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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312605382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312605384
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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“Has plenty to keep readers turning the pages: Wit, suspense, secrets to learn and, of course, lots of love and passion…” ―The Monitor on Seduce Me at Sunrise

“Each member of the family is a delight to meet, and the depths of emotions and love they have for each other is shown magnificently...a spectacular story that continues the saga of the Hathaway family.” ―Romance Reviews on Seduce Me at Sunrise

“Lushly sexy and thoroughly romantic…superbly crafted characters and an intriguing plot blend together brilliantly in this splendid romance.” ―Booklist on Seduce Me at Sunrise

“Vintage Kleypas…An unforgettable story peopled with remarkable characters and a depth of emotion that will leave you breathless with the wonderment of knowing what falling in love is really like.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Mine Till Midnight

“Kleypas's effortless style makes for another sexy exploration of 19th-century passion and peccadilloes, riveting from start to finish.” ―Publishers Weekly on Mine Till Midnight

“Will steal the hearts of readers.” ―The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) on Mine Till Midnight

“Captivating…The love story brims with humor and touches of pathos as the characters struggle with lost love and relinquishing grief to embrace life anew.” ―Fresh Fiction

“Strong characters, compelling romance, an intriguing story, and steamy passion.” ―The State (Columbia, South Carolina) on Mine Till Midnight

“Aside from creating wonderfully alluring characters in Cam and Amelia, Kleypas shows sexual tension, sensitively handles prejudice, and expertly weaves in a bit of the supernatural to round out a tale that is pure delight. Cam and Amelia's romance is well-paced and is a pleasing balance of wit and passion. Their relationship is…riveting from beginning to end.” ―Romance Reviews Today on Mine Till Midnight

“RITA Award–winner Kleypas presents another wonderfully entertaining, lusciously sensual historical romance.” ―Booklist on Mine Till Midnight

From the Back Cover

Passion and persuasion, seduction and scandal…

It's the dazzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author


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…

"Will leave you breathless."―Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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My esteem for Lisa Kleypas rises with every book that she writes. She is an excellent writer with a deft still at drawing readers in with her thoughtful characterizations and witty plots. Her heroes are the stuff of fantasies, but somehow real enough as to be believable.
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Married by Morning is definitely one of her best books, albeit not the best, for me that honour goes to Devil in Winter, which was an absolutely fantastic read. However, in this book, I like the tension between Marks and Leo and the simmering passion. I have been waiting for their story for years now and it definitely doesn't disappoint.
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Having read Lisa Kleypas' other books about the Hathaways I was looking forward to seeing how Leo Hathaway would manage to win the feisty Catherine Marks. It is a textbook in seduction that I would recommend to everyone.
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I'm not sure what happened with this book - I was 100% prepared to love it. I've read all the other Hathaway books and they seemed to be getting better and better. This one was SO slow & SO boring. I felt like the couple was together from page one and I kept wondering, where's the excitement? where's the tension? The story seemed to focus mostly on Catherine's past and wasn't all that interesting. I have to say that I really loved the other books so that's why this one was such a surprise. I was prepared to enjoy Leo's story but I think I never really liked Catherine as a heroine.
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HASH(0xa52292d0) out of 5 stars Second half of the book far better than the first ... and how can I get my own Leo?! (3.5 stars) May 25 2010
By J. P. - Published on
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[1852 - Hampshire and London, England]
So here it is! The long awaited romance of "Marks" and Leo! I know I'm not alone when I say that by the end of the second Hathaway book, SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE, I was sensing that they would be matched up in the future and was already anxiously anticipating it.

Many readers have been counting down the days till this book came out, and that same pressure and excitement also made me nervous - would it be able to live up to our expectations? I'm very conflicted on what my answer to that question is and cannot give a straight yes or no (hence the middling rating of 3.5 stars). One thing I will say is that I don't think this book should be read on its own, for two reasons: 1) reading Hathaway Books 2 and 3 will allow you to enjoy the Marks and Leo relationship *that* much more, and 2) see my CONS section.

