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He's always been a player. 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 Compani He's always been a player. 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. Who will win this game of love? 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"?


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He's always been a player. 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 Compani He's always been a player. 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. Who will win this game of love? 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"?

30 review for When Harry Met Molly

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Walton Grant

    Oh, I am so done with this book. I could, I suppose, force myself to read it then write a long snarky rant about how much I hate books like this, but that's hardly fair. It's like shooting fish in a barrel and kinda mean-spirited. Or like pulling on a hangnail then complaining about it hurting. I think Kieran Kramer is probably a good writer. (I won't even get started on the titles; that's a rant for another day.) The little bit I did read seemed to be well-written. It started off quite well: you Oh, I am so done with this book. I could, I suppose, force myself to read it then write a long snarky rant about how much I hate books like this, but that's hardly fair. It's like shooting fish in a barrel and kinda mean-spirited. Or like pulling on a hangnail then complaining about it hurting. I think Kieran Kramer is probably a good writer. (I won't even get started on the titles; that's a rant for another day.) The little bit I did read seemed to be well-written. It started off quite well: you meet the heroine just as she has caused her sister's fiance and his brother to come to blows over a poem she has written; she is shipped off to boarding school and the brother off to the Navy. Years later they still hate each other. But then this happens: Harry and three of his bachelor buddies are flaked out in the games room of their gentlemen's club bemoaning the soon-to-be-married state of one of them. Then, voila, the fireplace shoves aside to reveal a secret passage and out comes a fat guy in an expensive outfit with a chippy on his arm. He starts to speak and they realize it is the Prince Regent himself! Drunk, of course. He does this speech about bachelorhood and makes a royal decree declaring the annual Impossible Bachelors wager, and the winner shall be granted an entire year of freedom from the trials and tribulations of marriage. One of the "Impossible Bachelors" is an Admiral in his Navy so he reassigns him (oh, FFS!!) to make sure he is present for the wager, and makes a further decree that those who cross the Prince Regent in his wish to see at least one of his bachelor subjects free from shameless pursuit shall forever be given the cut direct by His Royal Highness and his loyal subjects. That was enough for me. I can suspend my disbelief as much as the next girl, but I just couldn't do it with this one. Normally I love historical romances. I love the clothing, the way they speak, the beautiful homes, the pretty manners. I love it when a book I am reading immerses me in the history (without clubbing me over the head with it) so that I feel like I am right there. I like to learn about history while I am reading - whether it is about details of what it was like to live in 1814 or about the state of politicial relations with France. I like many different types of historical romances: I like the sweeping, grand sagas, the compelling, darker stories, the whimsical fairy-tale like stories, and the occasional frothy romp. I'll read about almost any historical period, although I seem to be partial to Georgian. I sometimes like books that make me laugh out loud while reading them, other times just the pleasure gained from just loving the way a story is being told is enough. What I DON'T like is this: when you take an existing historical figure and insert them into the story for no reason other than to advance a premise THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. Or at least I don't believe it could have happened. And I didn't. Not in the slightest. My reaction, IIRC, was a quite unladylike snort. I don't know tons about the Regency period other than it seems to have been similar to the 80s (excess and ridiculousness by the upper class) and that "Prinny" was quite the piece of work. But I found it impossible to believe that scene, and it sets up the entire series. So having said all of that I'm returning it to library. And making myself promise that I will not, however much I am tempted by the giggling, glowing reviews on GR, pick up one of these books again. **This book ranks a 4/5 on the Teeth Grind-o-Meter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    Light and fun debut romance, but had a mixed reaction (3.5 stars) I've been looking forward to this book, as it's been a somewhat uneven year (for me) for romance new releasees and it's always exciting to have a new writer on the scene. Unfortunately, I have to say my feelings are somewhat mixed on this one. I will definitely be picking up her next book - and depending on the summary, may again buy it on the release day - however I really wish a few changes had been made to WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY. Light and fun debut romance, but had a mixed reaction (3.5 stars) I've been looking forward to this book, as it's been a somewhat uneven year (for me) for romance new releasees and it's always exciting to have a new writer on the scene. Unfortunately, I have to say my feelings are somewhat mixed on this one. I will definitely be picking up her next book - and depending on the summary, may again buy it on the release day - however I really wish a few changes had been made to WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY. THE PREMISE First, I must start-off by saying that the premise is absolutely ridiculous. I really don't care about that when it comes to historical romances: pirates, frequent cases of amnesia, long lost daughters and sons, heretofore unknown titles and fortunes - doesn't matter to me. If I want reality, I'll pick up my non-fiction books or the newspaper. However, I know that some readers will be put off by this and so I wanted to say that upfront. (Personally, I could have done without the Prinny component - don't really like when authors bring in real-life historical people). THE GOOD Most of the book (aside from the beginning and ending - see below) was very enjoyable. I liked Harry (29) and Molly (21) and I think the evolution of their relationship was fun to watch. You can tell from the beginning that they dislike one another and while they started to change their opinions and became aware of one another's physical attractions a little too early for me, it still felt authentic and believable. The chemistry between them was good (very sizzling tent scene), though I thought most of the romance scenes seemed a little rushed and glazed-over. Harry and Molly were sweet together, funny, and seemed to really "get" one another. I loved the idea of them being the "misfits" in their families - and thus fitting together perfectly - and actually thought more could have been done with this. They did have some serious talks about their families, their roles, etc., but I think this could have been further developed, thereby adding even more depth to their relationship. The families themselves remain an unknown even at the end really, as we're just barely introduced to them. I thought this was odd, since so much about these characters, their lives, and the plot, is defined by their family members. I *very much* appreciated the fact that Molly remained Molly. So many times in romances, the used-to-be-different heroine is thrown into a situation in which she, surprise surprise, all of a sudden becomes a sensual goddess and oh how can the hero resist?! That did not happen here and I found myself rooting for Molly and cheering her on every time she told someone what she actually thought or won someone over by just being herself. I also liked that the other mistresses were actual three-dimensional characters (for the most part ... Hildur?!). At the beginning, I thought they were going to be flat, boring, and the typical catty witches that we see all too often in these books. Surprisingly enough, they all had distinct personalities and ended up really adding to the story. THE BAD The men, in comparison to their mistresses, were somewhat lackluster - surprising, since this is a series of four books, so one can assume the three friends will be the heroes in the other stories. The "bad guy" was kind of all over the place and somewhat confusing - he's mean, yet maybe he's not, yet he really is ...? I didn't understand the point of his back story and thought it just made his role in the plot - other than providing menace and bringing everything to a head - unclear to me. The book started off on a mediocre note. I liked the characters, have a fondness for enemies-turned-lovers books, and prefer stories where the hero and heroine have known each other for awhile, as it makes the romance more believable for me. However, certain passages and exchanges felt very forced. It was like the book was trying to be of the historical romance genre, instead of actually just being one ... don't know if that makes sense, but best way I know how to explain it. As previously said, the story improved and the majority of it was actually entertaining, enjoyable, fun, and light. ... Then the ending ruined everything. Seriously! It wasn't the last chapter, but right before that when you have the climax and everything is resolved. Honestly, every plot line and their grandmother were brought out, paraded around, and dealt with. At a huge ball, no less. In front of everyone. All speaking in very loud voices. Across a huuuuuge ballroom. (Why would it NOT occur to some of those characters that whatever was going to be said should be said in private??) It honestly was ridiculous and really brought the book down for me. It just made the whole thing seem like a farce, stretched the resolutions out way too long, made me feel like I was at a tennis match, and was very unnecessary. TO CONCLUDE Is it worth a read? Yes. How you get it - through the library or bookstore - is your call. Kramer has talent and I'm looking forward to her next book - I just can't get the ending out of my head!!! (P.S. That Harry would make Molly go into the "kissing closet" with one of the other men for three minutes on that first night, knowing that she's never really been kissed, *bugged* me a lot! Note: She uses her wits to get out of the kissing, but still!) IMPOSSIBLE BACHELORS Book 1 - WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY Book 2 - Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right Book 3 - Cloudy With A Chance Of Marriage Book 4 - ? RECOMMENDATIONS If you like the enemies-to-friends historical romances, check out the following books ... (1) Tempting Fate (Providence Series, Book 2) by Alissa Johnson - 4.5 stars (2) A Woman of Virtue (Lorimer Family, Book 1) by Liz Carlyle - 5 stars (3) The Rake (Lessons in Love, Book 1) by Suzanne Enoch - 4 stars (4) The Matchmaker (Maker Series, Book 1) by Rexanne Becnel - 5 stars (5) His Wicked Ways by Samantha James - 5 stars (6) A Notorious Love (Swanlea Spinsters, Book 2) by Sabrina Jeffries - 4 stars Contemporaries ... (1) Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James - 4.5 stars (2) Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie - 5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer For some reason, I had the mistaken impression that this book was a screwball comedy-style historical. Funny, snappy banter between the hero and heroine, etc. Some folks loved it, some found the characters irritating. Anyhoo, this was not what I was expecting. I started to read, and was waiting for it to get funny....waiting...still waiting. Finally I realized it was definitely NOT a screwball comedy. It was actually a sweet and very charming wallpaper histor When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer For some reason, I had the mistaken impression that this book was a screwball comedy-style historical. Funny, snappy banter between the hero and heroine, etc. Some folks loved it, some found the characters irritating. Anyhoo, this was not what I was expecting. I started to read, and was waiting for it to get funny....waiting...still waiting. Finally I realized it was definitely NOT a screwball comedy. It was actually a sweet and very charming wallpaper historical romance. (I don't actually think folks used the word "amazing" quite so frequently in 19th century England. But I could be wrong). I like wallpaper historicals. I'm not one of those readers who requires copious amounts of back-breaking research for my historical romances. I'm also pretty laid back about plot problems. I do, however, expect a lot from the characters. Here's my take on this book.... 1. The premise for the story was utterly ridiculous. There is no way in holy hell a gently reared lady would agree to pose as a courtesan for a week-long house party. No. Freakin. Way. Also, unless the hero was a real cad, he would not knowingly put her into a potentially disastrous situation like this. (I was especially uncomfortable with the "kissing closet"....Harry assured Molly the extent of her acting responsibilities would be kissing him in front of the others, and within several hours of arriving at the party she was forced into a dark closet with a stranger for three minutes. Harry wasn't really looking like hero material at this point in the game). Even though I am pretty damned easy about letting dumb stuff go in my romance novels, I had a bit of problem with this. But, I let it go. (Cause I'm easy). 2. In spite of #1, the beginning of the book was still very engaging. I couldn't stop reading it. There is a real charm to the story, and the heroine in particular is wonderful. 3. I LOVED LOVED LOVED how Molly won over the other mistresses. In fact, I found this part of the story more engaging than the romance. Kramer did a superb job with this storyline. The transformation of the haughty, isolated mistresses into a band of friends was simply wonderful. 4. So, here's my big problem. This book wasn't a comedy. It was plodding along nicely, with some sexy scenes and excellent female bonding, and then we hit the big kahuna-ballroom climax. If this book had been a comedy, then the farcical climatic scene at the ballroom probably would have worked. I personally love farce. Emily Bryan has a great farcical scene in A Christmas Ball, and Julia Quinn is also a master at this. However, this book wasn't a comedy and this scene was simply preposterous. (But not in a good way). The villain turns up. His long-lost sister turns up. Molly's father is there. Harry's father is there, who has been supporting the villain's sister who didn't really have an affair with Harry but actually was almost attacked by French soldiers, but her husband didn't believe her and divorced her and she was penniless and taken in by Harry's father, who actually realized he was a hero but never told him he knew, etc etc etc etc, and then the mistress who eloped with Molly's would-be husband showed up, and the would-be husband showed up, and then Harry proposed to some other chick, who turned out to be in love with some other dude, and then the villain says that Harry's brother has to fight a duel with Harry, and then.....oh, never mind. I'm exhausted. I'm gonna stop now. You get the picture. Everybody but the butler turns up in this scene, and it's nutso. Molly and Harry's relationship grew in a slow and steady way. I would have liked a sweet moment between them as a resolution to the conflict instead of the farce-that-didn't-work. 5. Then, finally, we get the epilogue. After waiting patiently through the entire book for the hero and heroine to "hit a homer" "go all the way" "get down to business" "play hide the salami" etc etc etc, they finally do it. In the kitchen. During their wedding. O-kay. Miss Easy-Peasy Penelope who pretty much lets everything go finally hit the wall. My willing-suspension-of-disbelief had been tapped out already. 6. Concluding Remarks: Kramer is an excellent writer. This book was at times charming and lovely. The characters were, for the most part, very well done. I will definitely be reading more by this author. But even a wallpaper historical can jump the shark. Grade: B/B- Penelope

