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Just the Way You Are

(Lost Hearts #1)

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,330 ratings  ·  199 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd, one of the most acclaimed authors of historical romance, makes a dazzling foray into contemporary fiction in this intriguing and sensuous novel about a hard-working young woman who mistakenly falls in love with Boston's wealthiest bachelor.
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
When Hope Prescott's parents disappeared, her carefree teenage
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published June 1st 2003)
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Ivana Azap Feješ
This book is about two people, Hope Prescott and Zach Given, who lived completely different lives, yet both were alone and lonely. Hope lived through great trauma of her parents being killed in a car crash while supposedly running from town after embezzling from the church her father worked as a minister and abandoning their 4 children. The children were separated by the town leaders and Hope, 8 years later is barley surviving, living only to find her siblings and getting to the truth about her ...more
sandra
DNF.

No tenía muchas expectativas con este libro, la verdad, pero aún así no deja de molestarme. Zack, el protagonista, es frío, calculador y siempre, siempre, siempre, tiene que conseguir lo que quiere. Como con Hope. Por cojones tiene que "tenerla". Incluso llega a pensar "cómo aprovecharse de ella". Mmm ¿¿hola??



Luego está el hecho de que se cree que es lo mejor que hay en el mundo mundial: dice que es generoso y otras mil cosas que en realidad no es. Nada más hay que ver cómo trata a la gente.
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Shelly
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Brenda H
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Hope Prescott is 16 years old when she loses everything – her parents dead in a car crash, her siblings taken from her and her comfortable life gone in an instant. The story takes place 7 years later as we find Hope working at an answering service while taking classes with the intent of earning a degree in computer science (because “that’s where the money is”) so she can continue the search for her lost siblings.

Enter Zachariah Givens, a corporate raider, who keeps all but his family and one bes
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Kay
Feb 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Kay by: Shelli
Shelves: 2009
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♡Karlyn P♡
The audio narration is really good. It's read by Natalie Ross, who I really enjoy. I've listened to many books read by her. The story, however, is another matter. It started off pretty good and kept me engaged. I was really enjoying it but then suddenly towards the end the story takes a giant nose-dive into eye-rolling ridiculousness with plot twists that are just too nuts to believe. It was holding a 4-star rating from me until the hero got to be, well, the hero. So I guess its only a 3 1/2 sta ...more
Jane Stewart
5 stars for the beginning. 1 star for the crisis. 2 and 3 stars for other parts.

I really enjoyed the beginning. Hope works for a phone answering service. When rich guy Zach calls for his messages, she thinks he is the butler. They develop a neat relationship over the phone. When she meets him he continues to pretend he’s the butler. They fall in love. It was a fun story.

Then in the middle it dragged. It was repetitive thinking about each other and dragging out some pre-sex scenes. The con man pa
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Thenia
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The story of Hope, a young woman with a goal that keeps her going, and Zack, a ruthless, wealthy businessman whom she mistakenly believes to be a butler.

Zack doesn't disabuse her of that notion, finding the way she talks to him refreshing, and the more the two spend time together, the more involved they become. Zack is interested in her but doesn't think she's the right kind of woman to be his wife, while Hope has her mind on her work and studies that she hopes will help her in the search for he
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bedlambelle
Oct 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I did not like this novel and yet I am still listening to it. I keep planning to quit listening and switch to something else but it is so annoying and strange that I keep listening for a just a little longer. It is like the author is writing about a world that is just slightly different from ours and in really banal and strange ways. I seriously thought this was written in the 80's. The mention of a switchboard at the answering service is bizarre to me. That's all computerized now isn't it? No m ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
I wanted to give this a three but I just couldn't.

Hope wavered at times between being Too Stupid To Live and wacky Southern Temper. A good girl, a minister's daughter, a virgin and a sweetheart - Hope Prescott is everything that Zach Given's isn't. While you'd eat lunch with Hope, Zach would end up with his lunch on him.

Hope has scars and from her past in which her parents were accused of a crime and her family (two sisters and a foster brother) who were ripped away from her due to some crazy a
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Julie
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This a feel good story about an orphaned girl that lost her parents tragically, and was separated from her siblings. She settles in Boston and starts college, determined to get the best job, that pays the most money, so she will be able to find her family.
While taking classes, Hope works for an answering service. She gets to know all her "clients" and they are all fond of her.
Then she starts taking messages for Zach Givens. A driven, arrogant, spoiled, very rich man. Hope believes the butler, G
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Denise
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot_hero
This book is about two people, Hope Prescott and Zach Given, who lived completely different lives, yet both were alone and lonely. Hope lived through great trauma of her parents being killed in a car crash while supposedly running from town after embezzling from the church her father worked as a minister and abandoning their 4 children. The children were separated by the town leaders and Hope, 8 years later is barley surviving, living only to find her siblings and getting to the truth about her ...more
Jacqueline J
I liked this book. I had read it before from the library and when it was reissued I bought myself a copy. A nice story of involving a masquerade and a rich unfeeling man falling in love and becoming more human. The heroine was super sweet and everyone loved her. This is part of a series and I have read all the books. Just be aware that the situation with begins the book is not resolved in this one. Really the only thing that I find real fault with is the rather ludicrous ending. The rest of the ...more
Melanie♥
This book had a promising start, but lost me towards the end with the contrived rescue with the grandma mobster and answering service friends. It was just too strange to be even slightly plausible. That downgraded this one to a three. Lots of set up for the sibling stories to follow. Very good narrator, though.
Maggie
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I got involved in this story quickly and enjoyed it. I didn't like Zach for much of the book and the identity of "Ma" surprised me. Looks like book 2 is Pepper's story and I look forward to reading it.
Stephanie Tobe
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Christina

I love all her books I read this story before a love it and this time around it was even better.
Cruth
Author: Christina Dodd
First published: 2003
Length: 374 pages, 4731 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary, Boston.
Sex: Explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Independently wealthy entrepreneur masquerading as his butler to woo the heroine.
Heroine: Works in a telephone call centre, studying CS.
Trigger: Attempted mugging of heroine.
Includes: Plotting synopsis and first draft of chapter 1 of Just the Way You Are, excerpts from Almost Like Being in Love, Close to You, Lady in Black, Virtue Falls.

