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Worth Any Price

by Lisa Kleypas

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Such a great romance. And so freaking hot! A rare treat with extremely likeable characters both male and female.

Nick has so many dimensions and demons to battle. He’s a charged male character oozing with magnetic heat and power. He’s tortured and haunted. He’s driven and doesn’t stop until he gets what he wants.

I love his progression. He begins as John the innocent little orphaned brother of Sophia. Dearly loved and deeply mourned. Then he resurfaces as hardened Nick Gentry. Nick is a street-wise, wildly successful and most wanted criminal. Now, three years later, he is still Nick, quietly adored and reunited brother to Sophia and most effective bow street runner. Imprisoned beneath his steeled and jaded exterior is the whisper of young John still haunted and tortured by his experience and near assults while serving time. He is at a breaking point torn by fear, revulsion and desperate need, painfully aware of his lingering virginity. He seeks out relief with the highly selective and utterly talented Madame Gemma. He’s trembling and terrified. It’s heartbreaking and powerful. Three years pass. Gemma ends their arrangement abruptly forcing him to seek another lover.

Nick throws himself into his latest assignment chasing after Charlotte, a young woman who wishes not to be found. When he finds her, he is in disguise as Lord Sydney (his former self). Nick realizes upon meeting her that Lottie is the one he’s been seeking for himself. He drops all other motives in a lust-driven pursuit to have her.

Lottie is drawn to Lord Sydney. He tempts her unlike any others before him. He is handsome and fascinating. She senses a deep wound and loneliness hidden from view to most everyone but her. This gentleman is forbidden fruit and best not pursued or risk being discovered. Only he is not who he claims to be. It is all a deception to capture her and return her to a horrible life tied to a terrible Lord. Nick senses this opportunity and offers her his protection in exchange for marriage. She can’t reconcile how she feels about John, the man she was falling in love with and Nick the hardened stranger and imposter who holds her life in his hands. Despite this struggle, she chooses her best option, Nick. He, of course, hasn’t identified his feelings as anything other than desire but he is relieved that she will be his entirely, body and soul.

Nick’s growing attachment to Lottie and desperate need to possess her fully is barely checked when he has her in his arms. He becomes something mesmerizing to read: an extremely talented and voracious lover with a most tender and innocent soul. He worships her body with his and she submits, helpless and overwhelmed by her response to his touch. Their relationship deepens deliciously. Their unspoken love grows and their affection for one another matures with perfect speed. Their love expressed becomes explosive and all encompassing. They are the rarely written perfect match. ( )
1 vote TheLustyLiterate | Nov 1, 2013 |
Nick: smokin' hot. Lottie: willing to try pretty much anything. Lord Radnor: batshit crazy. Lottie's parents: crazy greedy (not really believable.) ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
Re-read 2/18/13 - I adore Nick and Lottie. I'm so glad I reread theor story. Kleypas at her best.

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I've already re-read this book three times this year, it's that good.

I heart Nick. He's still my favorite (Well, ok, that's subject to change depending on what book I'm currently reading but still..he's right up there) of Kleypas' heroes. I adore him.

I love that Lottie is the strong one in their relationship and takes such care with him. This one definitely holds up. ( )
  cranberrytarts | Sep 22, 2013 |
Having read so much about Nick Gentry in Lady Sophia's Lover I was so looking forward to this book. Nick is probably the reason that I have a soft spot for tortured heroes. He has survived so much and is so determined to be the ultimate bad boy that you just have to love him. Nick has survived by his wits and his intelligence but he wants something more he just doesn't know what until he meets Charlotte Howard. I found it amusing how Sir Ross Cannon manipulated Nick into taking up his responsibilities as viscount. While in the beginning Nick isn't happy about the way things have worked out he begins to understand at the end of the story that he can make a bigger difference as a viscount than he can as a runner. I loved watching him evolve into a caring and compassionate lover and husband. For all his bluster he really does care what people think of him. Finally any man that loves his sister as much as Nick does can't be that bad.

Charlotte ran away from a situation that she never wanted. Forced by Lord Randor to try to become his idea of the perfect woman she rebels. Charlotte is very clever and is able to stay hidden for two years before Nick finds her. Charlotte is also very smart and intuitive. She realizes from the very beginning that Nick can and will protect her. She also learns that she is a very passionate woman ant that Nick can bring that passion into full heat with little effort. She never excepts to love Nick, however the attraction between is so very strong that it provides the two with the means to fall in love. Charlotte ability to read Nick's emotions and bod language makes her able to build a trust with him that few others have. She is very good at knowing when to comfort and when to provoke his sexual desires. I like Charlotte a lot.

