For a shameless libertine and a wily smuggler in the London Underground, marriage is more than convenience—it’s strategy . . .
Christopher “Kit” Ellingsworth, war veteran and newly minted Earl of Blakemere, buries his demons under every sort of pleasure and vice. His scandalous ways have all but emptied his coffers . . . until a wealthy mentor leaves him a sizeable fortune. The only stipulation? He must marry within one monthto inherit the money. Kit needs a bride and the bold, mysterious Miss Tamsyn Pearce seems perfect.
Husband hunting isn’t Tamsyn’s top priority—she’s in London to sell her new shipment of illicit goods—but she’s desperate for funds to keep her smuggling operation afloat. When a handsome earl offers to wed her and send her back to Cornwall with a hefty allowance, Tamsyn agrees. After all, her secrets could land her in prison and an attentive, love-struck spouse could destroy everything.
But when an unexpected proviso in the will grants Tamsyn control of the inheritance, their arrangement becomes anything but convenient. Now, Kit’s counting on his countess to make his wildest dreams a reality and he plans to convince her, one pleasurable seduction at a time.
About the Book
Counting on a Countess
by Eva Leigh
The London Underground #2
March 27, 2018
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars
I’m a fan of Eva Leigh’s writing and have enjoyed every book of hers I have read. So I was really excited about this new book! The story began strong, Eva Leigh delivers some incredibly romantic scenes between Tamsyn and Kit. But just when I thought everything was perfect, I was disappointed when the heroine took a decision I could not understand, imparted harsh words then abruptly retreated. There should have been a major redemption through the story but it never really happened.
Kit Ellingsworth, Lord Blackmere is the third son of a Marquess and was granted an earldom in recognition of his service in the army. Kit is a rogue with a terrible reputation of gambler and libertine. He is named beneficiary of a will if he marries within a short period of time. He needs the money to make his plans for veteran soldiers come to fruition and he is willing to give up his dissolute ways to secure himself a wife and inherit the promised fortune. This character is an enigma of arrogance, gentleness and sweetness. He’s kind, thoughtful, protective and caring.
Tamsyn Pearce wants a terrible husband she can’t love. She is the descendant of old, penniless Cornish gentry, has few prospects and no dowry. Plus, she engages in illegal activities and wants her husband to keep his distance. She’s independent, strong-willed, and quirky, I loved her determination.
As it happens, Kit and Tamsyn suit each other’s needs perfectly, they see their marriage as a business arrangement, a means to an end. They get along well at first. Their arrangement is simple and yet so complicated, obviously. They definitely got more than they bargained for, there is some serious tension building between them. Kit didn’t account for the fact that Tamsyn would turn out to be the one woman who would stir up feelings within him that he hadn’t expected. Of course we all know where this story is going to go, the fun is in watching it happen, and these two definitely had an emotional rollercoaster!
There are parts of this romance that I really enjoyed, and the opportunity was there for something really amazing and incredibly romantic. And yet, Tamsyn definitely tested my patience towards the 70% mark and I really disliked her for what she put Kit through! Her attitude felt anticlimactic and she lacked empathy.
All in all, I enjoyed Eva Leigh’s writing, it’s clever, crisp and witty. But ultimately, this story didn’t completely work for me, and it definitely could have been better.
ARC generously provided by the publisher and Pure Textuality PR.
I’m going to be married to this man? Mercy.
They pulled back in unison and her eyes flew open. His gaze was clouded with dazed pleasure and astonishment.
It seemed he’d also been shocked by the heat of their kiss and the speed of its intensity. He, a known rake and libertine, looked aroused by what surely had to be one of the chastest kisses he’d experienced in a long while.
Except it hadn’t been chaste. It had been brief, but their tongues lightly touching had been profoundly erotic, hinting at greater pleasure to come.
He cleared his throat. “That was . . . a welcome revelation.”
Her thoughts whirled while her body clamored for more. Hellfire—if this quick kiss had affected her so much, what would happen when they went to bed together? What if she liked it? What if she loved it, and her heart followed her body’s devotion?
Tamsyn was about to join with this man for the rest of her life. Aside from a few facts, she knew almost nothing about him. He was basically a stranger. Yet in three days, they would share a bed. They would share everything. According to the law, she would belong to him, and her own identity would dissolve.
Was this the right choice? She’d gotten what she wanted, but she couldn’t help the fear that poked its sharp fangs into her heart.
I have no idea what I’m getting myself into.
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About Eva Leigh
EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.