He's always been a player.
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.
Who will win this game of love?
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"?
The day that Molly read a love poem aloud to a group of people at a social gathering at age 13 is the day she ruined two lives. Due to her actions she gets herself sent off to a very strict school and she gets Harry sent off to the Army. Neither one has ever decided to forgive each other for that day but they need each other in order to win the Impossible Bachelors contest. Harry needs a mistress and seeing as how his has run off with a differnt man it is up to Molly to become Harry’s false mistress for the week long event. At stake is Harry’s bachelor status.
I was drawn into this book from the very start, a rival pair in a family, with the witty Molly and the rake Harry. Molly has this quick wit about her and she is quick to stand up for herself and you have to love that in leading ladies in historical romances. Harry of course is loud, handsome, an impossible bachelor who doesn’t plan on getting his life together anytime soon. The fact that they would have to play nice in order to try to win the Impossible Bachelors contest was a great idea to me. I enjoyed all of the secondary characters as they were introduced at Harry’s hunting lodge where the contest will take place.
As the contest goes on Harry and Molly slowly start to gather feelings for each other. They are a stubborn bunch though and of course they deny their feelings and just keep playing the game. Molly is sweet hearted and tries to make the best out of every situation and trust me some of them are rather hilarious. Of course there is an evil bachelor to balance everything out and it works nicely.
Overall I would give this book 4.5 stars. I did enjoy all of the characters and the storyline was something fresh to read about. The only reason that this story does not get a 5 star review is because although the romance was sweet and perfect the steam was just a tiny bit lacking. The romance was great though and it is heartwarming to think that people might still have that type of romance in the world. I just would have liked to see our rake take charge a little more and have a bit more “fun” with Molly.