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  • Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060561122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060561123
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,982,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Miss Caroline Ritter, accomplished flirt, acknowledged beauty, and ruined gentlewoman, offers lessons to any rich, noble lord too inept to attract a wife. Discard your silly affectations and your garish clothing! Learn the art of witty conversation, elegant dancing, equestrian feats and irresistible seduction at the opera! With Miss Ritter's help, you can become the most sought-after aristocrat at the ball! --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tobi2772 on 14 Jan 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, I'd rather have my money back thank you. The writing of the novel was not bad, but lacked something, cohesiveness maybe.
The story starts out all wrong as well. The two female characters introduced in the beginning are both beautiful, strong-willed etc... The heroine, Miss Ritter, was embraced a few years back by a cad, and while he's living the life, she's been turned out of house by her father (a CIT who married well) and looking for a way to scrounge up enough money to take her younger sister with her to her dead mother's family in France.
This is the goal of the book and yet the question the reader has immediately is why not write to the family and explain her circumstances? The incongruities in the storyline abound but this is the main flaw in my mind. The character's are not unlikable but they are forgettable.
The ending drags on and on for no good reason and the 'trust' issue seems forced.
The sex is absolutely gratuitous and does not enhance the story in any way. I like steamy novels but it seems like a lot of contemporary authors forget to write romantically and go straight for the actions. Elizabeth Thornton and Barbara Metzger are two examples of how this can be done exceedingly well.
All in all, I'm sorry I purchased this book and will not purchasing any other novels from this author.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Man Seeks Governess for Grown Son....Huh? 2 Oct 2005
By KMont - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As usual, I picked a book that at this point is the last in the series. Oops. Well, considering that I haven't read any of the others in this series so far, I came out reasonably pleased with MY FAIR TEMPTRESS. I've read some of Dodd's books before, but always came away unhappy because they seemed to be directly drawn from classic fairy tales or other well known stories (Not accusing her of anything here, it's just an observation), making her writing seem too juvenile to me for romance. Her characters in this book were written to such an extent as to seem very recognizable, very likeable, except for the villains of course.

The Duke of Nevette is searching for a way to bring his ridiculous son, Jude Durant, Lord Huntingdon, up to scratch in order to find a wife. The unwed ladies of the ton want nothing to do with him because of the way he comports himself in public - like an absolute idiot. Previously, Jude and his elder Brother, Michael, had gone on their Grand Tour and Jude returned a new man. One that wears overbright clothing and displays embarrassing manners in public, all for the cause of bringing some "style" to his fellow Brits. What no one realizes though, is that Jude has an ulterior motive, a good reason for his overbearing behavior. Because his Father is not privy to this information, he sets out to find a tutor for his son, a lady who can teach him how to half way be a man again. He hires a governess from The Distinguised Academy of Governesses to accomplish this monumental task. Caroline Ritter, who, while not aritocratic, used to be in polite society, takes on the challenge. She has till the end of the Season to teach Jude to flirt, attract a bride and marry. With her cunning insight into the inner workings of people, she is able to see through Jude just enough to know that something is not right about his foppish appearance. Determined to acquire her one thousand pound bonus, if she can get him married, she makes plans to escape England with her sister to go to south France to be with her family there - and vows to keep hers and Jude's relationship strictly professional.

As we all know before even reading the book, sparks fly between the two, but wait, not really till Jude comes to realize Caroline's situation, how she was turned from her home by her father after a horrible scandal during her only Season in town. She had been barely surviving at times, desperate for a chance to prove herself and turn her life back around. Jude comes to care for this fiesty young woman who had come from a privilaged background and was then abandoned by everyone. Caroline comes to realize the Jude may not be a complete idiot, that there really is quite a manly man under all those dumb clothes and mannerisms he displays.

Four stars for a funny engaging read that kept me going all the way up till about the last couple of pages. I laughed at Jude, I cheered on Caroline for having such a strong character in the face of such terrible circumstances. Minus that last and most important star because the ending was horrible. I won't give anything away, I'll just say that I was left unsure if Caroline and Jude were really going to be happily ever after. The ending does not close up or tie up their story very well. While it's obvious that there will be more stories to come in Dodd's Governess series, she did not have to leave it hanging like she did. Buuuuuttt...I suppose she hooked me anyway, and I'll be looking out for the next one.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I was Fairly Tempted to sing! 29 Oct 2005
By twinpeaks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not going to go through the plot, it's been done, but I can tell you that after too many mediocre historicals, MY FAIR TEMPTRESS hit the spot. It was smart, funny and sizzling, with a scene at the opera that made me want to hit a high note. Caroline sure did. I almost didn't buy the book because the back flap insinuated Caroline was easy, but that's not the case and I LOLed about the flirting scenes. Jude was hilarious as a dandy who's hiding his true self while he seeks revenge, and the affection between his father and step-mother is lovely, a real contrast to the fiery relationship between Caroline and Jude. Good book - buy it.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Not one of Dodd's best efforts 1 Oct 2005
By avines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
christina dodd is an perplexing author. there are moments when her writing expresses an engagement of emotions, her characterizations are textured and multi-faceted, her love scenes are passionate and adventurous and her plots are intriguing. i found this to be true when i read RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, A SCANDALOUS EVENING, and MY FAVORITE BRIDE. unfortunately, i did not find it to be true in her latest effort.

