Published by Macmillan on May 25th 2010
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
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. 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...
Married By Morning is the Fourth in the Hathaway Series, where we begin with Leo’s story. Leo Hathaway has always found Catherine Marks, the paid companion to his sisters, mysterious yet suspects her of something else he can’t define, and these two go at it like cats and dogs, until one day their arguing ends up in a blazing passionate embrace, that leaves them both stunned and breathless, and leaving them wondering what are they supposed to do now, after they realize how much they are attracted to one another. When Leo finds out that he must marry within a year to save his family’s home, Leo is determined more than ever to find out the secret that Cat has been running from. But despite all the evidence to the contrary, Leo knows that he can never love again, knowing it could well destroy him, however what he feels for Cat is undeniable desire that he refuses to deny, and is wary of the love he vowed to never give into, but will find himself at a battle of hearts with Cat, the one woman he has vowed to himself never to love, but will that be his undoing?
Married by Morning was a sensation romance that I found myself hesitant to put down, and flipping through the pages as fast as I could read through them. Leo as a younger man, has loved once, but that love haunted him and almost destroyed him body and soul, so he has vowed never to love despite the fact that his siblings have found true love and happiness the likes of which he has never found for himself. Catherine Marks, hides beneath the facade of a companion to the young Hathways girls, whom she has helped polish into society. But the more she and Leo admit their passion for one another, the closer her past seems to haunt her, and she fears that she will have to leave the only family she has ever known and loved, especially the one man that could break her heart. I found the engaging interaction between these two intense at times, and witty at others, that I couldn’t help myself laughing throughout the book. I found Married By Morning to be a sexy, with alluring characters, and a romantically filled plot that had me breathless in anticipation with what was going to occur next in the suspensful plot that left me feeling satisfied. Truly a historical romance that you don’t want to miss out on or this wonderfully written series by a superb author that has stolen the heart of this avid romance reader!