Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 5 January, 2015 by Amanda / 10 Comments

Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}Married By Morning by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Hathaways #4
three-half-stars
Also in this series: Seduce Me At Sunrise
Genres: Historical, Romance, Victorian
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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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...

Love Leo loving like a madman.

Thoughts on Married by Morning

Leo loves like a madman, and that’s a big part of why I liked Married by Morning so much. The relationship between Leo and Catherine built over a couple books, and Lisa Kleypas delivered. Huzzah!

But it really is Leo who makes this story for me. We’ve learned who he is and what motivates him in previous books (and, as though I don’t mention it enough, characters tend to come alive when I understand their motivations) and he’s free to shine here. He’s funny, caring, and yes, he loves like a madman.

Miss Marks, on the other hand, is a bit more reticent — and, in fact, I think (though I’m not completely sure) we got more of Leo’s POV than Catherine’s — and it takes a while to figure out why she acts as she does. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait the entire book, though, and that made me glad.

Married by Morning is definitely one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas books so far… though I haven’t read Devil in Winter yet. (And I’ve been told many, many things about it.) Also looking forward to Beatrix’s book, since her love for animals has been so prevalent in this series — including this book, where the ferret Dodger plays a pivotal role.

three-half-stars

Filed under: ESR: 7, Review: Amanda,

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10 Responses to “Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas {Amanda’s Review}”

    • Oh yeah. That was exactly my complaint in book 2 as well, Felicia. I did a lot of sighing and eye rolling while I read it. This one, definitely better! Mostly because of Leo.

  1. YES! I so enjoyed this one too Amanda! It’s always rewarding to get books for characters you’ve met previously, and Leo definitely didn’t disappoint. I’m with you on Beatrix’s book, I need that one on my Kindle asap:)
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    • Dodger the ferret also plays a role in book 3, Tempt Me at Twilight (which I never wrote a review for, because that’s how I roll). I do like furry sidekicks too. Though Oberon will likely always be my favorite.

  2. Ooo, is this a new blog layout? It looks great, Amanda.

    It has been YEARS since I’ve read this, but I definitely liked it. And I think I felt similarly about Miss Marks. How it took me a bit to really get to know her. But I liked Leo a lot. I can’t remember, have you read Mine Till Midnight? That is my favorite of the Hathaways, but I liked Beatrix’s story a lot too. And Devil in Winter is really wonderful. Have you read It Happened One Autumn? Because you should read that first, before Devil in Winter?
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    • Yes! I decided to treat myself to Ashley’s Tweak Me v2 theme, and I’m loving it. :D

      I haven’t read Mine Til Midnight yet (reading out of order, for the win?), but I do have It Happened One Autumn and Devil in Winter out from the library right now and plan to read those for #boutofbooks.

  3. While I loved this book, I think that it was mainly due to Leo as well. He is the type of historical hero that I love to read about so I enjoyed every scene he was involved in. I liked Marks, but felt like the snarkiness that made me really like her earlier in the series disappeared. Like Quinn, I definitely think you need to read It Happened One Autumn before Devil in Winters so you can fully appreciate St. Vincent. :)
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    • Leo does really make this book. And I think Marks’s snarkiness would have probably been too much carried throughout the entire book, but it definitely changed my perception of her character.

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