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When Harry Met Molly (Impossible Bachelors) Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

Kramer's debut Regency manages an impressive recovery from a ludicrous premise. Lady Molly Fairbanks's fiancé ditches her for Lord Harry Traemore's mistress on the eve of the Most Impossible Bachelor competition, so the rakish Harry suggests that bluestocking Molly take his lost lightskirt's place. If she is voted by the other bachelors as the Most Delectable Companion, he wins the competition and gets a year's reprieve from the "shameless pursuit" of the marriage-minded. Molly hesitatingly agrees, but makes Harry promise that if they win, he will find her a handsome, loving husband. Skeptical readers should relax and enjoy the light and frothy ride. At times the humor leans too far toward the zany, and notions of historical accuracy must be set aside, but these concerns fade away as Kramer's engaging writing turns stock characters into a vivid and loving couple. (Nov.) (c)
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*Starred Review* Cedric Alliston might be a spineless fop, but he is Molly Fairbanks’ spineless fop, and Molly’s soon-to-be new husband. Until Molly spots Cedric driving away in his carriage with Harry Traemore’s latest mistress, the lovely Fiona, leaving Molly stranded in a remote inn. When Fiona abandons him for another man, Harry begins to think his hope of winning “The Most Delectable Companion” wager set up by the Prince Regent is shot to hell. Unless, of course, Harry can find another mistress pronto. Despite the fact that they have been nemeses ever since they met years ago, both Harry and Molly realize working together might have some advantages. Unless, of course, one of them kills the other one first. In her exceptionally entertaining literary debut, Kramer deftly sifts deliciously humorous writing, a cast of exceptionally entertaining characters, a outrageously inventive yet convincing plot, and a splendidly sexy love story into a delectable literary confection that will have Regency historical readers begging for seconds. --John Charles

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Product Details

  • Series: Impossible Bachelors (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312611641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312611644
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer currently writes fun contemporary romance for St. Martin's Press. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran's also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up-in the Lowcountry of South Carolina-with her family. Find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com.

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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.

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).

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.
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I bought this book because it was rated a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews, however after reading the book, I'm surprised it garnered that honor. Although the book was a good read, I felt the hero and his friends didn't get the full character development they deserved, the humor was inconsistently injected in the storyline with the funniest part of the story in the first chapter, and the ending was rushed with the villain not quite defeated by story's end.

The hero, Harry, and the heroine, Molly, are childhood nemeses that are forced to strike a deal with each other after Harry's mistress and Molly's fiancé run off together when the couples have a chance encounter at a rural inn. Harry needs a mistress in order to compete, and hopefully win, a challenge issued by the Prince Regent with the prize being a full year of protected bachelorhood. Molly needs to get home and wants to find a husband; she agrees to be Harry's pretend mistress in exchange for Harry's help in the husband hunt if they win the challenge. The couple spends a week pretending to be master and mistress competing in various games against three of Harry's friends and the villain of the story.

The author has the rare ability to create a relationship that readers can actually see develop as the story progresses. Harry and Molly aren't characters that randomly wake up the next morning and say "I love you"; rather you see each struggle, analyze, and ultimately realize their feelings for each other through the course of spending time together. Harry's friends are likeable characters, although one-dimensional, with equally likeable mistresses (once you warm up to them).
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This is my first book with this author. I thought the title quirky and fun so I thought the book would reflect that. Instead, When Harry Met Molly was silly, cliched, and incredibly predictable.
This book is written like a plot for a TV sitcom. Its full of crazy shenanigans, ridiculous characters, and stupid plot twists (if any). Instead of a romance book where the reader knows the basic ending, but not how the hero and heroine will get there, When Harry met Sally was obvious. It was so obvious where this book would go that I figured the author would have to change course in order to make it surprising. I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. Instead, I could have finished the ending in my mind without reading a word.
The ending, specifically the end of the competition, is really what made me feel like rolling my eyes. I thought things would finally get interesting. Instead, dull and expected, the hero wins, the villain loses, and the heroine beats all the odds. How predictable is that!! Was I supposed to be surprised? The book wasn't even over yet, but that obvious conclusion made the rest of the book so dull and annoying I was impatient for it to end. Also, I despised that there was no explanation for that win, especially for Molly who was so lousy. She won the women over not the men. The author cannot expect the reader to believe that a bunch of 19th century die-hard bachelors would choose a women with a great personality over one who's well endowed.
The actual ending of the book was stupid. Nobody, especially in that time, allows a maniac to enter a ballroom packed with people and permit them to spill family secrets for everyone to hear. This book kept getting worse and worse.
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