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Kieran Kramer is now officially my favorite new historical romance author. I had so much fun reading When Harry Met Molly, even though half the things that occur in the book are not at all believable. With that being said, I didn’t care. Kieran has a great historical romance voice with enough laughs and quirky cuteness that one other historical author comes to mind, which is Julia Quinn. Keiran could possibly be the new Julia Quinn, and if her next two books are anything like this one, she’ll ha Kieran Kramer is now officially my favorite new historical romance author. I had so much fun reading When Harry Met Molly, even though half the things that occur in the book are not at all believable. With that being said, I didn’t care. Kieran has a great historical romance voice with enough laughs and quirky cuteness that one other historical author comes to mind, which is Julia Quinn. Keiran could possibly be the new Julia Quinn, and if her next two books are anything like this one, she’ll have me as a fan for life. The epilogue is beyond funny. Thirteen year old Molly Fairbanks is the daughter of the widowed Earl of Sutton. She is crazy in love with the Duke of Mallan’s older son Roderick, who is likely to marry her older sister Penelope. But Molly catches Penelope kissing Harry, Roderick’s younger brother. In this case, what should Molly do? Why, write a poem, changing everyone’s name just to be safe about what she witnessed and recite it in front of all the guests at the Duke’s Christmas ball. Molly thinks she’ll be a big hit and Roderick will fall in love with her. But things don’t go the way Molly has planned and Roderick and Harry come to blows, Molly will be sent away to the Providence School for Wayward Girls, and Harry will be forced into the army. Harry blames Molly, and Molly blames Harry for being banished. Eight years later, Harry and his bachelor compatriots in arms are saddened by one of their friends who has become a victim of the marriage noose. The Prince Regent pops out from a secret passage in the wall at the club they are at, and decides on a game for the single men there. Harry, as well as his bachelor friends, will hold a contest where their mistresses will try to win the Most Delectable Companion Contest. The bachelor whose mistress wins the title will give the bachelor another year of marriage freedom. The loser will have to propose marriage within two months to a woman of the other bachelors’ choosing. Harry isn’t happy because he enjoys being a bachelor. And if he loses, he’ll end up marrying a very dull and unexcitable woman. There’s nothing he can do to get out of this, and will do whatever he can to make sure he wins. Molly is going to elope with Cedric Alliston, her father’s ho-hum assistant. They have stopped at an inn for a bite to eat before they go to Gretna Green. Mollly has never had her season in London and has remained in Kent with her father. At twenty-one, Molly despises her life and wishes she has what her sister Penelope has with a loving husband and four children, with another one of the way. Cedric isn’t a catch by any means, but he’ll have to do because she will then be free to have adventures and enjoy everything that was taken away from her at thirteen because of Harry Traemore. But then her past comes back to haunt her when Harry arrives at the same inn she’s at with his mistress. And Molly becomes stranded when Cedric runs off with Harry’s mistress. Now Harry doesn’t have a mistress for the Most Delectable Companion Contest, unless he uses Molly. He makes a bargain with Molly that if she pretends to be his mistress and does her best to win the contest, he’ll help her find a husband in London. Molly agrees, and off they go for a week together. Harry expects Molly to be biddable and play the tart so she can compete with the other tart like mistresses. Molly is not necessarily the biddable type, and the women she is introduced to treat her with disdain and more like an enemy than a friendly adversary. She’s really a fish out of water and even when Harry gives her kissing lessons, she still can’t compete with the likes of these very scandalous ladies. Why Molly can’t even wear a fischu to cover her bosom and must wear shocking gowns. And when she expected to be in the kissing closet with another man other than Harry, (think seven minutes in heaven) she’s like to succumb to the vapors. But she wants to prove Harry wrong and win for she can be the best pretend mistress ever. Molly has some interesting plans up her hem, so to speak, and soon she not only has made friends with all the mistresses, but she may have a good chance in winning the contest and Harry’s heart. When Harry Met Molly is cute, adorable and everything in between. Molly has this endearing sweetness that isn’t too grating. She’s a plucky and a very intelligent woman who not only has the brains but the book smarts. Molly’s reactions to things will definitely make you laugh, especially when she’s forced to wear Harry’s ex-mistress’s clothes. And when Harry has a sudden revelation about her, it’s really not all that surprising. The utter loopiness of the tests the mistresses go through are ridiculous. A potato sack race by these women, and who the ultimate winner is, will have you in a snit as much as Molly was, although I found it silly in a good way. Also the alone time Harry and Molly have together as they get to know each other, as well as being intimate, really works well. And one scene, where Harry and Molly recreated a harem type setting is steamy. What Molly is more than willing to do with Harry sex wise is very unbelievable and seems out of place since Molly is a true innocent in the bedroom, but then again look at what she has agreed to do during the week. The ending is way too pat, but so what? I had such a blast reading When Harry Met Molly. The majority of the time I was snickering or going, “awww”. Harry is this great combination beta/alpha, and Molly is really his perfect mate in every sense. When Harry Met Molly is much like a big warm blanket you want to wrap yourself in that gives you the nice fuzzies in your stomach when all is said and done.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nisha

