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JUST THE WAY YOU ARE: Romantic Suspense (Lost Hearts Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christina Dodd
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New York Times author Christina Dodd's bestselling romantic suspense series, Lost Hearts…
Mystery and misery scar their young lives. Three sisters and their foster brother are torn apart by tragedy and scattered across the country to grow up alone…
Hope Prescott lives in Boston, far from the warm, southern home she recalls. She works hard with one goal in mind—finding her long-lost siblings. Yet her job at the answering service and her own loving nature creates a family of friends, people she knows only by their voices. She especially likes Griswald, gruff old butler for wealthy Zack Givens.
Meeting Griswald is a shock; he is neither gruff nor old, but a powerful, handsome man. In fact, he is Zack Givens, cold, heartless—and charmed by the artless young woman who brings him chicken soup, treats him like a friend…and falls in love with the humble man she imagines him to be. When she discovers Zack’s secret and faces his betrayal, she leaves without a backward glance. Can Zack solve the mystery that haunts Hope's past to prove their futures lie together?

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 505 KB
    • Print Length: 388 pages
    • Publisher: Christina Dodd (19 Mar. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00J4YN19U
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Join New York Times best selling author Christina Dodd's mailing list to have her news delivered right to your inbox! http://christinadodd.com

    In 2014, Christina is publishing the Lost Hearts series in e-book, all enhanced with extra material:
    -- JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
    -- ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE
    -- CLOSE TO YOU
    And Christina's all-new series, Virtue Falls, starts with:
    -- THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls e-Short Story (July 1)
    -- VIRTUE FALLS: A Full-Length Suspense (Sept 9)

    Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

    Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they know they've found a story "For the wild at heart!"

    Christina Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great success at contemporary novels 17 Jun. 2003
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I have always been a fan of Christina Dodd since first reading her successful governess series and then dashing to buy the rest of her historical works. Therefore I was skeptical when I saw that Christina has now ventured into contemporary romance. Do not be put off! This book was excellent, so much so that I went home and could not put it down until I finished it! Christina successfully lets you in to the two main characters of Zack and Hope and despite the cinderella story line you keep wishing them to successfully get together. And look out for the 'cliff hanger' at the end - I am now impatient to read the next one of the Lost Texas series!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bells are ringing 21 Nov. 2008
    By Seren Ade HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Christina Dodd's first venture into contemporary novels didn't stray so far from the style and plotline-development techniques used in the hugely popular historical 'Governesses' series. In several of these novels, Dodd picks up and works from the basic premises of classic movies e.g. versions of 'The Sound of Music', 'Sabrina (Fair)' and 'Le Retour de Martin Guerre'... and the basic plot device used here is no different.

    The story revolves around Hope Prescott, a telephone answering service worker, who becomes overly interested in her subscriber's lives... even falling in love with one of them. This time the plot borrowing comes from the Judy Holiday-Dean Martin vehicle 'Bells are Ringing'... and the nature of the borrowing is a plot problem which Dodd doesn't really resolve. The problem lies in the fact that the 1950s stage show and movie centred around a telephone answering service - but there is little/no need for such kinds of service in the era of mobile phones and answering machines. Even as the alleged last service of its type in Boston, the nature of Hope's employment is hokey.

