How to Fall for the Wrong Man
by Harmony Williams
Publication Date: June 25, 2018
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Amara, Historical, Romance
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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.
This was my first Harmony Williams book. I enjoyed her
writing and the overall premise of the book. The action takes place over a two
week period when Edwin and Mary enter into a fake engagement that suits both
their short term needs.
I liked Edwin. He may not be verbal about his attraction for
Mary for much of the book but his actions make it clear he is; and Williams
certainly knows how to write intimate scenes. The interactions between Edwin,
Mary and the servants are fun and offer light relief throughout the book.
However, I developed an early dislike for Mary and was never
able to shake it. Mary might be a saviour to animals and people less fortunate
than herself, but she is often rude; and her selfishness and wilful ignorance
of the needs and desires of the people around her makes for an unlikeable
character. It wasn’t until around the
80% mark that she lowered her walls and showed some vulnerability and
compassion to those around her. It was too late in coming for me.
I also feel that some plot threads were abandoned leaving me
with more questions than answers. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the writing enough
that I would be interested in reading another book by the author.
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.
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