    Due to recent disappointments, I've been more cautious to pick up HR books by new authors. But this book surpassed all expectations and matched the quality of my beloved writers like Jo Beverley, Lisa Kleypas and my new favorite, Sarah MacLean. Molly and Harry have known each other since childhood, but they have never gotten along well. When Molly was 13, during Christmas, she announces her love for Harry's brother and her sister, Penelope's fiance, Roderick while revealing the kiss that Harry an Due to recent disappointments, I've been more cautious to pick up HR books by new authors. But this book surpassed all expectations and matched the quality of my beloved writers like Jo Beverley, Lisa Kleypas and my new favorite, Sarah MacLean. Molly and Harry have known each other since childhood, but they have never gotten along well. When Molly was 13, during Christmas, she announces her love for Harry's brother and her sister, Penelope's fiance, Roderick while revealing the kiss that Harry and Penelope share. Instantly, the lives of Molly and Harry change for the worse. Molly is sent to Yorkshire to a strict boarding school, while Harry is forced to join the Navy. 8 years later, their lives hasn't changed much for the better and they still hate each other. Harry and his friends get involved in Prinny's Impossible Bachelor competition (I didn't like that Prinny was involved, but oh well) that requires him to procure the perfect mistress. Molly is on her way to Gretna Green to marry her disinterested suitor. They meet at an inn, where both get ditched by their counterparts. Having no choice but to depend on each other, Harry enlists Molly to be his fake Mistress. This is when the real story begins. They begin the charade, neither taking in account of the sizzling chemistry between them. The Most Delectable Companion competition begins with a few scandalous yet juvenile games. Considering the company, one would expect an orgy, but it was quite...clean. Molly mingles with the other mistresses, Athena, the actress, Joan, the jaded courtesan, Hildur, the foreign beauty, and Bunny, the perfect mistress. This is the part I enjoyed the best. In no other HR does the heroine befriend other mistresses and form a sort of comradeship. The women, initially wary, learn to trust each other and actually find a way to get an upper hand on the men. When the week of playing mistress is over, Molly and Harry part, loving each other. During the end, they return to the real world with their family, concluding with a crazy public confession leading to a HEA. I absolutely adored Molly. She is one of the best HR heroines EVER. Harry, while not nearly as shiny as his heroine, is a great hero. Their history as growing up as second children living under the shadow of their perfect older siblings, may have left them a little imperfect, but together, they complete each other. The strongest part of the book was the other mistresses. I loved that they became friends and helped each other become better people. The friendship is more real, to modern standards, than the ones we typically see in HR. The weakest part is the villain, who was quite disagreeable, but not fearsome. Most of the time, his actions made little sense. It was because of him that everyone learns the truth about Molly's week as a mistress, which is generally avoided in HR. Overall, I loved this book and recommend this to EVERYONE.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Jane

