Married by Monday

Married by Monday

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by Catherine Bybee
     
 

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Carter Billings:
With sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter could have any woman he wants. When he makes his bid for governor of California, he knows he must settle down and become a family man. His choice for a running mate between the sheets: matchmaker Eliza Havens.

Eliza Havens:
Eliza’s happy that her best friend has a wealthy

Overview

Carter Billings:
With sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter could have any woman he wants. When he makes his bid for governor of California, he knows he must settle down and become a family man. His choice for a running mate between the sheets: matchmaker Eliza Havens.

Eliza Havens:
Eliza’s happy that her best friend has a wealthy, adoring husband. It’s the husband’s best friend — sexy, dashing Carter Billings — that drives her crazy. No man has ever squabbled with Eliza this much…or made her heart race this fast. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but long-held secrets mean getting married isn’t an option. Until now.

Editorial Reviews

Clare Revell
I sat down to read and found myself still reading in the wee small hours, having to force myself to put down my kindle so I could get a couple hours sleep before going to work. The story twists and turns across the pages. Romance mixing with the amazing level of suspense keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole time and just when you think you have it sussed…wham, Ms. Bybee gets in another plot twist.
Fiona Fiona
5 Stars ~ Ms. Bybee writes authentic situations and expresses the good and the bad in such an equal way; making no excuses and leaving us to care for her characters because of their strengths, not because of drama stirred up by their weaknesses. Furthermore, the relationship is entirely believable and there are no odd jumps, bizarre reactions, or impractical situations; this could be a true story between two unique people.
Sara Sara
5 Stars ~ Harlequin Junkie Top Pick ~ Married by Monday is so much more than just a 'Marriage of convenience' story, It's funny, it's emotional, it's passionate; there's high drama, a element of mystery, suspense and a heartwarming romance to tie everything together perfectly.
Bec TRS
I have to say Married by Monday was a refreshing read and one I couldn't possibly put down. The plot was alluring, and drew me in as a reader from the beginning with Eliza finding herself the centre of attention when Carter comes to her rescue. The dialogue was brilliant, and gave great insight into both main characters' lives with Eliza having lost her family at a young age and Carter having a mother come from such an influential family that didn't approve of his father. Fortunately, it proves

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611099089
Publisher:
Montlake Romance
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Series:
Weekday Brides Series , #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
385,477
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the novels Wife by Wednesday and Married by Monday. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

