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Peek Inside How to Fall for the Wrong Man

Lord Edwin Sutton offers Mary Babington-Smith the money she needs for her independence but only if she can play a temporary, lovesick fiancée. Mary rises to the challenge because it means in two weeks she'll have everything she wants …

How to Fall for the Wrong Man

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If Mary Babington-Smith knows nothing else, it's that Lord Edwin Sutton kissed her. Regardless of who-kissed-whom, with the deed witnessed, they have no choice but to carry on with a temporary, fake, engagement. When Edwin sweetens the deal, offering Mary the money she needs to pursue her independence if she can play the lovesick fiancée for two weeks, Mary rises to the challenge. In two weeks, she'll have everything she wants, and this time she'll be the one to walk out of his life.

Despite Sutton's argumentative, self-assured nature, when Mary glimpses a sliver of the boy he used to be, she vows to peel away every layer of armor he uses to shield his emotions. Somewhere underneath that worldly exterior is the kind-hearted man she once loved, but in order to find him, she'll have to give him the power to hurt her...and he's already broken her trust once.


“If you love non-conventional heroines then this is a must read novel. Both main characters are amazing, I loved the chemistry between them!” –Fizza Y., Goodreads

“The novel is a gripping read written in Williams’ smooth style. The reader will fly through the pages as they hope both Mary and Edwin will come to their senses.” –Allie C., Goodreads

“A funny and at times emotional story about a couple who seem to have nothing in common. Their shared history only complicates the deal they worked out. A very entertaining and enjoyable read.” –Petula W., Goodreads

“This novel was a lot of fun and made me swoon all the way through!” – The Reading Wolf Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635845
Series: Ladies of Passion, Book 3
Release Date: Jun 25, 2018
Page Count: 250
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, enemies to lovers, fake engagement

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By Maggie June 08, 2018

First by this author.
The idea of the story was good , characters were interesting and their backgrounds were intriguing and fleshed .
It was written in the first person, which I personally have always found off putting, but that’s no reflection on the book as a whole or the quality of writing ...more

By L.J. June 17, 2018

Historical Romance? Check. Strong Feminist Character? Check. LGBTQIA influences? Check. I got all of this and much, much more in this book. It made me cheer all the way through even when I wanted to bop Mary over the head so she'd realize that she didn't need to give anything up to get what she want ...more

By Heather June 06, 2018

Edwin is very serious about his woman, "his expression was serious as he loomed over me, capturing my gaze and holding it. “Never.” He spat the word with vehemence. “I’d let no other woman in here but you.” The intensity of his gaze scared me." There are times Edwin has a one track mind, "his smile ...more

By Jill June 05, 2018

The story revolves around Edwin who needs a pretend fiancé for two weeks in order to secure a place in a greenhouse for his plants. A longtime unmarried friend, Mary is contracted to be this person. They knew each other as children and when he left to go to school, they friendship suffered greatly. ...more

By Brenda June 27, 2018

Publisher's Description:

If Mary Babington-Smith knows nothing else, it's that Lord Edwin Sutton kissed her. Regardless of who-kissed-whom, with the deed witnessed, they have no choice but to carry on with a temporary, fake, engagement. When Edwin sweetens the deal, offering Mary the money she needs ...more

By Lori June 18, 2018

It is not often that stories are told in first person. It takes me back to Victoria Holt novels I read years ago and definitely gives a different perspective! Mary and Edwin knew each other when they were young and things did not turn out too well. But as they meet again and find themselves in a uni ...more

By Fizza June 15, 2018

If you love non-conventional heroines then this is a must read novel. Both main characters are amazing, I loved the chemistry between them. They were childhood friends, but grew apart due to misunderstandings. Now they can't stand to be together, or so they think. However, the more time they do spen ...more

By Chelsea June 15, 2018

I have been given a review copy of this title through NetGalley and I have voluntarily decided to give my opinion. How to Fall for the Wrong Man is the third book in the Ladies of Passion series. Even though this is the third book in the series each book can be standalone so you don’t necessarily ha ...more

By Isha June 23, 2018

Harmony Williams pulled me into the masquerade. How to Fall for the Wrong Man should be called Mistakes Made when you Land The Right One. Edwin and Mary have gotten so used to playing their parts, their heart's have gotten lost in the shuffle. In her quest for independence, Mary ignores her feelings ...more

By Laura June 04, 2018

Overall, I found this novel pleasant. It's a good rainy day read with lots of romance thrown in. You can see how everyone around them wants Sutton and Mary together and yet their own stubbornness pushes them in the opposite direction. When they strike up a deal that puts them together (due to their ...more