in MY FAIR TEMPTRESS, she again pulls from the bottomless well of heroines found at the distinquished academy of governesses. lady caroline ritter is a beautiful woman down on her luck. four years prior to the beginning of the story, she was scandalized during her one and only season by a ruthless and married aristocrat who used her as a means of gaining a divorce from his shrew of a wife. after being tossed out of the family home by her uncaring father, she was cast from polite society and forced to make a way for herself. after failing at numerous jobs, she lands at the distinguished academy of governesses where she hopes to land a job despite lacking of any skill except for her ability to flirt.

who would need a governess with such a skill, you ask? turns out the duke of huntington desires of someone with just such a talent. his grown son has recently returned from france transformed from a self-contained, serious, and logical man to a foppish, idiot dandy, which has in turn pushed away all prospective brides. after the death of his older son michael, the duke has suddenly become preoccupied with the task of getting his next son jude married and grandkids on the way.

jude durant isn't just any foppish, idiot dandy. in fact, he's just posing as one while he tries to track down those responsible for his older brother's death. his mind is set on vengence and he is determined to bring them to justice, no matter the cost. when he finds out about his father's plan, he is initially outraged until he meets caroline. he is instantly taken with her beauty and when the suspects he's been following appear to be taken with caroline, he decides to use her as a means of getting information from them.

the thing is, he doesn't tell caroline he's using her. she's an unwitting pawn in the game, which makes me wonder how he could possibly think he could get any information from them without her being aware of the situation so that she could actively seek the information out.

and that's just the tip of the illogical iceberg. caroline, who first comes off as someone who is strengthened by her four years on the streets having to take care of herself, ultimately makes decisions throughout the book that lack consistency with her characterization. i won't tell much so that i don't spoil the plot twists for you, i'll just say that she goes from courageous to cowardly at the flip of a hat, and when she finally becomes unwaveringly courageous, it's only because she found a way to sexually tame jude. she never acknowledged the strength she had based on her ability to take care of herself before she met jude.

i find it disturbing that the heroine was able to become empowered enough to stand up for herself only after she tied up jude during a sexual encounter. sure, she was in control, but why would dodd tie such a significant moment of empowerment to such an act? it kind of made the whole thing appear hollow and too fragile to actually last. there were actually some moments when caroline stepped into the "too stupid to live" territory with some of her decisions, which frustrated me and made me wonder why she considered herself to be so intelligent. for example, jude dropped his facade as a dandy when the two of them were alone, so i wondered why she didn't figure out early on that he was doing it all for show.

also, i never got an understanding of who jude was, really. he was a guy who was mad because his brother was killed and wanted vengence. he faked being an idiot to gain information, and he liked to have adventurous sex. that's the extent of what i got from him by the end of the book. there wasn't enough depth to him to make me care about him. dodd depicted him with too little emotion, and what little there was was so mercurial, i wasn't sure if it was his actual emotion or part of the act he was portraying.

the love scenes were on par with dodd's previous efforts, though. they were sensual, intimate and daring. just so you know, there is some bondage involved. i like that aspect, although i didn't care for the reasoning behind why it occurred.

finally, the plot itself was a bit on the side of unbelievable. while jude is chasing down the men who killed his brother, he stumbles onto a murder plot. however, the players and the executing was so convoluted that i ended up shaking my head in exasperation because again, much of the decision-making was illogical, which made the characters appear to be really stupid.

so ultimately, i can only recommend this book with reservations. the execution of the plot was weak, the characterization was inconsistent and spare, although the sexual encounters were top-notch.

in other words, if you like to read about great sex, but care little about the who and the why surrounding it, then this book is for you. otherwise, i'd recommend you check out the three books i mentioned at the beginning of this review.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I Thought It Was Tempting... 10 Dec 2005
By Bridget - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This the first book by Christiana Dodd I have read. I saw her name come up in romance lists and she appeared popular but, I shied away as I thought her books might be fluffy and light in the romance department. I prefer books that are hearty, intense and a bit emotional. This book My Fair Enchantress was fortunately not what I thought I needed - it was somewhere in between what I expected and what I like, which worked perfectly.

