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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (3 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031237402X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312374020
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delectable debut...I simply adored it!"--Julia Quinn, "New York"" Times "bestselling author of "What Happens in London""At once frothy and heartfelt, "When Harry Met Molly" satisfies! This book is better than dessert!"--Celeste Bradley, " New York"" Times" bestselling author of "Rogue in My Arms" "Kieran Kramer pens a delightful regency confection...a wonderfully bright debut." --Julia London, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Courtesan's Scandal""A delicious romp that will keep you laughing. A fun heroine and a sexy hero make this a delightful read."--Sabrina Jeffries, "New York"" Times "bestselling author of "The Truth About Lord Stoneville""I couldn't put it down...a charming delight!"--Lynsay Sands, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Hellion and the Highlander""A wickedly witty treat...an exquisite debut!"--Kathryn Caskie, "USA"" Today "bestselling author of "The Most Wicked of Sins"""When Harry Met Molly" is a delightful, page-turning read! New author Kieran Kramer will capture both your imagination and your heart."--Cathy Maxwell, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "The Marriage Ring"

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USA Today best-selling author and double-Rita finalist Kieran Kramer writes Regency historical romances for St. Martin's Press. IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT, the fourth and last book in her Impossible Bachelors series, is on sale now. Her new series, House of Brady, premiers in August 2012. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran's also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Princess Pink on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was so impressed by the first book in the series, having given it a 5 star rating, I was looking forward to reading the second book in ther series. However this turned out to be possibly one of the worst books I have read. Where the first book had great characters and relationships, and a well thought out plot, this book had none! The main characters were awful, totally bland, no depth and their relationship unbelievable. Having being 'in love' and waiting for a prince for 6 years she suddenly switches to another man instantly. He is meant to be an impossible bachelour yet is so boring and one dimensional. The spend hardly anytime together yet are in love, and not even in a believable way. The author hints at a spinster club yet doesnt really expand or explain, the impossible bachelours is but a byline and not a big part of this story. This book seemed rushed, not well thought out and frankly boring. Where as the first book was brilliant, this will be going straight to the charity shop.
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By Caz on 25 May 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to say that I'm surprised to see negative reviews of this book, becuase I thought it was a lot of fun. Kieran Kramer isn't an author I've heard of before, but I will definitely be looking for more of her books on the strength of this one. It's a fun, frothy and funny read, and while there are certainly some anachronisms of speech and action (like I can't imagine a spinster aunt asking her niece to snog her betrothed at a dinner party!) I had no problems putting such concerns aside (which is unlike me, because I'm normally a bit of a stickler). The book is a jolly romp with no pretentions to being anything else; the H&H are attractive characters and while the secondary ones, like Sergei and Natasha are rather one-dimensional, it doesn't matter because the whole thing was pacy and full of energy and had a great sense of fun.
There are times when one wants to read something fluffy and predictable, and this fit the bill admirably. Give it a try and I'm sure it'll bring a smile to your face :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookgirl on 26 Nov. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
dreadful. Start to finish. The worst bit is the actual prose. So bumpy and all over the place. Then we get to the characters. So not worth caring about. The plot..well that is laughable. And this got into print?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
clever storyline, but. . 5 Dec. 2010
By Duchess of Mabank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I really have a love-hate relationship with this book. The author shows massive potential, and I gobbled up the first book, When Harry Met Molly. However, this book left me wanting. . . what? Im not sure. It starts out great, then proceeds way to quick.
Our heroine comes face to face with The Duke of Drummond a person who's name she has been using to throw unwanted suitors away thinking it was made up from her wildly imaginative cook and is forced to accept a marriage proposal from him immediately. Unfortunately she believes she is in love with a Russian Prince whom she met at fifteen spent a puppy love week with and who just so happens to have arrived in London as well. Problem? Ten min later her and her "fiance" are making out in a carriage. Wait. What? She's still in love with the Prince right? Didn't she just meet this guy and forced to accept his proposal? While traditionally I hate how romance novelists drag out a story I do still like a basis for the relationship. I also find that when they are starting to warm up to each other the scenes get a little steamy. Im fine with that but what happened to the romance in the end? Storyline, great. Spy aspect very good. Romance? Well. . while you had me intrigued for awhile the ending was a huge upset. You have built these characters up so much that I was sadly disappointed to read you sum up their passion in a few sentences at the end as if the deadline for the editor was approaching or that you were burnt out on the book yourself. I will continue reading your books. I like your plots. I find myself loving your characters I just want my "romance" somewhere in there too.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
silly and boring 9 April 2011
By Ludmila Melchior-Yahil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The characters behave like immature adolescents, the plot (both supposed mystery and silly romance) is boring, and the writing at the J.H. level (no offense to all gifted teenage writers.) The first book by Ms.Kramer was at least mildly entertaining, this one is formulaic and annoying. We meet the oh so sexy hero in bed with a hot mistress, who will blackmail him with fake pregnancy, which is terribly inconvenient, because by then he's in lust, love and certainly in bed with our heroine whom he met 5 minutes earlier, but hey, he's so sexy, skilled and seductive that how could she resist, right? Oh, and the mistress is a Russian princess, so I guess this explains why she's stupid, spoiled and scheming... Maybe instead of trying to fake historical romance, the author should switch to cartoonish modern chick lit.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'd Prefer to Give this No Stars, but that isn't an option. 21 Aug. 2013
By The Fiction Vixen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed for: TheRomanceReader.Wordpress.com.

