Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: The Trouble with Honor by Julia London

Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin…

Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family's ruin. Upon the earl's death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home—and their place on the pedestal of society—to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil's bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother's fiancée out of the Cabots' lives for good.

An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.

I had Ms. London's historicals on my To Read list several years ago but took them off because I never thought I'd get to them.  When I saw The Trouble With Honor, I decided I'd give this book a chance.  I'm certainly glad I did! 

Honor Cabot, the daughter of a bishop and stepdaughter of an earl, is an opinionated and bright young woman.  Her stepfather is ill, however, and she worries for the health of her mother and what will happen to she and her sisters when their stepbrother becomes the new earl.  She meets George Easton at a poker game and decides that he will be instrumental to helping her keep she and her sisters safe -- and in funds -- when their stepfather dies.

The one thing I could not understand is how Honor can conduct such schemes and sneak out at night and arrive unescorted in the daylight to a man's home and still retain her place in society.  The Trouble With Honor is a great way to spend an afternoon, and I'm looking forward to continuing this series.  And while Honor and George are both delights, how could some gossiping member of the ton not watch Honor like a hawk?  What about Monica's mother, who is clearly a busybody? 

I was able to suspend disbelief of Honor's reputation, so I'm interested to see what will happen to Grace in The Fall of Grace (July 2014).

(A very special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Trouble With Honor.)

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