I liked that the story line was not your typical perfect English debutante meets up with perfect English royalty and they woo and court each other at balls and masquerades, heat up the sheets and end up with the expected perfect ending. No...this differed and was all the more enjoyable for it.

Of course our heroine, Caroline was beautiful, charming, witty and wise (would we enjoy an unattractive, dull, and insipid heroine - never!) and our hero, Jude was handsome, worldly, a bit mysterious (you knew he was hiding something behind all that foo-foo French clothing and eye popping colors, didn't you? As for those readers who had trouble getting past his silly tendencies...let it go, it was not the most critical part of the book- ok?). They meet up when his father is fearful that his eldest son won't settle down with the right girl and give him an heir the family line - The Huntingtons. A duke must produce another duke - or so the father thinks. Was it unusual for a father to do this? I say no...not back in those times. Desperate times call for desperate measures and the father couldn't figure out the boy so...he hired someone who could. The father then hires Caroline, from the local Governess Society - to train his son to flirt, charm and woo his way into the perfect socialite's heart and fulfill his father's wishes within the year. Caroline gets the benefit of a nice house to live in, all the clothes she wants and a nice bonus if she succeeds. Nice benefit to everyone if I might say so.

Caroline was banned from society as she made a faux paux in her first season by becoming infatuated with the wrong man and he locked her in a study with him and set the tongues wagging at what she did, how she did it and it ruined her reputation and thus...she was an outcast - including to her own father.

As you can imagine, fire works fly when Caroline and Jude begin their dance of deception - teaching him to do all the things that woman want from a man and a mighty fine man like Jude can give. The best twists of course are when Jude is on bad behavior around other girls so, that he can spend more time with Caroline learning the right way. Their attraction to one another is clear from the beginning. Let's face it- beautiful people are attracted to other beautiful people - and they were no different. Fortunately, they each saw deeper into the other than just the surface and that's what made their attraction that much more intense.

This author does a great job of letting them learn about one another, testing the limits and boundaries of what they can and should do, and having fun crossing into naughtiness time and again. Their passion and attraction seems real. The love scenes were strong, bold and appealing without going over-board. I liked that they came together willingly and didn't have the usual fit of the vapors afterwards with accusations and regret. Instead, they adored each other with the same passion in which they learned the right ways to woo a woman.

The secondary characters were great to this story too - the parents, the friends, etc. The plot was busy with the outings between Jude and Caroline to the zoo, the opera and park etc. to learn proper charm and flirtatious ways as well as the backdrop of what Jude was doing with the Moricadians about the crown and possible assassinations. Lots to keep you interested but, NOT enough to get off track or loose the reader. Why, even the ending is fresh in that it leaves you hanging that the brother you thought had died might indeed not be as thought? Some reviewers didn't like that the ending didn't have a wedding, baby or post scene...instead alluded to a next book via the missing/dead brother. I suppose for some that would be negative but, Jude and Caroline made it clear that they made up in France and he came back for her after a few months as life was simply not worth living without her. He made clear he wanted to marry her, create a child with her and live his life with her. He did this simply because "she was his love of a lifetime". That's plenty for me. And it was clearly what Caroline wanted and needed too as she took the steps to create that life with him as well.

I found most of this book highly interesting....If you like romance novels with a strong female lead, an equally appealing male lead and lots of fun banter back and forth and some seriously pleasurable love scenes...this will be a great pick for you. Buy it, read it and enjoy it! I plan to read more from this author - this was a surprising winner!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining but NOT believable 31 Oct 2005
By tachi1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My excuse for reading this book all the way through was that, in the aftermath of a hurricane & with no power or gasoline, I was desperate for entertainment, needed escape, & had nothing else to read.

It was entertaining--but I really didn't need to escape to the realm of the TOTALLY unbelievable. Can you believe that an otherwise intelligent Duke would hire a governess for his 30-something son so she could teach him to flirt with women? Can you believe that a formerly-normal red-blooded male would suddenly start behaving in a ridiculous and flamboyand manner & as a disguise to capture a killer, no less? Can you believe that our heroine goes from innocent maligned virgin to rather well-informed and sexually-aggressive dynamo with hardly any transition between the two states? An in the space of one night and two pages! But, hey, since from the initial premise of the plot the author abandoned any claim to reality (in any historical period)she went to town with all her characters and situations. It's lucky that this isn't a stage play. The actors wouldn't be able to keep a straight face, and neither could I.
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