This is what I get for choosing a book based on its title; I guess I mistakenly assumed that the ability to craft an amusing title meant that the author also had to ability to write a good book. Boy was I wrong. I got about 60 pages into this before I finally decided that I couldn't get any further, which sucks because this book had a pretty good premise:

I really like spy novels, so when I saw this at the library I thought I had hit the jackpot: a cute title AND Regency spies! What could go wrong? Apparently, a lot.

First, there is the idea that Poppy likes being a spinster. She and two of her friends have decided that unless they can marry for love they are not going to marry. Okay, that's a nice thought, but in Regency England? I don't buy it. What woman in her right mind would have chosen to stay unmarried in a time when being a wife and mother was the only thing most women could aspire to? Second, which is really a corollary to the first, is that when Poppy is presented with an engagement and her father threatens to cut her off if she doesn't marry Nicholas, she claims to be alright with it. What? In what universe would a well-bred young lady be fine with being left penniless and alone? Hell, that was the main reason for Miss Gwen's decision to become Jane's chaperone in the Pink Carnation series.

Then, there's Nick. We first encounter him being awoken by a Russian princess named Natasha, who has a corgi named Boris (I guess Ms. Kramer is a Rocky and Bulwinkle fan). It seems that Nick has spent the night with Natasha and needs to leave immediately because if he is found there he would be forced to marry her, and marriage is not something he wants. As a matter of fact, it is so not what he wants that he begins to question why he ever stayed with Natasha since he doesn't usually go in for that type of thing. That's when he notices the glass of Brandy and begins to wonder if he's been drugged, which upon asking Natasha, he finds out is her thing. (A Russian princess that likes to date rape guys? Lovely.)

Anyway, Nick doesn't have a very high opinion of women. When he finally meets Poppy, he thinks:

"He'd marry her, ship her off to Seaward Hall, and give her what every woman wanted--babies and the occasional bauble to keep her happy. He'd even bring her to town once a year to satisfy that yearning that every woman seemed to have for socializing" (37).

Right, so all woman must want babies, baubles, and balls. Tell me again why you're good enough for Poppy (who alright isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, turning down 12 proposals in the hopes of marrying a Russian prince (Natasha's brother Sergei), but she still deserves better)?

A few pages later, after proposing to Poppy in front of her friend the Russian prince as well as everyone else at the ball, Nick doesn't hesitate in telling Poppy that she must marry him and that she has no choice in the matter. What?! Is this supposed to be romantic? He even tells her that the only reason he plans to marry her is so that he can get on with his life and collect some monetary award--not that Poppy understands a word he is saying as he's speaking in spy jargon. This is all very ironic as Nick fears becoming involved with the wrong woman, one who would drain his savings (of which he has none). I find it extremely interesting that he is a gold digger that fears gold diggers. Whatever.

