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Cloudy With A Chance Of Marriage (Impossible Bachelors #3)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  948 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Every woman dreams of saying "I do." Jilly Jones did—and years of a deeply imperfect marriage followed. Now living in London and working in a charming bookshop, the free-spirited Jilly is perfectly content with her newfound independence…until she meets a dashing naval officer who sparks her longing for a real happily ever after.
Captain Stephen Arrow is just home after year
ebook, 271 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Juliana Philippa
Aug 23, 2010 Juliana Philippa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one (so harsh, I know!! sorry)
Unfortunately I could barely finish; reads like a parody

With six new romance books having come out yesterday, I went out in the morning and bought the three I thought I would like the best and was so excited to get started ... Ms. Kramer's was the first one I read and I was unbelievably disappointed. Stopped at p22 yesterday and then decided to pick it up and quickly finish it today so I could PBSwap it. I honestly could barely finish the book and had to skim through parts, which is something I
Aug 01, 2011 Beate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
This one was too predictable. As the twists were presented, I guessed the outcome straight away. That doesn't exactly make for a fun read. I guessed both who owned the street and what was up with the heroine's marriage.

Regardless of guessing the twists and turns, it's a good read. The story is well written, and has its fair share of humor. So all in all, an OK read. :)
This had my winning formula of a bookish nerd girl falling in love with a dashing officer, but just kinda fell flat. I really didn't care about them in the end.
Kieran Kramer's 3rd installment of her Impossible Bachelors series appropriately titled Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage made me giggle, snort, chuckle, sigh, blush and gasp while reading it.

This book is not even close to the children's book about food falling out of the sky. It's a love story (ok, scones and tea are as foodie as it gets). It'll make you laugh, cry, gasp and cheer the hero and heroine on to their HEA.

The Story:
Captain Stephen Arrow, named by Prinny as 1 of 4 Impossible Bache
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Favorite Quote: “ She wouldn’t have appreciated Pride and Prejudice…. I’m saving it for someone who has spirit, style, and good looks.”

Cloudy With A Chance Of Marriage is a fun quirky historical romance who’s rambunctious characters and exasperated situations only add to the over all appeal. Smoothly written with a predictable plot line, I found myself nether less captivated by the protagonist’s, Jilly and Stephan. Their delightful fli

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Determined and headstrong Jilly Jones is working hard to escape her past and start her life over. The free-spirited Miss Jones is happy to be preoccupied with her new bookstore and quite unhappy with her raucous new neighbor. Captain Stephen Arrow is finally firmly on land after years at sea and sees no reason not to celebrate. When their paths cross – on the densely foggy and aptly named Dreare Street – it’s a battle of wits that sparks into roman
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“Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage” by Kieran Kramer

Jilly thought she could never have the happy life she always dreamed of. Just before Jilly’s father passed away he arranged her to marry the meanest man, who’s name is Hector. Jilly lived a life of misery with Hector. She never went to balls or outings when she was with him. Jilly finally has have enough and one day, and she works up the courage to run away and takes her Father’s valet, Otis with her. Jilly sold all of the gowns and prized posse
Jan 28, 2012 Ada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 of the Impossible Bachelors series. While I absolutely loved book 1 When Harry Met Molly and book 2 Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right, I have to say I wasn't as enamored by Captain Arrow's story. It took me quite a bit of story before I got into it and really started to cheer for Stephen and Jilly. I'm not quite sure exactly what I didn't like about it but it almost seemed like it wasn't written by Kieran Kramer but someone else's style.

Basically the story is Jilly ran
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MARRIAGE by Kieran Kramer is another exciting historical romance set in Regency England.It is the third in "The Impossible Bachelors" series,but can be read as a stand alone.Book One,"When Harry Met Molly",Book Two,"Dukes to the Left of Me Princes to the Right".This is an exciting,witty,amusing story of love,romance,secrets,sweet sensuality,betrayal,and finding your one true love.Jilly Jones, a new shopkeeper has a few secrets,is beautiful,plain,loves books,free-spirited, ...more
This is number three in The Impossible Bachelors Series. It had some good points and some bad points. One of the plot devises that Author's use periodically is a woman leaves her husband and pretends to be someone else. I understand why the woman has to hide her identity but in a number of cases she allows the Hero to think that she is a Virgin. For some reason this annoys me not the identity part because there is usually a good reason for that but the Virginity part. Maybe its because one is f ...more

Super glad I stuck with this series. Where the first two books felt awfully similar, this one suffered no such issues. Mostly because, as you find out within the first 25 pages (hence I don't consider it a spoiler), Jilly's already married. To someone else.