By Candy June 08, 2018

Mary Babinington-Smith, an unusual lady, who loves to wear breeches and men clothes. she does it so she can get to places that might not be safe. She is very independent. Lord Edwin Sutton and Mary use to play together as children. He went to school and had to leave her behind.
I really loved this ...more

By Bec July 01, 2018

Mary Babington-Smith would be a fool not to accept Lord Edwin Sutton's fake engagement proposal, especially when the money he's offering will give her the chance to achieve her independence and set her dreams in motion. However, she never imagined she'd fall in love with the man. Will their fake eng ...more

By Lauren July 04, 2018

Romance is always such a fickle and wonderful thing…but love—love is hardly ever something that is planned, but the most beautiful thing in the world to have. Love can be kind and warm—it can also be traitorous and a very sly emotion to that of your mind. Your heart tells you one thing that your min ...more

By C.L. September 03, 2018

Highly enjoyable and humorous. Full review to follow.

I received a free copy of this novel in a giveaway.

Mary Babington-Smith is determined to live a life of her own terms and desires, unconcerned with the expectations of society and at times her own safety. She doesn’t see why the sudden return of L ...more

By Arec June 15, 2018

Finally, we have Mary’s story! As a dynamic and powerful character in the other installments, Mary steals every scene she was in.

Williams continues with her delightful friends to lovers trope. Like Francine and Julian, it is clear that Mary and Edwin are meant for each other if only they would stop ...more

By Lynn June 28, 2018

Mary Babington-Smith can’t seem to please anyone. She surprised me. I was sitting reading their story when I came upon a steamy scene. It didn’t seem to fit her character that has me wondering what else she’s hiding from us. Edwin Sutton has an interesting proposition. I think you’ll find him as muc ...more

By Scarlett September 02, 2018

Mary is a fiercely independent woman in a time when women had very little independence; they mostly had to find a husband so they could be taken care of by him instead of by her parents. Edwin is a botanist who is so deeply focused on his plants he will often forget simple things like eating. The tw ...more

How to Fall for the Wrong Man by Harmony Williams is book Three in the Ladies of Passion Series. This is the story of Mary Babington-Smith and Lord Edwin Sutton. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book.
Mary lost her mother at a early age but did have her father ...more

By Janet June 22, 2018

3.75 Stars
If Mary Babington-Smith likes to collect stray animals & when Lord Edwin Sutton offers Mary the money she needs to buy a sanctuary for stray animals in exchange for playing the lovesick fiancée for two weeks, Mary rises to the challenge. In two weeks, she'll have everything she wants, and ...more

By Zoe June 25, 2018

I haven't ready a historical romance in a while, but I was nuts about this couple. Mary and Edwin are a blast together. He twists Mary's arm into pretending to be his fiancé, and if she can't fake it she must marry him. She agrees because he says he'll give her money to put toward an animal shelter. ...more

By Petula June 19, 2018

Miss Mary Babington - Smith is a fiercely independent young feminist in a time long before the word was fashionable. She helps any woman or animal in need, sometimes without regard for her own welfare.
Lord Edwin Sutton needs a wife, or at least to look like he will soon be married. He hopes to stri ...more

By Kim September 03, 2018

I could not get through this book fast enough! Right away sparks were flying between Edwin and Mary and the fake engagement made it that much more fun.

They each have their reasons for agreeing to the ruse, but strong feelings linger below the surface. I kept turning pages to see when they would fin ...more

By Suzette July 09, 2018

Mary and Edwin are two fierce characters who are constantly butting heads and are unable to express there feelings to each other. The staff at the Sutton house is hilarious in their unconventional behavior. The mischief and mayhem ensues with the animals just makes for an even more interesting story ...more

By Ann L July 12, 2018

Fake marriage is the only option when Mary is witnessed being kissed by Lord Edwin Sutton, but what turns out to be fake soon turns to something more.
I received a copy from Netgalley and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion ...more

By Kelly July 17, 2018

Sweet and hot, funny and touching, a highly enjoyable read

I hadn't read this author before, so I found Mary's sensuality and awareness of her own sexuality a little surprising. Not that I'm complaining, it's just not quite what I expected from a romance set in this time period. Note that while I c ...more

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Harmony Williams

About the author

Harmony Williams

Harmony Williams is the Canadian author of more than fifteen novels, including the Ladies of Passion trilogy and the Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries. She grew up in a historic rural town, where she spent most of her time with her nose in a book. Not much has changed in that respect, though she occasionally resurfaces long enough to play Dungeons and Dragons with her friends, teach her adorable niece the merits of reading, or exercise her 100-lb lapdog using her wheelchair or walker. She now lives in the suburbs with her partner, Mark, and their rescue dog, Edgar, in a house that is almost big enough to fit her book collection. Visit her online at

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