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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2003
Had to respond to the previous 5 star review, because I couldn't disagree more. This book was truly a disappointment!
Although Rosemary Rogers has a decent writing style, the plot and character development of An Honorable Man is almost nonexistant. The main heroine of the book, named Cameron, is very unlikeable to the point where you wonder how all the people around her can love her so much. She is spoiled, bratty, and dumb to boot. And you cringe at her selfish decisions that put everyone at jeopardy. Much more likeable is the secondary heroine, Taye, Cameron's mulatto half-sister, and I kept hoping that the hero of the book would dump Cameron and sensibly go for Taye.
As for plot, although the book is set in the South at the onset of the Civil War, the characters' story is not adequately weaved into the bigger backdrop of the war. The hero is supposed to be an agent of the North and morally just because he opposes slavery, but really all he does is run around in secret meeting shadowy contacts. He doesn't really DO anything. He's a jerk in the beginning, which is never really explained, and it's never clear why he falls in love with Cameron when they reunite.
Although I applaud writers who try to break away from formula romance writing, the one thing a romance novel can't get away from is two main characters that are sympathetic or admirable or plain likeable enough for readers to be invested in their stories. If we are to root for their finding true love, we have to like them enough to think they deserve it. There is nothing I hate more than devoting a few hours to spend with people I come to despise, because then I feel cheated by a happy outcome.
Avoid this book. You will be happy you did.