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How to Ruin Your Reputation in Ten Days (Ladies of Passion #2)

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In 1814 London, England, a lady is defined as a demure, delicate flower. Miss Francine Annesley is not that lady. If men were like plants, she would have a garden of admirers to choose from instead of the thorn in her side since childhood, Julian Beckwith. But she would make an even worse nun than she does a lady, which will be her fate if she can't dig up a husband before ...more
270 pages
Published June 5th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Select Historical
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Review For: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days Harmony Williams 'How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days' by Harmony Williams is book Two in the "Ladies of Passion" series. This is the story of Julian Beckwith and Francine Annesley. Francine is down to the wire in finding a husband since she has been on the marriage mart for several seasons. Now this season will be over in just 10 days, so the pressure is really on now. During one of these balls she runs into Julian who has been gone for ...more
Sonya Heaney
There are some rules in genre fiction that just are . E.g. if you write a murder mystery, solve it before the end of the book. Don’t kill off your romance hero or heroine.

Then there are the unwritten rules, and somewhere near the top of that list has to be: *don’t* write historical romance in the first person.

I almost felt like How To Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days should come with a warning on it about this odd style choice, but then I realised it wasn’t actually a *rule*. It is, however, som
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Steelwhisper
I should have listened.

The first POV as written is jarring, the inner voice of the heroine as modern as modern can get. Unfortunately she is on top of that also one hell of an unlikeable bitch, and the rest of the characters aren't any better.
Amy
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was torn on what to give for rating but there was enough that annoyed me to rate a 2. I'm not enchanted with first person POV stories, and for a historical romance it was hard to jump into that environment w/ the 'voice' of the character. I wanted to like her, but I just found her motivations and actions aggravating instead of endearing. Even her friends didn't seem like very nice friends. Overall not one of my favorites.
April
How to Lose Your Reputation in 10 days by Harmony Williams is an interesting and engaging Historical Romance set in 1814 England. While, #2 it can be read as a stand alone. See, "How to Play the Game of Love", #1.

This is my first time reading Harmony Williams, I have to say I was totally entranced and intrigued by her charactizations, her vivid descriptions and her storytelling.

Miss Francine Annesley is not a demure lady, but has book sense and intelligence. Julian Beckwith has been a thorn in F
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Brenda
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1814 London, England, a lady is defined as a demure, delicate flower. Miss Francine Annesley is not that lady. If men were like plants, she would have a garden of admirers to choose from instead of the thorn in her side since childhood, Julian Beckwith. But she would make an even worse nun than she does a lady, which will be her fate if she can't dig up a husband before the Season ends. However, Julian is not an option.

With only ten short days left in the Season, Fran
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Zoe Forward
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in Harmony Williams’ Ladies of Passion series. I didn’t read the first in the series, but had no trouble following the storyline. Honestly, I haven’t read a historical romance in a long time but I enjoyed the book. However, it is in first person, which is unusual for the genre. In this story we follow Francine Annesley who’s on the marriage market and fairly desperate for a husband, having been on the market for several seasons. Enter our hero, Julian Beckwith, an old friend s ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes a gifted author to tackle sexism and self - esteem while crafting characters that are remarkably independent but still struggle with many vulnerabilities. How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days takes place during a time when being a woman was considered a disability. Women were seen as window dressing more than anything else. Francine seeks to change that. She's quite book smart but lacks the ability to interact and read people. Her challenges and fears are put on full display when an u ...more
Nicole
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a good read. The plot flowed quickly since the main characters already knew each other. This romance story is told in first person point of view.
Miss Francine Annesley is more interested in plants than getting married. Only when her father tells her she must marry or be sent to a convent if she does not marry by the end of the season changes her outlook. Francine does not want to marry or go to a convent. She do
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Mary
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Francine Annesley is more interested in all things botany than men and would rather spend her time in her family's hothouse then in a crowded ballroom. However, her father insists on her marrying, so in order to accommodate his wishes, she attends various events throughout London. She has had no success in five seasons and is not hopeful for her future endeavors on the marriage market. It is as one of these dances that she runs into her old childhood friend Julian Beckwith, whom she doesn't reco ...more
Laura
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
My first reaction on reading the first page was "what the heck!?" I looked at the title, I looked at the cover. This is supposed to be Regency Romance, yet it is written in first person POV.

I did attempt to read the book. Most of the time, it didn't feel like a Regency then words like "breeches" and "phaeton" pop up.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Vickie
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

How to Ruin Your Reputation in Ten Days begins with only ten days left in the Season. Francine is attending a party at which her parents are hoping that she finds an appropriate suitor. After five Seasons without an offer, their hopes of her picking someone are faltering. Francine is determined not to enter into a loveless relationship with someone who is more interested in her dowry than they are in her. As Francine skirts the people and their boring conversations at the party trying t
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Lindsey Gray
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
With only ten days left in the season, Miss Francine Annesley is given an ultimatum by her father. Find a husband by the end of the season or she gets shipped off to a convent. For a young lady more interested in plants than the workings of a ton marriage, this is no easy task.

When the childhood friend she has corresponded with since they were separated ten years before comes back into her life, things get even more complicated. Julian Beckwith is the youngest son of a baronet, but is a wealthy
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Lynn Reynolds
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Francine Annesley is trying to escape her mother. Julian Beckwith is an old friend. Francine has an interesting friend, Mary that I wanted to get to know better. I couldn’t figure out if they got into more trouble together or if Francine does alone.

Throughout the whole book I was glad to see that Francine stayed true to herself. During that period of time, we know what men thought of women but Francine doesn’t care. She could have gone with convention and been miserable or she could have followe
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Arec Rain
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
A friends to lovers historical romance that is as cute as it is frustrating.

