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Sunday Spotlight: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Posted March 26, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 7 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Lisa Kleypas is a favorite author of ours here at Book Binge. She writes wonderfully passionate historical romances that really knock us on our asses. Her characters are always lively, and her stories are always filled to the brim with love, laughter, friendship and families that are always so special. That is precisely why we’re featuring one of her books today.

Love in the Afternoon is the fifth book in the Hathaways series and it features Beatrix Hathaway and her Captain Christopher Phelan. It’s a story of love letters and war heroes and a woman who knows more about animals than she does humans and we love, love, love her.

Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Hathaways #5
Also in this Series: Mine til Midnight, Seduce Me at Sunrise, Tempt Me at Twilight, Married by Morning, Love in the Afternoon
Genres: Historical, Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Publisher: Avon

She harbors a secret yearning.

As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted… and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?

He is a world-weary cynic.

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep… and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied.

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There are many reasons to love this book but this is probably our favorite reason. This is the single, most perfect scene…ever. Ha!

“All right, then,” she snapped, “do as you please! Perhaps afterward we could manage a coherent discussion.” Twisting beneath him, she flopped onto her stomach.

Christopher went still. After a long hesitation, she heard him ask in a far more normal voice, “What are you doing?”

“I’m making it easier for you,” came her defiant reply. “Go on, start ravishing.”

Another silence. Then, “Why are you facing downward?”

“Because that’s how it’s done.” Beatrix twisted to look at him over her shoulder. A twinge of uncertainty caused her to ask, “Isn’t it?”

His face was blank. “Has no one ever told you?”

“No, but I’ve read about it.”

Christopher rolled off her, relieving her of his weight. He wore an odd expression as he asked, “From what books?”

“Veterinary manuals. And of course, I’ve observed the squirrels in springtime, and farm animals and-”

She was interrupted as Christopher cleared his throat loudly, and again. Darting a confused glance at him, she realized that he was trying to choke back amusement.

Beatrix began to feel indignant. Her first time in a bed with a man, and he was laughing.

“Look here,” she said in a businesslike manner, “I’ve read about the mating habits of over two dozen species, and with the exception of snails, whose genitalia is on their necks, they all—” She broke off and frowned. “Why are you laughing at me?

Christopher had collapsed, overcome with hilarity. As he lifted his head and saw her affronted expression, he struggled manfully with another outburst. “Beatrix. I’m . . . I’m not laughing at you.”

“You are!”

“No I’m not. It’s just . . .” He swiped a tear from the corner of his eye, and a few more chuckles escaped. “Squirrels . . .”

“Well, it may be humorous to you, but it’s a very serious matter to the squirrels.”


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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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Review: Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas.

Posted October 29, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments


Rowena’s review of Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas.

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.”

*sigh*

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

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This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas.

Posted October 27, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments


Rowena’s review of Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas.

Hero: Capt. Christopher Phelan
Heroine: Beatrix Hathaway

She harbors a secret yearning.
As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?
He is a world-weary cynic.
Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied…

I’m so sad that this series has come to an end. I hope that we get a Hathaway Christmas story or something similar to the Wallflower Christmas story. I’d love to see more from this family. Oh how I love them so!

This book follows Beatrix Hathaway, the animal lover of the family find her happy ending. Beatrix is the last man standing on the single train and it’s time for her to find her Prince Charming. She hasn’t any kind of hope since she wants the kind of marriage that her brother and sisters have found and it doesn’t seem likely that she’ll get it. She’s much more comfortable around animals and that doesn’t help her case too much, especially with the only person in all of town that she can’t seem to bring herself to like because of something she heard him say about her.

He said that she belonged in a stable.

So yeah, Christopher Phelan isn’t too high on Beatrix’s list but Christopher heads off to the war and starts up a flirtation with Beatrix’s friend Prudence. Prudence receives a letter from Christopher and when Prudence brings up the fact that all he talks about in his letter is about a stupid dog, Beatrix’s interest perks right up and she asks to read the letter. After reading the letter, she begs Prudence to let her respond the letter and from there things get away from Beatrix.

What started out as one letter turns into more letters and before Beatrix knows what’s what, she has gone and done the unthinkable.

She’s fallen in love with Captain Christopher Phelan…and he has fallen in love with her. It’s amazing how much power words have when you’re lonely. The letters exchanged between “Prudence” and Christopher were so cute and I loved every single one of them. Hell, I fell in love with Christopher and Albert.

