Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Trouble With Honor by Julia London {Book Review}

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Title:  The Trouble With Honor
Author:  Julia London
Genre:  Historical Romance
Pages:  384
Published:  February 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin
Source:  Publisher

Synopsis:

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.

** This review contains spoilers**

Life is about to have some pretty major changes for Honor Cabot and her three sisters.  Her step-father is very sick and none of them are sure what will happen once he passes.  Her step-brother Augustine is set to marry Monica, who isn’t too keen on sharing her future home with 4 sisters in law.

I have to admit I had a really hard time with this book at first.  I didn’t particularly like Honor and the way she wanted to go about destroying Augustine and Monica’s relationship to suit her.  I found her to be spoiled, stubborn and a bit unlikeable.  But as the story went on and she fell for George, she grew on me.

Honor’s scheme to have George seduce Monica away from Augustine backfired in a big way.  Monica wasn’t an easy mark or willing to throw away her love with Augustine for a charming rogue.  Despite Honor’s best efforts, it wasn’t going the way she planned.  In the end it was Honor who was the one who was charmed.

Monica isn’t the bad guy in this story, but rather the pawn of an overly ambitious mother who has been slowly manipulating her.  Making her believe that Honor and her sisters are frittering away Augustine’s inheritance.  Along with their mother who is slowly losing her memory, which could be a stigma on her daughter’s future.

Despite the rough start and a character that was hard to warm up to, the book turned out to be a pretty good read.  Honor grew up, fell in love and gave up on her scheming ways.  Now I’m curious to find out what happened to Grace who vanished to Bath late in the story.  She was willing to do anything to help her Mother and sisters, even if it ended in scandal!  I’m hoping she’ll have an interesting story.

Would I recommend this book?  Despite everything, yes – Julia is a very talented writer and I adore her books.  I look forward to seeing what happens next to the Cabot sisters.

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