Last, there is the fact that everyone but Poppy knows what is going on--Nick's boss maneuvers to get them engaged, going so far as to talk to her father, explaining to him about Nick being a spy. Let me get this straight, Poppy's father is allowed to know that Nick is a spy, but Poppy isn't? In what universe does this make sense? Shouldn't the woman being shanghaied into marriage at least know why she is being shanghaied? I guess not.

It was at the point where Nick manhandles Poppy after telling her that she will marry him no matter what she wants that I stopped reading. There are much better books out there for me to waste my time reading something this offensive.

No Stars.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The author needs to work a little harder 9 Dec. 2010
By Diane Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm no Regency historian. I know there are certain tropes familiar to Regency romance readers; some of them are necessary and some you can skirt by. The very premise of this book shows the author wrote the book without having done the most basic research.

The premise of the book is that Poppy is pining for her girlhood crush, a Russian prince she met when she was 15. As a result, she's turned down a ton of proposals from titled gentlemen, some of whom may not have been after her wealth. She does so by claiming a "secret" engagement to the Duke of Drummond...who she thinks doesn't really exist.

Ms. Kramer: there's a book called "Debrett's Peerage." It's been published since 1769. How on Earth Poppy and every other member of her circle is unaware of this book is beyond me. NO ONE thinks to check to see if this is a real Duke or not?

Beyond that, she travels in heavily aristocratic circles. NOT ONCE does she run into someone who actually knows this Duke of Drummond?

In addition, there's much made of the Duke's "reputation", so clearly he's been making waves somewhere.

The heroine, Poppy, has two close friends and together they have formed the Spinsters Club, vowing not to get married except for True Love. Awfully brave of them...are they aware of what's going to happen to them if they don't get married and are stuck on the shelf and aren't taken care of by their fathers? More importantly, is the author aware of what's going to happen to them? Deciding not to get married come hell or high water might be as brave as it seems stupid -- I'd like some indication the author is even aware of these issues.

The author can write, and if she can apply some cursory research to her chosen time period, she might come up with something fun. But I'm going to wait for future reviews before buying.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer 13 Dec. 2010
By A. Schreiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In a very comical scene, the proud "almost spinster" Poppy who has rejected countless suitors, gets a marriage proposal from a Duke who she thought didn't exist. Because she thought he didn't exist, she used him as an excuse to decline all of her past marriage offers.

Nicholas, aka the Duke of Drummond, works for the British Secret Service, and now that Prinny has declared him an Impossible Bachelor, his name will be plastered all over England. Needing to keep a low profile for his job, he needs a bride quick. What he doesn't know is he is proposing to a very stubborn lady.

Meanwhile, the Russian prince Sergei and his twin sister Natasha are in England, and Poppy has had a huge crush on him since she was 15. She wants to pursue this prince, not be engaged to some Duke. Nicholas has plans for the prince though. The prince has in his possession a portrait that Nicholas needs for his Service work and he soon finds himself aided by the very stubborn Poppy.

I love Poppy. She is so darn proud to be independent and still single. She wants to marry for love, and has stood her ground. When the debacle with Nicholas happens and she is forced into the engagement, she is so mad that this man whom true love does not exist is to become her husband. But when Nicholas flirts and she gives into some physical temptations, she becomes quite the vixen - much to her own disappointment. I think the romance is really cute and Nicholas is very endearing as he gives Poppy a hard time, and she gives it right back.

I didn't love the spy plot though. Nicholas is a spy, going after this very silly, conceited Russian prince. Poppy becomes involved and it just was a bit too silly. They have to pretend to like the prince to stay on his good side, all the while the prince is trying to make Poppy become his mistress. The princess is very spoiled and after Nicholas. It just kind of rambles on and the two Russian siblings are too over the top for my tastes. They were funny at first, but it becomes too much.

Kieran Kramer does write very funny, light historicals. The books have a big, loud presence with strong heroes and heroines. Although the spy storyline wasn't my favorite, I still really like this author's voice.

Rating: C+
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