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Nick Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all England. Known for solving delicate situations, he is hired to seek out Miss Charlotte Howard. He believes his mission will be easily accomplished - but that was before he met the lady in question.For instead of a willful female, he discovers one in desperate circumstances, hiding from a man who would destroy herNick Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all England. Known for solving delicate situations, he is hired to seek out Miss Charlotte Howard. He believes his mission will be easily accomplished - but that was before he met the lady in question.For instead of a willful female, he discovers one in desperate circumstances, hiding from a man who would destroy her very soul. So Nick shockingly offers her a very different kind of proposition - one he has never offered before.He asks her to be his bride.And he knows that this will be much more than a union in name only. For he senses what Charlotte does not yet know—that her appetite for sensuality matches his own. But what Nick learns surprises him. For while London’s most notorious lover might claim Charlotte’s body, he quickly discovers it will take much more than passion to win her love....

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Worth Any Price Reviews

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-03-01 14:37

    From the cover:What is the price of love?Nick Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all England. Known for solving delicate situations, he is hired to seek out Miss Charlotte Howard. He believes his mission will be easily accomplished --but that was before he met the lady in question.For instead of a willful female, he discovers one in desperate circumstances, hiding from a man who would destroy her very soul. So Nick shockingly offers her a very different kind of proposition -- one he has never offered before.He asks her to be his bride.And he knows that this will be much more than a union in name only. For he senses what Charlotte does not yet know -- that her appetite for sensuality matches his own. But what Nick learns surprises him. For while London's most notorious lover might claim Charlotte's body, he quickly discovers it will take much more than passion to win her love.My Review:Lisa Kleypas is one of those rare authors who seem to be able to take mere words on the page and bring them to life, giving us characters who become real to us. They are people we would want to live next door to, people we would choose as our friends and no matter their circumstance, they are honorable, noble people who will always do the right thing—eventually ;)One of the things I love most about Kleypas’ novels is that her stories are written so that they can be read alone, yet are intertwined in such a way that they can be read as a series. You always have your main hero and heroine in the current book, but in each subsequent novel we have the joy of revisiting those people who we came to love and care about previously. We get to see how their lives have progressed, how their families have grown and how much finding true love has blessed them. In this novel, we revisit Sir Ross Cannon and his wife, Sophia as well as Sir Grant Morgan and his wife, Victoria. What a pleasure it is to see them still so much in love and to watch their affections displayed in subtle ways. In this book, there was one paragraph written so perfectly that in those few sentences we were given a candid glimpse into the depth of the love Sir Ross holds for Sophia:[Sir Ross had just joined Sophia, Nick and Lottie as they sat visiting and drinking chocolate:] Sir Ross laughed as he bent to kiss her cheek. It would have been an ordinary husbandly gesture, except for the way he finished the kiss with a soft, nearly imperceptible nuzzle.It was such a small gesture, yet so intimate. It’s moments like these, found in all of Kleypas’ stories, which mean so much to me. I love “seeing” these exchanges rather than being “told” about them. And as I said, in just a few words, we see the depth of the affection Sir Ross and Sophia feel for each other—and this isn’t even their book!In Worth Any Price, we are given a tale of redemption, of coming to grips with a harsh past, of learning to deal with that past and leaving it behind. Not an easy thing to do for a man who is used to keeping his thoughts and fears to himself, but he finds that painful burden much easier to bear when he finally shares it with Lottie, the only woman who had ever managed to work her way into his heart—and she did so without trying, she was just....herself.I’m not going to ruin your read of the book by giving away too many details. I’ll only say that Worth Any Price is a story filled with love, hope, trust and the importance of family. It is the story of John Sydney and Nick Gentry—the boys they were and the man they became.

  • Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
    2019-02-26 10:27

    Lottie had lived most of her life under the thumb of her family's crazed benefactor. She ran away and has found a semblance of peace in the country, until she's found by a certain dangerous bow street runner. The first 8 chapters are magical but IMO the story goes down hill pretty quickly after. There are a few mini plots (secret identities, mental scars, family issues) aside from the main romance/protection plot. With skill extremely predictable books can be enjoyable, but this ain't the case here. I guess my biggest gripe is that 'Lady Sophia's Lover' was so brilliant. The Chemistry between Sophia and Ross is explosive not just the eventual sex; but the banter and how we watch their attraction grow into love. We're never shown that with Nick and Lottie, just told.So what he buys her a crap load of dresses and some candy. Nick never fleshes out into a fully dimensional character. All we're left knowing at end of the novel is mostly what we went in knowing he's handsome, reckless, and something horrible happened to him as a teen. Now he just has a wife and a few other superficial changes to his residence and profession. quick summary of chpts 7-12 :(all side plots not included purposely):cue hot sex:Lottie: tell me about your selfNick: * I'm so not talking to you now, I'm as cold as Ice. Feel the chill of my haughty retreat into myself*Lottie: Oh noez, I've gone and done it again *haz a sad*Nick: (my secret is so dark, so painful) *sigh*Nick: Lets go shopping *spend spend spend* Lottie: yay!Nick: Danger is so smexy:sex sex sex:Lottie: lets sleep in my room togetherNick: NEVER!! I'm off to run the streets, that'll learn you.* flips cape in the wind dramatically then flees into the night*Lottie: I shall cringe like a abused puppy and wring my hands until he returns. * fret fret fret* Lottie: why is he so schitzo? I just want to wuvvvv him...Nick's Sister: He's mysterious, he's always been mysterious *dum dum dum dum**shop spend shop spend shop*Nick: the crazy old man will never get you, I will protect you always. *frowns* ( unless he manages to get in your bedroom while your sleeping, then your shit out of luck)Lottie: Your the bestest, except when you acting like a petulant ass which is most of the time; but I'm martyr.: a few more temper tantrums from Nick and kinky sex scenes:Lottie: It's ok you can tell me.Nick: I can't *sigh*Lottie: sure you can, I bet it starts with a "r" and rhymes with ape.... go for itNick: Oh no, it wasn't that. The great horror of my life doesn't have the actual gravity of "that". Alas, I'm plagued by guilt, memories of violence, criminals,and death... though I've done really bad things, am a former criminal king pin, have seen and caused much death, and partake in violence often. *trembles*Lottie: I still love you. Nick: *shock awe*So while sex scenes were smokin', there was no actual romance to speak of nor character growth. Personally I think Kleypas was trying so hard to throw in enough tortured angst and cliched themes that she lost her way.

  • Mo
    2019-03-06 15:45

    This one did nothing for me really. Couldn't warm to either character. I really enjoyed the first two in the series. This one left me cold. Skimmed the last 20%. I didn't care. I have no idea why.I feel I should give it a three but, honestly, I cannot. It was OK but I did not love it, I did not even really like it.

  • Dina
    2019-02-23 15:29

    I loved Nick Gentry since his first appearance in 'Lady Sophia´s Lover', the previous book in this series. After reading 'Worth Any Price', I´m pleased to say I´m not disappointed. :) Yes, he wasn´t perfect and did some unpleasant (to put it mildly) things in the past, but LK did a wonderful job "justifying" his actions. I just couldn´t not love Nick!I loved Lottie too. She was strong and much able to fend for herself, even though she herself doubt it sometimes. In summary, she was the perfect woman to help Nick overcome his fears and accept himself.The story was also good, but it didn´t take me away from Nick and Lottie. They were the strongest point of the book, IMHO. I kept turning the pages because I wanted to know how they were going to work things out together, not because I was interested in how the matter with Lord Radnor or the revealing of Nick´s true identity would be resolved.BUT I have a minor complaint... Well, maybe not so minor because it was so annoying that prevented me from giving this book a 5-star rating. As many readers already said before me, I really didn´t like Nick´s constant bragging about learning sexual techniques from his former lover. So NOT romantic! If I were Lottie, I´d have smacked him in the head every time he started on that road, LOL.All in all, I really liked this book and I´m still a devoted fan of Ms. Kleypas.

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2019-03-16 15:51

    This woman is still my go-to when I find myself slipping further and further into bad reads. If I'm going to read fluff, it might as well be fun fluff. Kleypas brings the fun every time. Well, almost every time. I'm still trying to forget about Christmas at Friday Harbor. Books 1 and 2 of the Bow Street Runners were not my favorite offerings from Kleypas. I almost decided not to read Worth Any Price in favor of checking out one of her other series which I haven't read yet. I'm glad now that I found a copy of this book while cleaning and decided to give it a go. The formula is still pretty much the same, so if you've read Kleypas, you'll know what to expect. I was almost sort of hoping that the lead character Nick would explore his kink side more than he did, with the mention of his desire to tie a woman up and have his way with her. His version of kink made vanilla look exotic. But that's alright. I don't read HR for the highly charged eroticism, even if LK always has a wonderful way of conveying sensuality and connection between a man and a woman. And as always, the lead female manages to pierce through the armor surrounding the broken man. We smile.We swoon a little.We appreciate the HEA.And that's good enough for me.

