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, Francine doesn't have time to waste on petty squabbles or knee-weakening kisses, even if Julian's offer to fulfill her every wish rouses her curiosity. It seems men are more complicated than plants. Too bad love bloomed at the most inconvenient of times...
Each book in the Ladies of Passion series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 How to Play the Game of Love
Book #2 How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days
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 would recommend it.
How To Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days
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, feelings and his perspective as to the decisions he was making. We get some of his perspective through Francine but I wish I could've gotten to know some of his innermost thoughts on the justifications for some of his actions.
I liked that Francine had an interest in a field of study. I also liked that the secondary characters had contrasting personalities and were interesting.