How to Play the Game of Love
by Harmony Williams
Ladies of Passion, #1
Publication Date: October 17, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance
ABOUT THE BOOK: He’s everything she thinks she doesn’t want.When Miss Rose Wellesley’s father threatens an arranged marriage, she knows she’d better settle on a choice quickly or end up having no say in who she marries. Fortunately, she’s garnered a rare invitation to Lady Dunlop’s “Week of Love” house party, an annual affair notorious for matchmaking. Her plans to expedite a proposal would go smoothly if not for the brash younger sister she must chaperone, her outspoken, disagreeable best friend, and the bullish Lord Hartfell who seems determined to dog her every step.
Lord Hartfell embodies every last thing Rose dislikes in a man. He’s domineering, tenacious, argumentative, and a little too casual with his nudity for her tastes. Worst of all, Rose can’t seem to get him—or his kisses—out of her mind.
Rose is determined to find a more appropriate husband, even if her heart disagrees with how unsuitable the stubborn lord is…
My lip curled. “Beauty has nothing to do with personality. Beauty fades.” “Perhaps,” he agreed. “But your fierce loyalty, your wit, your passion for life—those persevere.” Slowly, I lowered my feet to the ground. My legs were starting to cramp. The silence between us lengthened, gathering tension. I fanned myself with my hand.
REVIEW: The game of love—what a fun concept this story has! How would you feel if you had two choices: find a husband yourself or abide by your father’s marriage arrangement? Whatever happened to love? Williams toys around with the idea of a comical house party, held for all of the eligible single men and women to find love or at least a fair match. How to Play the Game of Love is a frustrating, yet hopeful and awkward romance that will entertain readers who enjoy this genre.
Rose has to find a husband by the end of the match-making party that she has attended with her sister and friends. The desire to fall in love and marry has enveloped her soul and mind. She will not accept anything less. Upon arriving at the party, she knows that she must hide the wild side that is surely frowned upon as being unladylike, if she even expects to capture a gentleman’s attention. The wrong attention—wrong in every way—is what she attracts, but she desperately wants to lure the attention of another. When everything goes wrong, the man that she has been trying to lure…has turned her down several times. After he leaves the party early to go back to his military post, Warren does not hesitate to console Rose. This very unlikely partnership is filled with comedy, intimacy, desperation and manipulation. Will Rose ever find love or will she settle for a suitor who she has already turned down in the past?
Williams has a strong, impactful and deliberately frustrating plot. With the main character pining over the wrong guy, she completely mistakes the advances of another one who could be quiet perfect for her. The ongoing arguments are entertaining and the relationship is sweet. The author does a great job with character development. The pace is quick, which makes it an easy read. If you are a reader of historical romance and regency, this may interest you.
ABOUT HARMONY WILLIAMS
Harmony Williams has been living vicariously in Regency-era England since she discovered Jane Austen. Since time machines don’t yet exist, she’s had to make do with books—fictional and non-fictional. On the rare occasions she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she likes to drink tea and spend time with her 90-lb lapdog. A feminist, she writes stories about strong women and the men who support them as equals.