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Friday, March 7, 2014

Harlequin Book Tour: The Trouble with Honor by Julia London (Review + Giveaway)

I haven't had much experience with Julia London's books (My first was her contemporary romance, Homecoming Ranch, which I loved) so it was a delight to be able to try one of her historical romances! Do I have any Julia London fans here? Care to suggest which book of hers I should read next?

About the Author:
Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly best selling author of more than a twenty romantic fiction novels.

She is the author of the popular Desperate Debutante andScandalous historical romance series, including the upcoming The Last Debutante, the fourth and final book in the Secrets of Hadley Green series. She is also the author of several contemporary women’s fiction novels with strong romantic elements, including Summer of Two Wishes, One Season of Sunshine, and Light at Winter’s End.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Format: .mobi (Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Imprint: Harlequin HQN
Price: $7.99 U.S. / $8.99 CAN.
Release: March 2014
Format: PBMM ISBN: 9780373778454
E-ISBN: 9781460327098

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.

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Scandal, meet scandal and let the fun begin!

The Trouble with Honor is, in my opinion a light hearted and sweet romance where the two lead characters are both misfits a bit ahead of their time.

As far as historical romances go, The Trouble with Honor checked off a lot of my "must haves." There's the spunky, talented heroine, Honor who apparently has a knack for getting into and out of trouble as well as playing a mean game of cards. She's loyal, stubborn, kind and highly intelligent. I loved the fact that Honor didn't sit around waiting for someone to save her and her family, nor did she attempt to sell herself as a wife to the highest bidder, that was a last resort. Instead Honor had the courage to step outside the norm for a lady of her position and instead used her skills as a card player and subterfuge to protect her family from a cold, jealous rival who is engaged to her stepbrother.

George is a walking, talking scandal with a heart of gold buried underneath layers of cynicism, bitterness and loneliness. I always love an underdog and George definitely is that. As a hero he's an unlikely candidate, in the beginning he comes across as an idle, borderline lazy man with little to recommend him to readers but it wasn't long before he had me in his corner cheering for him to not only get what should be his, but to take his head out of his rear and take the loving life Honor was offering him.

Neither George nor Honor was even close to being perfect and they created their own obstacles in addition to the ones society had placed before them. It was frustrating, interesting and all around entertaining to watch those two start off as being co-conspirators to being lovers, to being in love.

Now, I didn't always feel the chemistry between George and Honor and sometimes Honor got on my nerves with her spoiled behavior and single mindedness that bordered on selfish but those moments were few and it didn't disrupt my enjoyment of the book too much.

I did love the glimpse into the Cabot sisters' lives, meeting Honor's sisters and seeing what life was like for them was interesting. Each sister seems to have strikingly different personalities and I'm curious as to what sort of adventures await them.

Final Verdict: The Trouble with Honor isn't the most steamiest historical romance I've read, it's more on the light and fluffy side and the heroine can grate on some readers' nerves. However, I enjoyed it enough to want to continue the series and see what misadventures those Cabot sisters get involved in.

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One lucky commenter will win a SIGNED copy of The Trouble with Honor AND a SIGNED poster!

1 comment:

  1. Awww, too bad this giveaway is for US only, can't enter as I would love to have a chance to win Trouble With Honor. But I'm still a fan of Julia London's books, especially her Scandalous Series.


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