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Lisa Kleypas est une écrivaine de romans d'amour américaine née en 1964. Elle commence à écrire ses propres romans pendant les vacances d'été entre ses études de sciences politiques et publie son premier roman à l'âge de 21 ans. En octobre 1998, la maison de Lisa Kleypas au Texas est inondée après des pluies torrentielles. Elle et sa famille ont tout perdu. Après l'inondation, elle achète un roman d'amour pour oublier le stress. C'est le déclic pour Lisa Kleypas, elle décide dès lors de se spécialiser dans le genre. Ses livres se placent régulièrement en tête des classements de livres à succès, se vendent à des millions d'exemplaires à travers le monde et sont traduits dans quatorze langues différentes. Lisa Kleypas réside toujours au Texas avec son mari et ses deux enfants.
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O MY GOD... If there had been 6 stars, I would have put six stars, seven, even more if possible, and big ones at that... I can't believe what I just read, and this is definitely NOT what I thought historical romance was. Take it as a VERY VERY positive remark. In other words, hats off to Lisa Kleypas. I discovered this author a couple of weeks ago and I can't stop reading the Hathaway saga. I - just -can't. My eyes are all red now, (from laughing - out loud, reading, crying, or whatever...) Well, it's sexy, intelligent, deeply emotional, and definitely NOT superficial, (something I dreaded before starting reading the series). I'm totally addicted, and I have to say that I fear the time when I turn the last page of the last book - I can't help but wonder if i'll feel sick with want of it... Well, Married by morning has been my favorite so far, because I just love Leo, He (sorry- he) is so wicked and yet so romantic. The way he is attracted to Catherine has touched something deep in me. Witty and shocking, deeply wicked and yet surprisingly honest and sincere, he is a man made of contradictions and very unpredictable. He loves like a mad man, and this thing we had guessed in Mine Till Midnight when we saw his downfall after the death of his fiancée Laura. He is the perfect image of the romantic hero but the author manages to give him a rather deep and realistic dimension. I also relished in the relationship between Leo and Catherine, the chaperon introduced for the first time in Seduce Me at Sunrise. Always quarreling together, fighting to have the final say, those two heroes fall in love without even realizing it - and this is just delightful because very well written.Lire la suite ›
PattepoilueTOP 1000 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE le 6 août 2010
Let me get this straight 'this was a wonderful read! Ok now that I've said it, I can elaborate. I started reading Lisa Kleypas historical romances only very recently, about 6 months ago, and now I am truly addicted. Married By Morning is the 4th book in the Hathaway series which follows the life of the Hathaway siblings. This is Leo's story and oh boy how excited I was to read his book.
We've seen Leo in the previous books and I would encourage everybody to read them before starting this one. There's a lot of background story you would miss otherwise. I've always loved Leo's humor. He's witty, funny and he is a complete rake. He has a rather cynical view of the world and of himself.
In the previous books, the family hired a governess, Catherine, to help the younger sisters learn Etiquette.Since the first time they met it's been explosive between Cat and Leo. Catherine is very 'proper' and Leo stands for everything she despises in a man. On his hand, Leo finds her too strict and cannot resist poking and trying to get a rise out of the poor governess. It was always very amusing to see them 'fight'. At the end of Seduce Me At Sunrise, we are left wondering what happened between the 2 of them on a previous meeting. There's some mystery about Catherine, and Leo will do anything to learn the truth about her.
Somehow after reading the synopsis and an excerpt on the author's website (I can't stress enough how EVIL I find excerpts!), I jumped to conclusions *cough*as always*cough* about what this book would be about' I was pleasantly surprised though. This book is hilarious, I laughed a LOT, there was a lot of LOL, ROFL and LMAO involved'I think all of these together would describe how funny I found this book.Lire la suite ›
C'est très certainement le tome que j'ai attendu avec le moins d'impatience car Leo m'a agacée dès le début. Dans les tomes précédents on comprend bien qu'il va se passer quelquechose entre lui et la timide Catherine mais je n'étais pas spécialement intéressée par ces deux personnages là. N'ayant rien d'autre à lire, je me suis cependant décidée et j'ai été agréablement surprise. Les dialogues sont vivants et drôles entre ces deux héros si dissemblables. L'histoire est amusante et bien écrite. Comme d'habitude, LK sait amener les intrigues et faire découvrir ses personnages avec brio. J'ai passé un bon moment bien que ne ce soit pas le meilleur de la série des Hathaway. c'est pourquoi je n'ai mis que 3 étoiles.
4ème volet des aventures de la famille HATHAWAY avec LEO qui doit se marier en urgence avec la compagne de ses soeurs. Opposition classique de deux caractères diamétralement opposés, ce qui en fait le charme et le plaisir de lire ce livre. Je le recommande donc avec enthousiasme.
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Great sequel to a wonderful series26 mai 2010
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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.
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Second half of the book far better than the first ... and how can I get my own Leo?! (3.5 stars)26 mai 2010
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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.
SUMMARY: 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!
PROS: 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::).
CONS: 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.
HATHAWAY SERIES: (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
BOTTOM LINE: 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!).
P.S.: 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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this series keeps getting better and better27 mai 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.
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Loved the wittyness and banter26 mai 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked Cam and Amelias story, i LOVED Kev and Win's story, Harry and Poppy were ok, i LOVE Leo and Marks! The banter between the two was so refreshing and it wasn't at all overdone. The sweetness of Leo and the wickedness of him blended so well. He is a very close second to Kev for me. I was pleasantly surprised that they were able to overcome their issues with each other early in the book. So that we could enjoy amusing banter but not hurtful or malicious. Loved this installment in the series. Lisa Kleypas never disappoints!
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Beautiful25 mai 2010
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I loved Leo and Cat..........it was a beautiful story and I was afraid that it would be heavy on the I hate yous right up until the end given their history. However, it was not once they realized they liked each other the hostility went away and left a beautiful story.