  • Leah
    2019-03-20 09:30

    This review will be written in a series of lettersDear Nick Gentry,I want to sincerely apologize for my extreme dislike of you in Lady Sophia's Lover. I am going to attribute it to the fact that I didn't really know you and the fact that you only showed me your Extreme Jerk-Off side in the previous book.Over three years later, I now see that I judged you too quickly. All you needed was someone to give you a chance at a better life to prove your worth. Thank God you were able to receive that chance. Because now you are no longer a reckless, devil may care bad boy. You have realized that you have a good life and things worth living for. You've gone from only caring about yourself to considering the lives of others.You learned to trust another human being with your secrets, pain, fears, and doubts.You have learned to love. And you learned that the love of those you care about most is worth any price...I am so glad to have been able to witness this transformation in you, my love.Love always,Leah*~*~*Dear Lottie,Thank you for being you. I loved you from the beginning of your adventure with the infamous Nick Gentry. You immediately enchanted me with your charming, open personality and the beauty of you, inside and out. You infect everyone with your wonderfulness and you are one of the best heroines I have come across in a long time.Thank you for helping my Nick grow into the wonderful person we all knew he was. However, he wasn't the only one who grew. You learned to trust and rely on Nick, and you opened yourself to love despite your rocky start with him. I am so glad to have been able to witness the change in you also.With love,Leah*~*~*My Beloved Marcus, Lord Westcliff,I sincerely thank you for being your delicious, sexy, wonderful self. This book was awesome, but even if it had sucked, it would have rocked because you were in it. You can always make anything better.I will love you forever,Lady Leah Westcliff*~*~*Dear Sophia,You rock, girl.Love ya,Leah*~*~*Dear Ross,You make me love you even more with every page you are on.Yours,LeahP.S. If you can find a time machine, we have these things now called condoms, birth control, and other contraception. Try it if you want to prevent more pregnancy. Muah!*~*~*Sayer,If you ever again cause my Nick to get hurt, I will personally skin you alive.Watch your back,Leah*~*~*Lord Radnor,I'm glad you're dead.Fuck you,Leah*~*~*Dear Lisa Kleypas,I bow down to your literary genius. You have wooed and won me once again with the amazing story of Nick Gentry.I loved the plot and thought you executed it beautifully. It reminded me a little of Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean with Nick searching for Lottie, and a little of your own Married by Morning by Lottie being promised to Lord Radnor and running away. I liked that, however, and it made me love the story even more, oddly enough.To a job well done, I salute you.Sincerely,Leah(P.S. Yes, I know both those books were written after this one.)*~*~*Favorite Quote:"You wouldn't make a wish.""Because I didn't know what I wanted. And now I do.""What do you want?" she asked tenderly.His hands slipped behind her head, pulling her mouth down to his. "To love you forever," he whispered just before their lips met.(Lottie & Nick, page 383)

  • Rane
    2019-03-12 14:46

    As I started to read Worth Any Price, I kept flipping back to the cover to make sure I was reading a LK book and not another author by mistake. I’ve read a good amount of LK books and enjoy her style of writing greatly, but with Worth Any Price it was very unusual style that differ from other LK books I’ve read so far, one with more of a teasing sensual level,. I’ve only found in one other of her books. Rating this book was also tough, as it was a different take on LK’s style, but not in a bad way. LK always seems to make the best memorable heroes and Nick is right up there with the best, he was like quicksilver at times, always moving, thinking , trying to move on while fighting against the flow and the odds. At times I wanted to push him away and other times I wanted to hold him close, he was teasing with a devil may care smile and other times so very lonely and lost trying to find a new way in his life. He had one of the highest sensual levels that at times I did feel got in the way of finding out more of what’s going in his head , but it only went to show you a deeper meaning behind his actions and open his thoughts. Lottie was gentle and kind on the outside with a core of steel on the inside, while Nick came to be know as strong and reckless, Lottie really was the leader of the relationship, opening up to Nick and giving him the support he needed to face his past demons.While I enjoy the sensual level between these two, I did feel Nick’s lack of tack did get in the way, comparing his wife to his old lover/teacher. But taking a big grain of salt with that I looked at it at a different angle. Nick wasn’t raised to be a gentleman and was very blunt and truthful to a point of being hurtful and only had one lover beforehand so that pretty much made his a novice in a real relationship. A novice with expressing feelings and emotions toward his wife Lottie. I don’t think he really saw what he was doing until later on. Lottie took a lot of things in stride with Nick which I thought was really the only way to get though to him and which did in the end. Lottie knew when to be tough and when to be gentle and had a lot bucket load of common sense that many romance women lack at times. Worth any Price was a deep character driven story as the rest subplots were dealing with one or both Nick and Lottie. I liked how the story of the Bow Street Runners tied up nicely with the New Police coming into play finally shutting down the once famous Bow Street Runners. Giving everyone a fresh start at life, mostly Nick. Giving closure to not only the Runners but the series as well. Overall: I enjoyed Worth Any Price with two wonder leads that really drew you into their story, LK really showed another side to her writing that I couldn’t help but love in the end giving it high marks. A great ending to the Bow Street Runners series.

