Top Five Reasons to Love a Bow Street Runner by Anna Randol

I’m delighted to welcome to the tearoom Anna Randol.  Her new release, Sins of a Virgin, is part of Avon’s Kiss and Teal Campaign, highlighting awareness of early detection for ovarian cancer.  A portion of the proceeds from Anna’s book sales in the month of September will go toward Ovarian Cancer National Awareness.  For more information, you can check out the Kiss and Teal Campaign.

Anna’s hero has one of my favorite occupations for a Regency man–he’s a Bow Street Runner. Without further ado, here’s Anna on The Top 5 Reasons to Love a Bow Street Runner.


In my new release, Sins of a Virgin, my hero, Gabriel Huntford, isn’t a duke. Not an earl. Not lowly baronet. Not even an heir to a lowly baronet. In fact, he’s a commoner. And not just any commoner—a Bow Street Runner.

Now, for those of you new to historicals, Bow Street Runners were the detectives of their day. They were one of the first organized police forces in London. But they also gained several nasty nicknames. They consorted with criminals. They were scrambling for basic funding. They were paid for the criminals they apprehended.

Shocking, right?

So given his lack of blueblood, why should you give Gabriel the time of day?

  • A good guy bad boy. Gabriel gets all the things we love in a bad boy: the confidence, the toughness, a painful past. And yet he’s like this because he’s spent his life keeping innocents safe. Because he’s developed the traits he needed to stay alive.
  • A Runner’s physique. Umm…so it may be a different type of Runner, but a man who battles the scum of London a nightly basis has a body sculpted into an effective weapon…
  • Ahead of his time. As I mentioned before, the Runners were one of London’s first organized police forces. They were formed almost sixty years before the more famous Scotland Yard. And let’s face it, Gabriel needs to be ahead of his time. He has to be able to handle a heroine who’s decided to hold an auction that scandalizes society to its core.
  • Who doesn’t want a protector? Sure, we’re all tough, independent, modern women, but there’s still something so alluring about a man who can protect his woman. Gabriel’s dealt with all types of criminals. He knows how to keep his heroine safe. (And if someone tries to harm her, he can hunt them down no matter what hole they try to slither into…)
  • Attention to detail. Runners are skilled investigators, so Gabriel notices the little things. (Both in and out of the bedroom…)

So readers, what’s a profession (historical or modern) that you love in romance novels? One lucky commenter will receive a copy of Sins of a Virgin. Void where prohibited.



There is improper, there is scandalous… and then there is Madeline Valdan.

To the world, Madeline Valdan is a scandalous courtesan, with society’s most eligible gentlemen at her feet. But no one knows her shocking secret: she has never experienced the most intimate touch of any man. So she astonishes the ton by telling them the truth . . . and by announcing the auction of her virginity to the highest bidder.

Handsome and disciplined, Gabriel Huntford knows his time is best spent hunting down criminals from the darkest corners of London. As a Bow Street Runner investigating his sister’s death, he has no desire to join London’s strutting peacocks in this competition when there are more important tasks at hand.

Now, his quest leads him to one of Madeline’s “suitors,” so he agrees to help this sinful woman. But what begins as a business arrangement quickly turns into something more . . . and love blooms with a passion neither one expected.

Anna Randol writes sultry, adventurous Regency romances for Avon. RT Book Reviews gave her new novel, Sins of a Virgin, four and a half stars and called it, “Smart, sassy, sexy, original and tinged with mystery…” When she’s not plotting wild storylines, Anna’s usually eating dark chocolate, having wild dance parties with her kids in the living room, or remodeling her house one ill-planned project at a time.



28 thoughts on “Top Five Reasons to Love a Bow Street Runner by Anna Randol

  1. Hi Anna! I would love a copy of SINS OF A VIRGIN, I had to give my eARC copy back. : (
    An occupation? Well, I do love a sea captain and not necessarily a member of the Royal Navy or even a pirate. In contemporary romance, I am a sucker for a detective or a fireman or a soldier or … oh, shoot, any man in a uniform, I suppose. : )
    Looking forward to what you’ve got for us next. Thanks for the Giveaway and I just want to say – PICK ME! xoxo

  2. Hi Anna, I would love to see bow street runner in historical romance for sure :), your book reminds me of Lisa kleypas bow street runner the series . Those books made me crave for more bow street runner book:), now there comes your book :), and am so excited !:)

  3. I’ve always had a fascination with Bow Street runners and actively seek out the books they appear prominently in. You can be sure that I’m going to be picking this one up the moment MrMr looks the other way from my book budget. As for professions that I love, I seem to have a fondness for aristocrats willing to work with their tenants in the fields (read: take their shirts off and get sweaty) and doctors who stay up all night personally taking care of heroines.

  4. Welcome Anne!. Fangirl moment: LOVE your books. Each one is so different from many of the historicals. Great job. Keep them coming!

    Favorite professions for heros in the books I read or write are those males that protect and defend. Bow Street Runners (Lisa Klepas’s series), aristocracy (Stephanie Laurens Bastion Club) come to mind. I think its more an attitude rather than a profession.

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to reading Sins of a Virgin. Love the blurb, very intriguing.


  5. Hi Anna,
    It’s lovely to have you here at Teatime Romance. Thanks for coming by!
    I don’t have a particular profession I gravitate towards in my romances. It all depends on the book, the authors, etc. I do like Nora’s novels, where the hero and heroine’s professions are an integral part of the plot.

  6. Hi Anna!!! Thank you so much for joining us in the tea room today. It’s a pleasure to share this respite with you. Darjeeling? One lump or two?

    As for a hero’s occupation… I love a hero who will use his talents, whatever they may be, in order to protect a woman and do the right thing. Sometimes a few laws may have to be broken, but I love a man who will do anything to maintain honor and a sense of duty, while exhibiting skill and wit.

    Looking forward to reading your latest book, Anna! And thank you for being part of such a great cause!!!

    What excites you about the Regency time period? And what advice would you give Regency writers today?

    • I love the Regency period. I think it is such an interesting time. A war was going on for most of it, so there is fascinating possiblities for strong heroes and interesting back stories. It is also a few years before society becomes more rigid under Victoria’s rule, so there is more more space for trysts and adventure.

      For people who want to write Regency, I would just recommend they remember that while the characters might have worn awesome clothes, they are people just like we are today, flaws, heartbreak, insecurities and all.

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