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How to Play the Game of Love

(Ladies of Passion #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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 wou
ebook, 300 pages
Published October 17th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Historical)
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'How to Play the Game of Love' by Harmony Williams is book one in the "Ladies of Passion" series. This is the story of Miss Rose Wellesley and Lord Warren Hartfell.
Rose is attending a "Week of Love" party thrown by Lady Dunlop. At this party several people have come away married or engaged. Rose wants to be one of them after her father has told her he will be marrying her off to someone and she won't get a choice in the matter. So Rose thinks this party will help her find a true love and not ha
Book Gannet
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 51%

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
Stacy Reid
Okay, I really enjoyed this. It took me awhile to get into the story because I am not a fan of the first point of view. The initial pages did tempt me and I continued reading and I am so happy I did. How to Play the Game of love was such a charming , witty, and humorous read. I found myself laughing out loud several times and eagerly clicking through the pages to get more of Rose and Warren. Their romance developed quite nicely, the chemistry was great and believable and had me smiling in pleasu ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite different from the usual historical romances that we find and a pleasant surprise.Light hearted,a little bit dramatic and a whole lot steamier, it almost read like a historical rom-com.
Rose is running out of time and Lady Dunlop's "Week of Love" house party may be her last chance at happiness.She has rejected one too many suitors, and her father has decided that he is going to arrange a marriage for her if she doesn't choose soon.He has younger sister Daisy to think of, who w
Isha Coleman
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Release Date:  October 17, 2016
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" hou
Jane Leslie
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was interesting and started off well as a romantic comedy. Unfortunately, the farther I read, the less and less funny it got and the less and less I liked the heroine. She was shallow, immature, and fickle, sparing little thought for her sister or her friends and apparently having a history of getting men to fall in love with her and then dumping them. Frankly, the way she acted, I'm shocked that our hero fell in love with her! She was mean to him and continuously pushed ...more
Harmony Williams
Jun 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Read this book if you like:
• 1st person perspective
• Enemies to lovers
• Forced proximity
• Stolen kisses
• A competitive hero who never backs down from a challenge
• A prickly heroine who learns not to be so hard on herself and others
• A turbulent sibling relationship that grows closer by the end
• (my favorite part) best friends who are always there for each other
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this lighthearted novel. It's quite entertaining story, full of humour, intrigue, and romance. All the characters are amazing. I enjoyed reading it a lot, in fact I read it in one sitting, simply couldn't put it down once I started.
Rose wants to fall in love before she marries. She has rejected many suitors and her father is getting tired of her antics. So now she has been given a warning, either she accepts marriage proposal from one of many young men who have already proposed to her or
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Miss Rose Wellesley has been given a week to find a husband she wants or her father will choose for her. So she is off to a house party with her sister and best friends. The hostess is known as a matchmaker.
The one thing Rose is looking for is love.
Lord Warren Hartfell is doing all he can to stop Rose from being with anyone except him. The hostess is playing right into his hands.
This infuriates Rose no end.
This is a funny and at times emotional story. The silly games the hostess organises ar
Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 15, 2016 marked it as dnf
I had to dnf, it was just too simple. The language not at all historical, they felt modern and the main character was not nice, the hero an ass. Just no. It felt ..self published, I guess like no one gave it a second look over
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, it was a fun and quick read! The characters were really well developed and I loved their personalities. It was full of humor as well as romance, and just the right mix of the hot and steamy moments. It will keep you wondering how it will all turn out right in the end!
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

How to Play the Game of Love begins with Rose arriving at Lady Dunlop’s house party. She and her sister, along with a couple of friends, are there for the week. A very long week…….. Rose has her sights set on one man who is supposed to be in attendance as well. As the festivities begin, she is bound and determined to not only catch his eye, but to wrangle a proposal out of him as well. However, when he appears to have his sights set on someone else, coupled with the fact that he has a w
Meghan Edwards
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I only read the first five chapters, so this review is based on that. I couldn’t bear to make myself keep reading this drivel.
At first blush, I liked Rose. She had compassion for her lady’s maid, Emily, after the long journey in the coach. But that quickly faded at Rose’s constant self-indulgence. Rose openly admits to falling in, and out, of love on a whim. She has done so numerous times over the past few years, and yet can
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and loved meeting all the woman and I look forward to seeing how their stories play out. I've gotten used to seeing the hero's point of view as well as the heroine so it was different just to see through the heroine's eyes. I was dying of embarrassment for her at the start of the party but it was funny too.
Janet Russell
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Dialogue driven romantic romp no antagonist just the search for a love match that seemed ever elusive to our heroine
Elizabeth Keysian
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read- about time we had something different in this genre! Thank you, Ms. Williams, for a fresh voice in Regency romance!
I suppose it was funny enough, but I couldn't stand Rose (I was a quarter into the book before I knew her name). I can see the twist coming a mile away (originally twist was "twit" in a typo which also works). She's self-absorbed, childish (her 16yo sister was more mature), and so un-ladylike (for the period) I'm shocked she wasn't thrown out of the house party. She zeros in on a military man who: she didn't know the last name of, is mourning his father, is obviously wooing someone else, and is ...more
Lauren Jones
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My lip curled. “Beauty has nothing to do with personality. Beauty fades.” “Perhaps,” he agreed. “But your fierce loyalty, your wit, your passion for life—those persevere.” Slowly, I lowered my feet to the ground. My legs were starting to cramp. The silence between us lengthened, gathering tension. I fanned myself with my hand.

