I am super excited to be taking part in the Counting on a Countess blog tour. This is the second book in Eva Leigh's Scandalous Ladies of London series. I am excited to be sharing my review of Counting on a Countess and the first book in the series From Duke till Dawn!
‘It’s not my habit to seduce impoverished widows…’
The Duke of Greyland lost his heart – and a princely sum – to a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark – to be fleeced and forgotten – only she’d never forgotten him.
Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her… never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help.
The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn’t leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra – the smart, streetwise survivor – steal his heart all over again?
~I was sent a copy from the publisher-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - A book about second chances at love. That is if the lies don't ruin it before it even starts. The Duke of Grayland has a moment with Miss Cassandra Blake. She is charming and beautiful and gets under his skin. But, after one night she leaves and the Duke feels his heart shatter into a thousand pieces.
Years pass and the Duke and Cassandra run into each other again. She needs help and turns to the Duke. She lied and betrayed him in the past but, in this moment she needs him more than ever. He promises to help her until her debts are paid but, time passes and the real Cassandra starts to show her sweet self. Her self that she doesn't show many and before the Duke knows it, she starts to get under his skin again but, with all the lies and deceit in the past, can he get past it and finally be with the woman he loves? Or will her betrayal ruin everything?
Cassandra has done things in her past that she isn't proud off but at the end of the day, she is still alive. She does things for survival and because of it she is more street smart, stronger and in the end she deserves happiness's. Alex, the Duke, he wants to fight for his love. He's been hurt, felt unworthy of love but, he was just so lovable and I was rooting for both of them throughout this book.
This was a fantastic historical romance novel and I just adored every second of it!
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 month to 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 . When a handsome earl offers to wed her and send her back to Cornwall with a hefty allowance, Tamsyn agrees.
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…
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Such a fantastic book. I really enjoyed the second book in this series. It was fast-paced, full of drama, romance and just had me gripped from the beginning and I didn't stop until the book was over. Eva is such an amazing author who really knows how to grip the reader with her writing.
Christopher or Kit as he's known is a war veteran and earned the title of Earl of Blakemere. He is having a hard time and tends to do things to forget his nightmares and times at war. He finds out that a mentor has left him a hefty sum in his will and Kit is very happy about that until he releases that to get the money he needs to marry before the month is up and this is where he meets Tamsyn. She is in London to find a buyer for her smuggled goods. She needs to get enough money to get out of the business and finally buy a house and then she meets Kit.
He needs someone to marry and offers her money in return. But, once they are married they find out the other clause in the will. Tamsyn will be in control of the money. Kit tries to woo her as he wants to build a pleasure garden and Tamsyn hasn't told him the real reason she needs the money. He wants to get under her skin so when she falls for him she won't be able to say no to giving him the money but, as time passes and they get to know each other more Kit is the one who starts to have more feelings and feels Tamsyn get under his skin.
Can they both get what they want without getting hurt? Or will secrets come out and change everything.
I just really enjoyed this book. Even though there was a lot of stuff going on it really comes together at the end and ties up nicely. I really enjoyed these characters. Tamsyn just wants the best for her village and wants to make sure she has enough to buy her family home without getting caught with her smuggling. Kit just wants happiness's after dealing with his nightmares but afraid what will happen when he tells Tamsyn the truth.
In the end they both deserve happiness's and they will do what they can. I really enjoyed both of these characters and just couldn't help rooting for them throughout this story.
A fantastic new book from Eva that I can't recommend enough!
wo women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?
ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.
She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?
ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.
But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What a great way to start the year with a fantastic book.
In this book we follow two women. Rosie and her family are still mourning the missing of her sister who went missing. They constantly searched for her but 15 years have passed and the family are still distraught over what happened. Rosie decides to figure out what happened to her sister all those years ago when she went missing at a theme park.
Anna lives under the watchful eye of her mamma. She is overbearing and makes her clean herself with bleach. Anna is dating the vicar's son who, one day, goes behind her mamma's back and takes her to a theme park. A theme park Anna has never been too, or has she? She starts to have flash backs, memories but she isn't sure what they are or what they mean.
Anna and Rosie start to piece together what happened all those years ago and suddenly the story gets more dark and disturbing. This book is fast paced and constantly kept my attention. I felt I was with these girls at the theme park trying to piece together what happened and as the secrets and lies where told the story was more darker than I thought and it was just brilliant.
Lizzy is a fantastic storyteller and really gripped me from the beginning and didn't let me go until I had finished the story and found out the truth myself!
A fantastic book to start 2019.
Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the folk and fairy tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857 and the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear. The crofters are suspicious and hostile to a stranger, claiming they no longer know their fireside stories.
Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters reveal that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds.
Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but as events accumulate she begins to wonder if something else is at work. Something which may be linked to the death of her own mother, many years before.