Catherine Marks (23) has been the governess and now-companion for the two youngest Hathaway girls for three years and during that time, the antagonistic relationship between Cat and her employer, Leo Hathaway, Viscount Ramsay, has only grown stronger. Leo (30) has changed from the drunken wastrel that he became following the death of his fiancee, however he is still irreverent and enjoys nothing more than a good argument with the pinch-faced eyeglass-wearing "Marks" (as he so "affectionately" calls her). They are like night and day: the relaxed, charming, devil-may-care facade aristocrat and the closemouthed, rigid (though NOT unkind!), somewhat stern governess.

The normal routine of their relationship - one of constant fighting and teasing - changes drastically one afternoon when Leo finally gives in to the urge and kisses Cat ... and she kisses him back! There is no going back from the desire and attraction they have now been forced to admit they feel for one another, and each must face their own issues before any HEA can take place. Leo struggles with his increasingly resolute decision to pursue their relationship, while nonetheless wanting to avoid falling in love at all cost, not willing to put himself at risk of suffering another heartbreak. Cat has really only ever known solitude and loneliness in her life, and she is hiding a mysterious past that has left her in doubt of her own worth and wary and mistrustful of men.

Throw in Cat's concerned brother who also happens to be Leo's sister's husband, this mysterious past coming back to haunt her in the form of a vile 40-year-old lecher whose fixation borders on obsession, two people who wish our heroine ill, and a will that says Leo must marry within a year and produce a male heir or they will all have to leave Ramsay house, and you'll find yourself MARRIED BY MORNING!

Leo is a fabulous hero, though granted I've had a soft spot for him from the beginning ... well maybe not the *very* beginning, when he was somewhat of a selfish lout, but almost :-). I've always loved that he calls Cat "Marks" and you can't help but smile when he's teasing and trying to get a rise out of her. We see a decent amount of all members of the Hathaway clan in this book, which fans of the family will enjoy, and the repartee among the Hathaway siblings and their respective partners is wonderful to read and often very humorous. Cat was intriguing and I'd been curious about her back story since we're first introduced to her; it doesn't disappoint, though how it plays into the book might (see CONS).

One of the strongest things about this book is that you really feel the characters of Cat and Leo belong together; you can see how they just fit right and actually picture them as a real-life couple. They are both what the other one needs and are extremely strong individuals in their own right, but made all the stronger - because they're made vulnerable - with the other by their side. We see their growth - Leo, over the course of the series, and Cat, in this particular book. Leo is finally able to gain the peace and happiness he deserves and Cat is able to let herself be vulnerable and rely on another person. (And did I mention I *LOVE* their kissing game, lol - so cute). Their banter is fabulous, the arguing/teasing is wonderful, and their tenderness and care for one another is adorable (and makes one oh so envious, ::sigh::).

When I started the book, it was a rocky beginning and I was afraid that I was not going to be able to get into the story. It improved, but it really wasn't until the second half that the central relationship began to feel authentic. Part of the reason for this is that everything happens too quickly right at the beginning: much of Cat's "mysterious" past comes to light (by chapter three), she and Leo face their attraction, Leo begins intently pursuing her, etc. If someone starts starts the series with MBM it will definitely be jarring, but even for me, who has read the other 3 books multiple times, I felt like we were thrown into the story headfirst and blind. Yes, it's been building up for a few books, but even so, those previous interactions and passages don't do enough to smooth the way. Additionally, THIS is the book featuring Leo and Marks' story, so it's in THIS book that I want to see the full development of their relationship, (as much) start to finish (as possible).

Although at times the chemistry between Marks and Cat was sizzling, for the first half of the book I did not feel it AT ALL - Kleypas' skill in writing the passages was evident, but it just wasn't believable to me (which I think is a result of my criticism above). I also felt - again, especially at the beginning - that much more of the story was told from Leo's POV than from Cat's, so although Leo was very accessible, Cat remains an elusive character for quite awhile. It drove me crazy that she kept on "my-lording" him so far into the book; even the second time they sleep together, Cat says "my lord" while they're in bed together!

