All About Romance is one of the oldest and most robust websites for romance readers on the web. They’ve been putting together a Top 100 Romances list based on a poll of members every two to three years since 1998. The 2010 list came out not too long ago, so I picked up one of the newer books from the list, Married by Morning (number 98) by Lisa Kleypas. I’d never read anything by Kleypas before, but since she wrote 15 of the top 100, I thought it was about time I tried one of her titles.
Catherine Marks is a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters, a position she enjoys and finds fulfilling. She loves her charges and her work, except for one thing. Their older brother, Leo, is a thoroughly exasperating man who seems to take perverse pleasure in arguing with her and trying to ruffle her collected exterior. Catherine is a woman with a past, and Leo also seems to be bent on finding out all of her secrets.
Leo also has a painful past and a period of his life he would rather forget. He adores his family, but has decided that he will never marry and have a family of his own.
A surprising kiss shared by Catherine and Leo shakes their beliefs about one another and their indifference to each other. The question is whether they will each be able to overcome their private reservations and pain to accept each other.