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.
The Trouble With Honor is a great story to read if you're waiting in line to pick up your kid(s) at school, or maybe on a short plane ride. It's really smexy and steamy (insert lots of sex where the couple could be caught at any moment which just happens to be one of my favorite kind!) but be prepared to roll your eyes a bit at some of the antics of the hero and heroine-mainly their reasoning for doing the things they do.
Now the main problem I had with this book was actually the plot, the element that drove the story. The summary of the story is pretty spot on.
"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."
This right there shows how truly immature Honor is, and she also comes off as materialistic and mean spirited because her stepbrother's fiance isn't evil. Monica and Honor used to be friends, until one day they started to try and one-up each other. Whatever Monica does, Honor has to go and do it better. And the plan is flimsy at best... Honor doesn't want George Easton, a notable rake who she lassos into her ridonkulous plan, to ruin Monica, but to turn her head and show her that there are other options besides the man she's promised to marry. Honor wants Monica to cry off the wedding, but each time Monica and George interact, Monica wants nothing to do with Mr. Easton, and she immediately suspects that his attention toward her is a joke. Monica isn't the type of person to be swayed by a handsome face...she's not immature like Honor so you can tell right from the beginning that this fool-hardy plan doesn't really make sense. It obviously isn't going to work, and everyone around Honor tries to tell her this. But Honor is like a bull in a china shop, not listening to anyone and barreling full force ahead because she knows what's best. *Snort*
George Easton is the bastard son of an Earl who won't recognize his parentage. And no one in polite society would ever allow him in their graces had he not made a fortune for himself in cotton trading. When Honor approaches him (by asking him to meet her ALONE in her carriage) he knows this plan is ludicrous. But for some reason he allows himself to be talked into doing Honor's bidding. He blames it on her beguiling smile. She's the perfect mix of innocence and temptation. *EYE ROLL*
I had a lot of problems with believing some of the things in this story. Honor and her sisters are the step-daughters to an Earl, yet in the beginning, the man that Honor thought she was in love with told her that she was beneath him. That doesn't make sense because in the next breath we're told that Honor is practically the bell of the ball who never lacks for dance partners. She's also considered to be brash and bold, doing daring things without a second thought for her reputation (ie: she seeks out a bastard rake, George Easton on more than one occasion, and dances with him very publicly.) yet there's no mark against her? Lots of contradictions. And why wouldn't her stepfather set aside funds to protect the Cabot sisters and their mother from becoming penniless on his death? He OBVIOUSLY loves his wife and her daughters. And his son isn't awful either. He wouldn't ever just toss them out into the street.
Idk... despite all this... at around 150 pages in I really started to get into the story. I forgot about the plot and just enjoyed the antics of George and Honor. They had a charm about them that became endearing to me. Honor may be brash, but she goes after what she wants, and in the case of this book, its the girl going after the man, which we don't see a lot of. They both mean well and are only human. They were two peas in a pod and their love for each other was believable. So overall it's a good story and I give it 3 Olives.
Now I will say that I'm looking forward to book 2 in this series. I think it will be about Grace Cabot. The second eldest daughter seemed to have a great head on her shoulders and she seemed more mature and more willing to sacrifice her happiness for her family unlike Honor who was selfish about it. The last few pages showed Grace going off to Bath to entice a man she once met and I'm curious to see how that panned out.
Again, don't get me wrong. Despite the weak plot, the characters made me laugh and the sex scenes were titillating. I really enjoyed the story overall :D