Ms. Kleypas can write some of the best books on the market today. Her romances are rich with detail, that doesn't overpower the story. Her characters are enduring and lovable. She can write some of the best love scenes in the historical romance genre at the time. She tries to keep her stories as close to the historical period as possible and tells you when she has taken liberties with the facts. She is worth reading over and over. She has been a auto buy author for me since that first time I read a book written by her. ( )
  LadyIsis | May 3, 2013 |
Book 3 of Lisa Kleypas's Bow Street Runner series.

Nick and Charlotte. This book was really good.

From Amazon.com: Bow Street runner Nick Gentry is a complex man with a dark and tortured history, and beautiful Charlotte Howard is a woman running from her past. Neither Nick or Charlotte are wholly what they seem, for each have secrets too painful to reveal, and each has chosen to hide behind a false identity. Once they’re drawn into each other’s worlds, they’re forced to face difficult truths and are compelled to acknowledge the passion that burns between them. For Charlotte, "the challenge of taming him, matching his powerful will with her own, was too tempting to resist." For Nick, "if he could not have her, this endless feeling of being hungry, unsatisfied, cold, would never leave him." But will their love be enough to defeat the obsessed nobleman who covets Charlotte and the thirst for danger that tempts Nick, or is their future together doomed by the pain of their past?

That's a pretty good description.

There's this evil guy, Lord Radnor, who is obsessed with Charlotte in a REALLY bad way. They were bethrothed (set up between her father and him)... and suffice it to say, he was creepy and she ran away. Two years later, Radnor hires Nick to find his "missing fiancee". So Nick goes out to Stony Cross Park (Speaking of which, do ALL of Lisa's books take place at SCP? Is EVERYONE friends with Marcus Westcliff? Just wondering. Because this is the what? FIFTH book? SIXTH... that takes place here?) posing as John, Viscount Sydney (which is actually his real name, like we found out in Book 2), where Charlotte is working under a false name for Marcus's mom as a companion or something. Anyway, so he sees her and is like... struck. (I'm rolling my eyes, fyi..) He MUST have her. Anyway, so he offers to marry her, to give her protection from Radnor. Anyway, the book is about how they overcome all the crap in their lives and fall in love.

And I loved the ending. I thought it was fabulous. It ended really really well. :) ( )
  saraferrell | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Because he has heard of the man's highly regarded reputation and skill as a thief-taker that has made him wealthy, controlling Lord Radnor hires Nick Gentry to find his missing fiancee. The trail is difficult because Charlotte Howard vanished two years ago even though Radnor already bought her from her parents. She disappeared because she realized how dominating her future spouse is and what he would do to her.

Two months later Nick believes he has found Charlotte masquerading as a companion to an elderly woman. Through his connected in-law, Nick, disguised as a spoiled Lord Sydney, obtains an invitation to visit Lord Westcliff's estate where he believes Charlotte resides as Lottie Miller. However, once Nick meets Lottie, he finds he likes her very much and cannot just give her over to his odious client. Westcliff points out that her only way to avoid running and Radnor is to marry someone else, preferably him. However, Charlotte declines his kind offer, but agrees to marry Nick, who says he will protect her and her parents while she only has to sleep with him. As they become better acquainted they fall in love, but Radnor believes she is his possession and plans to gain ownership.

This historical romance will provide much pleasure to fans of the sub-genre due to the charming lead protagonists. The story line is at its strongest when this duo takes center stage. The villain is so sociopathic, he does not seem like a character. Nevertheless Lisa Kleypas purveys a story that caters to the tastes of the early Victorian readers.
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Setting: London, 1839
Sensuality: 9

Bow Street runner Nick Gentry is a complex man with a dark and tortured history, and beautiful Charlotte Howard is a woman running from her past. Neither Nick or Charlotte are wholly what they seem, for each have secrets too painful to reveal, and each has chosen to hide behind a false identity. Once they’re drawn into each other’s worlds, they’re forced to face difficult truths and are compelled to acknowledge the passion that burns between them. For Charlotte, "the challenge of taming him, matching his powerful will with her own, was too tempting to resist." For Nick, "if he could not have her, this endless feeling of being hungry, unsatisfied, cold, would never leave him." But will their love be enough to defeat the obsessed nobleman who covets Charlotte and the thirst for danger that tempts Nick, or is their future together doomed by the pain of their past?

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas has another winner on her hands with this follow-up to Lady Sophia’s Lover. Fans and new readers alike will love the fast-paced plot, compelling characters, high-octane sensuality, and the well-drawn English setting. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Fleeing an unwanted marriage to a despicable aristocrat, Charlotte flees her home to masquerade as a lady's companion among strangers, pursued by the seductive Nick Gentry, who offers her a shocking proposal.

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