Romantic Thursday Review: The Trouble With Honor by Julia London

Romantic Thursday
It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.


The Trouble with Honor - Julia LondonPublisher: Harlequin HQN (February 25th 2014)
Paperback: 384 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: The Cabot Sisters #1
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 2 of 5 stars
*Warning: this book is intended for mature readers.

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.


Dear book,

It seems we’re not seeing eye to eye. I thought you were going to be a intriguing romance where our heroine, Honor, gets the rakish George Easton to try to seduce her soon-to-be sister-in-law, but instead, oops they fall in love! Fun right? Maybe throw in some secrets and shenanigans (we are seducing people after all) to keep it interesting. But atlas no.  Admittedly it was sorta of that, but what it really was, was a big whine fest for Honor. Who in actuality had almost no legitimate reason to be the selfish fish she was. On that note, the whole book went down from page 3. You did managed to sort of redeem yourself near the end. But sorry book, it was too little, too late. E for effort though.

– Cyn

For realz, Honor is the most unlikable, immature heroine I think I’ve ever read. Not only is she whiny and terribly selfish (even her sister thinks so)!! but the “villain”/soon-to-be sister-in-law isn’t even that bad of a person, making it even harder for me to overlook Honor’s actions. I really just couldn’t behind her and that’s basically why this book kind of killed me.

“Well, maybe the hero can make up for the crappy heroine?” you say. Almost, but not quite is my answer. George is your typical dashing, rougish hero  but he’s pretty standard stock and doesn’t  have anything that really makes him stand out. Easily forgettable. the story might have been okay, expect anytime Honor was around, I was annoyed (which unfortunately was a good part of the book).

“So why the two stars (instead of one), Cyn?” you ask. Well, I’m being generous. Despite hating Honor, the writing style is enjoyable and the ending was starting to get better. If I hadn’t hate Honor so much, there was probably a good chance I would have really enjoy this. That being said, I’ll even probably check out the next book in the series, because Honor’s sister sounds like a much better person (and her story sounds awesome).

Sorry book, it just wasn’t meant to be.

{* Thanks to Harlequin HQN  & Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Romantic Thursday Review: The Trouble With Honor by Julia London”

  1. Oh no! I am sorry to see this book was so disappointing!

    1. Yeaa…hopefully the next book is better. I liked the writing, but not so much Honor.

  2. Well so much for Romantic Thursday. It sounds more like Terrible Thursday. lol. Seriously, that sucks the book didn’t turn out very good.

    1. Haha, yeah a bit disappointing. I’m hoping the next book will be better. It was mainly I couldn’t stand the heroine.

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