Lady Sophia Sydney applied as assistant to the office of Chief Magistrate Sir Ross Cannon to set in motion her plans to avenge the death of her brother, John. She wants to seduce the so-called "Monk of Bow Street," and ruin his reputation as payment for what happened to her lost brother. Sir Ross Cannon hired Sophia because she immediately awakened feelings in him that he thought long dormant; but he was also curious as to why a beautiful young lady like Sophia is willing to work as assistant and housekeeper in his office and household.
Sophia did not expect that Sir Ross Cannon is not the man she envisioned him to be. The "Monk of Bow Street" is not the cold, unfeeling magistrate that sent her brother to prison; instead Ross is kind, sensitive, and fair, a man of simmering passion who made her feel loved and protected. Now, Sophia is having doubts whether Sir Ross deserves punishment but how could she let her brother's death go unjustified?
This report prepared by Rina Hall
Lady Sophia would do anything to catch Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal is to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of London. She uses herself as bait to lure Sir Ross in.
Sir Ross is taken in by Sophia's beauty. He loves the way she prepares his meals or brushes up against him. If only she would share his bed.
Sophia knew that Ross would fall in love with her. She just never guessed that she would fall in love with him.
This report prepared by Rebecca
Avon, Jun 2002, 7.50, 384 pp.
Bow St. Chief Sir Ross Cannon hides behind his desk to conceal his erection caused by the visit of Sophia Sydney. He pats himself on the back for holding a rationale conversation with Sophia though his hormones rage out of control. Sophia has applied for the Bow St. assistant clerking job, but Ross says no as the position is male only. He offers her a housekeeping position, but Sydney says both or none. Ross known as a monk for his celibacy allows his desires to decide and agrees to a one month trial.
Sydney blames the death of her younger brother on Ross, the magistrate who sent him to die in prison. However, the cold hearted villain with no room for compassion inside the law is not what Ross is. She realizes he is a kind individual who tempers justice and the law. As they fall in love, her deceased brother casts a specter on any permanent relationship between them.
Lady Sophia's Lover is a powerful early Victorian romance that provides a deep descriptive panorama of the era. The story line contains erotic scenes that are deftly written in as part of the fast-paced plot and not used to shock the audience. Ross is a great protagonist filled with passion and courage, but Sydney acts out of character at times as she occasionally seems weak for someone so brave. The rest of the cast is three dimensional and their roles propel the powerful plot. Lisa Kleypas provides a wonderful novel that will return the author to all the best selling lists.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner