Rules of Engagement (Governess Brides Series #2)

Rules of Engagement (Governess Brides Series #2)

by Christina Dodd

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Overview

Rules of Engagement:

Choose a bride from this year's debutantes.
Decide on a proper settlement.
Send an announcement to 
The Times.
Inform the bride of her good fortune.

Rules of Respectability:

Devon Mathewes, Earl of Kerrich, has a plan that is sure to restore him to the Queen's favor. First, he must hire a sensible, unattractive governess. Next, he will see to adopting a properly grateful orphan, which will surely lend him a patina of respectability. Finally, he must obtain a guarantee that his orphan and the governess will better his character and reputation without unduly disturbing his life—love life or otherwise.

Rules of Passion:

As a condition of accepting the governess position, Miss Pamela Lockhart of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses has a few rules of her own. Devon at all times must behave with propriety, an unlikely accomplishment that would delight the ton and completely astonish Pamela herself. She must be allowed to choose a suitable orphan at her own discretion. Most important, Devon must vow to never ever delve into Pamela's background, or her appearance, lest he discover the truth behind the deepest secrets of her heart. But of course, all rules are made to be broken . . .

An Avon Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061793691
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Governess Brides Series , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 145,620
File size: 548 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense, romance, and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

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Rules of Engagement (Governess Brides Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Queen Victoria threatens to blackmail Lord Kerrich unless he becomes respectable. Having no plans to marry, Kerrich decides to pretend to adopt an orphan. He goes to the financially struggling Distinguished Academy of Governesses to make his demands, which include any ugly spinster as the governess. Part owner Pamela Lockhart dresses in a disguise to hide her beauty and accepts the job.

Pamela finds Beth at the orphanage. Kerrich, who has a super-ego when it comes to women, thinks Pamela is perfect, but has doubts about a girl. Kerrich also is trying to uncover the head of a counterfeiting ring that includes his cousin. To his shock, Kerrich is attracted to Pamela and she to him after he kisses her. However, she wonders how he will react to her when he learns the truth about her deception. Additionally, she worries about his tossing Beth out of his home.

Christina Dodd, author of sixteen wonderful romances, which include SOMEDAY MY PRINCE and THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS, has written an interesting historical romance. The Victorian love story provides an intriguing look at the era¿s gender relationships, especially how males stereotyped females. The two ethical lead characters struggle with the seeming lack of commitments and honor by his still living mother and her now deceased father, which adds to the fun of their developing love for one another. Beth is a fabulous secondary player who deserves her own Victorian romantic tale hopefully told soon by the always-entertaining Ms. Dodd.

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Jill Williams 3 months ago
very funny great book
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Pamela Lockhart was robbed and the Distinguished Academy of Governesses is in dire straits until Devon Mathewes, the Earl of Kerrich, enters and asks for help. He must find an orphan and a governess in order to appear respectable to Queen Victoria. She feels he should be married but he thinks that is going a little too far, maybe just adopt an orphan. Pamela dresses as an older lady and fools him for a while but others see through her disguise and Devon soon does too. He finds himself intrigued by Pamela and enjoys talking with her. She states she will never marry and Devon is determined to change her mind.
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truthzbeauty More than 1 year ago
Didn't put the book down until the very end. I especially loved the dialogue between the main characters, making them irresistible. Cute and funny book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i read the synopsis to this book and thought it would be an interesting read. the book started off kind of slow but i decided to stick to it because i was sure that i was going to be rewarded later but it was clear to me by the middle of the book that it wasn't going to happen. i caught myself dozing off on many of the parts and i didn't particularly enjoy myself. the plot was interesting but the characters were pretty dull compared to others. plus, that 'moon over a foggy night' thing was pretty dumb. i have no idea why anyone would make a fuss about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christina Dodd is a great author. I loved Rules of Engagement. I love the sexual tension between the two main characters and the on going drama with the counterfeiting ring. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am avid romance novel reader and I have to say this book really shocked me!! The book was fairly exciting in the start with the premise being quite different from other books I've read before. However, somewhere around the middle, Ms. Dodd seems to have either handed the book to someone else to finish off or had a sudden change of heart...The characters you have become familiar with no longer behave as you expect and it is quite sad as the book would have been on my top ten list if not for this set back..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I read from Ms. Dodd, and I simply loved it! This is the second book of the governess trilogy, but I'm glad I started out with this one, because it made me want to read the other two. The characters are simply funny, and the battle of the sexes is delightful. If you aren't laughing when you're reading, you are probably enjoying the characters intimate encounters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i found out this book was coming out i was at our local bookstore weeks before it was due. When i recieved the book i literally giggled crazily. here's the result.... the book was a good experience though on some parts i felt Dodd forgot to go into detail and the conterfeiting plot was a little weak it could have been more in depth. anyway it was still an enjoyable book but not my favorite (of hers). READ IT YOURSELF!! I still love Dodd and I can't wait for her next book.