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Peek Inside How To Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days

Francine Annesley has ten days left in the Season to find a husband. What she doesn't have is time for knee-weakening kisses, even if her best friend since childhood offers to fulfill her every wish rouses her curiosity in more ways than one. It seems men are more complicated than plants…

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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, 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...


"This is my first Harmony Williams read but it won't be the last. She's got a wonderful voice and true talent for emotion. This is a sweet,funny and utterly adorable read from start to finish." -Zoe Forward, author of Protecting His Witch

"It takes a gifted author to tackle sexism and self - esteem while crafting characters that are remarkably independent but still struggle with many vulnerabilities." -Isha C., Hopeless Romantic

"This is my first time reading Harmony Williams, I have to say I was totally entranced and intrigued by her characterizations, her vivid descriptions and her storytelling."- My Book Addiction and More

"I loved this one."- Petula, review 

"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."- Rainy Thursdays

"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 the end."- Candy B., NetGalley review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631106
Series: Ladies of Passion, Book 2
Release Date: Jun 5, 2017
Page Count: 295
Imprint: amara next
Genre: highlander, historical, historical regency
Tropes: friends to lovers

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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 ...more

By April June 05, 2017

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 a ...more

By Zoe June 04, 2017

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 ...more

By Isha June 03, 2017

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 wind ...more

By Mary June 05, 2017

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 suc ...more

By ~Book Reviews by Trish~ January 10, 2018

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

About: 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 ...more

By Lindsey June 06, 2017

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 fri ...more

By Lynn June 07, 2017

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 Fr ...more

By Arec May 31, 2017

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 roman ...more

By Kelly June 06, 2017

*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 ...more

By Petula June 02, 2017

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 ...more

By Eve November 27, 2017

This is a lighthearted historical romance in the style of "traditional" historical romances. It's fun, and the first person pov heroine is a nice person to spend time with.

But the cover art says "sexy and a bit angsty", (to me, anyhow), which this is not. It's sweet and apart from a couple of kisses ...more

By Melanie June 16, 2017

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 ...more

By Kim June 05, 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 igni ...more

By Angel July 04, 2017

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 hers ...more

By Jill May 27, 2017

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 happen ...more

By Candy June 05, 2017

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, stron ...more

By M.K. June 19, 2017

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 ...more

By Becca June 23, 2018

How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 days

A sweet read from a new-to-me author. Francine is plant crazy, and not so man crazy though her parents wish otherwise. All sorts of shenanigans take place after she crosses paths with an old friend. ...more

By P Sanchez July 30, 2018


Great story on true love winning. Heartfelt love story beginning in childhood and enduring into a living soul-mate story. Looking forward to more from this author. ...more

By Maria June 05, 2017

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 h ...more

By Marilyn June 22, 2018

Sweet and sexy

This features a heroine intrigued by botany, her rash friend, a man of honor, and all the strictures of Regency society. ...more

By Historical Junkie June 20, 2017

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 ...more

By RJ June 05, 2017

Awesome read. I enjoyed this book. This was my first by this author but it will not be my last. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

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Harmony Williams

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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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