    This book was just so bad. I've been flirting with reading it for a while now (the premise seemed very silly but Goodreads really wanted to recommend it to me), so when I was in the mood for a silly romance earlier this week I finally relented. Never again will I go against my "I think this book is gonna suck" sense just because of a cute title and a model that looks vaguely like Daisy Riddley. I've learned my lesson. The book stars Lord Harry Traemore who somehow manages to be a grade A skeevy a This book was just so bad. I've been flirting with reading it for a while now (the premise seemed very silly but Goodreads really wanted to recommend it to me), so when I was in the mood for a silly romance earlier this week I finally relented. Never again will I go against my "I think this book is gonna suck" sense just because of a cute title and a model that looks vaguely like Daisy Riddley. I've learned my lesson. The book stars Lord Harry Traemore who somehow manages to be a grade A skeevy asshole while being the world's most boring hero. He is one of the society's "Impossible Bachelors;" he competes in this stupid bet set up by the Prince Regent where a bunch of rakes go head-to-head over who has the hottest mistress—the winner gets to avoid matrimony for a year and the loser has to get married to a girl of the other "Impossible Bachelors'" choosing. This bet is both incredibly unrealistic (normally I don't give a fig about staying true to the time period but the Prince Regent really...?), juvenile, and also just insulting to women. It sounds like it was dreamt up by middle schoolers, not people in their 30's! Meanwhile, Lady Molly Fairbanks has decided to elope with a guy she really isn't that into. She just really wants to be married and get the whole husband hunting thing over with. However, before they get to Gretna Green, the couple has to spend a night at a travel inn. And guess who she runs into at the inn? Her childhood nemesis Lord Harry with his latest hottie on his way the "Most Delectable Companion" contest. However, tragedy (?) strikes when her finance and his mistress run off together leaving Harry and Molly high and dry. Now Harry...oh Harry...decides that the solution to this is not to: a. offer Molly a ride home b. offer to save her reputation and marry her but instead: c. give her an ultimatum between being stranded in the middle of nowhere (where most likely she'll die) or pretending to be his mistress for his contest. What the heck Harry? Now, I've read a lot of romance novels and I know a good author can manage to redeem a huge scoundrel. But, in my eyes, Harry is never redeemed. He continuously takes advantage of Molly, gets mad at her for being a crappy fake mistress, is drunk essentially 24/7, ruins her reputation tenfold, and never really manages to feel all that guilty about it. Not to mention, for the life of me I couldn't see what appealing qualities he possessed! Because somehow, despite being a selfish jackass, he was about as interesting as a brown stick—one of the most one-dimensional heroes I've come across. While I liked Molly she was very immature. She had a very rainbows-and-butterflies outlook on life and her feelings for Henry looked like a combination of Stockholm syndrome and a sixth grader's crush on their teacher. Her interactions with the other mistresses looked reminded me of a bad made-for-DVD tween movie. She, like Henry, was also very one-dimensional. Actually, this was just a one-dimensional book. Definitely missable, if not a hard pass. Rating: 1/5 read my blog! sunflowersandromance.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Limau Nipis

    First read by this author, Kieran Kramer. The story is so-so, but quite unusual. Because there are lots of ongoing talks on mistresses, and the ridiculous bet or competition by the mistresses' sponsors. Which I find quite annoying, on the competition. But the rapport between the mistresses was interesting. Their friendship is something that they look forward. And even though they are just lowly mistresses, with Molly, the heroine being the fake one, they have their own feelings and needs. I just tho First read by this author, Kieran Kramer. The story is so-so, but quite unusual. Because there are lots of ongoing talks on mistresses, and the ridiculous bet or competition by the mistresses' sponsors. Which I find quite annoying, on the competition. But the rapport between the mistresses was interesting. Their friendship is something that they look forward. And even though they are just lowly mistresses, with Molly, the heroine being the fake one, they have their own feelings and needs. I just thought the guys are stupid.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    2.5 stars (rounded down to 2 stars because I did not like Harry and I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy the silly plot) 2.5 stars (rounded down to 2 stars because I did not like Harry and I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy the silly plot)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Many books claim to be laugh out loud funny, but WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY genuinely is. This is a warm, witty romance that I read with great pleasure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)

    When Harry Met Molly, they both hated each other. They soon become friends, and from friends, into lovers. It was truly a sweet and wonderful read, seeing as to how the two experience emotions for one another. Which is why Kieran Kramer has officially established a spot on my Top Debut Authors of the Year, riiight next Sarah Maclean! I absolutely adore Harry because I love seeing rakes like him, reform themselves. As for Molly, she was just an awesome heroine. I love how she is so witty, brave, When Harry Met Molly, they both hated each other. They soon become friends, and from friends, into lovers. It was truly a sweet and wonderful read, seeing as to how the two experience emotions for one another. Which is why Kieran Kramer has officially established a spot on my Top Debut Authors of the Year, riiight next Sarah Maclean! I absolutely adore Harry because I love seeing rakes like him, reform themselves. As for Molly, she was just an awesome heroine. I love how she is so witty, brave, funny, and kind-- perfectly compatible with Harry. This is definitely one book that I'll treasure on my shelf forever. I saved this book to read last, after the three that I bought for Christmas, and I'm really glad that I did! It was the best one out of the three because it had a combination of comedy, romance, steam, and even heartbreaking moments. If you love Julia Quinn, then I say you should seriously consider this book! There's not much I could say that would express my feelings about this book because I'm just overwhelmed with feelings. The story starts off with a prologue that introduces the moment when everything just went wrong for Harry and Molly. Because of what she did, it eventually caused Harry to join the army and she, to go to a boarding school in Yorkshire instead of London. After that, Harry and Molly have been enemies for years; pulling silly pranks and bantering with one another at every chance they meet. How cute is that! The story truly begins when The Prince Regent decides to hold a competition for the Impossible Bachelors, which includes Harry, Lord Maxwell, Captain Arrow, Lumley, and Sir Richard. The bachelor with the 'Most Delectable Companion' will win a year free of hassles from debutantes and the likes. Well, I'll just say that the romance was the most enjoyable aspect of the whole book! Molly reluctantly becomes Harry's mistress for a week after being abandoned by her... supposed fiance. It was a very amusing moment but enjoyable nonetheless. After that week, nothing will ever be the same between then again. I'm always a shoe-in for romances that has childhood enemies into lovers! But yeah, during that one week of being false lovers, Molly soon realizes that Harry is her one true love forever. Heartbreaking moments everywhere after that confession to herself, and mind you, the romance was very well played out. I think Kramer definitely has a talent for writing because of that. Plus, it was very sexy and sweet! Juuust like chocolate and cake... You'll know what I mean in the end. *wink* To conclude, When Harry Met Molly is a book that will make you laugh at one moment, and cry the next. Truly, this was a delectable debut that will have romance readers eat it right up! I'll be looking forward to the other Impossible Bachelors' books, especially Lumley! He is so cute and adorable. A solid 5 stars for this amazing debut by Kieran Kramer!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I don't think there are any real spoilers. This book and its sequel were Christmas gifts. I actually received a total of I think at least 6 books for Christmas this year, one can never have to many books. Anyway, Kieran Kramer is a new author and this is her first book. I keep wanting to call it "When Harry Met Sally". When Molly (Heroine) was 13 she fancied herself in love with her sister's fiance' who is the older brother of Harry (Hero) so she wrote a poem which she read aloud at a joint fami I don't think there are any real spoilers. This book and its sequel were Christmas gifts. I actually received a total of I think at least 6 books for Christmas this year, one can never have to many books. Anyway, Kieran Kramer is a new author and this is her first book. I keep wanting to call it "When Harry Met Sally". When Molly (Heroine) was 13 she fancied herself in love with her sister's fiance' who is the older brother of Harry (Hero) so she wrote a poem which she read aloud at a joint family dinner. She did however disguise the names quite cleverly she thought but is was pretty easy to figure out who was who. She had romantic notions that Roderick would return her feelings and dump Penelope for her and Harry would then be with Penelope instead this notion of course based on something she saw but we learn later that it wasn't what she thought. Lets just say mayhem insues and both Molly and Harry are sent away for several years, her to a strict girls school and then the country, him to the military. They meet again quite by accident still angry at each other because they see their fate as the other one's fault. Both of them are currently with a member of the opposite sex who leave them for each other which means that the only choice is for them to help each other out. Due to a challenge placed upon Harry and his friends by Prinny aka the Prince Regent Molly poses as Harry's Mistress which is quite a challenge since she's a virgin and he plans to keep her that way. As Harry gets to know Molly the adult personality wise he finds himself attracted to her in multiple ways. After some events that could I think only happen to Molly they realize they feel the same way about each other and walla HEA

