When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer

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”?

When Harry Met Molly is the first book in a series (The Impossible Bachelors) by historical romance author, Kieran Kramer.

Harry and Molly have a significant history.  They grew up neighbors.  He is the younger son of a duke (the spare) and he has a (well-deserved) reputation as a rake.  Molly, or Lady Mary Fairbanks, is the precocious daughter of a widowed earl who, after embarrassing herself and everyone else in her and Harry’s family one fateful Christmas (by exposing a kiss between Harry and her sister Penelope, Harry’s brother’s betrothed), caused herself and Harry to be punished.  She is sent away from London and all the fun that society permits.  She even misses her London Season, which she would utilize to find a husband.  If she cannot find that husband, she would have no other use than to be a companion for her dowdy aunt.

In the meantime, Harry sent to the Army. The army proves to be the best place for Harry, as it allows him to grow up and gives him a function, but it also is the origin of one of the most scandalous episodes of his reputation.  But Harry is a good guy, even though he tries his best to live down to other’s expectations. 

On the way to Greta Green (the Las Vegas of Regency England) to elope, both Molly and Harry are abandoned by their partners (who run off together!).  Harry, who wants to help Molly get back home, is on his way to a house party he’s hosting in the name of the Prince of Wales to determine who has the most “delectable” companion.  Seeing as his has just run off, he asks Molly to fill in in her place.  Molly reluctantly agrees, but gets Harry to promise to help her find a husband if he wins the contest and is allotted a year reprieve from the marriage market.  So Molly dons the wardrobe and cosmetics of Harry’s runaway mistress to disguise herself and enters the contest.

Immediately, it is clear to everyone involved that Molly is not a traditional mistress.  She is far too genteel and not nearly bawdy enough; she also seems a bit shy.  It seems that the fight is hopeless against the other Impossible Bachelors mistresses.  Slowly, Molly begins to make friends with the other women there and they sort of band together over their uncertain futures. 

Molly and Harry also start to feel an attraction, which begins with Harry giving Molly her first kiss to prepare her for the week as his “mistress.”  Molly’s willingness to “practice kissing” draws the two together as they admit to themselves (but not each other) that they’re attracted.  This kissing practice leads to Molly wanting to try to other things, to which Harry obligingly concurs.  I’ve got to say that some of the stuff they do was more than I’d ever seen in a historical romance.  I’m nearly scandalized! 

To read historical romances, you have to be willing to put your trust in the author that their information is accurate, unless, maybe, you’re a history scholar.  I have to admit that this book, in particular, would cause you to be able to suspend disbelief for the sake of the story.  Not that the book is lacking because of the outrageous and far-fetched plot, but it’s not your typical Regency era tale.  The book was quite funny and very sexy.  I enjoyed it a lot and will continue reading the rest of the series.  I’m just kind of sad that this is her first book as I cannot go back and read more from her.  The second and third book in the series are out now, the fourth book will be released in November.

Pecans: 4/5

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