Finally, the mystery-villain subplot seemed contrived. Why would this man from Cat's past be obsessed for so long? Echoing another reviewer, Kleypas seems to have a penchant for certain evil subplots: particularly villainous men with an unhealthy fixation on the heroine (this book, Worth Any Price, The Devil in Winter, SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE, Because You're Mine, etc.) and kidnappings (most of the ones previously mentioned, plus Dreaming of You, TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT, etc.). The other side of Cat's past involving her family was interesting and unfortunately not too hard to imagine, though one thing that kept driving me nuts was that these family members were supposed to be of the lower class and not very sophisticated, yet they spoke perfect English and had an admirable vocabulary.

(Note: LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON comes out June 29! Two Kleypas books in two months: the HR goddesses are smiling on us!! And although I wasn't looking forward to Beatrix's story because she's always seemed immature in previous books, reading the excerpt at the back of this book has me VERY intrigued.)
1) Mine Till Midnight - Amelia and Cam
2) Seduce Me at Sunrise - Win and Merripen
3) Tempt Me at Twilight - Poppy and Harry
4) MARRIED BY MORNING - Leo and Cat ("Marks")
5) Love In The Afternoon - Beatrix and Christopher

It's an enjoyable read and although I can't bring myself to give it 4 stars - I had too many issues, particularly with the first half of the book - I don't regret visiting the same bookstore twice in one day to finally get my hands on a copy or staying up late at night to finish reading it. If you haven't read the other Hathaway books, I would definitely urge you to do so before approaching this one (they're wonderful, so it's no hardship, I promise!).

For those readers like myself who don't like the hero or heroine to have had someone whom they truly loved before their HEA-partner (oh we're horrible!): although Leo did honestly love Laura, there is no vying for affection here and he is fully over her by the time this story takes place.
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HASH(0xa5232438) out of 5 stars Great sequel to a wonderful series May 25 2010
By Carrie B. - Published on
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I have never written a reveiw, but I just loved this particular book and wanted to share my thoughts with others. Besides Devil In Winter, I don't think I have enjoyed a romantic novel as much as this one. True, some of the lines in the book were a little cheesy, but the narrative was wonderfully descriptive, and the story, sweet and loving. For once a hero is not brooding or denying his feelings, but embraces his nature and the heroines. Thumbs up all round.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa523f318) out of 5 stars this series keeps getting better and better May 26 2010
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Thank you Lisa Kleypas for another excellent book.

You know the plot: she's a spinster governess with a bad attitude and a mysterious past who longs for TLC. He's an accidental aristocrat who hides his massive capacity for love behind self-depreciating wit and naughty behavior. In short they are both hard candies with soft gooey centers.

The story takes place over several months while the actual romance has been building for a year as seen in the two previous novels. That said, the plot arc does get stretched (as others have noted). There's no question H & H will have their HEA. That predictability is one of the reasons I enjoy romance so much. But it's always interesting to see what plot devices the author will use to complete the book. Although we learned about Cat's mysterious past pretty early on, the actual resolution of her past and resolution of the story was unexpected. Each character had to face his/her daemons to get to the HEA.

SPOILER: Interestingly, they each had to deal with the issue of prostitution. Hers was the literal meaning of prostitution via her history of family prostitutes and his via the aristocratic marriage to secure either money or land. Both of them resisted and showed that neither of them was "for sale" in spite of the outward persona they represented.

Some other reviews have commented on the fact that Lisa Kleypas uses kidnapping a lot as a plot device. This is totally true. But what they aren't pointing out is that Lisa manages to create new characters and a new and unique love story in each and every book. Also unique loves scenes. Amazing. I think this is a huge accomplishment given that she's had to have written more than 20 books. I've read everything but her first several books and my favorite part is the fact that with each novel you meet new people. There are quite a few authors who recycle characters and after you've read 4 books, you've read them all. Not so with Lisa Kleypas.