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    2019-02-22 11:44

    This one would have gotten four stars from me if not for the dangling plot point regarding Charlotte's family. Seriously, her parents were tossing their daughters at rich, psychotic perverts and we're not gonna revisit that topic? Sloppy.

  • Yolanda
    2019-03-21 15:30

    AWWWWW Nick Gentry y sale Ross que me encantaaaaaaaaresumiendo, me ha encantado.

  • Mojca
    2019-03-07 13:41

    Nick Gentry, former crime lord turned Bow Street runner, is hired to find the elusive Miss Charlotte Howard, Lord Radnor’s unwilling fiancée. Nick is to hunt the reluctant bride down and bring her back to his groom-to-be no matter what.For Nick, known for his knack in solving “delicate” situations, this should be an easy mission. The playfield shifts when he finally meets her.Charlotte Howard is desperate and prepared to do anything to escape a fate worst than death as the obsessed Lord Radnor’s wife. If that means accepting Nick’s shocking marriage proposal, so be it.For the man reputed to be the most skilled lover in all England, their bargain of a marriage will certainly not in name only. He’s an expert in the women department, and with one look at Lottie, he knows she is his match in everything.With this marriage of convenience, Nick and Lottie embark on a roller-coaster journey toward self-discovery, understanding, trust, and ultimately love.This was the first Lisa Kleypas book I’ve read and up to this day it remains my favorite.Nick Gentry is an amazingly complex character with inner demons aplenty and a past so dark it’s chilling. Though he’s a man hardened by his past and his secrets, he still tries his best to make amends, mostly to win the heart of the woman he loves, though he has a hard time accepting the fact he is in love.Charlotte was Nick’s perfect opposite. She was light to his darkness, extremely feminine and sweet, and with a heart so soft it was bound to bring Nick to his knees, though his reluctance to open himself to her emotionally (physically he was pretty open) seemed to be pushing her away every time.Once these two strong characters collide and their separate worlds mesh together, we’re in for quite a ride, when they both follow that sweet promise of passion and love while still holding themselves back.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-10 14:39

    This was an amazing book! From very early on in the story I knew two things: Nick was going to become one of my favorite heroes, if not my very favorite, and this book was going to be one of the top favorites of my all-time favorite books! I give this book 10 stars!!When we first met Nick Gentry in Lady Sophia's Lover I had my doubts about him. I don't really know what it was that bothered me about him, maybe he seemed cocky or something, but to be honest I wasn't that thrilled about reading his book. But then I read some great reviews about his book and I changed my mind, I was excited!Nick's story begins with him at Mrs. Bradshaw's Brothel. So my first thoughts were, ugh, I don't want to read about this guy's mistress, I want to read about the heroine! But very quickly I changed my mind, he had my attention and my sympathy! He was a 24 year old virgin and he no longer wanted to be one. Since he was put in prison at the age of 14 he had turned away and cringed at all human touch. So that made it quite difficult to be with a woman intimately. Besides, no woman had ever come along that made him want to allow her to touch him. But his sexual urges were growing stronger, to the point that it became more important to satisfy that urge rather than continue to keep himself from being touched. So he and Mrs. Bradshaw began meeting over the course of three years, where she taught him all the skills he would need to satisfy a lover and himself. After a time she told him it was time for him to go find another woman.Nick Gentry was looking for Charlotte "Lottie" Howard. He had been hired by Lord Radnor to find Lottie after she had been missing for two years. Lord Radnor is a disgusting old man who made a deal with Lottie's family; He would give them money to eat and live on if they would give Lottie, their oldest daughter, to him in marriage. But Lottie refuses to be prey to Lord Crusty and so she runs away!Nick finds Lottie working as a companion to the Earl of Westcliff's mother at Stony Cross Park. (Yay, we get to spend time with Marcus, another favorite of mine! *sigh*) What Nick didn't expect to find was a woman who would make him feel unlike any other before. There is an immediate attraction between the two of them and sparks start to fly! When the earl of Westcliff finds out the true identity and fate of his mothers companion, he proposes marriage to her to protect her! But Nick won't allow someone else to take Lottie from him and Lottie won't allow the Earl to "settle" for a loveless marriage. So Nick offers marriage to Lottie! He truly feels sorry for the lot that had been dealt to her and he knows that if he does not protect her from the old Lord Creep-a-lot, then she would be destroyed, mind, body and soul.What I love about the relationship between Nick and Lottie is that they actually get along very well. They complement each others personalities very well and grow quite open and close to each other early on in their marriage. It was very refreshing to see that! Lottie never allowed Nick to bully her, she was able to speak her mind in front of him. She did not fear him when the rumors she'd heard about him told her she should fear him. And Nick showed her such kindness and the fun side of life, a side she had not seen since she was a little girl of 8 years old being betrothed to Lord Dirty-Old-Man! Lottie and Nick did have their problems to work through though. Remember Nick comes into this marriage with an awful lot of baggage that he needs to work through. But with his spirited and tough new bride, it was sure to happen.This was one of those stories where the hero and heroine both captured my heart! They were both such tortured souls, but worked through their problems beautifully! Oh, and I love the ending with Sir Ross Cannon and Nick, finally able to agree on something!Amazing book and I cannot wait to read it again! Lisa Kleypas is simply an amazing woman to be able to create the heroes that she does!

