Hero: Leo Hathaway
Heroine: Catherine Marks
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…
It’s been a long time coming, this book and me. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to read this book and I’ve already kicked myself in the shin more times than I can count because I absolutely adored this book. For me, Leo was the business! It’s been a while since the reviews for this book have hit the blogs and I can’t remember exactly what everyone was saying about them other than some people weren’t too thrilled with it.
Man, I loved it!
This book follows Leo Hathaway on his way to true love. If you’ve followed the series from the beginning, Leo has certainly come a long way from the jerk of an older brother that he used to be. He was the most selfish, out of control punk on that side of the world and he didn’t care. Man how the times have changed because not only has Leo turned himself into an upstanding (well, as upstanding as he can stomach) gentleman who has taken the reigns of his title and started to take care of his family again….and his sense of humor is better than ever.
I cannot tell you guys how much I fell in love with Leo over the course of this book. It’s hilarious because back in Amelia’s book, I couldn’t stand him. I hated his guts and to see me now, with stars in my eyes over him makes me laugh uncontrollably.
Leo and Beatrix’s governess have made no secret of their intense dislike of each other. Although, Leo likes to fight with her because she annoys him whereas Marks, really doesn’t like him. Mostly because of the same reasons I didn’t like him all those books ago. She hated the kind of man he was and she thought he was a selfish prick and wasn’t shy to air her opinions on that. The only thing about this is I couldn’t for the life of me understand why Leo stood for her biting remarks thrown in his direction. He was her boss and he let her get away with far too many insults but whatever, it’s what brought them together so I can’t hate on her all that much.
Catherine Marks has a dirty little secret that she can’t let anyone know about. She’s been on the run for so long that it’s become second nature to her and she hides herself in plain sight by masking her appearance with bad hair dye jobs and wearing unremarkable clothes. Leo is most interested in uncovering her secrets and he uncovers them throughout this story.
Watching Leo and Marks battle it out with their words and then fight their attraction to each other made for some entertaining reading. Every time they were together in a scene, their chemistry leaped off the pages and I ate it all up. Mostly, I ate up Leo.
How can you not when Leo’s saying things like:
“And you still love her,” Catherine’s voice was bleak. “That’s why you’ll never marry.”
“No. I have an extraordinary fondness for her memory. But it was a lifetime ago. And I can’t ever go through that again. I love like a madman.”
“It might not be like that again.”
“No it would be worse. Because I was only a boy then. And now, who I am. What I need. It’s too much for anyone to manage.” A sardonic laugh rustled in his throat. “I overwhelm even myself, Marks.”
Oh man, I loved that guy. I was surprised at how much my feelings for this guy have changed from the first time we meet him. The mighty change that formed in him throughout the time that it took for us to get to his book was great. I loved it. Watching him fall in love with Marks with each page had my heart sighing and my smile widening with each page. Lisa Kleypas is a fantastic writer because she redeems her heroes so well.
If you haven’t read this story, fix that. This book is wonderfully romantic and the laughs will keep up late at night until you’ve read the entire story. You won’t want to put this book down and you can take that to the bank!
Grade: 4.75 out of 5