Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: When Harry Met Molly - 1st in the Impossible Bachelors series
Author: Kieran Kramer
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: London, England/ 1816
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Kieran's Website: kierankramerbooks.com
Molly had no idea when she decided to go to Gretna Green and elope with Cedric that she would run into Harry, her childhood friend/foe.
Molly and Harry have had a love/hate relationship their whole lives. But it all came to a pass when Molly was thirteen and she read a poem at Christmas that got both herself and Harry in trouble. The consequence of the poem was Harry had to join the military and Molly was shipped off to a boarding school. They have seen one another throughout the years but on this day everything would somewhat come to a head.
When Cedric leaves Molly for the woman that Harry was with. Harry just couldn't leave her so he offered her a scenario that would hopefully work out for the both of them, though honestly more for him. You see, Harry is one of the Impossible Bachelors that the Prince Regent has assigned to do a competition. The prize for the winner is a year of freedom more or less from being hounded by both mothers and their daughter's to make a match for marriage. When he ran into Molly he was on his way to his father's hunting house to begin the Impossible Bachelor competition. He is in a tight spot because he needs a mistress with him. Seeing how his has just left, all he can think of is to ask Molly to be his "false mistress" for the Most Delectable Companion challenge. His life all but depends on winning this; he has no desire what so ever to be married.
Molly really does not see another solution so she agrees and her adventure as a "mistress" begins. It starts out rocky for Molly in some way; but in other ways that really only be hers, she befriends all of the other mistresses. All this while in the same instant, she is falling in love with Harry. You can tell just by reading the book that both Molly and Harry are having a hard time deciphering what is going on between them throughout the whole week of the competition. Harry doesn't want to lose Molly to someone else, but at the same time he wants to win the competition and his freedom. Molly slowly but surely is finding out through Harry what love consists of and what happens between lovers. She isn't sure if she wants to lose that or not. Nor is she certain she wants to share those feelings now with anyone beside Harry. It is quite a predicament they find themselves in. One that really can only be worked out if one or both open their mouths and say how they feel and what they ultimately want.
I loved reading this book. It just takes you back into time and makes you wonder if anything like this could actually happen. I honestly would love to find a time machine and see if I could find anything out like this going on. I love reading the historical romances where the characters aren't all prim and proper or if they are prim and proper they open up and get out of their shells to get what or whom they deserve to do or be with in their lives. It's just a refreshing get away from whatever reality you happen to be living in!!
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