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Rules of Engagement (Governess Brides #2)

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The Rules of Engagement:

Choose a bride from this year's debutantes.
Decide on a proper settlement.
Send an announcement to "The Times."
Inform the "bride" of her good fortune.
Rules of Respectability

Devon Mathewes, earl of Kerrich, has a plan that is sure to restore him to the Queen's favor.First, he must hire a sensible, unattractive governess. Next, he will see to adopting a...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2000)
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kilty
Entertaining hero who was a parody of himself!

If your mind needs a vacation, your heart needs a skip.. read this book for an eye-rolling, lip-quirking, 'detach-your-brain sensual' experience (usually an oxymoron in my dictionary).

What kept the pages moving was the constant itch to push the hero down from the lofty heights of his inflated self-importance but luckily this sentiment was echoed by the other characters in the book such as the heroine, the h's governess friend, the kid H adopted (sort...more
Josephina
After the first book in the Governess series, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue. However, this second book is much improved upon the first. In fact, Dodd seems to have avoided most of the pitfalls that caused her first book in this series to fall flat.

The heroine has both wit and humor, which makes for an enjoyable read. Her interactions with Beth made the orphan plot work throughout the novel, without bogging down the romantic story. Furthermore, she's written to honestly be the hero's equa...more
Oleta Blaylock
This story has several unusual plots twists and ideas that are not normally seen in historical romances. The first of these is that the villain is a woman. She is a bored aristocrat that just wanted to see if she could fool the authorities. I found that quite refreshing that the author would consider such a thing. The next thing is that the mystery that is trying to be solved is a counterfeiting ring printing pound notes. I hadn’t realized that counterfeiting went back to the Victorian Era. I gu...more
Lauren
Rules of Engagement
5 Stars

Synopsis:
Devon Matthewes, Earl of Kerrich, is in trouble with the Queen who views his rakish ways as an affront. To restore himself into her good graces, Kerrich decides to adopt an orphan and hire a dowdy governess who will not be tempted by his charms. Little does he know that behind Pamela Lockhart’s plain exterior is hidden a magnificent beauty with a mind and a tongue of her own. It would seem that the Earl has met his match…

Review:
Absolutely loved this book ... gr...more
Patria
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Amarilli Settantatre
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Il secondo romanzo della serie, FUOCO DI PASSIONE, è uno dei miei romance preferiti.
Siccome all’inizio per l’Esclusiva Scuola scarseggiano sia le referenze che i mezzi, le governanti devono darsi da fare per procurare clienti anche con un qualche piccolo “trucco”: così Pamela arriva a spacciarsi per un’orrida ed accidiosa bruttona, anche se ha ventisei anni e un corpo che non si dimentica. E un po’ un Bello e la Bestia, romanticissimo e scoppiettante che non può no...more
Christine
This was ok. Basically, this is Annie set it Victorian England. Rich man decides it will make him look good to temporarily adopt an orphan. He hires a governess to choose one. She even chooses a girl instead of a boy and they go to meet the queen (similar to going to meet the president). I did enjoy the appearance of actual historical figures (ie Queen Victoria).

But to be honest, this book didn't make a lot of sense. I'm really not sure why he decided to adopt an orphan. I'm not sure why they f...more
Jaden
I became infatuated with the characters of this book and how well they adapt - or do they? - to their surroundings, the whole situation and to each other. However this time apart from the obstinate, arrogant man, we also have a hurt and proud woman, who will not yield for the sake of it. She holds his reins, chastices and reprimands him should need arrise, and makes them both fall irrevocably and madly in love. They both manage to hold on to their feelings and dignity, while reaching an understa...more
Andyg.
"Tal vez no era el mejor de los hombres; Kerrich tenía sus defectos y ella los conocía bien: su engreimiento, su altivez, su tendencia a aprovecharse de situaciones de las que un caballero no debía aprovecharse. Pero era el hombre al que amaba, con defectos incluidos" "no conozco la receta para el éxito, pero sí la del fracaso y consiste en escuchar a todo el mundo" "Sorprendido, comprendió que no volvería a desear a ninguna otra mujer. Solo a Pamela. Porque, cuando Pamela amaba, se entregaba po...more
Donna
Queen Victoria, now happily married, wants those people she likes to achieve a matching state of connubial bliss or at least a high level of respectability. She threatens to remove her funds from Devon's bank as well as to disclose to the tonne certain youthful indiscretions of Devon Matthewes if he doesn't work on his respectability. He can stand the financial loss with some damages but he is not anxious to be laughed at by his friends. Consequently, Devon comes up with a scheme to adopt an orp...more
Jacqueline
What a "meh" book! Which, you know, is entirely shocking considering the plethora of "OMGs THIS BOOK ROCKS" updates I've been noting throughout this reading. But, yes, for the first time in a long time, I've come across a novel that was neither amazing, nor a DNF.