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Married by Monday 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
AuthorJuliePrestsater More than 1 year ago
Can I just say Married by Monday was "smartphone" amazing too? Haha. I read every word of Wife by Wednesday on my cell phone in one sitting. My eyes didn't go crazy. I didn't get sleepy. I was just completely enthralled and couldn't stop. When I started reading Married by Monday in the late evening, I knew I was in for an all nighter. As if I was going to be able to go to sleep and finish it in the morning. Somewhere around 3am, my netbook decided to update and restart, my Nook was downstairs, so my iPhone started looking pretty good, again. Hell yes, I fired up my Nook app and continued reading it on my phone. I eventually got back to my mini laptop when it restarted. But there was no way I was going to let time pass as I twitched like a crack addict, wondering what was going to happen to Carter and Eliza. Catherine Bybee surprised the hell out of me with the suspense in this book. It was not at all what I was expecting and I loved it. I loved how she took the characters from the first book into some nail biting drama. The love was still there, the passion, the emotions, along with police watch dogs, elections, and bar brawls. The relationship between Carter and Eliza had me smiling and laughing throughout. Eliza is such a spitfire, with quick comebacks and a fun sense of humor. Carter is so damn endearing, and so so sexy. He was a very powerful man with an even bigger heart. I hope Catherine has found a quite place to enjoy the summer California sun so she can type type away between sips of margaritas because I can't wait to read about Lady Gwen and Neil... and Karen (book 4?). Married by Monday is another must-read for Catherine Bybee. Congrats! I'm in awe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a continuation of the characters in the Wife by Wednesday book. It is fun and entertaining. Although the book showed as over 600 page in my Nook, it was clear it wasn't that many pages. Regardless it is a fast read. The author keeps you connected with all the characters introduced in the previous book while buidling more the two main characters of this book. The characters are fun and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
FionaDruce More than 1 year ago
I started this book without even realizing that I had read (and quite liked) its predecessor, Wife by Wednesday. When I made the realization, I hoped it would be as good. It was. In fact, it was better. Ms. Bybee writes authentic situations and expresses the good and the bad in such an equal way; making no excuses and leaving us to care for her characters because of their strengths, not because of drama stirred up by their weaknesses. Furthermore, the relationship is entirely believable and there are no odd jumps, bizarre reactions, or impractical situations; this could be a true story between two unique people. She took a relatively standard storyline and made it amazing. You know there's going to be an HEA, but don't try predicting the plot; I have a feeling you'll be as surprised as I was. Where most would have gone a much different route, Ms. Bybee took the story and made it shine by going that extra mile. The action and thrills aren't overdone but add just enough touch of spice to keep the reader on the edge of her seat. The conflicts and resolution in this book are beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I found myself tearing up during the last three chapters. I’ve only done that twice before. All-in-all, Catherine Bybee has a winner in Married by Monday. I can't wait to read the next book. If you want an engaging tale of true love, danger, sacrifice, and happiness: this is one you definitely shouldn’t miss! This little gem is going on my Keeper Shelf where it will be treated with love, care, and periodic re-reads!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
I was eagerly anticipating this story after loving Bybee's first Weekday Brides book, Wife by Wednesday, and I was not disappointed! What a wonderful story about family, friendship and the choices one has to make even though they may be some of the most difficult and scary that you'll face in life. Sometimes trusting and taking the biggest leaps are the ones that end up changing your life for the better. The story is filled with romance and suspense as the main characters, Carter and Eliza, embark on paths in their own lives that lead to them growing closer together for reasons that were unforseen. Bybee does a great job of really bringing these characters to life and it was great to see Sam and Blake again in this story as well. Catherine Bybee has done it again with another phenomenal story! Looking forward to her next installment in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great author and great book! Couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a scholar but not a huge book critic - I did enjoy this book!
Lauralee7 More than 1 year ago
Catherine Bybee rates right up there with the top romance authors. I like romance novels that have a very good story that goes along with the romance between the characters. I am an avid reader and this book is one of the best I have read. Ms. Bybee grabs your attention with the first sentence and hangs on to it until the end of the book. It is very well written. There are no "slow reading" parts in this book. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Bybee's books. The story line keeps you entertained from the very beginning. I recommend this book to all readers who like a good story with romance "thrown" in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I didn't care for this book. I loved the first one. The chemistry between the h/h was amazing in that one. I found it lacking in this one. A lot of the story wasn't even about the couple. With 600 pages, parts dragged on and on. I wish the author would've focused more on the relationship of the couple and how it evolved instead of the other issues. I love crime/suspense in a romance novel but as a secondary topic. Unfortunately the romance was secondary in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good chick/ lit. flick that held my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It had a combination of drama, danger and romance. I have read several of books and highly recommend them. I look forward to upcoming books. I couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!! I really enjoyed book one but Married by Monday stole my heart :). Looking forward to next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a greay job the author did of writing you wil cry laught with lots of adventure you can not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Wife By Wednesday, so I had to purchase this book as well. I was definitely not disappointed. I actually enjoyed this one more !! It has a great balance of humor, romance and sensuality. I hope the author continues the series...definitely some lose ends to tie up plus I'd like to hear more about Eliza and Carter and their future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book eas 2nd in series, hope to see a third out soon. Had it's funny quips @ times others broight tears to your eyes. A must read after "Married by Wednesday"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! It had its twist and turns, making the story engaging. Although, I read it in several sittings it was not like I did not want to come back to it. I do also believe that it was a bit better than her first one of the series.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
As most of you know by now, I am a wholehearted romantic. I had the first book in this series, but hadn't had an opportunity to read it. Then this tour came along and gave me my chance. So, I read the first book and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to seeing what book 2 had in store for me. I really liked this book. It had all the romance and more. One of things I liked the most about this book was Eliza's unexpected background. I would have never guessed that her back story was so interesting. I liked her in the first book, but we only see the surface of her character. Eliza is deeper than I thought she would be. She is a little spunky and funny when she allows it, but she is definitely a thinker. She has to be. I really enjoyed getting to know her. I knew when I met Carter in book one that he would have a story. He's not in the first book much, but he definitely had a strong presence. What I liked about Carter was that he was the one to really pursue Eliza. He is a powerful political figure trying to reach even higher ground, but he still manages to put his life first. It was impressive. I also love how protective he was of Eliza. She was his first priority. I loved that. The second books in the series can sometimes be a little lacking, but I actually enjoyed this book more than the first. I love all of the characters in the series and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy read. I enjoyed the pace.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
MyReview: I did not realize how suspenseful and really amazing this book was going to be from the story description and cover, but I LOVED THIS BOOK!! This is book #2 in the series and I haven't read book #1. It did not affect my enjoyment of this book at all. The couple in this book are friends with the couple who I assume are the H/h of bk#1. Every year that couple renews their vows. This year, they are doing so down in Texas. Through a series of events Eliza and one of her friends, Gwen (who I'm assuming will be featured in bk #3) go to a local honky tonk. The hero Carter and another of the friends go to protect them. Issues arise and they end up in a fistfight. The issue, Carter is on the verge of announcing his candidacy for California governor. Eliza feels guilty that her actions ended up casting him in this bad light when he was just trying to protect her, so she stands up for him at a news conference which puts her in the spotlight. Not good for someone in the witness protection program, although no one in her circle of friends knew that fact about her. And a whole series of events flows from there. I loved everything about Carter and Eliza. They've known each other for a couple of years through their mutual friends and they've always been like oil and water. But all that fighting is actually just repressed sexual tension. Eliza is tough. She's been on her own in the witness protection program since she was 9 years old. Her only family are the two detectives who have always handled her case. She's learned over the years how to protect herself and when to be worried and run. But she has a good circle of friends for the first time in her life and she really doesn't want to run, so she accepts Carter's crazy proposal. I loved how electric these two are together. The scenes between them are sweet, sexy, and so romantic. They have a great repertoire and it makes for absolutely fabulous reading. I enjoyed the whole circle of friends, Eliza's two detectives and even the addition that Carter's cop-father add to the story. There are lots of characters to this book, but they all added some great layers to the story. There was enough suspense in this to keep my heart beating too. Some great twists at the end. I really, really enjoyed it. Now I need to go back and read book #1 and am looking forward to the release of book #3. I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. Carter and Eliza both liked each other, but were too afraid to let the other one know. Once they took the chance they were great together! I like the secondary characters and how you got to catch up on Samantha and Blake. I will read this one again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very captivating! Started early evening and had to force myself to go to sleep. Woke up after only a few hours sleep and picked up where I left off. Can't wait to read the next in the series. There has to be more, right? Gwen and Neil? Karen? Please? :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Recommend this author... excited to read the next....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is what i look for an i found. Cant wait for the next one hopefully blakes sisters finally gonna have fun or the intertwined friend.