Series: The Hathaways #4
Also in this series: Seduce Me At Sunrise
Genres: Historical, Romance, Victorian
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.