"Rules of Attraction" is book three in the popular Governess Brides series set in Victorian England and it is as good as the previous two. Miss Hannah Setterington, the third co-founder ot The Distinguished Academy of Governesses decides to sell up and go in search of her mysterious past.She accepts a position as a companion to Lord Raeburn's elderly aunt in a remote old castle.Hannah is an attractive young woman who has come far and who has accomplished a lot during the past few years of her life. Dougald Pippard, Lord Raeburn is a darkly handsome man who is full of bitterness and a thirst for revenge. Rumour says that he murdered his wife and he never publicly denied it. Their first encounter is a deep shock for Hannah but she reminds herself that she is a strong-minded woman and she shows Dougald her depth and strength. Their attraction is undeniable and their strong efforts to fight it are useless. I admire the author's rich resources in characters. The leading female and male representatives are very similar in all three books but at the same time they are all unique. They all have their own characteristic features and they are perfectly introduced to the reader. It is very fascinating to watch them develop, react and grow in front of us. I find this last book probably the most mysterious and most serious of the three. Still, the storyline is very interesting, full of unexpected turns and even a pinch of warm humour. Hannah and Dougald are a matching pair and their passionate battle of the sexes keeps our attention engaged until the end. The supporting characters are delightful and I found the bunch of elderly ladies refreshing and their antics heartwarming.
RULES OF ATTRACTION is a worthy conclusion of the story of the three governess friends. The author's writing style is very enjoyable and she has written another high standard historical romance.