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The 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 RespectabilityDevon 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 PassionAs 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 neverever 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...Rules of Engagement

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Author: Christina Dodd
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The 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 RespectabilityDevon 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 PassionAs 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 neverever 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...Rules of Engagement
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Miss Pamela Lockhart knew that proper behavior could guide a governess through any trying situation.
The rules were straightforward: never become too familiar with your employer, always take your meals
upstairs on a tray, and remember your station at all times. But what happens when your employer is
devastatingly handsome... and his behavior is anything but proper?"You consider marriage the sure route
to misery.""Not really." He stroked his chin, a gesture he had adopted from his grandfather. "The trick to
marriage is not letting expectations get in the way. A man needs to understand why women get married,
that's all."Her mouth drew down in typical Miss Lockhart censure. "Why, pray tell, do women get
married?""For money, usually." He could tell she was offended again, but with Miss Lockhart, he didn't
have to worry overly much about offense. After all, she didn't. Besides, he thought his assessment quite
fair. "I don't blame them. The world is not fair to a spinster. She has no recourse but to work or starve. So
if she's asked, she marries."Obviously, Miss Lockhart did not consider his assessment fair. She slapped
her mug on the table so hard the crockery rattled. "Do you have any idea how insulting you are? To think
a woman is single because she has never been asked, or if she is married, she has done so for monetary
security?"He found himself entertained and very, very interested. "Ah, I've touched a nerve. Are you telling
me there is a man alive who dared to propose to you?""I am not telling you anything." But swept along by
her passion, she did. "A man can convey financial security, but whither thou goest, I shall go, and all that
rot. A woman has to live where her husband wishes, let him waste her money, watch as he humiliates
her with other women, and never say a word.""Men are not the only ones who break their vows.""So
fidelity is a vow you intend to keep?"Of course he had no intention of keeping that vow, when he was
forced to make it, and falling into that trap which had so neatly snared his father. "I've supported more
women than Madame Beauchard's best corset-maker. If I let marriage stop me, think of the poor
actresses who would be without a patron." She wasn't amused. "So nothing about your wife would be
sacrosanct, not even her body. Your wife will cherish dreams that you never know about, and even if you
did they would be less than a puff of wind to you."Women had dreams? About what? A new pair of
shoes? Seeing a rival fail? Dancing with a foreign prince? But Miss Lockhart wasn't speaking of the trivial,
and he found himself asking, "What are your dreams?""You don't care. Until I spoke, it never occurred to
you that a woman could have her dreams.""That's true, but you are a teacher, and already you have
taught me otherwise." Leaning back in his chair, he gazed at her and with absolute sincerity said the
most powerful words in the universe. "Tell me what you want. I want to know about you."She had no
defense to withstand him. She leaned back, too, and closed her eyes as if she could see her fantasy
before her. "I want a house in the country. Just a cottage, with a fence and cat to sit in my lap and a dog
to sleep at my feet. A spot of earth for a garden with flowers as well as vegetables, food on the table, and
a little leisure time in which to read the books I've not had time to read or just sit...in the sunshine."
Author Bio
Christina Dodd
Christina Dodd, New York Times-bestselling author, has written more than twenty-one historical
romances. Her first such novel, Candle in the Window, won both the Romance Writers of America's
Golden Heart and RITA awards. In celebration of her new novel, Scandalous Again (2003), PerfectBound
is publishing Ms. Dodd's classic backlist, including: That Scandalous Evening; The Governess Brides
Series: My Favorite Bride; Lost in Your Arms; In My Wildest Dreams; Rules of Surrender; Rules of
Engagement; Rules of Attraction; The Princess Series: Someday My Prince and Runaway Princess; and
The Well Pleasured Series: A Well Favored Gentleman and A Well Pleasured Lady.

								
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