cover image The Trouble with Honor

The Trouble with Honor

Julia London. HQN, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-373-77845-4

A debutante’s bravado, practicality, and wildness spice up the life of a duke’s jaded bastard son in this deliciously naughty Regency series launch. Miss Honor Cabot first meets renowned rake George Easton on an ill-advised expedition to a men’s gaming hall. Shortly after, she asks him to interrupt her stepbrother Augustine’s wedding plans by seducing Augustine’s fiancée, Monica Hargrove. Honor fears that Monica will convince Augustine to evict Honor, her mad mother, and her three younger sisters from the family home, once her stepfather dies and Augustine inherits his earldom. Honor quickly discovers how much she enjoys being fondled by George, which seems to happen whenever she plots with him in private corners of Mayfair’s formal events. This tale of scandal and passion is perfect for readers who like to see bad girls win, but still love the feeling of a society romance, and London (The Last Debutante) nicely sets up future books starring Honor’s sisters. (Mar.)