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Preview — Rules of Attraction by Christina Dodd
Rules of Attraction
The Rules of Enticement:
A woman should never surrender to a man without knowing his intentions. A man should never seduce a woman for the purposes of revenge.
Rules of Society
After nine years, Hannah Setterington has decided tosell the Distinguished Academy of Governesses and explore the secrets of her past. To that end she has agreed to be a companion to the...more
Hannah Setterington has decided to sell the Distinguished Academy of Governesses after nine years, and goes off to be a companion to the elderly aunt of Lord Raeburn- until she comes face to face with him, and discovers him to be a face from the past..
Douglad has planned Hannah's return for 9 years, and now that she is finally back in his land, he plans to keep her by hook or crook..
Filled with four eccentric aunts, a loyal butler, numerou ...more
For the most part of the book I was wondering if the hero and the heroine at least like each other. And I couldn't stop thinking that the answer is: no, not at all. But it wasn't such a big deal because I didn't like them either. Dougald totally annoyed me being so bossy and cocksure and I found Hannah so plain that I didn't care about her.
In my opinion the problem is that the author doesn't give us any insight ...more
So here goes, (view spoiler)[ Dougald and Hannah entered into matrimony when Hannah was 18. She ran away from Dougald 6 months after they got married and for 9 years they had been separated.
The story started where Hannah had been away from Dougald for 9 years. The initial ...more
(view spoiler)[Hannah had run away from Dougald, who had been doing everything in his power to find her all those years. She was very young when they got married, and had very definite ideas on what she wanted from her life, as did Dougald. Their goals did not seem to align, and Hannah thought that her only choice was running away.
While I can understand why she felt that way then, frustrated with ...more
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 h ...more
The book started off on a dark, edgy note with Hannah selling her Distinguished Acad ...more
Intriguing start. The husband Hannah had abandoned manipulates a reunion, after years of rumors that he killed her. Their past is revealed, in Hannah's thoughts and prolonged arguments.
Felt like I was trapped with a bickering couple for many chapters. Wanted to flee.
Positive note- The bitter musings and dialogue was realistic. After many chapters of it, the elderly aunts seemed to herald comedic respite - too brief a respite.
The constant a ...more
I liked this one the best of the series so far – but then I do love me a reunited lovers story. There was great angst between these two, and great chemistry too. It had a lot of interesting elements that I thoroughly enjoyed. Not a perfect book, but it engaged me nicely.
To the owner of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses
****Dear Madame Owner, I am looking for an experienced companion for my sweet, elderly, slightly dotty aunt, and that companion must be:
1. Tall, blonde and twenty-seven years of age.
2. Desirous of living in an ancient castle in an isolated area of Lancashire.
3. Not nervous about any sinister rumors about me.
Sincerely, the newly titled Marquess of Raeburn
From the owner of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses
**My dear, m
Read that scandalous night or thigh high (you'll get a feel of Christina's talent)
It was well worth reading. Lots of intrigue, and I enjoyed it immensely. Slightly different from some of today's writing. However, a good plot, clever writing, and lots of characters. 4☆
Dougald Pippard, Lord Raeburn, has been waiting for nine years to satisfy his need for revenge against Hannah Setterington but now that the moment is upon him, the desire that always raged between them flares once again and Dougald may have to put aside his goals to fulfill an even greater need for love.
Enjoyable premise but the hero is completely domineering, manipulative and obsessed with revenge for most of the book.
Dougald and Hannah have a compellin ...more
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 h ...more
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