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Rarely do I write reviews but this time I have to. I enjoyed this book. What I had problems with was the editing. Who the heck edited this had to have been some kind of ***** (you can fill in the blank as you see fit). The story was entertaining. That's why it got 3 stars. My problem? Someone explain to me how a heroine's eyes can go from "Wedgewood blue" (page 25) to "puckish brown" (page 57) to "impish blue gaze" (page 246) to "curious brown eyes of hers" (page 374) with in the span of the book Rarely do I write reviews but this time I have to. I enjoyed this book. What I had problems with was the editing. Who the heck edited this had to have been some kind of ***** (you can fill in the blank as you see fit). The story was entertaining. That's why it got 3 stars. My problem? Someone explain to me how a heroine's eyes can go from "Wedgewood blue" (page 25) to "puckish brown" (page 57) to "impish blue gaze" (page 246) to "curious brown eyes of hers" (page 374) with in the span of the book. And those were just the ones I caught initially. My other issue was the contest itself. No, not the contest but how it was put in terms. IF Molly won "the most delectable companion" then Harry would win another year of freedom AND Harry would help Molly find a suitable husband. If Molly lost, Harry would/could lose his freedom AND he wouldn't be obligated to help her find a husband. However, on page 313 the contest was in these terms: "If she won tonight, his inevitable fate---marrying Anne Riordan---would be delayed. But only for another year. Anne was bound to catch up with him sometime. And if Molly lost, he would help her find another man to marry." HUH? If she lost she was on her own. Maybe what the author meant (which is what she should have written) was that in winning, she would lose Harry to another man he would be obligated to find for her, she she would, in fact lose. So, I'm wondering...who exactly edited her book?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    *sigh* Clearly, I just dislike Kramer's writing style and plotting. She starts off so well - and then it just starts to veer into complete unbelievability somewhere in the middle. Of course, by then, I have to know what happens and I plod on through. I see why people like her books, but I find her unbearable. I will not be reading anymore of her stories. It's just too disappointing. In particular, this ending was just too ludicrous. I just can't abide!! Blargh. *sigh* Clearly, I just dislike Kramer's writing style and plotting. She starts off so well - and then it just starts to veer into complete unbelievability somewhere in the middle. Of course, by then, I have to know what happens and I plod on through. I see why people like her books, but I find her unbearable. I will not be reading anymore of her stories. It's just too disappointing. In particular, this ending was just too ludicrous. I just can't abide!! Blargh.

  14. 4 out of 5

    FlibBityFLooB

    4.5/5 stars. I found this to be a fun and enjoyable historical romance, albeit very unbelievable :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    When Harry Met Molly is the first installment in the Impossible Bachelors series by Kieran Kramer. This is also the first novel I've read by her. I can honestly say, I really enjoyed her writing style. The characters were well written and fun to read along with. The humor was witty and charming. The banter between Harry and Molly is refreshing. The only thing I can say that stopped me from giving this four stars was the way the woman were treated. Yes, I know it was supposed to be that way, but When Harry Met Molly is the first installment in the Impossible Bachelors series by Kieran Kramer. This is also the first novel I've read by her. I can honestly say, I really enjoyed her writing style. The characters were well written and fun to read along with. The humor was witty and charming. The banter between Harry and Molly is refreshing. The only thing I can say that stopped me from giving this four stars was the way the woman were treated. Yes, I know it was supposed to be that way, but that doesn't mean I had to like it. I particularly didn't like the sac race scene. I don't hold it against the writer, it was bold and different, I just get annoyed with men in those periods sometimes. *laughs* That being said, it was still worth the read. After reading this I immediately went on to the next in the series. It was a fun, light read, with mystery and lots of romance. I recommend it to anyone wanting a humorous historical romance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The other reviewers frequently stated that parts of this book were hard to believe, but it was so much fun they didn't care. I guess I couldn't quite get past the hard to believe part. I found that most of this book stretched the limits of credibility and I actually found both Harry and Molly too silly to be really likeable. But it was really the ending that put the final nail in the coffin for me. There was so much stuff thrown in that I felt like I was watching a tennis match. Too many of the The other reviewers frequently stated that parts of this book were hard to believe, but it was so much fun they didn't care. I guess I couldn't quite get past the hard to believe part. I found that most of this book stretched the limits of credibility and I actually found both Harry and Molly too silly to be really likeable. But it was really the ending that put the final nail in the coffin for me. There was so much stuff thrown in that I felt like I was watching a tennis match. Too many of the players suddenly began acting in ways completely at odds with their established characters. And I just couldn't believe that the woman who had kept her "terrible secret" for five years even though it caused her divorce and damaged Harry's reputation, just came out at a ball and and announced it in front of a huge crowd.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ChloeLeeNH

    I totally enjoyed this book. Love the house party theme and the love/hate theme. The H/H had to like each other to get through a week but it was also about getting others to like them too. I think the steamy scenes could be a lot longer... you sort of blinked and they were over but that didn't take away from the creative way she wrote this whole story. I am looking forward to the next in this series! I totally enjoyed this book. Love the house party theme and the love/hate theme. The H/H had to like each other to get through a week but it was also about getting others to like them too. I think the steamy scenes could be a lot longer... you sort of blinked and they were over but that didn't take away from the creative way she wrote this whole story. I am looking forward to the next in this series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Cute, quick, and fun to read. It was fun watching Harry and Molly realize that they liked each other. The ending was a bit too dramatic and convoluted for me, and I thought that there were a few too many things going on at one time. Also, for some reason (which may have more to do with me than the author) I kept getting confused while I was reading it. It was mostly over silly little stuff, though. I'd recommend this one to someone looking for a nice light read. Cute, quick, and fun to read. It was fun watching Harry and Molly realize that they liked each other. The ending was a bit too dramatic and convoluted for me, and I thought that there were a few too many things going on at one time. Also, for some reason (which may have more to do with me than the author) I kept getting confused while I was reading it. It was mostly over silly little stuff, though. I'd recommend this one to someone looking for a nice light read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    There's a word we Filipinos have. I don't know if there's an equivalent word for that in English but here it goes. You know the butterflies in your stomach? The warm sensation that you fell whenever he said something romantic? The feeling of being elevated when he smiles? The electricity you feel when your hands touch? Combine all of them and what you feel is what we Filipinos call "KILIG". That's what this book gave me. KILIG. There's a word we Filipinos have. I don't know if there's an equivalent word for that in English but here it goes. You know the butterflies in your stomach? The warm sensation that you fell whenever he said something romantic? The feeling of being elevated when he smiles? The electricity you feel when your hands touch? Combine all of them and what you feel is what we Filipinos call "KILIG". That's what this book gave me. KILIG.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Manda Collins