This is the second time I've seen that plot line played out, and I have to say, I liked it better in this book (even if, like the other, I thought it was very conveniently solved at the end). This is because Jilly's upfront with the reader
Nov 03, 2011 Gaile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Of Kieran Kramer's "Impossible Bachelors," novel, this is the best I have read so far! The heroine is Jilly Jones who wants to show the world an exterior of steely business woman but who is at heart as soft as melted butter. She is also a runaway wife or so she thinks. Next door, Captain Steven Arrow is celebrating his resignation from the navy. They live on Dreary Street in Mayfair which is considered the unluckiest. Certainly the saddest people live here and the London fog seems far worse as t ...more
May 06, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I love Ms. Kramer's writing style. Her books are funny and sweet. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MARRIAGE is both of these things. Stephen is a fun character. Having left the navy he just wants to have fun and flirt with ladies. Everything is going according to his plan until his neighbor, Jilly Jones, shows up and tells him to stop. Instead of being offended by her meddling, he is intrigued by the bookstore owner. I loved their relationship from the very beginning. They were flirtatious and fun from t ...more

This book was all over the place. Almost like the author couldn't decide what core characteristics she wanted her characters to have, so she gave them all of them. I did like it, I think.

I did enjoy the character of Otis, he of the flamboyant shoes and flitting about the place tendencies.

Unlike the first two books of this series, there was NOT a "soaptastic" scene in a ballroom. HOWEVER, the "plot twist" came straight out of Port Charles. I love a bit of drama and angst, but if I laugh
Monique J.
Sep 12, 2011 Monique J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage is the story of Captain Stephen Arrow and bookstore owner, Jilly Jones. Jilly hides a dark secret: she has fled and is in hiding from an abusive husband. Using the last of her fortune, Jilly has opened a small bookstore on Dreare Street. Pronounced “dreary,” the street is all the name implies, dark, dismal, and nearly always encompassed by a thick fog. The inhabitants of the street have fallen on hard times, but the indomitable Jilly attempts to rally her beaten ...more
Shan ~ A ~
Feb 09, 2012 Shan ~ A ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Impossible Bachelor bites the dust. I loved this book. I love Kieran Kramer. All of her books that I have had the pleasure of reading or full of romance and are laugh out loud funny. She always finds the perfect hero for her heroines and vice versa. Of course in this series you get to know the guys first, because they were all in previous books, but she manages to weave the story in such a way that they stay true to themselves and find the women who loves and challenges them. Which I mus ...more
Kimberly Kincaid
Once again, Kieran Kramer has captured my attention and my heart with a light-hearted, funny, yet still sizzling read. In the other two books, I'd always thought Captain Arrow was the Impossible Bachelor who was the most elusive, so I was dying to read this. I wasn't disappointed! Right from the start, Stephen was charming-- rogueish, yet with enough hints of being a hero that I forgave him, and Jilly was definitely a perfect match (since opposites attract!). She was fiery but not overly so, hea ...more
Dec 02, 2012 Destiny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So having read Ms. Kramer's two previous books in this series, I was excited to read this one.

The beginning was a bit sugary and it did kind of read like a parody. But as I read more of the book, I started to fall in love with the characters.

The character Otis though. He seems a bit...campy if you ask me. I liked him though and you could really tell he cared about Jilly and in the end, it's him that ends up saving something important to the characters.

The twist with Jilly and her husband. I gues
Mar 26, 2011 Joelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book and enjoyable read not as much depth with this storyline as previous books just an okay read.Liked that the main character Jilly was a wife who left her husband and to make a living she buys and opens a bookstore no typical for that time period especially since women did not work.Loved Jilly's love interest Captain Stephen he was funny in his pursuit of her and his constant butting in interest in her bookstore not a common interest for a man of the military so that was different to see ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-fict-series_
A lot wrong, a little bit right with this book, yet I did like some things. Someone said it was a parody and I agree--so cliche in so many ways, so predictable that I kind of gave in and enjoyed it for what it was.