  • Yomi M.
    2019-03-21 13:47

    This was a light and really enjoyable read. At the end it a got a bit intense but I felt like it fell a little flat, like the author was rushing to finish it. Also (view spoiler)[I thought there was another reason why Lottie's parents didn't accept Nick's help, I thought they were keeping a secret but it was never really explained (hide spoiler)]. Then there was the epilogue, honestly, I wanted it to be more about Nick and Lottie and less about Sophia and Ross.

  • Cristina
    2019-02-18 16:44

    I swear Kleypas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Gotta keep reading her books!

  • Carol Storm
    2019-02-27 16:34

    Lisa Kleypas is the Joe Dimaggio of Historical Romance. Her stories have a smoothness, grace and power that is absolutely unmatched, and she carves out each tale with cool perfection and ease. Effortlessly summoning up all the luxury and allure of Victorian manners, clothing and cuisine, she combines the glamorous settings with deeply engrossing characters and raw sexual pyrotechnics.Nick Gentry was the villain in the previous novel, LADY SOPHIA'S LOVER. As a bold master thief forced into a catching criminals as an elite Bow Street Runner, Nick is a conflicted character to begin with. Added to that, his childhood was marred by violence and sexual abuse, and he is deeply distrustful of emotions and authority.Nick's boss, Ross Cannon, is a stern father figure who makes Nick into a better man. Like most romance authors, Kleypas has a tendency to idealize male authority figures, and Ross is no exception. He is the perfect surrogate father to Nick, very demanding yet also quietly understanding. It helps that he's married to Nick's sister Sophia, of course. But Ross' decision to send Nick to rescue the kidnapped Charlotte Howard represents a second chance for the bad boy gone good.Charlotte Howard is a classic damsel in distress, on the run from a cold, controlling man. At first Nick seems like more of the same. But, after a while, Charlotte senses how tormented and confused Nick is -- underneath the devastating sexual allure. The two of the come together in a sexual explosion so hot it literally scorches the pages! The problem is, each step towards love drags Nick towards a final surrender to Ross and respectability. Will he find a way to marry Charlotte and keep his own roguish identity intact?I loved this book. More than most romance authors, Lisa Kleypas understands that men have deep emotional relationships outside of the bedroom. Ross and Nick are, in their own way, as much the center of this story as Nick and Charlotte. By making peace with Ross, Nick is finally coming to terms with his own abandonment and abuse. Charlotte's love is the one thing that allows Nick to accept his place in the world and be the man he was always meant to be. A very powerful story, smoothly told.

  • KatieV
    2019-03-08 14:42

    Kleypas proves once again that a good writer can take plot elements that normally don't appeal to me and make them work. ***spoilers***In this case, I'm speaking of a sexually abused hero who has only been with one other woman prior to the h and still make him a very convincing and sexy alpha...of course that 'other woman' taught him far more than anyone else could have ;) Yes, my assumptions are sexist. I am aware. I don't expect romance to be PC (or realistic).There was one glaring plot hole that bothered me. How in the heck did Nick not figure out within 2 seconds that the villain planned to take Lottie's sister as a replacement? The guy was a famous Bow Street Runner with a keen understanding of how depraved, criminal minds worked! I knew from the first 2 minutes of the visit to Lottie's parents' home that this was the plan. I can excuse Lottie for not catching on, since she was relatively naive and these were her parents. Many of us have a blind spot when it comes to what our family is capable of. But what was Nick's excuse?

  • Shawna
    2019-03-07 13:30

    5+ stars – Historical RomanceWOW! This is another beautiful, romantic, evocative, and lushly sensual read from the master of historical romance, Lisa Kleypas. I absolutely loved it! Big 5 stars!

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-03-15 13:44

    3.5Worth Any Price was way better than the previous book. You need to give it a chance, though. The start is a bit bumpy. I mean the first page has these words: 'the urge to mate had finally become stronger than fear'. So, yeah, I had to suspend whatever there was to be suspended to move past that in addition to the usual suspension of disbelif when it comes to historical romances (which I don't have any issues with).I liked this story. The heroine being very likeable helped too. The thing is, if those first pages with a twenty-four-year-old Nick were written as a memory or a retelling, I would have liked this even more. Speaking of Nick, I loved him. Worth Any Price has two great characters.I think Worth Any Price is the best of the three Bow Street Runners books.

