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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380811995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380811991
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rules of Attraction Having sold her governess school, Hannah Setterington agrees to act as companion to the aunt of Lord Raeburn. But Hannah never dreams the handsome stranger turns out to be no stranger at all. Dougald Pippard devised an elaborate ruse to lure Hannah back into his life. But when passion flares up once again, he is willing to forego his plan for revenge. Full description

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ambersaxon696 on 14 Feb. 2003
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"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.
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Hate vs Love: 1-99
great story, however, the ending was rushed and that set me a bit back. The reason of the murders of the previous Lords are kind of stupid.
BUT the attraction and love between Hannah and Dougald... just overwhelming!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2001
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for all fans of christina interesting resolution to her "3 governesses" cast of loveable & dynamic ladies... though i must admit to not having expected the twist in the tale & was surprised at what an enjoyable story it made...of course Hannah's character is much more clearly defined than in the last 2 bks...where she had a small tho' pivotal role... she sets off to a new post as companion to some of the wackiest old ladies you'll have the pleasure of meeting...a young Queen Victoria w/entourage makes a cameo appearance...and the mysterious nobleman is classic!!!...we also meet Pamela & Charlotte again...a MUST BUY....
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Let me begin by saying I have read all of Christina Dodd's novels, but "Rules of Attraction" is a total clinker. She is one of my favorite writers and has given me many hours of pleasure. Because of that history, when I read "Attraction," I kept telling myself it would get better. It never did. From the time that Hannah meets her husband, from whom she has run away years before, he is abusive and threatening. Other novelists have portrayed such dark men, but the levening agent is their deep love for the heroine. It has been almost a formula: the love and attraction of the hero must be greater than his hurt and hostility . Ms Dodd ignores this balance and throughout the novel Dougald is potentially violent in his cruelty, both past and present. Lacking this balance, I kept waiting for that "ah ha moment" when he realizes what an abusive husband he has been to Hannah and his true repentance. That never really happened, except weakly. After he blames her entirely for the end of their marriage, after he still continues to employ the servant who caused this break up and who still is hostile to Hannah, after he threatens to take all her savings for the past years, he then demolishes her by telling her that he was sexually using her, that he did not love or respect her. Somehow, after weeks of abuse, Hannah senses that Dougald is doing this to protect her from a murderer, in an attempt to drive her away. Before this truly awful moment, Hannah still is sexually attracted to Dougald and they become intimate, without any real affection between them. In the past, I have loved Dodd's love scenes, some of which have deftly balanced the hero's force with his restraint and concern. Ms Dodd's magic was entirely missing in this novel and I advise you NOT TO BUY IT.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
not my kind of 'hero' 13 Mar. 2001
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.... "Rules of Attraction" is an all right read but it is not one of her better efforts either. Actually, I haven't exactly warmed to this entire trilogy (The Governess Brides Series) and that it primarily because of the 'heroes' in all three books. The heroines, Charlotte, Pamela and Hannah were all so spunky and intelligent -- characters that you actually would like to know in real life and have as friends; but the men! They were all so childish and arrogant. I really couldn't see what any of these splendid women saw in any of the 'heroes'. As for "Rules of Attraction," I didn't wonder at Hannah leaving Dougald at all (Hannah left Dougald nine years ago because she felt unloved and undervalued). His charge that she should have persevered in their marriage and tried harder to talk to him and to make him see her point of view, struck no chord with me. In fact when he finally admits (in the last few chapters of the book) that their marriage probably wouldn't have worked back then because they were both too young and stubborn, all I could do was snort in derision. What saved this book for me was Dougald's three dotty aunts, who are not dotty at all, but merely a bit eccentric and overlooked and (again) undervalued by their male relatives. They are a riot!
In general I have enjoyed most of Christina Dodd's novels, and I definitely will read her next one. I just hope that she goes back to writing about the kinds of heroes that made her earlier works so memorable.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Why would anyone fall for Dougald? 9 July 2001
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I do not understand why ANY woman would want to be with a man like Dougald. I like books where the characters evolve, but I didn't get the sense that Dougald evolved at all.
He was so unbearably cruel and mean to Hannah in this book. He even talks to himself about how "easy" it would be to kill her! And he's the "hero"? Not in my world. He never acknowledges his part in his failed marriage and is so pathetic that he's planned revenge on the innocent young woman who ran from him nine years ago. Get a life, Dougald!
He's mean to Hannah, and takes pleasure in her pain. That isn't love.
I kept hoping for some glimpse into Dougald that would salvage this tortured and torturing character but I found none. I would have run away from this ogre too.
Please, writers, get back to ROMANCE.
Readers, save your money and read all of Julia Quinn's books or Suzanne Enoch's. THOSE are heroes to remember.....
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Governess Saga Continues 16 April 2004
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After nine years as proprietress of The Distinguished Academy of Governesses, Miss Hannah Setterington, has sold the establishment in favor of delving into her unknown roots. But first, she has accepted one last post as companion to the elderly aunt of the Earl of Raeburn. She knows little about her new employer, except he is newly titled, and rumored to have murdered his wife, a fact Hannah feels has most likely been fabricated. Arriving at Castle Raeburn late in the evening during a storm, the mysterious lord insists she attend him immediately. Hannah is shocked to discover she intimately knows Lord Raeburn. His name is actually Dougald Pippard, the man she loved, and ran away from nine years ago.
Dougald has been diligently searching for Hannah all these years, and her arrival at his home was painstakingly planned, out of anger and his need for revenge. He has just the ammunition to force her into staying. He can arrange for her to meet her deceased father's parents, something she longs for. Their battle of passion and will rages out of control, but soon their attention is diverted to dangerous occurrences at the castle. The previous two earls were each killed in an accident that took place shortly after coming into the title. Now Dougald has been shot at, and attacked, so it would appear he is next to be eliminated. Therefore, he and Hannah will need to solve the mystery and capture the culprit, before they can finally settle their differences, and discover if their future lies together.
This is the third installment in the Governess Bride Series, and while this particular story is probably my least favorite of the six, its still very good and well worth reading.
I found it somewhat difficult to like the character of Dougald in the beginning of the book, since he was cold and bent on revenge at that point. Of course, he did thaw out and redeem himself, but he was more of a dark and brooding type hero. Hannah was the typical Dodd heroine I enjoy - intelligent, independent and pragmatic. The love scenes were quite sensual, and the mystery subplot was engrossing and very well done. The humor Ms. Dodd does so well was present, although more subdued in this story. Dougald's aunt, and the assorted elderly ladies who also live in the castle, supplied the majority of the fun and witty dialogue. They could all be quite outrageous at times.
Ms. Dodd is one of the few authors I buy sight unseen. For those who would like to know the series order, it is as follows: RULES OF SURRENDER, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, RULES OF ATTRACTION, IN MY WILDEST DREAMS, LOST IN YOUR ARMS, and MY FAVORITE BRIDE.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous storytelling 15 Feb. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1843 Hannah Setterington sells her very successful business, the Distinguished Academy of Governesses, to accept a job as a companion to an elderly person. Her real reason for going to the countryside is to obtain information about the identity of her father. Hannah hears rumors that the present master of Raeburn Castle murdered his wife, but she can prove otherwise because the new lord is her husband Dougald Peppard. He has searched for her since she ran away over eight years ago and only found her through the money she recently returned to him. He tells her he worried about whether she lived or died, and plans to enact vengeance for her desertion.

Hannah agrees to stay after meeting Aunt Spring and her three elderly buddies. An angry Dougald threatens her, but Hannah retaliates with a kiss that shakes up both of them. However, before they can explore their feelings, someone tries to kill the new lord, just as the previous four were murdered in the last few years.

Best-selling author Christina Dodd concludes her awesome governess trilogy with a powerful tale starring Hannah. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action while the loose ends from the two previous novels (see RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and RULES OF SURRENDER) are fully tied together in the subplots. The lead couple is a darling duo who hopefully live long enough to share the love that was placed on hold eight years ago. Fans of Victorian romances will relish this exciting tale and be enticed to obtain its predecessors.

Harriet Klausner
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