Author: Julia London
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: As the daughter of an Earl through her mother’s second marriage, Honor Cabot is in a precarious position. Her step-father is near death, her mother has become difficult to care for, she has three younger sisters to think of, and her step-brother is engaged to be married to one of the most vile women of the ton. Honor needs time to figure out what to do with the situation; therefore, she enlists the help of the notorious George Easton to seduce her brother’s intended. If her plan succeeds then the marriage might never come to be at all and then she and her family will be saved. So, I guess it’s too bad that nothing goes according to plan with women who devise schemes in romance books…?
To be honest, this book could be tedious to read because of the heroine’s childish behavior. She wants to save her family from being put out should her brother marry yetshe refuses to marry so that her family might have a place to go. She is selfish, and her dislike of Monica (the woman who shall marry her brother) seemed to be borne out of a childhood friendship that tapered out and was replaced with jealousy and vengeful antics from both sides. It was difficult to like Honor, it was difficult to like Monica, and I am not so sure that I liked George Easton that much either. The end of the story offered some redemption for the characters but in my eyes it was too little to late; I was just glad the book was over.