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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Dodd Narrator: Natalie Ross Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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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 flattered 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.... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 2/18/2014

    " This book was really good, it kept me wanting to turn the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/2/2014

    " Just the Way You Are was a fast, fun read that kept you turning the pages to see what would happen next. Zach is a rich bachelor who is used to people liking him as a result of his money. Hope is a poor young woman struggling to make ends meet as she chases her dream of tracking down her family. A phone conversation between Zach and his answering service operator leads to Hope mistaking Zach for his butler. After that, things go really crazy. Dodd does a great job at creating such likeable yet relatable characters who both are looking for love while trying very hard not to look for it. The plot is well setup with the mystery of Hope's past, but that plot is not completed in this book so I am assuming there will be another book with these characters. I had been hoping to find out what really happened, but I don't mind reading another book with these great characters. The secondary characters from Hope's answering service really added to the storyline as well. Overall this was a great read that I would definitely recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 1/14/2014

    " read it but not really my kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/27/2013

    " This was an easy read, not much action but a love story where two people met in unusual circumstances and fell in love despite the spiteful words and lies. Hope was not the spunky heroine I always liked but she had attitude, a warm heart that endears everybody. Zack was the stiff and heartless corporate bastard whose life was changed by a woman on the other line. It's amazing how some of the ice around him slowly melted because of Hope and there's a little humor here so I enjoyed reading it. Since this is fiction, fast-paced attraction wasn't really realistic in the long run. The story had drama, a little comedy, suspense, and action, there were a lot of touching moments here, the love scenes were passionate but didn't really sizzle, and the writer really introduced the characters well enough, some of them were just one of us normal people and when a good deed was done, it would certainly come back to the doer tenfold. It's a good read I finished it in one sitting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Purple Iris | 12/19/2013

    " There was a lot I did not like about this book. The hero was arrogant and insufferable. The language was incredibly stilted. A lot of the plot was just unbelievable, especially one part at the end. But, there was some funny in there. pp. 318-319: Hope says, "I got the clothes for sleeping with someone." Bunny responds "Honey, you can do better than that. The clothes aren't that nice." I remember enjoying the other two books in this series, but had I read them in order, I would not have gone further than this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kasey | 12/18/2013

    " The whole first part of this books was good. But there were a couple of big moments in the end that just didn't live up to the rest of the book. I will be reading the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 12/12/2013

    " OK, I read the first book last because I had trouble finding it and didn't want to wait, but this is definitely my favorite of the three in this series. Somehow I thought it would be - from the references to these characters in the later books. Of the three sisters, Hope is definitely my favorite. I love people who care and who help. I liked Zack less in this book than in the following books, however. He was just so wrong! And it took forever for him to be right! But I guess that's what makes it such a good book. I was certainly involved to the point of wanting to sock him at various points in the book - not to hurt him, but to get him to wake up and smell the coffee. The one thing I didn't like was the scene with King Janek, which was too ridiculous to even be funny. It could have been dropped with no loss to the story line and a great improvement in the book, which is why it lost a star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 12/5/2013

    " Finally collected all the books in the series so I'm reading them all. I love just love Hope! She gives Zach a run for his money and in the end wraps him around her finger. So fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/25/2013

    " I got involved in this story quickly and enjoyed it. I didn't like Zach for much of the book and the identity of "Ma" surprised me. Looks like book 2 is Pepper's story and I look forward to reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 sunsetsylvia | 10/9/2013

    " This is exactly what gives romance novels a bad name. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/18/2013

    " Hot and juicy as romance novels go, but I've out grown that stage in my life - too predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 9/1/2013

    " First book I have read from Christina Dodd - I enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C K | 8/27/2013

    " I just love cowboys ;-} Again I read soo many books I don't remember when I read it. Still have it and plan to read it a second time though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this book so much. I enjoy the romance between Zac and Hope. Made me laugh at Ma and her "gang". Cry when she brought him soup and what she said to him in the limo. I can't wait to read the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AtlantaTwin | 7/21/2013

    " A fun read. Good closure at the end, yet still left a cliff hanger ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Manderino | 12/18/2012

    " This is the third time I've read the book. Loved it. A classic Cinderella tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sultan | 7/26/2012

    " Eh..... Waste of my time didn't get good till the last 100 pages and that was just because the sex scene was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 12/26/2011

    " This one was okay , but deff not a favorite of mine . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Angelone | 7/29/2011

    " I've only just started reading this novel and is already hooked. It's an easy read, but as you turning the page with so much enthusiasm. It's so sad, seven long years without knowing where her siblings are. I can't wait to finish it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Santiago | 5/29/2011

    " Kept me reading until the very end without making me want to put the book down. That's a very good thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/26/2011

    " Good read! The personalities of the characters were very versatile but complimented one another very well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 5/7/2011

    " This is the third time I've read the book. Loved it. A classic Cinderella tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kasey | 3/10/2011

    " The whole first part of this books was good. But there were a couple of big moments in the end that just didn't live up to the rest of the book. I will be reading the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/30/2010

    " Excellent! I highly recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 12/23/2010

    " It was so cheesey I don't feel right even giving it 1 star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/30/2010

    " Hot and juicy as romance novels go, but I've out grown that stage in my life - too predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nefret | 4/20/2010

    " Wenn man dieses Buch als Märchen liest, dann macht es richtig Spaß. So konnte ich auch ignorieren, dass mir der Schreibstil der Autorin nicht immer liegt. Mal sehen, ob ich die weiteren Bücher der Reihe lesen werde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 3/14/2010

    " This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it over and over again. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 2/25/2010

    " read it but not really my kind of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 12/22/2009

    " This one was okay , but deff not a favorite of mine . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/19/2009

    " Kept me reading until the very end without making me want to put the book down. That's a very good thing. "

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About the Author
Author Christina Dodd

Christina Dodd is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty books. She builds worlds filled with romance and adventure and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her numerous novels—paranormals, historicals, and romantic suspense—have been translated into twenty-five languages, been featured by Doubleday Book Club, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year’s best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. Her legions of fans know that when they pick up one of her books, they’ve found a story “for the wild at heart.”

About the Narrator

Natalie Ross is an actress and voice-over artist whose acting credits include multiple appearances in the television series All My Children, among others. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.