Overall, the book had a seemingly wonderful structure; interesting characters, unique plotting, and a favored storyline. Sadly, though, it kind of fell on its face. With this novel, there was nothing particularly distasteful to me. Ther...more
Caroline
I had a strong negative reaction to this finely crafted historical romance from a prolific and usually consistent author.

Nothing new about the hoary governess-with-a-secret trope, but Ms Dodd succeeds in teasing an amusing and intriguing story from hand-me-down material.

I'll skip the usual plot summary because the novel is ruined by a flaw so serious as to make the details irrelevant. Devon, Earl of Kerrich, the romantic lead in the story, is a complete and utter asshole. Many romances start wit...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
Seconda delusione da quest'autrice... L'inizio sembrava promettente: Pamela, con un triste passato familiare, è una giovane donna determinata e pratica che detesta i libertini e i dongiovanni. Due aggettivi che descrivono perfettamente Lord Kerrich, che si presenta all'esclusiva scuola per Governanti con una richiesta a dir poco discutibile: comprare un bambino per riacquistare rispettabilità agli occhi della regina e poi disfarsene. Pamela è costretta dalle difficoltà economiche ad accettare il...more
_inbetween_
I had bought this because in the first chapter the heroine snaps at the brute robbing her that she has to think whether it'll be her money or her life. While Dodd seems to have taken it easier and just follows the mainstream rules like everybody else, somehow the aside that the heroine had always loved children and they her seems just something one does, and the child is ok, not mawkish or cloying. Similarly, the heroine has to be physical perfection, but Dodd's sex scene is just as good as in T...more
Madara
4.5 stars.

This book was great! I loved both main characters so much - their personalities, their past emotional scars, their dialogues, everything. I enjoyed their relationship so much! At last there wasn't love (and/or) lust from the first sight, they became closer and closer through their interactions (oh, those clever and witty dialogues!), through talks, through getting to know each other - just the way I love it. And only then came the passion, and it felt so natural then.

And then there wer...more
Ana Román
Un libro ameno, justo lo que iba buscando para despejar mi mente de los exámenes.

Mi personaje favorito del libro: el abuelo y Devon por supuesto.
Es interesante la aparición de la Reina Victoria y Alberto. Le añaden cierto puntillo más a su historia aunque su aparición sea más breve de lo que me habría gustado.
Belinda Kroll
If you've seen the musical Annie, you basically know the plot of this book. However, I like Annie, and I liked this book because of the heroine, Pamela Lockhart. She values her mind before her looks, and in order to obtain a governess position that will secure her future finances, she dresses and wears make-up to look like an old maid.

The banter between Pamela and Devon, the hero, was entertaining and interesting, actually, because for once the hero didn't have looks to distract him. In fact, h...more
skein
considerably better than the first book, but that's not saying much.

a number of alarming parallels between the two --
hero tries to force heroine to marry him - monetary bribery, emotional blackmail, and reproductive coercion.
hero forcibly removes clothing and virginity of unwilling/willing heroine (I am stating this as mildly as I may.)
a charming-yet-rough child comes in and says lots of inappropriate things and makes them FALL IN LOVE.

