Lazy Girl Reads is hosting a Newbie Blog Hop running from Dec 10th to the 31st. This is to allow those of us who are new to mingle and learn from each other. Head over to Lazy Girl Reads and join up and then wander through the blogs making new friends!
Publisher: St Martin’s
Release: May, 2010
Source: I purchased this book to read and review
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 book in Lisa Kleypas’ latest series about the Hathaway family. As we expect, this book deals with Leo and Catherine’s story. At the end of Tempt Me at Twilight we find Leo ad Catherine kissing in the back garden, a result of Leo’s sudden bout of jealousy over a scene witnessed between her and Harry Rutledge.
For those of you who have been reading this particular series, will remember that Leo has been through a rough time. He has lost his childhood love to Scarlet Fever and then proceeds to try to lose himself in all manner of debaucheries. When his sister Win goes to France to the clinic, he accompanies her and finally finds some of the peace he has been searching for. He is able to go on with his life, but is determined never to fall in love again. He is a sardonic fellow with a public side that is the care-free man about town dabbling in architecture, and the private, lovable brother that lives to irritate his sisters, and especially their governess/companion, Catherine Marks.
Catherine has a mysterious past that has left her with nightmares. What we realize at the end of the previous novel in this series is that she is the half-brother of Harry Rutledge who is now Leo’s sister Poppy’s husband and hotelier in London. Harry rescued her from something in the past and has settled enough money on her so that she need not ever work again. She has chosen to take the job of governess/companion but something about Leo always sets her hair on fire!! He baits her and she responds!
We find out at the beginning of this book that Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year or the family will lose Ramsay Manor – the house that they have all worked so hard to restore. To help Leo, his sisters plan a ball to introduce him to all the unmarried ladies in the area. Meanwhile, Leo and “Marks” as he calls Catherine, head over to check out the ruins of the old manor and Leo is injured when he falls through the roof. He sees how strong Catherine really is when she saves him.
I won’t go ahead and give away the story-line; I’ll leave it for you to read yourself. I enjoyed the pacing of this book as I enjoyed the others of this series. I delighted in the interaction between Leo and “Marks” both in the other books as well as this one. I was fascinated to see where Lisa Kleypas would allow them to go in this book. Again, I turned the pages desperate to get to the next page or the end of the chapter, or the end of the book. I did not notice the passage of time as I cheered for Leo as he courted Catherine. I appreciated the little additions that were added to the story, such as the “character” of Dodger that was written so vividly. As was stated in Booklist: “Superbly nuanced characters, simmering chemistry, and wicked wit.” Certainly one of my favorite authors and this book makes the keeper list!
For more information on upcoming books check out Lisa Kleypas’s website.
It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for the weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren – In My Mailbox.
For me, it’s an exciting week! Just a few minutes ago I won a copy of The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Sparkling Reviews was giving away copies for re-tweeting. I’m looking forward to having a look at this book (and keeping up with the students I work with at the high school library! They are going to be so jealous!) I understand that she has more copies to give away so head HERE and find out how to get one.
The other book, One Touch of Scandal by Liz Carlyle, I literally got in my mailbox was one I have been waiting on for a while. I put myself on the wish list on Paperback Swap and finally got the book. I haven’t read any Liz Carlyle in a while so I’m looking forward to this book!
Here’s the blurb:
Grace Gauthier had taken a position as governess hoping to find security and peace in a life that had very little of either. She’s always yearned for a good marriage, a family, and a home, but it was not to be. And when the brutal murder of her employer leaves her unprotected and alone—as Scotland Yard’s prime suspect—she has no one to turn to except the mysterious and reclusive Lord Ruthveyn.
A dark-eyed Lucifer, Ruthveyn guards his secrets carefully. His shadowed past as the Queen’s most trusted agent in India is the stuff of whispered rumor, as is his mixed ancestry. Deeply moved by her plight—and haunted by her beauty—Ruthveyn is determined to save Grace by unmasking a killer. But his growing passion for her soon places his own heart at risk and threatens to expose his dark gifts—and his dark society—to the world . . .
