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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review: How to Play the Game of Love by Harmony Williams


Print Length: 275 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (October 17, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: 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…
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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This story was .... interesting. To begin with, I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that it was written from the perspective of Rose. I feel we got to know more about why she did the things that she did. 

That being said - I did not enjoy Rose herself. Even when she was actively giving herself to Warren and his kisses, she was still fickle in her affections overall. As a matter of fact, shortly before an encounter with Warren she had been set on meeting another man in secret! I also did not enjoy the fact that even after he told her he was betrothed and she was there to find a husband thus preventing her parents from marrying her off - she still allowed him to take liberties with her person. Granted, this ended up working out in their favor - but when reading this you are unaware of that fact at first. 

The romance between the two was cute. On one hand the passion and attraction between them was undeniable, but the fact that they also annoyed (and challenged) one another at every turn made the story more realistic. Theirs wasn't a "love at first sight" kind of relationship, which I enjoy reading more than those that simply fall in love and spend the rest of the story pawing each other. 

Overall, I would still recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a decent historical romance, and I would read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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How to Play the Game of Love  is available from Amazon.com


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