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.

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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.

Oleta Blaylock

This story is a murder mystery and I wasn't really sure who was committing the murders until almost the end of the story. This story is also the end of the first story arc for this series. Ms. Hannah Setterington finally meets her match in this tale of unrequited love and a husband's lust for revenge. There are a few twists and turns in this story and a few of them surprised em. I remember reading this story so many years ago. The basic plot has stuck in my mind over the years. I am not sure that I have read another story with this setup. Now I haven't read every romance novel that has been written but I have read a good few. The basis for the story is that Hannah is married and her estranged husband has inherited a title. No one knows that Hannah is married and Hannah has tried to forget about her husband. Her problems arise after she sells the Distinguish Academy of Governesses. She receives correspondence for the Lord of Raeburn needing a companion for his elderly aunt. The job in is the district where Hannah thinks she has family so she accepts the job. Little does she know that her husband is about to spring a trap. Lord Raeburn, Dougal Pippard, is what all males during this period seem to be. He is arrogant, intelligent and successful in business. He is from an old distinguished family that has been wanting a title for generations. He is also tall, dark and handsome. He is willing to see that he has made mistakes with Hannah and wants to fix them. He doesn't realize most of this until closer to the end of the story though.Hannah Setterington is also intelligent, successful, and very caring. She has a way with older ladies and most people in general. It is one of the reasons that she is so successful with her academy. She is patient and understanding and compassionate. She also loves her husband and is shocked that he tracked her down and drew her to his home. I enjoyed watching her spar with Dougal. Her interaction with the aunts is amusing and lovely.The aunts are like so many older people. They no longer worry about convention they speak their minds and keep everyone on their toes. They provided some much needed laughter thus keeping the story from becoming to gloomy and sad. I loved how they all came to live at Raeburn Castle and how Dougal has taken care of them since he inherited the title.There are also several other characters in the book that make this an enjoyable and intriguing read. It is a show of how well Ms. Dodd can write that she has you wondering who has been killing of the Lords and why. The answer was a surprise to say the least. It isn't what anyone would have thought. Ms. Dodd does a very good job of keeping you turning the pages and wondering what is going to happen next. There is always some new intrigue or some mischief from the aunts or one of the other occupants of the castle. This is a good story and definitely worth the time to read it.


Loved the twist at the beginning. So glad I didn't read the reviews prior to reading the book. Maybe 3 1/2 stars.


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


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.


An enjoyable read but not my favorite of the series.

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.


3.5/5. Hannah was lured to Raeburn Castle by it's new lord, Dougald, who sought to avenge her desertion of him 9 years earlier. She expected to be the companion for one elderly lady, instead she got 4 opinionated, eccentric old dears as well as coming face to face to face with the man she ran away from in order to find herself. The story was a bit all over the place and the romantic tension was lacking a bit but this was compensated by great secondary characters and some funny dialogue.


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!!


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.

Amarilli Settantatre

da www.sognipensieriparole.comIl terzo romanzo di questa serie, REGOLE D’AMORE, è forse quello meno coinvolgente. Non si può non provare una certa antipatia per Lord Raeburn, uno che almeno inizialmente non vuole che sua moglie pensi di avere il diritto di sapere dei suoi affari o di dividere le sue preoccupazioni (!), e quanto meno poca empatia con Hannah, la moglie che lo ha lasciato e dimenticato per nove anni. In parole povere: era sposata con un tizio giovane, ricco, con cui faceva gran sesso coinvolgente, ed è scappata perché si annoiava e lui non le apriva il negozio???Anche qui poi oltre alla storia d’amore c’è un misterioso assassino da scoprire, ma la trama è un po’ illogica e frettolosa.

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.


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.


Started dark but ended up in a much lighter place. The unveiling brought tears to my eyes. Lovely work from Ms. Dodd.


Of the Governess Brides books thus far in the series, this had the most intriguing synopsis to me. However, it was incredibly disappointing. The hero really brings down the book for me. Dark and brooding heroes are one thing. He was just depressing to me. Too cruel to be enjoyable in any way. Overly manipulative and cold. Downright abusive, really. He manipulated her into marrying him, he was cruel and dismissive of her during their relationship, he connives to bring her back to him, he steals her money so she can't leave him again, and then he's just awful to her once she's there. I really, REALLY didn't want a happy ending for him at the end of the novel, which is problematic when you're reading a romance novel.The heroine was okay. She wasn't my favorite of Dodd's heroines, but she wasn't the worst of them either. She was...just okay, really. But the hero so awful, it was impossible to care too much about the heroine. She recognizes he's abusive and horrible, but she wants to have sex with him, so it's okay. Furthermore, the heroine's impact on the hero (and her way to be "empowered" in her relationship with him) was boiled down entirely to their antics in the bedroom. Ugh. Just writing that made me shudder with revulsion.I didn't get a sense of any genuine affection between the main characters. She feels he's abusive and cruel...but she still really, really wants to have sex with him. He blames her for their relationship ending and for the fact people think he murdered his wife...but, golly, he really wants to have sex with her. There really isn't ANY character development beyond that. At some point, he...kinda...sorta...thinks wasn't all her fault...I guess. Maybe? And she...I guess...shouldn't have left? Maybe?If you like books with great character development, this is really not the one for you. In fact, the hero was SO offensive to me that scenes that should have been steamy were just uncomfortable to me. I just wanted the heroine to run away.The supporting characters - the elderly aunts - REALLY outshined the main characters in this novel. That was probably what got me through the book, to be honest. They were amusing and witty and just a lot of fun. But if you're reading a romance novel to read about some elderly women sewing a tapestry...well, again, there's a huge problem. Two stars JUST because I liked the aunts. Otherwise, this is a one star book.

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