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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (#9)

Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...

                                                    Rules-of-Engagement Christina Dodd   
                                              Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd, published in 2000
                                                    Goodreads | Amazon

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 Respectability
Devon Mathewes, Earl of Kerrich and London’s most celebrated rake, finds his income and family name imperiled by his notorious reputation. So he demands three things. A sensible, unattractive governess who will not wish to visit his bed—after all, a handsome man such as himself can’t be bothered to make love to every woman who wants him. An orphan he can adopt and seem to care for—his apparent kindness will cover him with the patina of respectability. And that his life not be altered unduly—the child and the governess could better his character without his participation.

Rules of Passion
As a condition of accepting the governess position, Miss Pamela Lockhart has a few rules of her own. Devon at all times must behave with propriety. She must be allowed to choose a suitable orphan. Most important, Devon must vow to never ever delve into Pamela’s background or her appearance, lest he discover the deepest secrets of her heart. But of course, all rules are made to be broken…

To find out more about Christina Dodd and her books, click the links below:
                                          Website | Goodreads | Facebook

This is my first Christina Dodd book, and one that made me fall in love with her writing. This book is utterly hilarious -- from Kerrich's uh...mishap that is still being talked about despite it having happened years ago to Pamela's struggle in masquerading as an old woman just to get the money from this position...everything is funny and sweet. And when Kerrich suddenly realizes that he is attracted to an old woman, that's just priceless! But amongst that, there are also sweet and tender moments as the two become closer together and forge a friendship that leads to love. And of course, the orphan who Kerrich had originally set out to buy turned out to unexpectedly charm all is good and happy. :) 

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World for her pick of the week.  Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading has also joined us, so be sure to visit her blog as well. :-)

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to those living in the United States!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Mary!

    I loved Dodd's Governess Bride series! (My favourite is Lost in Your Arms.)

    Sadly, I haven't picked up her newer works. Have you read any that you can recommend?

    1. Thanks, Tin! Happy Thursday to you :)

      Ooh, I will have to check that one out. Sadly she has not released much historicals recently, but I do recommend The Barefoot Princess. It's second in a series of the three princesses of this European country but I think this is the best one in terms of characterization. :)

  2. LMAO!!!! I need to grab this book by Christina even if I I said I won't go far into her writings. But this is one I really want to read after this post. :)

  3. You got me interested at "And when Kerrich suddenly realizes that he is attracted to an old woman, that's just priceless!" I want to know more about how he faces this particular dilemma of his. Hehe :) Thanks for sharing.

    Here's my TBT: HR edition post :)

  4. I've only read a few Christina Dodd books so I think I'm going to try this one soon. Sounds hilarious!

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love this book. Such a awesome pick. This series is just amazing, and I really need to get back to reading this author. She does good work.

  6. This is definitely a book I need to get!



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