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Just the Way You Are [Mass Market Paperback]

Christina Dodd
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Dec 26 2006 Lost Texas Hearts
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd, one of the most acclaimed authors of historical romance, makes a dazzling foray into contemporary fiction in this intriguing and sensuous novel about a hard-working young woman who mistakenly falls in love with Boston's wealthiest bachelor.


When Hope Prescott's parents disappeared, her carefree teenage life vanished forever. She and her three siblings were separated and sent to different foster homes around the country. Now, seven years later, Hope is still searching for them. To support herself, she works for an answering service, and cares for her clients as if they were family. When wealthy businessman Zachariah Givens hires Hope's service, Hope initially mistakes Zack for his butler. Tired of being coddled and þattered because of his money, Zack is charmed by Hope's candor, not to mention her sexy voice, and keeps up the charade. As their friendship turns into passion, Zack is determined to have her, even if that means the unthinkable -- marriage. But when Hope discovers his deception, Zack knows he must solve the mystery that haunts Hope's past in order to convince her that their futures lie together....

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed... July 15 2004
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The problem with Christina Dodd, is that all her heros are the same. With other romance story I read, most I would fall in love with the hero as well as the heroine. But for Christina Dodd, I have a hard time doing so, because she is too focus on physical needs that she left out the real plot of how the main characters fall in love. Yes..I know this is a romance novel, and it involves many sex scenes that we all enjoy, but it's still all about romance, and I would love to see what love really is. Books from Lisa Klapas or Mary Jo Putney, and many other authors, you can see the love built between the characters, love that are so simple and sweet that you can't help wanting to marry the hero yourself. This is what Christina Dodd lack in most of her books. I do like some of her books though, but lately she been to focus on creating dominating male character and female character who would let them do anything they want, because they are too lustful to stop them. She can't create heroine who is strong will in the beginning then become weak because they are not experience enough to stop the hero from taking want they want. Even though lust is a powerful thing, it is not what love, and she can't replace love. All I see is the pain the hero done to the heroine, then later on the get a lecture from either their family members or their friends about how much of an idiot they are, so they went back and apologize to the heroine...and that's it. If Christina Dodd is reading this...please please please...help me fall in love with the hero and don't make lust as the power to subdue the heroine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good� but not her best work� April 12 2004
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Seven years ago, under suspicious circumstances, Hope Prescott's parents disappeared and were declared dead. Hope was sixteen at the time with three younger siblings. All the siblings were separated and put in foster care homes across the country. Now Hope attends college, and works for an answering service to fund her ongoing search for her brother and sisters.
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.
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"Bells Are Ringing" was filmed in 1960 starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin, a musical with great tunes by Jule Styne, directed by Vincente Minnelli. The 1956 Broadway version garnered a Best Actress Tony for Holliday plus a Best Supporting one for Sydney Chaplin (in the role Martin later played in the movie) and a satisfyingly long run. The well-known classics "Just In Time" and "The Party's Over" came from this show.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
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 more
Published on March 11 2004 by Elizabeth
2.0 out of 5 stars ehhh blah
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 more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by S. Hambidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Read
This book was wonderful. The characters, Zack Givens & Hope Prescott were people I would like to call my friends. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Christina Dodd can be great, but...
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 more
Published on Nov. 24 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the purchase
I've enjoyed some of Chis Dodd's books, but not this one.
The story lacks depth thus the characters seem shallow. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Maria Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistaken Identity
Hope has been through some rough years growing up. She lost her parents at an impressionable age and was seperated from her siblings. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by BookLover
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried hard to like it
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 more
Published on Oct. 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Fabulous
I was a little apprehensive about reading a contemporary book by an author whose historical novels i love. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Jeana Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the way you are
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 more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by Texas Jane
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5
This was my first Christian Dodd book and it was a mixed bag!
I truly fell in love with the story of Hope...how could you not! Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003 by pdxbeautiful
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