RULES OF SURRENDER is the delightful first installment in Christina Dodds trilogy of three ingenious young ladies who set up a school for governesses to seize control of their lives.

Lady Charlotte Dalrumple is hired by Lady Ruskin to make her Eastern-raised grandchildren into perfect English children. But Charlottes challenge is not the children, but their father, Wynter, whose outspoken nature, mocking attitude and unbridled sensuality, make him fascinating and dangerous to prim and proper Charlotte.

The children are lovable and bright and Charlotte can handle them, but their teasing, taunting father is another story, The wonderful cat and mouse battle of wills that ensues between Charlotte and Wynter will warm readers right down to their toes.

The tantalizing repartee, the sensual encounters, their stubborn pride and a bit of a mystery fuel Christina Dodds story and readers interest. You will find yourselves laughing out loud, sighing with pleasure, and eagerly awaiting the next installment in the tales of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses Trilogy. SENSUAL (Mar., 360 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin