Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners #2)

Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners, #2)Lady Sophia's Lover Summary:

Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover?
And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London?

Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal: to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house.

Every morning, her lush presence tempts him beyond all reason . . . the way she bends over the table to serve him the meals she has prepared . . . the way her hands oh, so gently—yet sensuously—brush against him. Every night, she promises with her eyes—and her body—that the hours before dawn could be spent in unbridled passion instead of restless sleep—if only he'd let her share his bed.

She knows he is falling more in love with her each day. But she never counted on falling in love with him. And she never dreamed he might very respectably ask for her hand in marriage.

Lady Sophia's Lover Review:
Thank you Lisa Kleypas for writing a better book in the Bow Street Runners series! This book focuses on Sir Ross, the controlled (emotionally) man who runs the Bow Street Runners, and Sophia, who is out to get revenge for her dead brother.

I did love this book, but there were still problems with it. So before I talk about all of that, I’m going to get out all the bad stuff. First, Sophia’s plan is stupid. Knowing that Ross is celibate in the memory of his wife and has iron control of his emotions, most women would not be able to seduce. Thankfully for the plot, Sophia is the one girl that can seduce him and she does from the minute she enters the interview. She could have gotten into the Runner’s building and worked there to get access to the files she needed. The seducing seemed additional just to fit in with the sexiness of HR.

The second problem is that Sophia lost most of her fire by the end of the novel. She started off really passionate because she wanted revenge but as soon as she started her relationship she became almost docile. The example below is not the best example because I get why she didn’t talk back, but it irked me that she didn’t say that he would have done the same thing if the positions were reversed. I didn’t expect her to yell, but she could have at least said something instead of just agreeing.

“'Right now, I want to discuss your actions this evening. And you’re going to explain how you could have taken such a risk when you know how I feel about your safety!’”
Sophia shrank backward against the pillows as he proceeded to deliver a blistering lecture that would have caused anyone else to wither. However, she knew that his ire was born of his love for her, and so she received every word with humble agreement.”

Most of her weakness, docility, little bit stupidness (that’s not proper grammar or spelling) came after she joined the relationship, which really brought the enjoyment down.

The last problem came from the number of sex scenes. It was everywhere! And that used it so often instead of talking.

“For a thousand different reasons.” Deliberately she rubbed her breasts against his chest. “Let me show you how much I love you. How I need you in every way.” This is after Ross yells at her for putting her at risk.

“Let me,” she whispered. Standing, she brushed her fingertips over the matted curls on his chest. Her fingers delved lightly into the black hair, sifted through it, stroked the hot skin beneath." This is after Ross learns Sophia’s secret and is angry because she lied again.

I would do more, but I think you get the point and there would be spoilers!

Other than that, the book was really good! The characters were different then any other series, the plot was interesting and the romance (for most of the book) was well developed.

Sophia was an interesting character. For the beginning part of the story, I felt that she was leading the plot. She was the reason the two met and she kinda controlled how she wanted the relationship to go. She has come from a very hard life. Taken out of the aristocracy and left to be a servant, she has owned up to her life to improve her conditions. She does not complain or act like a damsel. She is actually, a very strong role model because she does not rely on any man to get her out of the situation. Also, in the revenge plot, Sophia was an incredibly interesting character. Kleypas did an amazing job of fleshing out her character, motivates and thoughts. She not only became believable and relatable but a character to root behind. Another great thing is that she isn’t afraid of her sexuality. She uses it to capture Cannon (Sir Ross) and leads their relationship with it including into their relationship (as shown above). Watching her fall in love was by far the best part of the novel and the more interesting part in this relationship. It more interesting than Cannon falling in love. With her portrayal in the relationship, she wasn’t really someone to root behind. She was still a great heroine especially compared to Vivien, but she doesn’t hold up to the Wallflowers or Hathaway women.

If nothing else, just read three quarters of this book because that part is a five star read.

“There would not be a next time, Ross had vowed silently, annoyed beyond bearing to see someone else enjoying his meal. From then on, lunch in his office became a sacred ritual, and no one dared to interfere.
Sophia’s influence soon extended to more personal details of his life.”

Sir Ross, on the other hand, was pretty consistent from the previous and throughout the rest of the book. This is the first Kleypas hero that hasn’t slept with a multitude of women. It was an incredibly nice change of pace and reinforced that he wasn’t an alpha male. Of course he had his moments after they knew each other better, especially when the first looked at their new house, but he wasn’t domineering. He wore his heart on his sleeve, was trustworthy, never made Sophia feel inferior or anyone else for that matter. Cannon literally sacrificed his life so that he can improve someone else’s. He is the typical good guy that women want in their lives, and from the very beginning there is no doubt of his character. You know you married a good guy when he is willing to sacrifice part of himself so that he can save Sophia (I don’t mean in the typical sense).

The plot was really engaging, but more most of the story I think it was overshadowed by the romance. Overall, the book was a 4.5 read. Compared to the other book it should have been a five star, but the lack of fire in Sophia and the sometimes weird plot left something unfulfilled. It wasn’t a huge thing about this story and I enjoyed it for the most part. Can’t wait to read the next book!

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