The game of love—what a fun concept this story has! How would you feel if you had two choices: find a husband yourself or abide by your father’s marriage arrangement? What
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Rose Wellesley is invited to attend an annual house party which is held annually by Lady Dunlop, this is no run of the mill house party this is an notorious matchmaking party, which is perfect timing for Rose as she is being threatened by her father that he is going to arrange her marriage as she has currently failed to land a husband on her own devises so far, on account for the fact that young eligable men tend to do a runner because of her freespireted, ever so slightly wild nature. Rose know ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had everything that I would expect from a historical romance novel. I’ve not read anything by this author previously so I did not know what to expect but the story was really well written and I would definitely read more of their books. I love reading historical romances where the female has a feisty character; I think it makes them more interesting to read.
The story is about Miss Rose Wellesley who is des
Lindsey Gray
4.5 Stars!

All Rose wanted was a husband she could share a true and lasting love with. All the proposals she’d received over four seasons had a hint of love, but nothing she believed would last forever. Her last chance to find a love for all time is at a house party given by an infamous Matchmaker of the ton. One big problem she has to contend with is chaperoning her sixteen-year-old sister, Daisy.

Lord Warren Hartfell wants to keep Rose away from his cousin’s suitor. All the obstacles he places i
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read I enjoyed the humor and found it to be very entertaining. Poor Rose must find a husband her father laid down the law demanding she find one or he will find one for her. Her father said she has turned away to many good men who wanted her hand. Rose want to marry for love it is hard to find someone who loves you and one you will love. She is on the hunt with one man in her sites but it does seem another man is closing in not being able to take his eyes off her.

Lord Har
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-be-read-again
What Is Love?

Rose Wellesley finally on her fourth Season she received an invitation to Lady Dunlop's esteemed Week of Love party, that led to several marriages at its close every year. If she didn't find a husband of her choosing by weeks end, she'd find herself tied to a man she not only didn't love or even know.... or worse yet, one she knew she couldn't love, for life. She couldn't let her father arrange a match for her, she WANTED LOVE! Hopefully Lady Dunlop would help her, and her sister a
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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 f
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This historical romance is about finding true love. I guess that love always finds you!

Rose is renowned for falling in and out of love. She is looking for someone who would truly love her no matter what. She attends a matchmaking party in the hope of finding just what she wants, especially as her father is threatening her with an arranged marriage.

Warren is a Lord who is a guest at the same party for his own reasons. He appears to be arrogant and doesn't pay too much attention to the way of th
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This was a good read. Love happens when one least expects it. Some people search for love, some have illusions of love, and others discover what love truly means. The story is written from Rose's point of view, where we see how she feels about love. She wants to marry for true love and has rejected many suitors. This house party she attends is er last chance otherwise her father will pick one for her. With her younger sister,
Vero Stro
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This is Book 1 in the "Ladies of Passion" Series. The book was interesting and i enjoyed it though I didn't like the characters too much.

The story is about Miss Rose Wellesley. She really needs to find a husband before her father arranges a wedding for her. She gets an invitation to Lady Dunlop’s week of love house party. As this party is famous for match making, Rose believes that she will leave the party with a proposal, thus avoiding the arranged marriage. Of course nothing goes as she wants
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is book one in a series by Harmony Williams. This is the first from this author for me. I really wanted to love it but it was just frustrating for me. I did not like the guy in it at all. The story was really good. I just hated that Warren was just so much of a jerk. He drove me crazy. Then we have Rose who was so whinny!! I just wanted to fall in love with the characters but failed.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Rose is terrified at the prospect of the arranged marriage her father is threatening. When she is invited to Lady Dunlop's "Week of Love" house party, she is determined to get a certain someone to propose to her, but she is thwarted by Lord Hartfell. As they play along with Lady Dunlop's games, Rose and Hartfell find their feelings truly growing.

A cute fun romance.
Laura the Highland Hussy
I didn't want to finish this. I get it's supposed to be lighthearted and fun, but two things turned me off.
1) It's written in first person. Rose isn't a good character to carry the whole book.
2) the writing isn't the best.

Without strong writing, you definitely shouldn't write the book in first person point of view, but with a selfish and bratty heroine, you really don't want to be in her head for the whole book.

***ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 12, 2017 10:10AM  
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 ...more

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