    Funny and charming regency historical in the vein of Julia Quinn or Marian Chesney. Completely unbelievable set-up, but I didn't really care because Harry and Molly were such fun characters I was willing to go along with them. Funny and charming regency historical in the vein of Julia Quinn or Marian Chesney. Completely unbelievable set-up, but I didn't really care because Harry and Molly were such fun characters I was willing to go along with them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    dnf - I just couldn't get into the premise of the hero using the heroine as a courtasen dnf - I just couldn't get into the premise of the hero using the heroine as a courtasen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Insh

    this book is epic had me laughing like a maniac :) A LOVE RECTANGLE OF TRAGIC PROPORTIONS Robert, Robert, wherefore are thou, Robert? While Persephone’s in the arbor, Bestowing kisses on young Barry, You clutch the golden ring She’s to wear when you marry. Persephone, Persephone, why does thou wound Robert so? Barry is but the moon While Robert is the sun. Can’t you see Robert is all And Barry is, um, none? Barry, oh, Barry, why not find your own true love? My sister isn’t yours She belongs to another, But if yo this book is epic had me laughing like a maniac :) A LOVE RECTANGLE OF TRAGIC PROPORTIONS Robert, Robert, wherefore are thou, Robert? While Persephone’s in the arbor, Bestowing kisses on young Barry, You clutch the golden ring She’s to wear when you marry. Persephone, Persephone, why does thou wound Robert so? Barry is but the moon While Robert is the sun. Can’t you see Robert is all And Barry is, um, none? Barry, oh, Barry, why not find your own true love? My sister isn’t yours She belongs to another, But if you steal her away, Perhaps I’ll marry your brother!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    Favorite Quote: Show me the best three minutes you can imagine in a kissing closet. Harry and Molly had a bad start together. 13 year old Molly was infatuated with her sister’s fiancé and unintentionally announced her sister’s indiscretions with her fiancé's brother, Harry at a large gathering in a poem. This poem resulted in Molly being shipped off to Yorkshire, and Harry shipped off to the army. To say Harry was not pleased with Molly is an understatement. Eight years later, Harry is finally out Favorite Quote: Show me the best three minutes you can imagine in a kissing closet. Harry and Molly had a bad start together. 13 year old Molly was infatuated with her sister’s fiancé and unintentionally announced her sister’s indiscretions with her fiancé's brother, Harry at a large gathering in a poem. This poem resulted in Molly being shipped off to Yorkshire, and Harry shipped off to the army. To say Harry was not pleased with Molly is an understatement. Eight years later, Harry is finally out of the service, and wants nothing to do with marriage. With his brother having gone through with the marriage to Molly’s sister, and already having four daughters, he hopes a son comes along soon, which would put even less pressure on him finding a bride. Being the second son and never good enough for his father, he is scared of being rejected in life. At his club one night relaxing with his other bachelor friends, the Prince Regent, Prinny makes an appearance – and has a grand idea for entertainment. At least, entertainment for him. Prinny comes up with a wager – Each bachelor must bring his mistress to the country for a week of competition. At the end of the week, the mistress with the most votes will be named the Most Delectable Companion and that bachelor will have a year free of any marriage commitments. The losers each have to draw a straw, and the short straw must marry within a few months. The bachelors don’t want to do this, but they can’t go against Prinny – and the idea of one year free of wooing women is very appealing. At an inn in the middle of nowhere on the way to his country house with his mistress for the week of the competition, Harry runs into Molly, who is about run off to Gretna Green to elope with her father’s assistant, Cedric. By the end of the night, the mistress and Cedric have run off together, leaving Harry and Molly alone. Although they hate each other, and barbs and insults fly out of their mouths, Harry can’t leave Molly alone, unchaperoned. He also can’t show up to his country house without a mistress, he would forfeit and he would be the one marrying in a few months. So, he asks Molly to be his fake mistress for the week. Molly, who thinks she has superior acting skills, and has no desire to go back to being her aunt’s chaperone, agrees…and off they go. Let the games begin…and the romance. When Harry Met Molly is a very cute, funny, lighthearted historical romance from debut author Kieran Kramer. The first half of the book had me laughing out loud – and laughing very hard. The insults and wicked banter between Harry and Molly is some of the best I have read in a long time. They both blame the other for the miserable time spent after Molly unintentionally outs Harry kissing his brother’s fiancé. And they both refuse to let the past go. Lady Molly Fairbanks. What was she doing at a seedy inn in the middle of nowhere? “You,” she breathed. “You,” he said back. “It can’t be.” She took a step backward. “It is,” he said, and backed away, as well. “Why here?” she asked. “Why not?” he said. He noticed neither of them could go far in the maze of chairs and tables. They were trapped, forced into a position of proximity. “I still hate you,” she said. “Just so you know.” “The feeling is mutual.” he said curtly. Once we get to the country house, hijinks ensue. Molly is awful at pretending to be a mistress. She is really quite naïve – having never even been to London. Harry helps her as much as he can, but it is funny to watch her fail miserably. I won’t say the outcome of the week, that you will have to discover on your own. During the week though, since Molly is pretending to be a mistress, of course she has to act the part somewhat. And a romance develops between this couple. Harry is quite a rake, and I like how he all of a sudden feels this desire to be with Molly and the past is quite forgiven. There is kissing in a closet and kissing in a tent. Very cute and sweet scenes that will have you smiling. As I mentioned, Molly is quite naïve, so in this one, the romance isn’t super steamy. It was actually hard for me to feel the sexy part of the romance because Molly comes across as very young. Maybe too young. She never felt like a woman. But, the overall feel of the book is more lighthearted, so maybe a heavier romantic feel would have been too much. The ending is a bit dramatic, but again, it fits the feel of the book. I really like Kieran Kramer’s wit and the way she writes her characters I can’t wait for more in this series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caroline The HEA Lover

