Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Married by Monday by Catherine Bybee

Author: Catherine Bybee
Publisher:  Self
Date of Publication: June 2012

Carter Billings:  Sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter Billings could have any woman he wants. However, when he makes his bid for the Governor's seat in the state of California, he needs to settle down and become a family man. Eliza, the woman he secretly adores, embodies the perfect amount of spice and passion to suit his marital needs, but she’s not interested in becoming Mrs. Billings. She can't even stand to be in the same room with him.

Eliza Havens:  It’s much easier to drive Carter away than to give into desire. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but getting married isn’t an option. The secrets she carries are too dangerous to entangle anyone else. When her hidden identity and past threaten her future, she’s left with little choice. Carter is quick to offer solutions to both their problems, but saying yes could mean endangering the man she’s growing to love. 

My take:

I hadn't read the first in this series before I started Married by Monday.  I quickly sought out Wife by Wednesday and devoured the book.  I'm a stickler for reading books in order.  While I do recommend the first book in the series, I don't think it is necessary to read it before Married by Monday.  This can definitely hold up as a stand alone novel.

I loved Carter and Eliza together.  Therir banter was amusing and really showed the sexual tension between the two.  While their mariage is one of convenience, you can see that they are really meant for each other.  Unlike the first book, this one has a bit of intrigue in it.  Eliza has a secret and things are not what they seem to be on the surface.  I thought that part of the book was interesting and gave the book some extra excitement.  

I am really enjoying this series and I look forward to the next book.  I hope it comes out soon!! Check out the excerpt below for a sneak peek!

Married by Monday Excerpt:

He folded his arms over his chest. “I suppose you could say I’m following Blake’s lead. Marriage solves a few fundamental problems in my career path.”

She stared at him full on now, not trying to look away. “Your problems. Not mine.”

“Problems you helped play a role in.” He saw the spark in her eye before she managed her first syllable of defense.

She sat the tea down and placed a hand on the counter. “That’s low, Carter.”

“And true or you’d be the first to tell me I’m wrong. If I had a choice, I’d be married by Monday to help dispel all the media crap created by yours and Gwen’s night on the Texas town. I thought I could come to you and obtain a little bit of cooperation.”

“A little bit of cooperation. Marriage is a tad more than a little bit of anything.” Her voice rose and her knuckles started to grip the counter.

“Yet you earn your living arranging marriages or partnerships on trite reasons less important than mine.” How dare she follow a moral high ground. Maybe she’d forgotten how well versed he was on her and Samantha’s business.

“You forget that our clients have to approve of the relationships we arrange. They have to like the person—”
He laughed, interrupting her. “Do you really want to pretend we aren’t friends to prove your point?”

Her cheeks grew rosy which he had to admit was a much better than the pasty color she’d been sporting when he walked into the house. He felt the fire burning inside her as she shot daggers with her eyes.
“You’re my best friend’s husband’s friend. If you’re looking for a wife you might peek into your little black book, or whatever it is you use, and draw another name.”

Carter let his arms drop and took two steps closer. The angrier she became, the more his blood churned. His body responded to her outrage, but not in anger. “I don’t want to draw another name.”

About the author:

New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee has been addicted to romance since her teens. After spending a decade of her life working as an RN in urban emergency rooms, Catherine is now dedicated to writing happily-ever-afters for the world to love. Catherine is married and raising two sons in Southern California.

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Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks so much for the review, Kari, and the spotlight.

Gwen and Neil are coming...hang in there!

Kari Boardman said...

Thanks! I can't wait to read it!!