Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Review: Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

He is everything she wants to avoid…


For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters — a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response — and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.


She is not at all what she seems…


Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever — unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…
Leo Hathaway, meet Hugh Grant; Mr. Grant, meet Leo Hathaway, Lord Ramsey.  I think the two of you would get along smashingly. 



Now that the introductions are complete, let's get down to brass tacks: discovering exactly what Leo and Catherine Marks have to talk about when we last saw them in Tempt Me at Twilight.  I literally screamed when that moment arose.  Leo had been so guarded, flip at times yes, but deeply hurt and troubled by the circumstances that have befallen his family, especially those caused somewhat by him.  Marks is someone he loves to antagonize; he loves to see her riled up.  And you know what's said about boys who tease certain girls...

Catherine Marks has a secret, two of them actually. Well, maybe three, because she doesn't like the feelings she's been feeling for Leo.  This moment seals the deal, so to speak:

Their cantankerous relationship could not resume as usual after something like this. It had been set on a new track with an unknown destination, and Leo was certain that neither of them were going to like where it led.

One reason I thought Leo and Hugh would be perfect together is thanks in part to lines like this:

"Tell me our legal issues. And use small words. I don't like to think at this hour of the morning. It hurts."

I so enjoyed Leo and Cat's romance, and am looking forward to what I assume will be the final Hathaway book, Love in the Afternoon, but how I'm going to miss them!

3 comments:

Lynette said...

Loved this book too. Leo was fabulous and I loved all of Leo's dialouge and now that you mention it, he is Hugh Grant! LOL!

HistoricalRomanceJunkie Rita said...

Lol.. Loved Two Weeks Notice, and having read the book, I agree with your reference!

Lovely review!!! And Lynette, I second that! Leo's dialogue was splendid. I pulled about 6 quotes from the book for my 5 memorable quotes post and most of them were by him!

Mrs. Hanson said...

Thanks ladies! I never pictured Leo as Hugh until this book, but I think it's a perfect fit.

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