  • Kat Desi
    2019-02-25 14:34

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! This is my favorite LK book so far. I didn't feel like Nick having his own book at first when I read Lady Sophia's Lover, but man, am I stupid or what? Nick Gentry is a dreamy Hero (if a little bit pervy but I like that) and I really liked Lottie too! Great story line, great plot, but that is already expected of LK. ;)

  • Zairobe25
    2019-02-28 17:35

    De los viejunos de la Kleypas, bueno y entretenido.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-02-19 13:46

    3.5 stars. I loved the first 150 pages (about 40%). The rest was only ok because it was too ordinary.I’m looking for great stories with creativity. The potential was here, but it wasn’t developed as I would have liked. I enjoyed the characters Nick and Lottie. THE FIRST PART OF THE STORY:Nick was orphaned as a child, lived on the streets and was abused in a prison ship. He became a famous crime lord. Then he became a good guy by joining the Bow Street Runners for three years. Because of his childhood abuse, he feared being touched by anyone and never had sex with a woman. At age 24, he goes to a brothel and selects the madam as his choice. She is touched by his manner and becomes his lover and teacher for three years. She ends their relationship saying it’s time for him to move on. He still has no desire for other women, until he sees Lottie.Lottie’s parents needed money, so they promised her/sold her to Lord Radnor as a young girl. He would visit their home and have private sessions with Lottie in a locked room in which he fondled her. He paid for her to attend a school where the teachers followed specific rules he wanted for her. She was deprived of food when he thought she was gaining weight. Her hands were tied to a chair if he thought she fidgeted too much. She was told not to speak unless her thoughts were complete sentences. His goal was to make her into his vision of perfection. She ran away from the school and was in hiding for two years working as a companion to an older woman. Radnor hired Nick to find her.CAUTION SPOILERS:I loved the interaction of Nick and Lottie when they first met and up until they married. When Lottie and her employer Marcus learn that Nick was hired to take her back to Radnor, Marcus offers to marry Lottie to save her from Radnor. Before she makes a decision she asks for a private moment with Nick. In that scene, she offers to be his mistress if he will protect her from Radnor. He asks to sample her wares before he decides, so she allows him to kiss and fondle her. I got the feeling that he was doing this to see if his body could be attracted to her and respond to her since he had never been drawn to a woman before. He did respond, and as a result he offered to marry her instead of having her as his mistress. Maybe I missed the author’s intentions here, but I enjoyed my interpretation.I was disappointed with the last 60% of the book, after they married. I was hoping for something more insidious from Lord Radnor, maybe something like stalking her, kidnapping her and holding her for a longer period, or maybe kidnapping her before she married Nick and continuing his sick attempts to make her over. I was hoping to see Nick’s talents for searching and overcoming bad guys to find her, get her away from Radnor and exact a proper revenge. This was my own hopeful imagination wanting something a little different. Instead the story during the last part of the book was ordinary, predictable, standard romance fare. She did get taken by Radnor but she got away through no special talent of anyone, but by luck.Lottie’s parents arranged a marriage for her with Radnor. They received a lot of money for themselves. Granted, many arranged marriages are based on financial motivation, but in this story the parents were almost evil. When Nick offered to pay their debts and support them financially in the future, they refused. Since their refusal was not rational and did not make sense, I saw them as additional villains. Therefore, I wanted to see what other evil deeds they would do. The author didn’t pursue this line, other than one more event which wasn't enough for me.Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: eight. Setting: 1839 to 1842 London and other areas in England. Copyright: 2003. Genre: historical romance.For a list of my reviews of other Lisa Kleypas books, see my 4.5 star review of “Sugar Daddy” posted 8/19/08.

