Sunday, April 24, 2011

Romance Sunday! When Harry met Molly by Kieran Kramer

Book: When Harry met Molly by Kieran Kramer

Series: The Impossible Bachelors


Extras: None

Plot (Goodreads):
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?

My four-sentence or less take on the plot: When Molly is 12-years-old, she performs an embarrassing poem that ends up getting her sent away to a strict boarding school, as well as getting family friend Harry sent in to the military. They consider themselves enemies. When Harry is pulled into a stupid little game of the Prince, he commandeers Molly (who he found running off to Gretna Green with a milksop employee of her father) to pretend to be his mistress for a week. As this is a historical romance novel, hijinks ensue and they fall in love.


What worked: The characters were definitely likable. You absolutely got the feeling that they got badly screwed by the sort of stupid thing that tweens do all the time (which seemed realistic to me). I'm very impressed that Kramer even gave the villain a good reason to be villainous (something that romance writers usually forget to do).

What didn't: Come on. A virginal relatively young member of the ton masquerading as a mistress? Who would believe her? Why wouldn't she be recognized in the future (I realize they didn't have Google and tabloids but they had eyes)? It seemed even more unrealistic than your average romance novel.

Keep reading?
I was actually halfway through the next book in the series "Dukes to my left, Princes to my right" when I started this book, so I suppose so.

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