How to Fall for the Wrong Man
by Harmony Williams
Publication Date: June 25, 2018
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Amara, 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.
Mary is a fiercely independent woman in a time when women had very little independence; they mostly had to find a husband so they could be taken care of by him instead of by her parents. Edwin is a botanist who is so deeply focused on his plants he will often forget simple things like eating. The two of them together make for an odd match but when Edwin needs a fiancé Mary agrees to a temporary contract. These two childhood friends quickly discover that the long buried feelings for each other were completely mutual & there might be more between them than they actually thought.
I don’t believe I have previously read anything by author Harmony Williams but I do love the historical romances & now I can’t wait to see what else she’s written. She wrote a character that all women would love; Mary is a champion for all those ‘helpless’ – the servants, women and animals – and always has a helping hand for others. She has such a strong heart that I just absolutely fell in love with her spirit. I also really enjoyed how the author had two of the most stubborn and headstrong people fall in love. The pacing in this book is fairly steady, and the length isn’t too long – so you can expect to spend a day in the world of Mary and Edwin.
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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