Married By Morning by Lisa Kleypas
Rated 3.5 out of 5 White Roses.
Content Rated with the Red Rose.
For the last couple of years Catherine Marks was a veritable thorn in Leo Hathaway’s side. So what if she’s been the best companion to his younger sisters? All they do argue because she happens to be the most frustrating woman on the planet. Who cares if Leo happens to find himself thinking about her lips at the most inappropriate times of the day? He refuses to fall in love ever again.
Try as she might to avoid him, Lord Ramsay just knows how to push all of Catherine’s buttons. After years of constant bickering, they finally succumbed to the underlying tension and it resulted in a kiss of epic proportions. But Catherine is well aware that what bliss they may find with each other is only temporary. Considering Leo must find a wife and sire an heir before the year’s end or risk losing everything. And while Leo may try to convince her that a marriage between them is the perfect solution, she knows it’s not, especially when her secret past comes back to haunt her.
Married By Morning was lighthearted fun. It was half the time predictable and comforting as we are aware of what is about to take place, while other times it was almost (but not quite) farfetched. The foreshadowing for her “secret past” takes place almost immediately, but once you find out what it is, it’s almost stranger than fiction. The keyword there being “almost”.
I really enjoyed the chemistry between Leo and “Marks” as he calls Catherine. It was probably the highlight of the whole story -for this courtesan anyway. Their quick responses to each other was, while obvious, still humorous and sweet, as I am sure many passionate love interests in real life started with a love/hate relationship such as theirs. We all know it only takes a spark to light a fire and it was nice to see the sparks and eventual blaze in Leo and Catherine.
Hugs & Kisses,
The Lustrous Courtesan