As the eldest stepdaughter of a dying earl, Honor Cabot has a little problem: Once her stepbrother marries and attains the title, his bride intends to toss her and her family out. So desperate times call for desperate measures and she enlists the help on an infamous rake George Easton to seduce her sister-in-law to be.
The unclaimed bastard son of a royal duke, George Easton isn’t a stranger to people thinking the worst of him. At first, he refuses but he finds Honor intriguing and irresistible. Even though they are perfect each other, life and society are against anything permanent.
The first of new series entitled “The Cabot Sisters,” Julia London begins strong. She does not shy away from real life. Honor Cabot has problems. What seems like selfish self-interest and fear of losing her life of luxury is actually just the surface. What is the real fear is her family being adrift and penniless, and her mother’s declining mental health.
London does an excellent job developing the relationship between Honor and George. Their progression from acquaintances to lovers is well-paced and understandable. The story never makes the reader feel that the obstacles keeping the hero and heroine apart are contrived and only there for padding. And her approach to Honor’s problems feel authentic, a refreshing change from the new trend of over dramatizing every issue.