Series: The Cabot Sisters #1
Author: Julia London
Page Count: 384
Published: Harlequin HQN, February 25, 2014
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 don’t know why or how I never had the honor of reading-yes,I did this- a Julia London book before. Oh well, you know what they say, everything has a first, and this book was mine regarding this author whose work I’ll definitely follow.
Although I loved the book as a whole, with its fun sounding-if not a bit clichéd- plot and the witty banter between the hero and the heroine, I’ve had a tiny bit of hard time warming up to Honor’s character. I loved her independent and somewhat shallow view of the world in the beginning, but what really got me to like her was her turn for the better as the story progressed. What started out as a slightly spoiled, heavily fun and games oriented lifestyle, quickly turned into one of inspiration born out of desperation and fear for her future and that of her family’s. The transformation was subtle and yet present all the same, hidden in her serious moments when her facade had slipped. And that transformation was what made me put myself in her shoes and understand and ultimately like her.
George Eston, on the other hand, was a case of instant liking. He had all the characteristics of an historical hero, and yet in his continuous fear for his self made fortune, and his inability of resisting Honor’s charm and their witty banter inbetween, Julia London has managed to make him unique. There’s nothing more than reading the same character over and over again, so I was very glad for that.
The story itself was unusual, if I may say so. Actually, let me correct that. The story started out as usual for this genre, with the self made-and so hardly ever accepted by society- hero meeting the heroine who had an affinity for pretty gowns and a knack for making people uncomfortable with her forward attitude, and them falling in love. Everything is somewhat familiar so far and yet it all takes an unusual turn after that. I didn’t know where the story was going. I knew that the couple were eventually going to work things out and end up together, but the how? It completely eluded me until it was time for it to sneak up on me. And I most definitely loved it when it did.
A lovely story of a courageous young woman who’s just a little too forward for the likes of her society, and a gambling man who likes taking risks whenever he can, Honor and George’s adventure was fun to read and I recommend it to those who like this genre.
I can’t help but add, that we already had a glimpse of what awaits Honor’s sister Grace in the next book, and I, for one, cannot wait for that one also.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this lovely story into my hodgepodge and see if I can persuade George for a game of cards- I’m afraid to play against Honor.
The Cabot Sisters series by Julia London:
- The Trouble With Honor
- The Fall of Grace