An iffy book.

Goo
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Susan
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just the Way You Are was a fast, fun read that kept you turning the pages to see what would happen next. Zach is a rich bachelor who is used to people liking him as a result of his money. Hope is a poor young woman struggling to make ends meet as she chases her dream of tracking down her family. A phone conversation between Zach and his answering service operator leads to Hope mistaking Zach for his butler. After that, things go really crazy. Dodd does a great job at creating such likeable yet r ...more
Maria
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
OK, I read the first book last because I had trouble finding it and didn't want to wait, but this is definitely my favorite of the three in this series. Somehow I thought it would be - from the references to these characters in the later books. Of the three sisters, Hope is definitely my favorite. I love people who care and who help. I liked Zack less in this book than in the following books, however. He was just so wrong! And it took forever for him to be right! But I guess that's what makes it ...more
Hayley
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
Recommended to Hayley by: No One
Just the Way You Are was a great story about a young woman who has a horrible past due to separation from her siblings and the death of her parents and Zach Givens, a powerful, wealthy man who is lonely and has a grudge pretty much against everyone. The story is about two people falling in love nontraditional and about secrets that are going to come out... I put this book in the contemporary stack although it's some what a mystery/suspense story as well.
Cyndi
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Good book by one of my favorite authors! I'm interested to see what the Big Secret is at the end of the series. Dodd is brilliant at keeping the suspense mounting.
~Mindy Lynn~
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Tina Wright
This is an odd book. At times, it seems set in a bizarro world that is a mix of bygone days and the present. But you know what? I enjoyed it.
Desi
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and amusing, despite the mild foreshadowing of darker happenings in the prologue. The main relationship was so cute I was more than willing to overlook the utterly ridiculous turns the plot abruptly took halfway through the book and still really enjoy it. The core relationship was a sweet, though predictable romance. The heroine seemed lovely and genuine, if a bit all over the place and at one point rather glaringly stupid. Hero not as stubborn as he could have been about acknowledging his ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This book was an enjoyable quick read, it isn't one I would buy but it entertained me for a few hours with a decent plot and a gorgeous man.

When Hope's parents die when she is 16 it has a devestating effect on her life, not only does do, her parents get accused of stealing from the parish fund (her father was a vicar), her and her two younger sisters and foster brother all get split up and sent to a orphanages. Seven years later Hope is working to get a degree and work fulltime, and spends each
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Eve
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just the Way You Are (Lost Hearts, #1)
by Christina Dodd
Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspence

“I thought society would do the right thing. Now I look around and I think -- society never does the right thing. Sometimes people do the right thing. Sometimes one person makes a difference. But civilization has rules, and I've learned them well -- never be helpless, never be sick, never be poor.”
Hope Prescott

Hope Prescott has been separated from her siblings after the mysterious death of her parents
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Barbara ★
This isn't a new idea but it is a well-told story. Poor girl, Hope falls in love with rich guy, Zack but doesn't know he's rich, he leads her to believe he is only the butler. Zack has been burned too many times by women who only want his money. Hope is poor but a wonderful caring person. She has been burned every time someone finds out about her past so she's skittish as well as a virgin. The dynamics between Zack and Hope are wild and entertaining. The other part of the story is a mystery. Hop ...more
Mojca
Seven years ago the Prescott siblings were separated after their parent's tragic death.

Hope, the oldest, is still searching for the others, while earning a living working for an answering service.

Zachariah Givens, a wealthy businessman, hires her service, but Hope foolishly mistakes him for the butler. Charmed and tired of being treated like royalty because of his wealth, Zack doesn't correct her.

Their quick friendship blossoms into love and Zack is willing to do anything to keep Hope at his sid
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Leah
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book had potential. HAD !!!


Good concept good alpha male BUT what was with his "gang"??? I thought the book started going downhill as soon as the Hope character started to develop. If Hope grew up in the system, forced to toughen up because she had been lied to her whole life, why in the world could she not see this shady accounting scam coming a mile away? She won't tell anyone her story but she will sign financial documents without a second thought? She never questions why the "butler" sle
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penelopewanders
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
From the cover -
When Hope Prescott's parents disappeared, her carefree teenage life vanished forever. She and her three siblings were separated and sent to different foster homes around the country. Now, seven years later, Hope is still searching for them. To support herself, she works for an answering service, and cares for her clients as if they were family. When wealthy businessman Zachariah Givens hires Hope's service, Hope initially mistakes Zack for his butler. Tired of being coddled and f
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“I thought society would do the right thing. Now I look around and I think -- society never does the right thing. Sometimes people do the right thing. Sometimes one person makes a difference. But civilization has rules, and I've learned them well -- never be helpless, never be sick, never be poor.” 15 likes
“Women always said he was warm. They snuggled with him in bed, grateful for the heat. A couple of his lovers even claimed that, when he was inside them, he heated them from the inside out.
A pleasant flattery, perhaps, but one Hope would discover the truth of. For when she touched him, he did burn.”
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