  • kris
    2019-03-06 17:27

    Nick is hired to find Lottie. When he does, his loins burn for her so he proposes marriage. And then there is sex. So much sex. Tantric sex! Bondage sex! Shower sex! Oh, and Nick faces his ~past and becomes a Better Man for it?? But mostly: sex.1. I cannot tell a lie: I was kind of into the sex. 2. THAT SAID, WHOA ISSUES. a. [trigger warning: sexual abuse of a child; dubious consent] (view spoiler)[When Lottie is 'caught' by Nick, she offers to become his mistress and he demands a ~demonstration because 1) he is a major asshole, and 2) SEX. He proceeds to manually stimulate her as he holds her on his lap, overriding her requests that he stop. Shortly thereafter, Lottie reveals that her former fiance (the one who hired Nick to find her) would visit her house when she was younger and home from school, and force her to sit on his lap as he touched her sexually. The text does not see a problem with this. Nick does not react to this news; does not throw himself on her mercy for mauling her in a fashion near identical to that of her former molester. Sure, he wants to rip former-fiance's throat out, but that's Man Stuff and clearly Lottie's over her abuse, right?Which brings me to b: The text is so goddamned into Nick's trauma and guilt that Lottie's experiences are basically hand-waved away. Lottie has to absolve Nick's guilt. Lottie has to convince Nick to share his history. Lottie has to soothe his Man-Pain while her suffering and recovery is conveniently missing from the narrative. (hide spoiler)]c. FUCK SIR ROSS. There are very few things that piss me off OK there are a lot of things that piss me off, but one of the biggest is an overriding of personal autonomy. So when Ross goes ahead with reinstating Nick's title, completely regardless of Nick's thoughts or wishes into the matter (which boil down to: FUCK NO), I was pretty grossed out. There's a lot of bullshit about how it's for Nick's ~own good, but whatever. Nick does not want to be a Viscount. Threatening to request testimonies from his sister, his wife, his cat to override Nick's own refusal is just...ew. Fuck off, mate. (Also, is that a thing? Can you request a wife testify against her husband, particularly in the 1830s? I feel like it's not a thing? But maybe I'm drunk and wrong and sad.)3. So how do I rate this fuckstick of a book? I'd give it like 3.99 stars for the sex because yay for something other than your army-issued missionary style!! But then I only want to give this book 1 star for handling everything else like the Bears handle an away game in Green Bay. (OOO BURN.)

  • Tammy
    2019-03-02 12:26

    Thank God for snow days! I turned off my phones, locked all of the doors and put my kiddos busy so I could finish one book and start "Worth Any Price". I could not put the book down and managed to finish it the same day. I can't believe I let this one sit in my TBR pile for so long!When the book opened with Nick Gentry arriving at the doorstep of an upscale brothel, I had my doubts. Nick could not tolerate the touch of any human being and he managed to work through his deeper issues with the help of a madame. The older women/younger man relationship was interesting to say the least.Flash forward three years. Nick has become one of the most notorious Bow Street Runners and an accomplished lover. He is also sought out for private commissions. In this particular story, he is sought out by Lord Radnor to find his missing (and unwilling) fiance', Charlotte Howard.Charlotte a/k/a Lottie was, in my opinion, the perfect heroine. She was feisty, clever, feminine, very sweet and she showed common sense. Not being the typical cliched heroine you read about in most novels, Lottie actually stood up for herself and didn't take any crap from Nick. She did not come across as helpless and did not play the role of the Damsel in Distress.Altho this story contains a compromise and marriage of convenience, I was very happy with the romance that evolved between these two intriguing characters. The side story of Nick's past and his eventual coming out as Lord Sydney was also nicely written.Without giving away spoilers in this book, I was thrilled with Nick's over-protectiveness of Lottie and even happier with the conclusion of Lord Radnor. The only turn-off for me (and I have read this complaint before) would be when Nick started bragging about the techniques he learned from the madame. I chose to skip over those parts. Still a great read!

  • Lisa
    2019-03-05 10:24

    First read: August 20164.5 starsok hi remember my undying devotion towards Sebastian St. Vincent? well yeah Nick Gentry almost, almost wrestled that top spot away from St. Vincent because mannnnnn dude is super hot where can I haz onealso kinky stuff, I like.Reread: April 2017I still love Nick Gentry. Also I forgot this in my first read but trigger warning for rape mention and suicide.

  • Inshirah Kamal
    2019-03-08 09:33

    “Every rule should be broken once in a while,” .... However, he had never been one to respect rules, even his own.

  • Iliada
    2019-03-02 14:52

    I read this book as part of a buddy-read of the Bow Street Runners series and I want to apologize to my friends in advance for a somewhat harsh review. Most of them liked this one the best, but this wasn't the case for me.For me this book was a wasted opportunity. It had a very strong beginning. Nick has intrigued me since the previous book. He is cold and kind of villainous and I couldn't wait to see him change and reform. Lottie made such an impression on me. She started out as one of the best female characters I've read about. I loved the MCs and their chemistry so much I didn't even care about the insta-love/lust, which is something I normally hate in romances. The first 30% was amazing. That's when the problems started, right about the time they got married.Sex. Sex. Sex. That's what I thought their marriage was all about for the biggest part of the book. I didn't feel any emotional connection between Lottie and Nick until the last 10% or so. There was little communication and I felt like 90% of the time I was reading either about them having sex or about boring descriptions of how they spent their day. I knew the great characters I had fallen in love with must still be there somewhere, but I just couldn't feel the love until the last 10% of the book. There was a really emotional moment at the end but it was too little too late.Low 3 stars only for the great characters and a very good first 30%. I am a bit disappointed in this one.