***SPOILER*** The fact the author tied up all the loose ends and made everyone neatly fall in love with other characters got my goat, however. Lispy Miss Whatshername's Mr Pratt being an Italian count just about made me want to throw up. And her mother going after Stephen was a bit of
Oct 27, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
Jilly Jones ran away from her husband, who was cruel and abusive. She along with her deceased fathers valet to go Mayfair and open a book store on Dreary Lane. There she meets Captain Stephen Arrow, a rude neighbor who's looking to have fun before he sells his recently inherited house. Stephen loves Jilly's exterior prim book store persona and can tell she's more and is hiding more. He wants to learn more about her an her secrets. The romance is romantic and sweet and heartbreaking at parts. I d ...more
Deborah Vespo
Jan 19, 2013 Deborah Vespo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the "Impossible Bachelors" series. Jilly Jones is a rather spirited and independent bookseller who happens to live on a street known for it's bad luck. But she is determined to turn that luck around for herself and for everyone who lives an works on Dreare Street in London. Next door is the very dashing, handsome, and charming Captain Stephen Arrow. It's his partying and loud and boisterous ways that bring Jilly to his door step. And instead of turning him around and getting hi ...more
3.5 stars

Parts of this book were fun, and parts of it fell flat for me. The ending in particular was a little too rushed. I would have liked to have been given a little more information about what happened to Hector, and what that meant for Jilly's financial situation. Maybe I'm just being too practical?
Also, other than a few drunken parties at the beginning of the book, Stephen didn't seem like much of a rake to me. In fact, the only evidence of it comes from Jilly, who keeps warning herself t
Dec 18, 2011 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, now this is a plot i like, even if it is part of the ridiculous Impossible Bachelors series.

Jilly left her abusive husband and is running a bookshop on Dreare Lane in London. (Dreary Lane, get it?) One of her neighbors is the recently retired Captain Stephen Arrow, who hopes to fix up the house he inherited in order to sell it. They clash, of course, and then embark on a torrid romance.

Jilly slowly befriends everybody in the block, matchmaking and improving lives. Until her husband reappe
Sara G
Jul 17, 2014 Sara G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It was really nothing special, and fairly forgettable - I actually forgot who the author was, in between finishing the book and writing this review! It was just a nice bit of fluff to read when I wasn't feeling my greatest. The "pretending I'm not married" trope has been so overdone in romance, and for books set in Regency times, the only real way out of marriage is annulment or death. When I read a book that starts out with this premise, I groan a bit inside because I practic ...more
Honestly I feel like for me this was really more of a 2.5 but Ill round up. I had a couple of problems with this book which really centered around the characters. I felt that Jilly was pretty well developed but Captain Arrow was somewhat flat for me. He didn't have any quirks and just didn't seem too attractive. Then there was the problem of the villain, probably the lamest villain I've ever read about. There's such a huge buildup and then when he's finally introduced, it was like...really? The ...more
This had its really great moments. But somehow i felt it got waterlogged along the way. I liked the main characters, i liked the premise and the direction of the plot, I really liked Otis the former valet. But it was really hard for me to finish it, and I can't really figure out for certain what is tripping me up on it. Maybe i just wanted more Austen-ish-anity. I like gonzo-regency, it's a joy and very funny in its anachronisms, but i guess I also want those long pauses and that plot focused on ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage/Kieran Kramar
The second in the series of Impossible Bachelors I have read. I read When Harry Meet Molly months ago. This couple while having somewhat more upper crust backgrounds also have money troubles which force them to reach out to their neighbourhood and each other. It makes for a matchmaking heroine with a secret that makes her resistant to the hero. It makes both a good story and leaves opportunities for character development. I enjoyed reading this book.
Aug 18, 2012 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very funny author is Keiran Kramer. This is a series of 4 books called the impossible bachelors. The premise is set up in the 1st book, "When Harry met Molly" and continues in "Cloudy with a chance of Marriage, ""Dukes to the left of me,Princes to the right, and "If you give a girl a viscount". This is another series I have donated to Rancho Mirage library so I can reread it when I want without keeping it on my shelf. "Cloudy" is my favorite as the heroine is a widow who owns a bookshop, ...more
A fun addition to the series, this book follows Captain Arrow's adventures and happy ending.

Jilly is an independent woman who manages a bookstore by herself. She is also Captain Arrow's new neighbor and the romance takes off from there.

The story's light and fast paced. It has things happening besides the romance development of our two main leads and many colorful characters are added to the mix.

One final Impossible Bachelor remains and according to the preview at the end of this book, he's going
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USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer currently writes fun contemporary romance for St. Martin’s Press. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up–in the Lowcountry of South Carolina–with her family. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at She also l ...more
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