Audiobook Review: Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas

Posted December 19, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas
Someone to Watch Over Me
Narrated by Anna Parker-Naples

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Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on October 23, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

For some time, I have been told that ‘if you love historical romance, you must try Kleypas’.  And, I’ve been meaning to do that, but you know how it goes…  Anyway, I finally did it and now I can see what all the fuss is about.  Engaging plot, lush and spicy romance, and well-drawn characters had me listening eagerly each chance I had.


Someone to Watch Over Me was an interesting combination of romantic suspense and historical romance bringing together tropes with amnesia, revenge, and few others that I’ll keep to myself because of spoilers.  The book opens on a dramatic scene of hard-bitten Bow Street Runner, Grant Morgan being on hand to investigate when a woman’s body is fished out of the Thames one night.  But, instead of dead, she is still a live one and presents him with a bigger mystery than over for she is an infamous courtesan and she has lost her memories.

Vivian finds herself at the mercy of a man who takes prodigious care of her, but she feels that he doesn’t like her- at least the her she was before her near death.  As she learns more and more about herself, she can see why Grant would feel that way because she doesn’t like her old self either.  What she doesn’t realize is that she once dealt Grant a vicious blow by spreading a malicious lie that made him the laughingstock of High Society when he was already burdened by their disdain for his common birth and bitterness that a commoner had achieved some status and wealth by being the best at his job- hunting down criminals and being more ruthless than they were.

Ah, yes… this was the opening of a story that had me wary of just how far Grant would take it with his revenge and wondering what the fall out would be when Vivian learned of his original intent to pay her back in full- and it was not big gamble to know that was coming.  When I say original intent, I mean that Vivian the amnesiac turns out to be nothing like that cold, narcissistic woman who took his gentle rebuff poorly.  This Vivian is sweet, caring, and generous- she couldn’t be any more different.  He reluctantly starts falling for her just as she does for him.

I found a great deal about this story to be predictable including the mystery with its twists and the romance itself.  The hints were there- trust me, I’m not that intuitive.   But, I don’t say this as a criticism.  I don’t mind predictability when I like the characters and the storyline has my interests.  Grant could be a jerk and Vivian had the ‘my hero’ flutter going on, but I thought they were great for each other when they were learning about each other and sharing surprising interests beyond the wild attraction.

The climax was exciting and breathtaking.  I was riveted.  What came afterward did drag somewhat.  For the first time through the whole book, I was grateful to a character that I never liked.  Vivian needed a kick in the pants to stop dithering and it was well-delivered.  I am definitely interested to see what comes next for this series with a different Bow Street Runner.

The narrator was one I have enjoyed before, Anna Parker-Naples.  She had a good handle on the British accents and genders, the situation and pacing of the various parts of the story.  If I have a niggle, it was that I felt Vivian’s voice could sound like a little girl now and then.

All in all, I found my first experience with the author to be a strong success.  I will be hitting her backlist and watching for future releases.  And, in turn, I will pitch my own recommendation to historical romance fans who like things to get spicy.

My thanks to Tantor audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.


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About Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author LISA KLEYPAS graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA® Award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in twenty-eight different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Angie Elle
3 years ago

I have read this author in the past, and she is hit or miss for me. I love her old stuff – the new, not so much. This one has had me curious for a while, and now I know I have to pick it up. Especially with the ‘Overboard’ movie vibes I’m getting from your review. Way to sell me on it. 😉

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

That’s good to know about the hit or miss. I’ve been told that this one wasn’t as good as her Hathaways or Wallflowers series, but I liked it well enough. Yes!!! Overboard is a good comparison though he doesn’t tell her she’s his maid, but his mistress. 🙂

3 years ago

Oh that’s an author I want to try ad I heard great things about her work

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I was the same way with the wanting to try her. I liked this one and plan to go back for others.

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

oh yay *clapping hands* I have been begging you to read this author for years hehe I am glad your first experience went well. I adored the climax in this book too. You will love reading more books from this author, her backlist is amazing!!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, you are one of my motivators. 🙂 I definitely enjoyed this one. I want to read Hathaways and Wallflowers. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

That actually sounds pretty good and I don’t read many books like this one very often.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was a fun blend of historical and romantic suspense. Not a fluffy one. I had a good time with it. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
3 years ago

This was your first Kleypas book?! How can that even be! I read this one years ago and don’t remember details but do remember enjoying it. It sounds like I need to do a re-read.

P.S. – My favorite Kleypas book is Sugar Daddy. I thought that the audio was really well done when I listened to it for a re-read. It is a contemporary book but if you get a chance, I highly recommend it.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yep, LOL, I meant to join a Kleypas Reading challenge one year because I had a stack of her books and never got around to it. Ever since I kept saying I was going to read her stuff.

Oooh, Sugar Daddy. I’ll look that one up. I’ve got the Wallflowers and Hathaways books on my shelf that I really need to get moving on now that I know I like her writing. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

This is an author I still need to try, so I am delighted to hear your first go was a good one.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, it was definitely a hit and I liked her writing style. I’m going back for the Hathaways and Wallflower books that are collecting dust on my shelves. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Omg, I love her Ravenel’s series! It’s wonderful on audio, although a different narrator: Mary Jane Wells and she’s excellent! I must look up this series, but I wanted to get to the rest of her Hathway series first. Glad to hear you enjoyed your first Kleypas, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Now, that I’ve got the first one under my belt, I am eager to hit her back list. I don’t know if I have any of her Ravenel books. I have a large stack in print and Kindle b/c yes, I’m that person who collects books before I’ve even read the first one. LOL

3 years ago

Sounds good. I will have to give Kleypas a try too.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  vvb

It was a fun one, Velvet. I’m told that the Wallflowers and Hathaways series are even better. 🙂