Rule of Surrender By Christina Dodd.
This is the first book by Dodd i read, the plot intrigued me straight away and i’m always willing to give new authors a chance. While i liked the book I’ll admit it was hard for me to get into, i think it was a mixture between the characters and her writing style which is not as flowing as some authors.
Plot: Three friends have decided to go into business together, the governess business and their first client has arrived. Lady Adorna Ruskin is need of a governess for her two grandchildren who have just returned from a country in the far east, she didn’t even know if her son was still alive let alone that she had grandchildren. When she meets Lady Charlotte Dalrumple she knows she’s found the woman she’s looking for, she just needs to wait until the right moment to tell her what the rest of her job shall include. No need to scare her off. When Charlotte first arrives she already messes up and with her charges father no less. Viscount Wynter Ruskin was presumed dead when he ran away after his father’s funeral but he’s very much alive and a lot less…civilized than the last time Charlotte saw him. But surely he doesn’t remember that. Before long, despite their annoying father, Charlotte bonds with Robbie and Leila but just as she’s getting comfortable Adorna drops a huge bomb on her, she’s wants Charlotte to not only be a governess to her grandchildren but to tutor their father on correct behavior. Now Charlotte has to spend late evenings with a man who has already expressed interest and is becoming hard to resist, if that wasn’t bad enough she’s being forced to return to a place she once called home, a place she ran away from when she was younger in disgrace and it’s only a matter of time before her history comes pouring out, if only she can keep herself from falling in love with Wynter during that time.
Like i said earlier the plot was great and the concept of two contrasting characters coming together was great, even the children were well developed and added to the story rather than becoming annoying secondary characters. I just felt like there was more needed from the characters for me to believe in their love, Wynter was too withdrawn for me to believe in his feelings and for Charlotte it seemed to happen rather abruptly. This doesn’t mean i didn’t enjoy it, Dodd managed to intrigue me with hints of their lives and history that i wanted to keep reading right until the end i just wish she would have given us more.