Title: How to Play the Game of Love
Author: Harmony Williams
Series: Ladies of Passion #1
Genre: Regency Romance
Available: 17th Oct
DNF @ 51%
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…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Select Historical via NetGalley
This was so disappointing. I can see that the author was aiming for a humorous tale about husband hunting, but it widely missed the mark for me.
Rose is selfish, childish, fickle and obnoxious. Her ardent pursuit of a man she has barely even glimpsed is ridiculous, like her plans to play the proper miss right up until her marriage, when she will then revert to her natural not-so-ladylike ways. She’s also horrible about every woman she meets, always prefacing her love for her friends and family with some fault or other – while she of course is perfect. And beautiful, naturally.
Then there’s Lord Hartfell, or Warren as he’s also known. He easily sees through Rose’s schemes, but it’s obvious he likes her – and I have no idea why. Unless it’s for the purely shallow fact that she’s beautiful. On the outside anyway. He also has an unattractive habit of using his superior height and body mass to box Rose in at every opportunity. He never forces a kiss from her (that I read anyway) but I really didn’t like the way he treats her.
Pure stubbornness forced me to make it halfway through, determined to make it to the end in the hopes that something cataclysmic would happen to both of them. Still, when it came to the horse thing I had to give up. The idea that Warren would have been so clueless as to not know about a loose girth, or how to pick up a hoof, was almost as ridiculous as Rose’s superiority in showing him how wrong he was. Though, to be honest, I don’t think much of her as a horsewoman when she opts to go jumping while riding bareback and double mounted – especially when Warren claims to have never ridden bareback before. That’s an excellent way to injure both the horse and the pair of them. Alas, the humans survived, so I was done.
I guess this one just wasn’t for me.
How to Play the Game of Love is out October 17th.
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