    Otherwise, this is a fun, comic romance... albeit one that is heavily laden with nods to screwball/romantic comedies of the 30's, 40's and 50's: for example when the hero, multimillionaire Zack Givens, becomes annoyed by Hope's assumption that rich people can't be bothered to pick up their own messages, he pretends to be his own butler. This leads to a tangle of identities and emotions, as Zack succumbs to the temptation to find out whether someone can genuinely be attracted to HIM rather than his cash...
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Enjoyable new series ! 16 Jun. 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a departure into contemporary fiction which was well done. The only thing that spoiled it a little was the last few chapters. Zack along with an assorted group of characters from the book went to rescue Hope who had been " kidnapped ". The actions were totally out of character and totally unbelievable. In spite of this I would still recommend the book !
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    Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  96 reviews
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A story of Hope... 8 Jun. 2003
    By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is Christina Dodd's first attempt at contemporary romance and I have to say, she scored big. Just The Way You Are is a great story and if it is any indication, Dodd has a great contemporary future ahead of her.
    This book is about Hope Prescott who lived in Texas until she was 16 and her parents were arrested for embezzeling, a fact which no one in the Texas town wants discuss. Her younger sisters and brother were seperated from her and put into foster homes and Hope drifted for 7 years until she decided to get her life back together. She came to Boston and enrolled in college and got a job as a telephone switchboard operator where she "met" Zach Givens.
    Zach was enthralled by Hope's voice from the first moment he heard it, and being a rich man who always got what he wanted, he went after Hope, pretending to be his own butler. They got to know each other and fell in love. Unfortunately, events outside of their control pushed them apart.
    The romance was the best part of this book. Zach and Hope had instant chemistry and it was great fun and very romantic to see their romance evolve. The owner of Hope's switchboard operation provided a wonderful secondary character, as did Zach's Aunt Cecily and Sven.
    The only part of this story that put me off was the embezzelment storyline and the absurd "kidnapping" attempt at the end of the story. It just kind of ruined the buildup of the romance and all that had come before it.
    But besides this minor story problem, I have to say this was a great great story. There will be a second one, and hopefully a third. Though I have always admired Dodd's historical romances, it takes great courage to break out of habit and Dodd's breakthrough into contemporary romance is a great one. She has a great future in both historicl and contemporary romance. This book is a keeper.
    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars What A Disappointment 1 July 2003
    By "katragous" - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    What can I say? I'll start with the high points since it is always good to start with a compliment. Dodd retains her sense of humor that you expect from reading her historicals, and that is good. The book moves fast so it can be read in one sitting (If you chose to finish it, that is) I don't however, believe that most people upon hearing that a child's parents had been accused of embezzlement would blame the child for the crime, especially in a modern city like Boston. That is just too unbelievable for words. Combine that with an irrational contempt for Wal-Mart (Hey, dosen't Wal-Mart sell her books?) and community colleges, and you have a reciepe for alienating most of your reading public. I think this book was a good attempt to write a contemporary, but you cannot use the same formula for a modern story as you do for a historical -times and values change and they will not ring true, which sadly is the case here.
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Witty dialogue and wealthy comeuppance 2 Jun. 2005
    By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Zack Givens is used to barking orders and having people fall at his feet. A corrupt raider, he's used to bullying his weight around, but he's not prepared for the lady at the other end of his answering service, orphan Hope Prescott. She assumes when he calls in for messages that he's the butler and strikes up a conversation, immediately making fun of wealthy people, Zack in particular. Zack is completely enchanted by her candor, and decides to keep up the charade. Part of what keeps her working her odd jobs is her quest to reunite her sisters and brother. Thinking that she's carrying on with a man named "Griswold," Hope is enchanted with him. When she finds out that he's sick, she shows up on his doorstep with homemade chicken soup. Zack is shocked that such a nice person exists; she's surprised to find that a butler can be so young and sexy. His infatuation soon turns sexual (and of course she's a virgin), but he foolishly continues the charade, which can only come crashing down on him. Circumstances surrounding Hope's background, business enemies, scheming servants, and Zack's inability to trust conspire to keep them apart. Zack will have to be quick on his feet to get her to forgive his sins.

    About the only thing that detracted from the story was the whole accounting scheme - it just did not fit, and the standoff was kinda dumb. I was also disappointed that the Prescott family was not reunited. I felt a little cheated that I will have to read two more books (also song titles: "Almost Like Bring in Love" and "Close to You") to find out how it all turns out!
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good� but not her best work� 13 April 2004
    By "klpepsi" - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Seven years ago, under suspicious circumstances, Hope Prescott's parents disappeared and were declared dead. Hope was sixteen at the time with three younger siblings. All the siblings were separated and put in foster care homes across the country. Now Hope attends college, and works for an answering service to fund her ongoing search for her brother and sisters.
    Boston CEO, Zack Givens, who takes over other companies, is known for his cold, calculating and ruthless demeanor. He's also a technophobe. His secretary sets him up with an answering service to take his calls. Hope is the first person he speaks to when checking his messages, and he's immediately drawn to her sultry voice. Hope doesn't believe for a minute that Zack would lower himself to retrieve his own messages, so she believes him to be the butler. He decides to continue the charade, even when she shows up unannounced at his home. Once Zack realizes Hope's beauty goes further than her voice, he's determined to make her his mistress. Noting she dresses in rather worn clothing, he decides to shower her with what his money can buy, while she's warming his bed.
    After things heat up between them, Hope is mistakenly accused of embezzling and arrested. But Zack's distrusting nature kicks in and he doesn't initially believe in her innocence. Realizing his mistake, he plans to set things straight, but before he can do this, Hope is kidnapped by a crime lord. Will Zack ever be able to convince Hope he now believes in her, especially after his deception?
    I believe this may be Ms. Dodd's first foray into contemporary romance. She did have a very early book called "The Lady in Black", which I haven't read, but it may have been a contemporary.
    I don't have overwhelming feelings about this story one way or the other, which is unusual, because I'm a big fan of this author's work. It started off really well, and I enjoyed the character of Hope and the secondary characters. The love scenes were quite sensual, which I've come to expect in her stories. My two problems were with Zack's character, and the kidnapping by the crime lord with subsequent rescue. Zack's decision to make Hope his mistress was a little bothersome to me, especially since his plan to share his wealth felt like he was making her his personal prostitute. Also, it was difficult to read his treatment of her when he thought she was after his money, even though he had deceived her. The kidnapping and rescue was not really funny to me, but rather silly and awkward. It just didn't flow with the rest of the story.
    I believe this is the first book of a new series, and even though this wasn't her best work, in Ms. Dodd I trust. I have every confidence the next story will be better, and I will keep reading her books.
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! 10 Jun. 2003
    By Queenie - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is my first Christina Dodd book and first review. While shopping, I noticed this colorful cover and title. I picked it up and, did my usual, read the first page. After a few minutes, I found myself on Page 8. I couldn't put the book down. I returned home and finished the book in one evening. JUST THE WAY YOU ARE is a great summer read. You laugh, cheer and shed a few tears. I just hope that Christina Dodd continues writing about Zack, Hope, Gabriel, Pepper and Caitlin. Please make this into a trilogy. I highly recommend this book. It's a feel good book, that leaves you smiling for all the characters.
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