Cat & Leo were great. Worth the money and lack of sleep. I'm really looking forward to the next book about the youngest sister and in general just very appreciative that romance of this quality is available when I need a break from the headlines.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa523f144) out of 5 stars Excellent hate-turns-to-love historical romance May 25 2010
By Misuzmama - Published on
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Governess Catherine Marks is hiding a secret. The stern, pinched faced, severe woman encased in all that drab wool is but a facade. Underneath is a willowy beauty desperate to hold onto the family that has become so precious to her. Years ago when the somewhat eccentric Hathaways hired her to instruct the younger sisters in proper behavior and comportment, she eagerly accepted. Cat knew full well what difficulty it would be to guide the girls through the harsh and unyielding rules of society. Unable to resist such a challenge Cat threw herself into the task and succeeded by bringing about a polish and shine to the girls without ruining their true nature. But along the way the Hathaways managed to steal her heart, bring her a peace, contentment and love that had been so lacking in her life. Now it seemed like the dreadful truth was going to be exposed and all that warmth would be shattered. She couldn't allow that to happen, not to the people she held so dear not even to the rakish wastrel Lord Ramsey, the man she clearly lov....hated.

No one liked being duped, least of all someone like Leo Hathaway, Lord Ramsey. He could be called a rogue or a wastrel but he certainly wasn't an idiot. Only that sort of person wouldn't notice the recent changes to his sister's governess. The Grim Reaper, a name he'd given to spindle-legged Marks, didn't seem to fit her anymore. She seemed to have changed before his eyes in the past few months. Gone was the adversary he so clearly loathed. In her place was an extremely distracting blossoming beauty who reeked havoc with his emotions. Even worse their constant bickering seemed to have had taken a turn with a growing subtle sexual undercurrent. Leo couldn't help but crave and fear it simultaneously. Love nearly destroyed him years ago and he was determined never to feel that way again. He'd be dammed if he didn't get a hold of himself and this attraction to Marks. For better or worse he was going to sort everything out. When it came to protecting his family, no secret was safe from him.

Love-hate romance themes are a favorite of mine and Kleypas does this one exceptionally well. If your not a fan of the hero/heroine constantly bickering and bitterly fighting then you might want to skip this book. But I can't seem to help myself and adore simmering sexual tension. You just never know when one character will snap and just grab the other and kiss them to shut them up. *sigh* (yes I know I'm weird that way). Sometimes its just boring when couples fall in love so neatly. I'd rather have a messy, complicated love story. Reluctant lovers are so much more fun to read, especially with a sprinkling of humor.

Leo and Cat are a perfect example of a hate-to-turns-to love romance. Cat craves the love that has been denied to her all her life but is unable to trust due to past bitter disappoints. On the other hand Leo who has loved deeply and lost, is unwilling to go through that torture again. And so these characters are at a crossroads, they love but can't love -or at least can't admit it to themselves. So how do they deal with all this pent up emotion? They fight and tease and laugh at the other one's expense. Until one day they can't hold it in anymore and all that passion and love comes spilling out in a big and dramatic way. Its deliciously romantic and completely sigh worthy IMHO, a keeper for me and I think most fans of Kleypas will enjoy it.

*I have to mention one of the highlights besides the humorous banter between the two and Dodger's (Beatrix's pet ferret) high jinx. Its how Leo was determined to prove to Cat that his kisses made her insensible by asking her simple questions immediately afterward. Of course Cat was up to the challenge and determined to answer at least one question correctly....therefore leading to more kisses.;) who couldn't love a book like that?

More of my Kleypas keepers-
The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3)
Then Came You
Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2)
Worth Any Price (Bow Street, Book 3)
Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street, Book 2)
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa523f39c) out of 5 stars Loved This Book!!!! May 25 2010
By Erica Allen - Published on
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I really loved this book(Married by Morning)It was funny and passionate at the same time. Lisa did not disappoint!But I've always been more intrigued by Beatrix. So I"m just excited to see how Lisa writes her! I loved the teaser in back of the book.I hope she makes her more sensual and sexual because for the last four books she has seem to have some kind of insight about people especially the opposite sex. I think Lisa really need to hammer it home with this last installment ,thus far I have really enjoyed all the Hathaways quirks and all, they are unique and lovable in their own way. Forever a Lisa Kleypas fan.