Just the Way You Are Mass Market Paperback – Dec 26 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Shining with all the humor of her historical romances-but with a sassy edge that reflects the story's modern setting-Dodd's (My Favorite Bride, etc.) first foray into the contemporary arena is nothing short of a success. Separated from her siblings since her parents' death seven years earlier, Hope Prescott works as an answering service operator and dreams of getting a job that will finance her search for her family-not to mention socks without holes. While calling in for his messages, Zack Givens, a Boston CEO notorious for his cold manner, accidentally leads Hope to believe that he's his butler, and her scorn for the rich and heartless as well as her warm, caring manner encourages him to continue the charade. Upon meeting Hope in person and realizing that she has a heart of gold, Zack's focus turns possessive and sexual, and his stratagems revolve around getting her in bed and then showering her with wealth. But secrets from Hope's past and Zack's distrust conspire to ruin their happiness. Zack's poor estimation of Hope's moral strength may disturb some readers, but his bewilderment and agony when he realizes his mistake will soften hearts. Aside from one farcical side trip-when Hope is kidnapped by a crime lord-Dodd's surefooted story is lively, sexy and certain to expand her readership.
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When Hope Prescott was 16, tragedy destroyed her family and sent her across the country to Boston. Seven years later, as a student and answering-service operator, she saves every penny to search for her sisters and brother. Takeover king Zach Givens, an aristocratic, technophobic snob, meets Hope through the answering service. Positive that the nice man on the phone is Givens' butler, Hope allows a telephone friendship to escalate to a hot encounter. When she is wrongly arrested for embezzling money from a local gangster, Zach sees her with one of his enemies and decides that she was just after his money; at the same time she discovers that he has been lying to her about his identity. By the time he comes to his senses, she has been kidnapped, so Zach and all the friends Hope has made answering phones band together to conduct a zany rescue. The warm characterizations and caperlike plot make Dodd's hot contemporary romance a delight, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eager for the sequel. Diana Tixier Herald
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Top Customer Reviews
Boston CEO, Zack Givens, who takes over other companies, is known for his cold, calculating and ruthless demeanor. He's also a technophobe. His secretary sets him up with an answering service to take his calls. Hope is the first person he speaks to when checking his messages, and he's immediately drawn to her sultry voice. Hope doesn't believe for a minute that Zack would lower himself to retrieve his own messages, so she believes him to be the butler. He decides to continue the charade, even when she shows up unannounced at his home. Once Zack realizes Hope's beauty goes further than her voice, he's determined to make her his mistress. Noting she dresses in rather worn clothing, he decides to shower her with what his money can buy, while she's warming his bed.
After things heat up between them, Hope is mistakenly accused of embezzling and arrested. But Zack's distrusting nature kicks in and he doesn't initially believe in her innocence. Realizing his mistake, he plans to set things straight, but before he can do this, Hope is kidnapped by a crime lord. Will Zack ever be able to convince Hope he now believes in her, especially after his deception?
I believe this may be Ms. Dodd's first foray into contemporary romance. She did have a very early book called "The Lady in Black", which I haven't read, but it may have been a contemporary.Read more ›
The storyline of "Bells Are Ringing": an beautiful, warm-hearted but naive answering-service operator gets involved in the woes of her clientele, especially a dashing handsome man-about-town. After her unwitting participation in a shady business situation lands her in trouble with the police, her appreciative clients rally 'round and save the day. Sound familiar? "Just The Way You Are" is a novel from that story.
I have no problem with remakes, tributes and revivals -- some of the best movies have been from Broadway hits, and occasionally vice versa. The fifties-flavor of this novel becomes much more understandable. It's not really a "contemporary" in the twentyfirst century sense. This is a story, hearkening in some measure back to roots in the Cinderella fable, where the sweet sunny-hearted heroine meets her dream prince masquerading as a humble workingman. The heroine is whisked away into high society and lives happily ever after. Oops, did we overlook "Pretty Woman"'s storyline, as well? Themes from Cinderella (true love sees past humble circumstances) and Beauty And The Beast (true love redeems and transforms a man) are romantic staples forever because they satisfy our desire for virtue-triumphant and love-conquers-all.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I really enjoyed this story. I would highly recommend. Hope Prescott has had a very tough life. When she was 16, her family was torn apart when both her parents were killed. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Elizabeth
well, since plenty of people have already written the whole story/plot line i won't do that....but i will tell you that this book i not all that great, it sounds promising and cute... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by S. Hambidge
This book was wonderful. The characters, Zack Givens & Hope Prescott were people I would like to call my friends. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003
Hope Prescott has a problem...she's a terrible bigot. She decides immediately that Zach is an evil despot because of hearsay and (it seems) because he's _rich_... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003
I've enjoyed some of Chis Dodd's books, but not this one.
The story lacks depth thus the characters seem shallow. Read more
Hope has been through some rough years growing up. She lost her parents at an impressionable age and was seperated from her siblings. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by BookLover
I have loved almost all of of Christina Dodd's books--and the ones I didn't love, I at least liked. I have to confess that I mostly read historical fiction or straight non-fiction,... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003
I was a little apprehensive about reading a contemporary book by an author whose historical novels i love. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by Jeana Marie
I have always enjoyed Christina Dodd's books and this one was no exception. She combines all the elements for an entertaining book, lots of laughter and spice. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Texas Jane