Review: The Trouble with Honor by Julia London

The Trouble with Honor by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sisters (# 1)
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

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 fiancee. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil’s bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother’s fiancee 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.

 

Review:  I’ve had this book on my radar for about a year when it first came out.  But for some reason I hadn’t picked it up.  So when the publisher asked me to review book two, I knew I had to read The Trouble with Honor first.  And I’m so glad that I did.  While the books in the series do stand alone, there are enough references in book two that I was grateful I had read book one.

The series follows the Cabot sisters: Honor, Grace, Prudence and Mercy.  The girls’ mother married the Earl of Beckington, but his failing health and their mother’s slipping grasp on sanity is forcing the girls to look towards the future since they aren’t sure if their step-brother will continue to support them.  Since Honor is the oldest sister, she feels it is her place to either derail her step-brother’s impending marriage or find someone herself.  Enter George.

I was totally drawn into this story from the first page when Honor and George met in a gaming hall over a game of cards.  I was taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions as the two of them danced around each other and their growing feelings.  Watching George struggle with his place in society and his feelings for this woman that he just can’t have, well, it broke my heart.  But in other moments in the story, I was laughing out loud at some of Honor’s antics.  And then the cast of supporting characters were diverse and colorful… especially the sisters.

The Trouble with Honor was a great start to this series.  With this introduction, I’m anxiously awaiting the future books and can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

 

 






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