    (This was originally published on Book Lovers Inc) What a wonderful book! I'm not sure I'll find the right words to express my feelings toward this wonderful novel. I have to say that I was in a sad need of lightness when I picked this book up. I had just finished a pretty depressing books (or it's just me being too sensitive lol). When Harry Met Molly was just exactly what I needed. This is the 1st book in the Impossible Bachelors series. If you're like me, after reading the blurb you'll be won (This was originally published on Book Lovers Inc) What a wonderful book! I'm not sure I'll find the right words to express my feelings toward this wonderful novel. I have to say that I was in a sad need of lightness when I picked this book up. I had just finished a pretty depressing books (or it's just me being too sensitive lol). When Harry Met Molly was just exactly what I needed. This is the 1st book in the Impossible Bachelors series. If you're like me, after reading the blurb you'll be wondering...What the heck is this about?? Ok maybe I'm just too blond. The prologue sets the mood for the whole book. Poor 13 years old Molly is infatuated with her sister's fiancé and decides to 'subtly' declare her love in a poem at a Christmas party. She also, at the same time, reveals that she saw her sister kiss her fiancé's brother, Harry. Sadly, this ends very badly for her and Harry. The consequences of that poem will completely change their lives. I really loved that Molly and Harry have been enemies for years. They make pranks on each other at each family reunion. This was very cute and made me smile a lot. The Prince regent decides one drunken night, that Harry and 3 other Impossible bachelors should marry. He then comes up with a competition, where the winner will win the right to be FREE from matching mamas and families nagging him to marry for a year. The winner will be able to stay a bachelor. One of the looser will have to marry a woman chosen for him. As you can see, you can't take this story too seriously. This year's competition is simple. The man with the 'Most Delectable Companion', aka best mistress will win. Molly ends up being Harry's false mistress for a week after his old mistress abandoned him on the way to the competition. I'm not telling you how it happened but it's very funny. During the competition, the mistresses will be judged on their beauty, talents, behavior...Molly has to pretend to be a mistress and that she likes Harry which is pretty difficult for both of them. After reading what I've just written you must be thinking the story is a bit over the top, but no! It's not. Molly is an amazing person, she's very young and impulsive but she's very likable. She slowly wins everyone over, including Harry. I have a thing for heroes named Harry, and THIS Harry is a great addition to my collection. He is intelligent and funny and he slowly stole my heart away. This book is also filled with great secondary characters like the mistresses! How I adore Bunny! I've always loved the 'hate turning into love' theme and hate each other they did. All because of this poem Molly wrote 10 years earlier. I laughed a lot with this book, but what made it special is the quality of the story. I'm not sure how to explain it but it felt intelligent...yes that's it! Intelligent writing! I enjoyed every page of this book. Ah and I should say something about the smex...or rather the 'inventive' non-smexing *waggles eyebrows*. Ok actually I won't say a thing and leave you to find out by yourself *g*. All in all, When Harry Met Molly is a wonderful book that will make you laugh and smile and wish it would never end. I already started the 2nd book in the series Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right. I can already tell you you'll want to read it too! I give When Harry Met Molly 5 Bookies