When Christopher comes home, things get interesting for everyone. It broke my heart to see Beatrix hurting the way that she was because Christopher was such a shit to her when he returned. I loved her take no bull shit attitude where he was concerned. She was hurting on the inside but from the way that she continued to do what she thought was right and what Christopher needed, the more my heart ached for her. I admired the strength in her. She was so strong and so deserving of a happy ending that I couldn’t read this book fast enough to see her happy ending come to life.

While I was reading this book, I was emailing and texting with my favorite animal lover, Ames. I couldn’t stop gushing over how much I was enjoying the book and I couldn’t stop kicking myself for waiting so long to read the book either.

I enjoyed this book so much that after I finished the book, I went back and read all of my favorite parts over and over again. When Christopher finally finds out that it was Beatrix that wrote all of those letters? Yeah, I read that scene at least thirty times. I enjoyed it that much. This book has it all, it’s got a great cast of characters (those Hathaways are just the best kind of family, don’t you think?) and the hero and heroine were both fantastic and they carried this book so well. Their romance was the perfect kind of romance. This book has everything that one would want in a romance novel and big kudos to Lisa Kleypas for writing another winner. This is definitely going on my keeper shelf and I’m pretty sure that I will be re-reading this one often.

I loved it.

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

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This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Posted July 20, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa KleypasReviewer: Holly
Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Hathaways #5
Also in this series: Tempt Me at Twilight, Married By Morning
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: June 29th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Victorian, General
Pages: 352
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four-half-stars

As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted...and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix's friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it's becoming clear that Christopher won't come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru's disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru's letters to Christopher for her.

Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep...and when Christopher comes home, he's determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix's innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can't be denied...


I have to be honest and say I wasn’t really looking forward to this book until the very end of the last book. Up until that point, Beatrix still seemed very young to me. Even after the last book I still had reservations about her as a heroine.

I should have had more faith in Kleypas. Both Beatrix and Christopher were delightful. I loved the premise behind their romance. The letters they exchanged really set up the romance beautifully. It was easy to see how they’d fallen in love with each other as Christoper was at war, and Beatrix waiting at home for him. Those first few chapters were so emotionally charged they pulled me in completely.

But Christopher doesn’t realize it’s Beatrix he loves. Because Beatrix has been writing her letters in the name of her friend, Prudence Mercer. Pru shared Christopher’s first letter with Bea and it was obvious to her that he needed someone to correspond with. The selfish and shallow Pru didn’t want to hear tales of war, and refused to respond to him. So Bea offered to do it instead, agreeing to signing Pru’s name to the letters.

When Christopher returns home he expects to find Miss Prudence Mercer waiting for him. He knows she loves him, just as he loves her. But Pru isn’t there waiting, and he realizes he needs time to decompress before going to her in London. That’s when he runs into Beatrix Hathaway. He’s always thought Beatrix was unconventional, and not in a good way. He’s surprised to see she’s grown into a beautiful woman, one he desires. Not that it matters, since it’s Prudence he loves. But still, he’s a man and he noticed. He also starts noticing other things about Beatrix – how comfortable she is to be around, how understanding she is, and how much she challenges and frustrates him.

Once he reaches London it isn’t long before he realizes Prudence Mercer did not write the letters he received. She’s nothing like the woman he corresponded with. But who then? Certainly not..Beatrix Hathaway?

Christopher is a young, foolish, vain boy when he leaves for war. He’s what you would expect a spoiled, entitled man to be. But the things he sees in battle change him. He comes home with darkness in him, and a better understanding of himself and the word. It was really interesting seeing the way he matured. He also suffers from PTSD. I think Kleypas did a really excellent job of showing how that effects a soldier.

Beatrix was everything I expected from the earlier novels – loving and caring, helpful and more interested in animals than humans. She was also stronger and much more mature than I expected. I guess I always saw her as the youngest Hathaway, always into mischief and taking care of animals, so I didn’t think of her as a woman. She feels terrible guilt over writing letters to Christopher as Pru, but she just couldn’t not write to him. It was easy to see how something that started innocent got out of hand the longer it went on.

I loved that they admitted their feelings for each other early on. Neither of them play coy, or try to deny what’s between them. Christopher is worried that he’s too damaged for Beatrix. Not in a “I’m a martyr” kind of way, but he has very real concerns that, as a result of his PTSD, he might hurt her at some point. He’s against marrying her because he’s afraid of himself. But he doesn’t deny that he loves her, or try to pretend his feelings aren’t what they are, or try to push her away. I loved that.