So….what did you get in your mailbox?
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Release Date: Nov 15, 2010
Source: I requested from NetGalley to read and review
TWAS THE NIGHT was co-written by three very successful and well-known romance authors: Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen and Kate Holmes. Collectively they have published dozens of novels and are brand names to a very large romance-reading audience.
This sexy, funny and fast-paced romance novel is perfect for light reading during the holidays. Three irresistible guys are trying to get home for Christmas across the snowbound northeast roads. The last chartered bus out of Philadelphia is full of rambunctious senior citizens who call themselves the Santa Brigade. Their fearless driver (a woman) is a retired NASCAR racer.
Our heroes hop a ride with the Brigade and immediately (Christmas magic?) they collide with three fellow hitchhikers who are women from their pasts: these gorgeous gals have not forgotten or forgiven old heartaches, and so it’s going to be a very long night on the bus . . .
Twas the Night is a book that I requested from NetGalley for the Christmas Reading Challenge I’m participating in and also because I’ve not read anything from these three authors before and I was curious.
As the blurb says, this story is about three men who are childhood friends trying to get back to the small town in which they grew up, so that they can attend the Christmas Eve wedding of their mentor George. For various reasons, they each need a method to get back to Snowden and the only way of getting through the snow storm is on the “Santa Bus”. Sam, a Blue Angel pilot arranges to parachute to the bus to impress Reba his old girlfriend, whom he has never forgotten. Kevin (or JD) is the private investigator who brings Callie-a woman whom he’s been hired to find and take into custody for failing to show at a criminal trial in NY-on the bus. Stan the injured pro football player, was asked by George to pick up Dana, whom he calls the forest ranger, and bring her to the wedding. When the roads are closed, Stan and Dana take her snowmobile to meet the bus so that they can get to the wedding on time. The Santa Brigade is on the bus and is a bunch of senior citizens who travel around the area bringing Christmas cheer to people in need.
Somewhere I read that this book is created by three authors each writing a chapter in turn. As you read through the book each chapter is labeled with either Sam, Kevin or Stan, but they follow an orderly progression of time from when Sam joins the bus to when they arrive at George’s wedding. Each chapter is told from one couple’s point of view. The other characters may be mentioned, but only as observed by the main character of the chapter. I don’t know for sure if what I read was true, but if it is, these three authors have created a very cohesive book! It certainly reads as if written by one person.
All three men come from disadvantaged backgrounds and most of the seniors on the bus were adults when the men were kids. They witnessed all the shenanigans that went on, and are proud of what them men have made of their lives. As the men work their way through their various issues and convince the women to fall in love with them, their feisty seniors add unwanted advice, and general hilarity! All of this is told with vivid clarity. One could just shut one’s eyes and picture the various seniors and what was going on on that bus!
This book is a feel-good heart-warming book for the Christmas season! A lovely book to curl up by a fire with!
Yeah!! It’s Friday!! Time for some of my favorite activities 🙂 Friday is always a busy day with follows. We’ll start with Parajunkee’s Follow Friday. This is a popular activity, usually attracting lots of bloggers. Every week a blog is featured. Drop over to Parajunkee’s blog and find out who is featured this week and join in the fun! This weeks question is asking us to think about a new under-recognized author. I tend to read rather mainstream, well seasoned authors! I’ve been trying to branch out a bit and lately I’ve read several books by Lauren Dane and was hugely impressed!
Our next activity is Book Blogger Hop sponsored by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books. This, also, is a very popular weekly meme! Every week Jennifer posts a question that we all need to answer. This weeks question is what do you like the most about book blog follows? I’d have to say that I love wandering from blog to blog reading reviews and finding new books that I’m interested in reading – or just admiring some of the amazing artwork on books covers! Again, join up and have some fun with us!
The last activity for this Friday (I think) is the Follow Friday for 40 and over Bloggers hosted by Java at Never Growing Old. I like this activity also as it brings together a different group of bloggers so I get to find new blogs to read 🙂 Every week she features a new blog. Head over and find out who it is this week and join in this fun also!