Rules of Attraction (Governess Brides, #3)

ISBN: 0380811995
ISBN 13: 9780380811991
By: Christina Dodd

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THE RULES OF ENTICEMENT:A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER SURRENDER TO A MAN WITHOUT KNOWING HIS INTENTIONSA MAN SHOULD NEVER SEDUCE A WOMAN FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVENGERULES OF SOCIETYAfter nine years, Hannah Setterington has decided to sell the Distinguished Academy of Governesses and explore the secrets of her past. To that end she has agreed to be a companion to the elderly aunt of Lord Raeburn, a man enshrouded by dark mystery and haunted by the rumor that he murdered his wife. A strong-minded woman accustomed to the vagaries of nobility, Hannah believes the rumor to be so much piffle, until she comes face to face with Lord Raeburn.RULES OF FASCINATIONDougald Pippard, Lord Raeburn, is deviously satisfied when his plan to trap Hannah springs itself successfully. But his satisfaction is short-lived as the indomitable Hannah draws the battle lines and kisses him with the pent-up passion Dougald hasn't felt for nine long years. The fire that has always flared between them rages again with every touch, every glance, until Dougald is almost ready to forget his wounded memories and plans of revenge for just one more night with her.

Reader's Thoughts

Marie Keagy

I really liked the first 2 in this series but I didn't care for this one. I liked the beginning and the end and the mystery portion but for some reason I didn't care for the interaction between the main couple. I liked them separately but not together.


The ending redeemed this, but that redemption came after so many painful chapters---and so many moments when I almost put the book down---that I can't in good conscience rate this book higher.


pretty good. i can undrstand why the character ran away from her husband if he really wasn't willinly to listen to her. the guy reminded me of the guy from the first novel. i kind of hate that her friends ganged up on her at the end, asking for explaination. but other than that, it was pretty good novel.


Hannah Setterington notices men following her. She believes they are agents of her husband she ran away from 9 years ago. Hannah sells her business, a school for governesses, and takes a job as a ladies companion. Since the job is in the wilds of Lancashire, she believes she will be safe. However, when she arrives she learns her employer is her husband and he is not about to let her disappear again. Since he feels she needs to pay for her abandonment as the abandonment was the start of a rumor that he had killed her, he lets the household believe she is merely a hired companion for her elderly aunt and her friends. The Aunt and her 3 friends are fairly uncontrollable and they soon have Hannah and her husband busy.


I really enjoyed this book because it tied up the three Governesses. The last story of them was great. I am so glad I found this series.

Rhoda Fort

I loved this book and couldn't put it down, not at all unusual for a Christina Dodd novel. The hero was such a jerk at the beginning of the book, I wondered if even Ms. Dodd's superior storytelling skills were going to be able to redeem the manipulative, overbearing, angry Dougald, Lord Raeburn, to my satisfaction. Wise, strong-willed Hannah Setterington was the perfect woman to bring this arrogant lord to task. The book started off on a dark, edgy note with Hannah selling her Distinguished Academy of Governesses school and taking a position as companian to an elderly woman. In this remote part of Lancastershire she hopes to discover the truth about her mysterious origens and hopefully destroy the demons of her past that have haunted her seemingly content and serene life as headmistress of a thriving school. It turns out her mysterious employer, Lord Raeburn, is none other than Dougald, a man with whom she had once shared a passionate, yet troubled relationship. He has set a trap for her by luring her to his home so he might take his revenge.Hannah is unable to escape Dougald immediately, for their former intimate relationship gives him the knowledge and the tools needed to keep her in Lancastershire. Hannah's cunning wit, sharpened by years of experience teaching clever young girls and holding her own in the man's world of business, makes her a more difficult challenge than the conniving Dungald had expected. Both Hannah and Dungald have an axe to grind as a result of their previous relationship, and both have suffered the scars of it. The dialogue and dynamic back and forth between the two main characters sizzle with tension as both wrestle with the stong passion that failed to ebb during their years apart.The book is full of delightful secondary characters like the four elderly eccentric "aunts" who provide humor and help move the plot along. There is the dandyish, flirtatious Seaton, heir in waiting who might not be as harmless as he seems and the old servants who are privy to the estate's dark secrets.The novel is set in early Victorian times and contains a dark and deadly mystery, just like the Gothic novels I used to read as a teenager. Even as things get more dangerous, the book lightens up towards the end as Hannah and Dungald sort out their troubled pasts. Their difficult experiences since their parting have made them better and wiser people who are better able to rise above the ravages of their harsh childhoods.Ms Dodd's weaving of a storyline involving Queen Victoria and her family was an added treat for me. The pace never lagged, and I read seamlessly from chapter to chapter.


An OK read. Not one of Dodd's better books. I'm glad it was a library book.


Uma mulher fugindo do seu passado e um homem em busca de vingança. Uma história encantadora onde o mistério, a vingança, a raiva e a solidão são preenchidas com paixão, amor e descobertas e para completar um assassino a espreita. Personagens secundários dão consistência a este romance.


This is an enjoyable novel, with an interesting heroine and hero, and marvelous secondary characters (the outspoken aunts are fabulous!). Throw in a little mystery, and you have a satisfying read. The tension between the protagonists is skillfully maintained, and the author does a good job of creating atmosphere.


What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!!I am currently on a Regency kick and this one was terrific!!

Shannon Jensen

Just another good book in the series


Amusing and well written. I felt it was a bit dated.

Huma Rashid

An unsympathetic, cold hero, and a weak, lackluster heroine. The murder mystery was kind of predictable, and the aunts started out really cute (I would have given it 2 stars just for them) but then got ... eh. There's virtually no character development. The hero is enraged that the heroine left him 9 years ago and is now all independent and won't fall into the subservient wife role ... but it's okay because he wants to bone her. The heroine is enraged that the hero is such a manipulative bastard ... but it's okay because she wants to bone him. Sigh.I wouldn't bother with this one.


The ongoing discord between Dougald and Hannah keeps this book hopping, and the history, although unlikely, isn't bad either. At least this plot gives some understanding of the difficulties of women who no longer wished to remain married but were under the domain of their husbands in a financial sense. Even if they made their own money, their money belonged to their husbands, although how Dougald got the Bank of England to release Hannah's account to him when she had had it under another name for over three years remains a mystery. I don't think it would have been that easy.


An enjoyable read but not my favorite of the series.

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