Friends to lovers is one of my favorite subgenres and it was clear from the beginning that Francine and Julian were meant for each other. Sometimes you can just tell that two souls are two halves of a whole.

While the romance is both heartwarming and almost painfully cute, it was the characters that enraptured me. Francine is an absolute doll and Julian is everything the hero should be. In truth, it is the collective of
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Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy from the author via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review

This one has a title that pulls you in and for good reason. I was shocked at her father's threat of sending her to the convent, but even more that she had ten days to find a husband. I loved that they had been childhood friends because that always adds to a story, but I did not see the twist of why he was not an option coming and knew there was more to it which was another shocker I didn't see coming. I loved her mo
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Petula
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Francine Annesley is a botanist. She is happiest working in the hot house with her plants. Unfortunately her father has decided it's time she got married. She has never been popular with the "ton" and never tried to be.
Julian Beckwith is delighted to meet up with his childhood friend. They had not seen each other in years, but corresponded regularly until a few months ago. He is only visiting London for a short while before he takes on his commitments. He seems to spend his time rescuing F
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Janet
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
In 1814 London, England, a lady is defined as a demure, delicate flower. Miss Francine Annesley is not that lady she loves her plants & cultivating new finds, she even gives the men she meets nicknames from plants. She has corresponded with her best childhood friend Julian Beckwith for years until he suddenly ceased replying to her letters about six months ago. Julian arrives in London & their friendship is renewed. However her father has decreed that she must find a husband before the e ...more
Melanie
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second story in Ladies of Passion series and not having read the first in story, I can safely say that it can be read as a stand alone.

I am a huge fan of “childhood friends to lovers” trope and this story was fun to read. It had interesting and fun characters, entertaining plot and fast pace. What was different and stood out for me was the telling of the tale. It was told in first person, from the heroin’s point of view, and while I am not overly fond of it, I thought the author pul
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Kim
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Francine is not like other ladies in London. She loves her plants and flowers, men are not really on her radar. She has 10 days to find a suitable husband or she is being shipped to a nunnery.

Julian has been a friend from childhood and while they lost contact recently, his appearance in London ignites something inside her.

I found myself giggling throughout this book. She gives most potential suitors nicknames that are related to botany - none of them flattering. Watching her and Julian circle
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Angel Hatfield
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
All Francine Annesly wants to do is study plants, but her father is insistent she marry by the end of the season, in less than two weeks! When her best friend, Julian Beckwith, shows up, it reiterates that she can’t just marry anyone. Unfortunately, the more she’s around him, the more she finds herself in compromising positions.
This was a really cute story. While much of it is a pretty standard plot for historical romances, the author makes you want to cry for Francine and her predicament with J
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Jill
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Francine and Julian have been best friends since childhood, have always been there for each other and stayed in touch even when separated. Julian made a promise to his brother Joseph that he would take care of Alyssa if anything happened to him. Unfortunately Joseph died in the war and Julian felt the need to honor his promise to his brother. There is a lot more to the story but there is a HEA ending. I enjoyed the storyline and wo ...more
Candy Briggs
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book reminds you of the things we have that ladies back then didn't. Freedom to choose their mate and being treated like you had a brain and able to work in the field you love. That said, this is a very good story. It moves seamlessly and is consistent. The characters are so full of life, strong yet vulnerable. It allows you to feel like you can become part of the story. It is funny in places but I found some sad ones, too. I became so involved in the story, I could not put it down until th ...more
Pamela
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Received a free arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This wasn't a terrible book, just difficult characters. Written in the first person, it really seemed odd for a regency romance. The book must be part of a series, and it shows. Several characters seem to have personalities I'm expected to already know, and I really didn't like any of them. The H seems ok, but isn't really compelling or even particularly honorable. The h doesn't know her own mind and never seems to make a wise ...more
Sarita
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Lady Francine's father is determined to marry her off by the end of the season, or he is threatening to pack her off to the convent. All Francine wants, however, is the ability to choose her own husband for love, and when her childhood friend Julian shows up, she is wondering if he might just be the one. As their feelings grow and become mutual however, Julian reveals an obstacle to their marriage, leaving Francine's reputation in tatters. Her father, however, is determined to marry her off to a ...more
Cynthia
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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I received a review copy of this book.

This is the first book I've read by this author. It is the second book in the series and is standalone.

This book is written in the heroine's first person POV which made for a different read from the typical historical romance novel. I found it interesting to be gauging everything from one character's perspective. I felt by the end of reading the book that I got to know Francine, the heroine, very well. I did miss getting to know Julian's, the hero's thoughts
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M.K.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Francine and Julian. Francine must find a husband before the season ends but she would rather be studying botany. Julian was her friend years ago but he it not titled. This story was the second in a series but seemed to be standalone. This book was fun to read! I would recommend it to other historical fans!
Susan Thomas
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Written in the first person, I found it a bit difficult to get used to, but apart from that I found the story and characters interesting and enjoyed this friends to lovers story.
I received an ARC copy of this book from netgalley.
Maria Dariotis
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Miss Francine Annesley is a bookish miss who prefers plants to gatherings and the only person who really made her comfortable was her best friend Julian Beckwith for years. Although they kept in touch while he was of fighting the war he mysteriously stopped responding for the last six months. Then he just as mysteriously appears at a ball. There's so much more to this story it's entertaining and witty and keeps you interested. Perfect for a rainy day read. The only thing I have to say that I cou ...more
Tammy
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I adored this book. It's a wonderful, sweet friends to lovers romance. The struggle that Julian and Francine go through tugged at my heartstrings more than once. The only thing that would've made it better would be having Julian's point of view. Even without it, it's an excellent read.
The secondary characters are memorable, especially Mary. What a handful she is!

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone that wants a fun, light historical read!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 May 26, 2017 04:58PM  
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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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