HOW TO FALL FOR THE WRONG MAN by Harmony Williams
SERIES: Ladies of Passion, Book 3
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
RELEASED: June 13, 2018
GENRE: Historical Romance
If Mary Babington-Smith knows nothing else, it’s that Lord Edwin Sutton kissed her. Regardless of who-kissed-whom, with the deed witnessed, they have no choice but to carry on with a temporary, fake, engagement. When Edwin sweetens the deal, offering Mary the money she needs to pursue her independence if she can play the lovesick fiancée for two weeks, Mary rises to the challenge. In two weeks, she’ll have everything she wants, and this time she’ll be the one to walk out of his life.
Despite Sutton’s argumentative, self-assured nature, when Mary glimpses a sliver of the boy he used to be, she vows to peel away every layer of armor he uses to shield his emotions. Somewhere underneath that worldly exterior is the kind-hearted man she once loved, but in order to find him, she’ll have to give him the power to hurt her…and he’s already broken her trust once.
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.
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From the hallway, Nancy muttered, “Maybe I should bring up some cookies. They must be hungry after that. She has quite the sweet tooth.” I buried my face in the pillow with a moan. My cheeks flooded with heat. It made the bruise on my left cheek throb with a vengeance. “Why don’t you have any privacy?” Edwin shrugged. He left me on the bed as he rose, searching the ground for something. “I blame you. You’ve taught my servants odd notions.” “I take them all back,” I moaned. He grinned and bent to fish the discarded sheet from the floor. He brought it with him as he returned to the bed. He nestled next to me, spreading the sheet over both of us. When I lifted an eyebrow in askance, he shrugged. You know they’re going to come in eventually.”
Romance is always such a fickle and wonderful thing…but love—love is hardly ever something that is planned, but the most beautiful thing in the world to have. Love can be kind and warm—it can also be traitorous and a very sly emotion to that of your mind. Your heart tells you one thing that your mind often goes against every chance it gets. Williams has an entertaining historical romance that portrays one woman at odds with herself in a farce engagement with a man who seems to love his plants more than he could possibly love anything or anyone else.
Mary Babington-Smith is quite ordinary and wants to stay that way. She doesn’t like to dress up or partake in any of the feminine atrocities that wives and maidens are supposed to be doing. In fact, she wants to save animals. After coaxing a stray kitten into her arms from a nearby alley, she is almost run over by a carriage. The man that gets out is none other than a childhood friend who abandoned her in London to pursue his education elsewhere. With a stab of resentment and her anger bubbling up, a marriage proposal was the absolute last thing that she expected to come spewing from his lips. Once it does, she doesn’t know what to do with it, especially once he admits that it would be a fake engagement and a deal could be struck if she abides by the terms. Always longing for her own animal shelter, she doesn’t have to think twice…but when things start to get heavy over the next several days—she realizes that she may have struck up a bargain with the wrong man. What is in it for him? What he could do to her heart if her feelings weren’t reciprocated could break her.
Williams has an interesting story, filled with entertainment and humor. The main characters are so enamored with each other, but their actions are often what takes them away from each other. Isn’t that usually how life works? You are so concerned with what someone else thinks that you would rather tiptoe around the subject and make a complete mess of yourself or a situation before you would ever ask that other person for their truth? In this novel, it is quite hilarious. The character development is excellent, the pace is steady, and the story is well-written. If you are a reader of historical romance, you may be interested in picking this novel up for a read.
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