Title: When Harry Met Molly
Author: Kieran Kramer
Series: The Impossible Bachelors #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 2010, November 2
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages, EBOOK
Source: Purchased for my Barnes and Noble Nook
Dashing Lord Harry Traemore is perfectly content to live out his days in the pursuit of pleasure. But when he's named by the Prince regent as one of society's 'Impossible bachelors', Harry is drafted into a ribald romantic wager. The rules of engagement are scandalously simple: the bachelor whose mistress wins the title of 'Most Delectable Companion' gets to remain unmarried. Harry is utterly unconcerned about his status...until his latest lightskirt abandons him. Enter Lady Molly Fairbanks. Harry's childhood friend - actually, 'foe' is more like it - is the most unlikely companion of all. She's attractive but hot-headed, and in no mood for games. Besides, what could the self-indulgent Harry possibly know about what makes a woman delectable? It's time for Molly to teach him a lesson once and for all...but will it lead to happily ever after?
The "Short Story:"
A cute light and fluffy read. It has it's flaws but still a very good read.
The "Long Story:"
The prologue starts with a young Molly declaring her love for her sister's fiance' in a poem at a Christmas gathering, while also outing her sister for kissing her fiance's younger brother Harry. The events that happen next set the tone for most of the book, where Harry and Molly pretty much HATE each other as a result of those events.
Then the Prince Regent decides one drunken night that Harry and the other 3 Impossible Bachelors should marry. But to make things interesting he comes up with a competition. Pitting the Impossible Bachelors and their mistresses against one another. The winner of the competition will get to remain a bachelor and will be FREE from all the matchmaking mothers, families and debutantes trying to nag him into marrying for 1 year. But the loser of the competition will have to propose marriage to a woman chosen for him within 2 months. Naturally, you can't take this story too seriously...hence the book being a "light fluffy" read. The competition for this year is VERY simple. The bachelor with the "Most Delectable Companion" or if your reading between the lines....the man with the best mistress wins.
While on his way to the competition Harry's mistress takes off and abandons him. I chuckled my way through that scene. As a result of circumstances Molly ends up being Harry's false mistress for the week. Molly has to not only pretend to be Harry's mistress but also pretend that she ACTUALLY LIKES Harry (Oh the HORROR!). From what you've read of this review so far you would think that Molly is nothing but a bitch, but that is so VERY much not the case. See Molly is young and impulsive and she's spent 5 years at a school where she was forced to peel potatoes everyday and where they tried to teach her to be a lady in addition to trying to break her spirit. In the beginning the competition is difficult for Molly because she is so very much out of her element but slowly but surely she starts winning over everyone including Harry.
I love all the secondary characters too! My personal favorites were Hildur and Bunny. Hildur was the "Dark Horse" of the competition being from Iceland and not speaking/understanding much English.
I've always had a soft spot for "hate turns to love" stories. And at the beginning of this book and through a good chunk of it they really did HATE each other. And the whole thing is all because of a silly little poem that Molly had written many years ago. I chuckled my way through a good chunk of this book, which I really enjoyed since I've been reading some pretty serious romances recently.
The love scenes in this book were also rather inventive as well. The more time that Harry and Molly spent together the harder it was for Harry to keep his hands to himself and he spent a good chunk of the competition trying to protect Molly from becoming a "ruined woman" at the hands of his fellow competitors as well as himself. You'll have to read the book to find out more about these inventive scenes!
The Impossible Bachelors:
When Harry Met Molly 11/2/2010
Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right 11/30/2010
Cloudy With A Chance of Marriage 4/26/2011
This sounds like such a fun read!!! I LOVE IT! Definitely one I'm going to be picking up!
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