Rules Of Attraction

ISBN: 0739415808
ISBN 13: 9780739415801
By: Christina Dodd

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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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


It took me some time to finish this book. I read various inbetween and then returned and finished this one. I was quite disappointed actually... The heroes were so...unbelievably stupid. Their actions, their attitude. Ok, her marriage wasn't what she hoped for. But it was good. Her husband didn't treat her bad. Not so to just run away from him. And Dougald... He was just as ignorant and arrogant as she remembered him to be. I couldnt believe he did not understand his errors. I couldn't believe he was so stubborn and such a shovinist. Yeah, at the end they talked it through, but that did not help the rest of the story.And their relationship... Wait, what relationship? All that united them seemed to be the bed (or other appropriate surface). Where did love come from??? I did not see as much as one reason for Hannah to love Dougald. And that sexual addiction seemed just wrong and humiliating.Oh, and then this "suspense" part. I was so disappointed how it all turned out at the end! I was expecting something thrilling, some secret documents, something dark and intriguing. And it turned out to be...just twisted.


Almost always give this author 5 stars!


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.


Hmm, talk about brooding, arrogant, self-righteous and self-important men.... who then prove to be not quite all that. Great heroine, fun read for a rainy Sunday.

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.

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.


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!!

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