lots of wtf-ery; lots of repetition. for instance, the phras...more
Maria
I don't know much about Queen Victoria's early reign and times, but if this is the kind of thing that went on, I'd be very surprised. Maybe it would be better to say that if this is the kind of thing that went on, I don't care much for this period of history. At any rate, it is more or less what I have come to expect from Dodd historicals after reading Rules of Surrender and That Scandalous Evening. Too much plot that doesn't ring true and characters that seem vaguely familiar. (In Rules of Surr...more
Lucie "a heart so wild"
Well, I couldn't finish this book...
I already guess that I couldn't like this story, actually the premise is not so promising, but among the Christina Dodd's I chose this book as my 1st of her.
Made me regret, regret, regret to buy this book...
there is no depth-relationship before they do the love-scene, and why does the heroine wanted to do it by the way? because at first she don't like him coz he's having a rake's reputation...so I don't get it!!!...
Didn't I say several time that I don't like r...more
Sola
Devon, the earl of Kerrich, needs to look respectable to get back in the good graces of queen Victoria. He hires Pamela Lockhart as a governess, who then finds a orphan girl at an orphanage, so that they can present her as his ward. Pamela disguises herself to look old, so that he doesn't come on to her, which of course fails in the second week. Passionate elope is made, very little communication happens, and they both have too much pride to admit they love each other. Meanwhile, his cousin is b...more
Miranda Davis
Funny premise though similar to the rest in the series, a self-seeking, manipulative lord in need of royal favor hires himself a governess and deputizes her to shop for an orphan to demonstrate his better nature to Queen Victoria, who famously and prolifically demonstrated her family values. All goes awry, he's hoisted on his own petard.

The author is so prolific many her books suffer from blending together in my memory -- esp. the governess series -- but this one stood out. Still wouldn't be te...more
Rita Lo
I liked this book, I have a weakness for Christina Dodd like, as I'm sure, many others out there. She has to be one of the highest romance fiction authors out there. I just feel that I explain that I would have given this book a 4 or 5 star rating a few months ago, I'm afraid all the historical romances I've read lately are starting to blur. Not to mention that through out the first half of the book I was having Annie flash backs . . . most disturbing when combined with this book . . .
Lisarenee
In order to avoid being blackmailed Devon Matthews must make himself appear respectable in the Queen's eyes. Deciding marriage was out of the question he decides to adopt an orphan and, therefore, requires the service of a governess. As only 2 young woman are available for the job, the one decides to wear a disguise to get the much needed money for the start-up business when Matthews requests an older plain looking women. Very fun story. Loved it.
penelopewanders
Once the lack of plausibility of a siren successfully disguising herself as a crone is set aside, this is a very enjoyable read. The bracing exchanges between Pamela and Kerrich are witty, and it's always nice to read that someone can fall for someone because of their conversation and brains, rather than just their devastating beauty. I read the first in this series eons ago and don't remember it at all.
Sweety
Spoiler: SBM, V.

Hmmm the story behind Devon adopt the little girl and used Pamela to teach proper manner for the little girl in front off Queen Victoria is to save his ass wkwkwkwk, how funny the mature man ashamed for his attitude when he still a boy.

The chemistry between the hero and heroine is lack in the middle, but in the ending the chemistry up when the heroine was shoot.

Deborah Darsie
A little action (regency\victorian era style!), moderate 'adventure', intrigue & suspense tossed with a little misguided angst on behalf of Lord Kerrich and Miss Pamela Lockhart.

A smidge slow at times, but I enjoyed the characters as they grew a little more mature, a wee bit less self-indulgent wallowing and Queen Victoria made a bit of a debut....

A pleasant romp...
Gennielc
I adore the writing & the story (mostly), but I hate how (almost) abusive the men are. The sex scenes are too much like date-rape to be truly (truly) enjoyable. Why does the man have to "conquer" the women in order to have them? It's just distressing!
But other than that, I did enjoy it, and I'll probably read the next one in the series.
Dawn ♥ romance
A fun historical romance that started a bit slow but it picked up midway and had a pretty good ending. The plot was a common reform a rake with enough variation to make it interesting. Earl of Kerrich is looking for older ugly governess who will get and tutor an orphan for him so Pamela disguises herself and takes the job.
Linda
Started out quite promising but about 1/3 or so thru I lost interest in both the hero/heroine. Not a keeper.
The last few C.Dodd books i've read hv been most disappointing. I think I'm giving up on her books. For now anyway. Lots of other promising / interesting authors.
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