I also loved how Beatrix stood beside him and pushed him to get better. She didn’t let him wallow in his misery, or fall into depression. She was just exactly what he needed.

Though this was a darker novel than some of the others in the series, it still had moments of great humor. There’s one scene in particular where I was literally laughing out loud. I won’t spoil it, but it has to do with squirrels. You’ll have to read it yourself to see what I mean.

It was lovely to see the Hathaway’s again, as always. The family is so quirky and strong. I adore them. Kleypas once again managed to include scenes with them without taking away from the main romance, which was great.

One last thing I have to mention: Beatrix’s animals. I loved all her pets. The goat scene was hilarious, and I loved the hedgehog. But it was Albert, Christopher’s terrier, who really stole the show. It was heartbreaking to see how much he was suffering, and delightful watching Beatrix work with him.

While I enjoyed Married by Morning more than many others, I’d have to say Love in the Afternoon was more emotional and deeper.

4.5 out of 5

The series:

Mine Till Midnight
Seduce Me at Sunrise
Tempt Me at Twilight
Married By Morning
Love in the Afternoon

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-half-stars

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Review: Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

Posted June 15, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: Married by Morning by Lisa KleypasReviewer: Holly
Married By Morning by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Hathaways #4
Also in this series: Tempt Me at Twilight, Love In The Afternoon
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: May 25th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Victorian, General
Pages: 352
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
four-stars

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...

Kleypas is always a favorite and I was especially looking forward to this book. The tension between Cat and Leo has been building for 3 books now, and I was very interested in seeing where she was going to take them.

Cat has a secret and Leo wants to know what it is. He wants to know all of her secrets, especially the ones hidden under her clothes. But he knows it’s a bad idea. She is scared to death of Leo finding out her secrets, because she knows once they’ve been revealed she’ll have to leave..and she isn’t ready to give up the Hathaways just yet.

But they both surprise each other. Cat isn’t the uptight spinster she pretends to be, and Leo isn’t as callous and shallow as Cat has always thought him. I really liked that the twist here with Leo wasn’t that he was afraid of falling in love because he knew he’d be bad at it, but because he knew he’d be too good at it.

“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 damned much for anyone to manage.” A sardonic laugh rustled in his throat. “I overwhelm even myself, Marks.”

No one is more surprised than Cat when she realizes Leo isn’t the man she’s always thought him.

“Poor Darling. It’s all right. Nothing fearsome down here. Take a deep breath. You’re safe.”

Catherine continued to lie in his arms as she caught her breath. She tried to take in the fact that Leo, her enemy and tormentor, was calling her “poor darling” and petting her. His lips brushed her temple and lingered gently. Holding still, she absorbed the sensation. She had never been attracted to men of this size, preferring those of less intimidating stature. But he was strong and comforting, and he seemed so genuinely concerned, and his voice was like dark velvet wrapping around her.

How perplexing.

Although this wasn’t my favorite Kleypas, I did enjoy it quite a bit. The end bothered me, mostly because I felt like it was thrown in almost as an after-thought, just to add conflict. Plus, the conflict so paralleled that of Tempt Me at Twilight it was like I experienced deja vu.

That aside the book was very well done. I loved the banter between Marks and Leo and how they constantly surprised each other. The way he teased her and got her all riled up was hilarious.

“What about fidelity?” Catherine asked in outrage.

“Fidelity is so passe. It’s laziness, really, not bothering to go out and seduce new people.”

I also liked that Kleypas included the other Hathaways in a believable, yet unobtrusive way. They didn’t take over the story, but enhanced it with their natural flair.

“You seem to think you have a choice,” Cam said. “but you have it backward. Love chooses you. The shadow moves as the sun commands.”

“How I enjoy Romany sayings, ” Leo marveled. “And you know so many of them.”

There was also quite a bit of general humor laced throughout, which at times had me laughing out loud.

“Ahhh…” The innkeeper made an ominous sound and bent to write in the registry book. “Don’t give in, sir. They never leave when they say they will. When my mother-in-law visits, the mice throw themselves at the cat, begging to be eaten.”

While this wasn’t my favorite Kleypas, it was still an entertaining read. The strong character development and witty banter is what we’ve come to expect and the romance was well done.

4 out of 5

The series:

Mine Till Midnight
Seduce Me at Sunrise
Tempt Me at Twilight
Married By Morning
Love in the Afternoon

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-stars

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