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lexie

    Aside from the fact the titles of this series (The Impossible Bachelors) are all fun wordplays on movie titles, I think what I liked best about this book is that it makes it clear from the get go that nothing is really quite so simple as all that. Molly and Harry are childhood rivals, a rivalry that was strong and in place into adulthood, based upon a childish act that got blown out of hand.  Molly, in all her youthful enthusiasm wrote a poem about how much she adored Harry's older brother--who h Aside from the fact the titles of this series (The Impossible Bachelors) are all fun wordplays on movie titles, I think what I liked best about this book is that it makes it clear from the get go that nothing is really quite so simple as all that. Molly and Harry are childhood rivals, a rivalry that was strong and in place into adulthood, based upon a childish act that got blown out of hand.  Molly, in all her youthful enthusiasm wrote a poem about how much she adored Harry's older brother--who happened to be Molly's older sister's fiancee.  And in her youthful naivety didn't realize that she wasn't quite as clever as she thought she was.  Harry, through youthful idiocy, defended himself instead of just letting things blow over.  If I understood things correctly even though both of their older siblings forgave them in the end, it was really the parents who had made things worse. To be completely fair Molly had as much common sense as a dirty dishrag.  She runs off with her father's assistant, then when he runs off with a ladybird allows herself to be entangled in a ridiculous scheme as Harry's mistress.  Harry, though he thought his motives mainly unselfish, was intolerably selfish.  What man in his right mind thinks landing his brother's sister-in-law in the middle of a debauched weekend is preferable to sending her home and losing a bet? If you ignore how the two ended up in the situation its better.  Once the weekend is underway we meet the catty mistresses, the mostly decent bachelors (all except the biggest creeper this side of ever) and Molly gets to show off how clever she is.  The mistresses were all kind of funny and by the end of it I appreciated their personality differences a little more.  The 'tests' they had to endure were pretty much what you'd expect from a man who saw women as little more than bed partners (that would be the Prince Regent, who put together this whole thing).  Sexist, offensive and honestly I was a little irritated that Molly was the only one who objected. Interestingly the author didn't make this a plot to get Harry and Molly into bed quickly.  You'd think since Molly was acting as his mistress things would progress that far eventually, but Harry is rather gentlemanly.  It was a weird juxtaposition.  Instead we have a book of teasing, taunting and inventive ways for them to be close, but not 'as one'.  I enjoyed that very much, even if some of the antics the two get up to made my eyebrows raise. I understand that women, especially ladybirds like the mistresses, had very little recourse when it came to how they are treated, but honestly I couldn't believe that Sir Richard could get away with what he did.  Seriously the man not only assaulted Molly (at least twice if I remember rightly) he basically said he'd have her in his bed willing or not!  Not only that, but the man was crass, crude and lewd to boot.  At the very end, when he gets his just desserts and some hard truths are brought home, I cheered for his downfall.  The slob and miscreant. The ending was a little bit of a deus ex machina though.  The problems Harry had--the scandal he faced while in the military, the rumors and such--are wrapped up and everyone is hunky-dory.  Its like a magic wand was waved to make things absolutely happily ever after perfect for Harry and Molly to be together guilt free.  Regardless Kramer weaved an enjoyable and entertaining tale.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    For the most part, I liked this book. That said, I have mixed feelings about parts of it where I thought it was uneven...which is where I ended up picking myself up and just heaving myself over those doubts. I have to say, though, that one thing I found VERY distracting: bad editing! 1/3 of the time, Molly's eyes are blue; 2/3 of the time, they are a warm brown. Call me crazy, but this is DISTRACTING to the extreme. I'm not even a very picky everything-has-to-be-absolutely-precise-and-time-period For the most part, I liked this book. That said, I have mixed feelings about parts of it where I thought it was uneven...which is where I ended up picking myself up and just heaving myself over those doubts. I have to say, though, that one thing I found VERY distracting: bad editing! 1/3 of the time, Molly's eyes are blue; 2/3 of the time, they are a warm brown. Call me crazy, but this is DISTRACTING to the extreme. I'm not even a very picky everything-has-to-be-absolutely-precise-and-time-period-accurate reader usually. However, some things just can't slip by. Another thing that bothered me - references to time passing were inconsistent. Sometimes, Harry has been back from his military service for one year; others, several years. Again...distracting (and easy to fix, I would think!). *shoves those things to the side* Okay, having vented about that, here's what I DID like. I thought Harry was charming. He starts off a rather dissolute wastrel, but there's an underlying vein of goodness and honor that threads itself through his actions. I liked the interactions and chemistry between Harry and Molly. You could really feel sparks flying between them. I thought the beginning of the book was a little bleh, and I wasn't sure if I'd like Molly (or even Harry!). She just didn't seem like a heroine I could relate to (she actually seemed TSTL in the first couple scenes, which included a botched Gretna Green run with an unworthy suitor). Harry at times seemed like he didn't GET how scandalous and outside Molly's realm of experience pretending to be a mistress would be (he later thinks this through and berates himself for it). Needless to say, I (or she?) overcame these doubts. Let me say up front that I'm not a fan of mistress Regencies, and the premise of the book (a mistress competition???) is a little shocking to the sensibilities of this reader of traditional Signet/Zebra Regencies. That said, the scandalous house party ended up a more enjoyable (and not as scandalous?) read than I anticipated. I thought a number of the secondary characters were pretty well done. The mistresses, who started out catty, came out from behind that facade to reveal surprising depths (or, at least, less shallowness than originally expected). Other than Viscount Lumley, we didn't see much in terms of characterization of the other three bachelors in the Impossible Bachelors series. Even so, I saw enough of HIM to be curious as to his story. In the end, I really liked reading about Harry and Molly, period. It's like they can't help being attracted to each other, and in being drawn together - not just physically, although maybe at first this is the case - they really get to know each other. They find they have a lot in common and really just want the best for each other. In terms of love scenes, I actually liked the way they were presented in this book. I felt like they actually furthered their couple-ness. Harry, who is lusty yet tender and struggling with his honor that refuses to let things go too far with Molly, and Molly, who is completely without artifice and possessed of a hoydenish curiosity...even in the bedroom, make a great pairing. Overall, I'd say yes...I liked it, but with reservations. I liked it enough to try the second book, at least.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Molly and Harry have been enemies since childhood. After one of Molly’s childhood pranks seriously back fires, it causes both to be outcast and sent away. Eight years later, their hatred for each other is still as strong as ever, but seeing that they are both in scandalous situations, they make peace long enough to avoid scandal. Molly is prim and proper, but very inexperienced in love and romance. She has decided to elope with her father’s associate, but gets left in a seedy inn as her intended r Molly and Harry have been enemies since childhood. After one of Molly’s childhood pranks seriously back fires, it causes both to be outcast and sent away. Eight years later, their hatred for each other is still as strong as ever, but seeing that they are both in scandalous situations, they make peace long enough to avoid scandal. Molly is prim and proper, but very inexperienced in love and romance. She has decided to elope with her father’s associate, but gets left in a seedy inn as her intended runs off with the first pretty face he sees. Although she didn’t love the guy and could care less, she’s been left in the middle of nowhere with no one to escort her home. Harry is a very experienced bachelor and arrogant playboy who just happen to be at the same inn with one of his many lady companions. This particular companion is his sure ticket to win the title of Impossible Bachelor, a wager that will allow him to be off limits to anyone seeking a husband for one peaceful year. When his companion runs off with Molly’s “fiancé”, Harry sees no reason why Molly couldn’t pose as his mistress. With all the trouble she has caused him over the years, Harry sees this as the perfect way to pay Molly back for everything that stupid prank has cost him. Molly is reluctant to agree, but realizes that Harry is the only person she can depend on right now, so why not have a little fun as well as get help on a personal matter. When Harry Met Molly had me hooked from the first few pages. Kieran Kramer did a fantastic job on the story and made me laugh constantly. She also did a great job creating fun and likable characters. Molly is the worst mistress ever, while Harry is the biggest rake, but the friendship and romance that develops between the two is what really made me enjoy this story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    One of the WEIRDEST, most IMPROBABLE romance novels I have ever read. The dialogue was so... well, weird, the relationship between the hero and the heroine was almost hard to track it was so confusing, and the progression of the love scenes, which seemed uh, very "modern", ended up hardly "progressing" at all, meaning one "complete" scene with a lack of description on the last couple of pages. Believe me, with what came before it, a very strange choice. It wasn't exactly a bad novel, I finished One of the WEIRDEST, most IMPROBABLE romance novels I have ever read. The dialogue was so... well, weird, the relationship between the hero and the heroine was almost hard to track it was so confusing, and the progression of the love scenes, which seemed uh, very "modern", ended up hardly "progressing" at all, meaning one "complete" scene with a lack of description on the last couple of pages. Believe me, with what came before it, a very strange choice. It wasn't exactly a bad novel, I finished it in a few hours, but I think that was just because it was so damn weird. Like a train wreck that I couldn't look away from. Seriously. ***Spoiler Alert!*** And know that when I write that a historical romance is improbable, it is with the knowledge that 99% to 100% of romance novels contain the improbable. Relatively speaking, then, in comparison to other romances, still high on the list of being not the least bit believable. Just to give you an idea... the heroine is convinced to pose as a mistress, for really no apparent reason other than needing a ride home, and participates in a contest with other mistresses to see which one is the "best," a contest in which the winning mistress's protector earns the right to postpone marriage to a respectable young lady of the ton by a year. This is a contest that is being enforced, personally, by the prince regent, who imposes the contest after listening in on the conversation of a group of men complaining about marriage (the future participants) and reveals himself and the "bet" by emerging from a secret door in the main hero's club (a door the hero has no idea of). Also, the heroine's participation is found out by the ton, at a party, and she still gets to marry the hero. No consequences. I feel like I'm not doing the weird and improbable justice here, but really, take my word for it. Summary of book: Weird. Improbable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Lord Harry is enjoying his contented life of pleasure and not having the pressure of getting married and living up to the obligation of family. When Harry is named by "Prinny" as one of society's Impossible Bachelors, he is then drawn into a wager, forced by the Prince Regent himself, to have the most Delectable Companion, and whoever wins the title gets to remain unmarried. Lady Molly, planned on going to Gretna Green to get married, because she has no other alternative other than be a spinster Lord Harry is enjoying his contented life of pleasure and not having the pressure of getting married and living up to the obligation of family. When Harry is named by "Prinny" as one of society's Impossible Bachelors, he is then drawn into a wager, forced by the Prince Regent himself, to have the most Delectable Companion, and whoever wins the title gets to remain unmarried. Lady Molly, planned on going to Gretna Green to get married, because she has no other alternative other than be a spinster, but then at the Inn on their way to Scotland...he abandons her with Harry's (childhood foe) mistress. Harry then convinces her since they were both abandoned, that she become his fake mistress and if they win then he will aid her in finding a husband in London. But what begins as a silly wager turned into a love affair that may lead to a happily ever after for the both of them....When Harry Met Molly is the first in this series by Kieran Kramer. This is the first that I have read from this author, and I just love discovering new authors. I did acquire this book at the library, and I am so glad that I did. At first it was a little challenging to get into the book, but once I had read a few chapters I was totally enthralled by the story, that I had a hard time pulling away. There was such a fun and carefree feeling to this book. The characters were delightful, sparring and playful but from the very beginning you can tell there is a connection between them. Overall a Delicious and adorable delight!!!! My Favorite Quote Molly could hardly breathe when Harry put his lips on hers. He pressed her back against the door to her bedchamber, sliding his hands up the door to pin her between his arms. It was a delicious trap she had no desire to escape.

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