Rules Of Attraction

ISBN: 0739415808
ISBN 13: 9780739415801
By: Christina Dodd

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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.


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!!


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.


An enjoyable read but not my favorite of the series.

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.

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.


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.


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

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.

Shannon Jensen

Just another good book in the series


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.


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


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.

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.


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.

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