with Lyrical, this was the first book that really stood out and piqued my interest due to the undertones of suspense in the blurb and on the cover, even if it does have a somewhat cheesy title. And it absolutely delivers, bringing a near-pe
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Sandra R
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this well written historical romance/adventure very much. It's the first time I've read anything by this author and it won't be the last. The story is set in 1793 London and Sophia and Tristan are busy trying to prove a young man is innocent of a murder. She was brought up on the streets and he's a newly appointed Earl after the death of his brother. He had been a Bow Street Runner. They don't like each other at the start, but quickly find themselves working together to find the real m ...more
Jewels Tate
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
3. 5 stars
This is the first book I've read by this author. This book was very exciting. I was much intrigued by the murder mystery crime suspense and romance all thrown in the mix together. The character background and build up was well written with plenty of descriptions and events. I also want to add that when reading it's very important to me that I have physical description. Why? Because I want to know how the people I'm reading about looks like, and the author did a really good job on that
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wonderfullyweird88
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started this book with low expectations. I don't know why as I am a big fan of Anna Bradley, but I was quickly swept up in the thrill of the chase. I usually can figure out the bad guy well before the big reveal. I was kept guessing with this and was shocked by the reveal. 

This story is well-plotted, with engaging characters. There is a natural flow to it, and it keeps the reader engaged. There is the perfect balance of intrigue, danger, romance and sex. 

I don't get the name of this book as ne
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Amy
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A feisty and independent woman, Sophia, tries to find justice for her friend who is wrongly accused of murder. In doing so she enlists ex bow street runner and newly inherited Tristan who is Lord Gray. This is the first book in the Swooning Virgins Society series. I’m not sure why this series is named this as Sophia is neither one of those things. I look forward to the next book in the series. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest review.
Patti
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Rose Blue
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-1nx

Tristan Stratford was formerly known as the Ghost of Bow Street, due to his successful career as a Bow Street Runner. Now, due to the death of his brother, he is forced to assume the title of the Earl of Gray, and give up his fulfilling career. Before he departs for Oxfordshire to assume his duties, which include marrying a local lady hand picked by his demanding mother, he becomes embroiled in a tangled web, with a most intriguing young wom
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