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Review: Married by Morning (The Hathaways #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Thursday, January 26
My rating:
2 Stars…

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Synopsis:

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...

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What I loved:
I actually enjoyed a lot about the first 60% of the story. I just love the way Lisa Kleypas has built this family, and I enjoy getting to see all my favourites again - Merripen, Harry, Cam...

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All the banter and humour of the Hathaway household, and the gypsies.

Quote…"There are peacock feathers on her gown," Cam remarked, in the same tone he might have said there are poisonous flesh-eating spiders on her gown.


Leo had amazing depth, loyalty, and such a great sense of humour. I've come to really love him over the course of this series, and even more so in his own book. Also, y'know, he was super hot.

Quote…"I can't ever go through that again. I love like a madman."


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And, of course, the animals and Beatrix. And little runaway Dodger!

What I didn’t love:

I have been looking forward to this story for so so long. I won't get into the disappointment, all book lovers know that feeling I'm talking about. What it came down to was: Catherine.

She had a secret - I get that. She was in hiding - I get that, too. She was in disguise - also fine. But this constant push/pull with Leo just drove me insane. One minute she's making out with him, the next minute she's pushing him away and insulting him. Then she gets down and dirty in a tavern with him, then says she can't, then gets offended because he stops, and then to top it off, she starts whining.

Quote…Catherine watched him incredulously. "You're not going to finish?"
He let out an unsteady sigh. "As I said, all or nothing."
She wrapped her arms around herself, trembling with desire until her teeth chattered. "Why are you trying to torture me?"


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I don't know what they called it in the 1800s, but round hurr we call that beeyotch a pricktease.

And despite how open and romantic Leo works to be for her, I don't think she even expresses love for him until the epilogue. Ms Kleypas tells us that post-wedding, they are kind to each other, but we don't actually hear any of those conversations. It's all just... so one sided.

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Overall…
4 stars for Leo and all the Hathaways and the animals - but this is a romance, and the romance part of the story was a massive let-down for me. I did love this, though...

Quote…"I know I'm a bad bargain. But I'm begging you to have me anyway. Because I want the chance to make you as happy as you make me. I want to build a life with you." He fought to steady his voice. "Please come to me, Cat, because there's no surviving you. You don't have to love me back. You don't have to be mine. Just let me be yours."

Review: Tempt Me at Twilight (The Hathaways #3) by Lisa Kleypas

Monday, January 23

My rating:
4 Stars… and 1/2 stars

Quote…It was a kiss to level mountains and shake stars from the sky.

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Synopsis:

He was everything she'd sworn to avoid.

Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal—only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.

And she was everything he needed.

Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy—except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm’s length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all...

What I loved:

I'm going to have to work through this page by page, because there are so many things to love about this story.

1. Dodger the ferret. Throughout this series I've loved Beatrix and all her animals, and Dodger was an awesome way to open this story. Seriously, I cannot wait to get to Beatrix's story!

Quote…The ferret paused at a corner, checked to make certain he was still being chased, and in his happy excitement he did a little war dance, a series of sideways hops that expressed pure delight.


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2. The first time Poppy & Harry meet. I loved how smart and open she was, how encouraging, positive and excited she was about Rutledge's Curiosities room. I loved her in the ferret chase, but I really came to admire her when she met Harry.

Quote…Poppy stiffened. "It's a reputable hotel," she said. "I have nothing to fear."
"Of course you do," he murmured, "You're looking right at it."


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3. Miss Marks and her poems to help Poppy & Bea become proper society ladies ♥

4. The staff at the Rutledge, and the way they try to help in the early days of Poppy & Harry's relationship (which, by the way, is not a good time.) It was a little Beauty & The Beast, but in the most wonderful way. I wonder if Valentine will get a story? I loved his loyalty.

5. The progression of the story with Michael Bayning. I started off really liking him, but as it unfolded I could understand everyone's hesitation. He was a puss.

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6. Do you know, I didn't remember hearing anything about Poppy's accident in the earlier books, but I loved hearing about it now. It added a whole new dimension to her character, and I really enjoyed knowing about her closeness with her uncle. Loved it.

Quote…"And he whispered that I must always be a good girl, so that we could meet again in heaven someday."


7. I loved the slow, delicious burn of this story. Our couple hit it off straight away, then things go horribly wrong, and their relationship has to be built from less than scratch. I loved how Harry came to understand what kind of woman Poppy was, what she needed in life to feel fulfilled, how she felt... and I loved how he compared her to watch parts.

8. Miss Marks side story. Awesome.
Quote…"Is there a message I may convey to him?"
"Yes. Tell him that I hope he rots in hell for what he did to Poppy Hathaway. And then tell him that if he goes near her, I'll murder him."
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9. The way the Hathaways stick together. I love this family!

10. The build up for stories to come. I've wanted Leo & Cat's story for a while now and I can't wait to see what happens there. And then Beatrix! Woot woot.

What I didn’t love:
I was really worried for a while that Harry had crushed Poppy's spark, but it ain't gonna happen. I loved how jealous he got, and he deserved it... so I guess this isn't a negative at all.

So basically - nothing. There is nothing I didn't love. I should actually change this review to a 5.

Overall…
Quote…"I never want to be apart from you," he said. "I'm going to buy an island and take you there. A ship will come once a month with supplies. The rest of the time it will be just the two of us, wearing leaves and eating exotic fruit and making love on the beach..."

"You'd start a produce export business and organize a local economy within a month," she said flatly.


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Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways #2) by Lisa Kleypas

Saturday, January 21

My rating:
5 Stars…

Quote…"And if that's what you want, for me to continue to be alone and unloved, then you can go to the devil."
"You were never alone," he said harshly. "You've never been unloved."


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Synopsis:

He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation... and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England... only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for...

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What I loved:
Quote…Win had always thought Kev Merripen was beautiful, in the way that an austere landscape or a wintry day could be beautiful.

Win was such a gorgeous heroine! When I read Amelia and Cam's story, I thought Winnifred seemed a bit bland. Pretty, but sickly, and soft spoken, and just... a bit blah but I was so happy to be wrong! She was a strong, determined, sweet and honest character - through everything that happens in this book (and a shit ton happens) she is always true to herself and her feelings. I could read about Win forever ♥

Kev. For all that his poor tortured soul went through as a kid, he has grown into such an amazing man. I loved his loyalty and how protective he was when it came to the people he loved. There was nothing easy about Kev, and even though he was frustrating as shit, Ms Kleypas shows us why he's that way. Because of that, I couldn't help but love him in all his stubborn, difficult, prickly glory. And his underlying, undying devotion to Win was insane deliciousness.

Quote…I will follow you, he thought, whatever your fate is.
Win was the only thing on earth he had ever wanted. She would not leave without him.


Leo was hilarious - I'm excited like a fat kid outside a bakery, to get to Married by Morning, which is Leo & Catherine's story. I love how Leo has recovered somewhat from all his vices, and is working to be the man his family needs.

Quote…"I have a way with animals. They tend to acknowledge me as one of their own."
- Leo to Catherine


The twists and turns this story takes. The mystery and intrigue in finding Cam's tribe, and Kev's, and what happens with Dr. Harrow. All of it was just so good!

And then! The end of chapter 16 happens.

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What I didn’t love:
What a mongrel the rom baro was! Fuck that guy.

Also, that time Win lied. Not cool, bro, not cool. But I understand why she did it, and I can't stay mad at her for that.

Overall…
Quote…Win couldn't help chuckling. "For heaven's sake. If this street was paved with gold and angels were sweeping it, you would still say it was too rough and dirty for me. You must rid yourself of this habit of protecting me."
"Not while I live."


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