  • Summer
    2019-03-14 14:32

    It's always hard for a book to live up to high expectations. Lisa Kleypas writing never disappoints, but there were things about this book that were just not my preference. For one, Worth Any Price rates rather high in the heat scale. That in itself is not something I'd normally complain about. However to me it seemed like the romance took a back seat to all the heat. The couple doesn't spent much time together, at least in getting to know each other anyways. I rather like some steam in my romance, but I like it balanced with some story too. Also towards the end there's a couple scenes that just seemed tacked on. Like Lisa Kleypas was running out of pages to wrap things up and just added something for dramatic effect. It wasn't bad, just didn't seem to fit the tone of the rest of the book. With all the complaining, the book was still good. They steamy scenes were well written and the characters were great. I just didn't connect as well with this book as I'd hoped.

  • Deniz
    2019-03-05 17:38

    I Loved it! this book was pure satisfaction I could not stop reading and never wanted it to end. Nick Gentry is without a doubt one of my favorite Kleypas heroes. I love all of Lisa Kleypas books. All of her books are on my keeper shelf..This one is no exception!

  • HJ
    2019-03-06 11:29

    3.5 - My favorite of the Bow Street series. I guess I'm a sucker for the hero who becomes more than what he was.

  • Mou
    2019-03-05 15:37

    Definitely a good read. It was kinda different from other Lisa Kleypas books but still a good one.

  • Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
    2019-03-11 14:26

    If I had thought Sir Ross was an insatiable and creative man, Nick Gentry just blew me away.Our infamous crime lord/thief-taker was offered a job by his brother-in-law at the end of the previous book to work as an official runner. This story takes place three years later, when Nick Gentry is dispatched by a man with an ugly soul, Lord Radnor, to find and bring back his runaway bride, Charlotte Howard. It takes Nick surprisingly longer than he probably imagined to find Lottie Howard but when he does, he's faced with a dilemma. Because Lottie Howard is a strong woman who's been able to evade him for 2 months and she is beautiful, smart and completely down-to-earth. So, in a moment driven out of passion he makes an offer to her, and in a moment of desperation Lottie accepts.I have to say these two people really blew me away as both separate characters and as a couple.Lottie is a remarkable strong person. She's run away from an arranged marriage to a man who's much older in age and a complete dictator in everything else. Her family practically gives Lord Radnor total reign over Lottie's life in exchange for his financial support and the noose tightens and tightens when finally Lottie can't take it anymore and runs away. I admired her courage. Her spirit. No matter what, she couldn't help but think of herself as selfish because she believed she abandoned her family, when in fact it was her selfish, horrible, law and order: svu episode-worthy parents who were the abandoning ones. I can't express my disgust in her family enough so I won't even try it.So when faced with a choice between marriage to the dictator and marriage to a practical stranger, it's no surprise she goes for the stranger. A stranger she's somehow also attracted to, a stranger who promised her no title but a better life than the one she would've had with Radnor. I just can't put into words how much I loved Lottie's character. She was passionate, loving, understanding and good natured. But she was also extremely strong, she knew what she wanted and she was good under pressure. She was a woman who could hold her own when faced with a difficult situation. She was definitely a perfect match for Nick Gentry.And Nick Gentry..Ah, Nick..Again, I've got limited ability to describe just how much I adored this man. He wasn't your usual hero for all his faults in the past along with the ones done to him, but he certainly came through when it mattered. In the three years that have passed we see that Nick has actually changed and matured a bit. He's following rules, with maybe a few exceptions here and there but hey, no one can blame him, and he's more compassionate towards others. He still has a difficult relationship with his brother-in-law but they manage with the help of his sister Sophia. We also find out that he's great with children which makes his place in my heart a whole lot bigger.Nick was a hero who was both easy and difficult. He's got secrets that he keeps from everyone, he hates and fears vulnerability so much that he even skips sleep most of the time because he believes it renders him unprotected and vulnerable. Of course he has reason for this but he's not opening up to anyone else. On the other hand, he's teasing, playful and my God he must be the most skillful and knowledgeable hero of fiction about sex. This would be the part I smile and wink at you and get lost in my dreamland for a while.Back to the reality of my review, I also loved these two as a couple. They complemented each other even when they didn't know it. I admired Lottie's attempts to drag the truth out of him and finally unburden him after so long. I loved the passion between them. I loved the fact that they cared so much. They reminded me again why I love Lisa Kleypas couples.There was everything in this book, it was complete with the story, the characters, the drama, the revelations, the love and the action and mystery. This is what I've been waiting to read from the start of this series.