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For a shameless libertine and a wily smuggler in the London Underground marriage is than convenience—it's strategyChristopher 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 coffersuntil 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 perfectHusband 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 everythingBut 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


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    I've given this a C at AAR so that's 35 starsI’ve been looking forward to Counting on a Countess the second book in Eva Leigh’s  London Underground  series which features a set of clever independent heroines in unusual circumstances who have to make their livings in a somewhat unorthodox manner  I’m a fan of Ms Leigh’s she’s a great storyteller and she creates memorable strong heroes and heroines – and the promise of the story of a marriage of convenience between an earl and a smuggler captured my imagination straight away  I began reading with high expectations which were met up until around the seventy percent mark when things suddenly fell apart and the heroine went from one I liked to one I disliked intensely  She never really redeems herself and as a result what I’d confidently expected to be a high grade read turned into a disappointing oneKit Ellingsworth Earl of Blakemoor has been drifting since the end of his military service The only thing that keeps his nightmares at bay are his long held dreams of building a pleasure garden somewhere that will make people happy and will also provide employment for veterans and their families But he knows it’ll have to remain a dream as he’ll never have the funds to make it a realityUntil that is Kit is informed that his former commanding officer Lord Somerby has bequeathed him a large sum of money in his will – but there is one stipulation  Kit must marry within thirty days of being advised of the bequest  Surprised but determined to fulfil the terms Kit thinks it won’t be difficult to find a bride  After all he’s young handsome charming and titled – but the weeks fly by and he’s almost down to the wire without having found a single young lady he wants to wed  Until that is he nearly bumps into a lovely red headed woman at a ball – and feels an almost unprecedented pull of attraction that makes him think she might just be the oneTamsyn Pearce has come to London in desperation  After the deaths of her parents years earlier  she took it upon herself to provide for the local village of Newcome which owing to high taxation and fishing restrictions was suffering serious privation For the past eight years she has run a successful smuggling operation but her uncle’s plans to sell the family home Chei Owr mean the operation is under threat  Tamsyn’s purpose in London is therefore twofold – to find a fence to sell the brandy and lace from the last run and to find a husband with enough money to purchase Chei Owr  Her ideal husband will be content to live in town while she goes back to Cornwall even better he’ll be unobservant and maybe even a bit dimSo Kit needs a wife and Tamsyn needs a husband Both are set on a marriage of convenience but the awareness and desire that thrums between them right from their first meeting bodes ill for both of them and especially for Tamsyn who worries that she might fall for Kit’s charm and good nature – something she can’t afford to do if she is to keep her smuggling a secretThe day after their wedding Kit receives another shock The money will indeed be his but Lord Somerby was worried about his spendthrift ways and in a codicil decreed that all the money will be in his wife’s control and that Kit will have to apply to her for funds and account for every penny Kit agrees to this believing he will be able to talk Tamsyn into giving him the money he needs to finance the pleasure garden And here’s a big plot hole suppose Kit had married one of the simpering debutantes that populate the ton in most historical romances? That would have been no safeguard against his frittering the money away as she’d probably have given it all to him the first time he’d smiled at her or paid her a pretty complimentIn order to get what he wants however Kit recognises he needs to get to know his bride better She was skittish on their wedding night asking for time to become accustomed to their marriage and he realises she needs time to get to know him too So he sets about courting her making thoughtful gestures taking her to the theatre on outings and spending time with her at their new home amazed at the fact he actually enjoys spending evenings in with just Tamsyn for companyThe sexual chemistry between Kit and Tamsyn is electric and apart from an oddly jarring scene that seems to have been thrown in for the sake of a bit of extra titillation and as sequel bait Ms Leigh develops their relationship very well What begins – for Kit – as a means towards getting his new wife into bed and into persuading her to sign over the money very quickly turns into a real courtship born of genuine deepening affection for his bride and a desire to make her happy For the first three quarters of the book I enjoyed the storyline I liked Kit and I liked Tamsyn Kit is one of those heroes who seems to have drifted into his libertine’s ways for want of something better to do he’s handsome and charming as so many romantic heroes are but he’s also good natured funny kind and thoughtful Tamsyn is intelligent and spirited but the little she’s told Kit about her life after her parents’ deaths reveals that life hasn’t been kind since which just adds to his desire to make her feel wanted and to make her smileIt’s difficult to be specific about what goes wrong with the book without giving too much away but when Kit finally opens up to Tamsyn about his hopes and dreams she dashes them all with one word and then high tails it back to Cornwall without a word of explanation Regardless of the viability – or otherwise – of Kit’s scheme or the altruism of hers Tamsyn is prepared without a word of discussion to use the money with which she has been entrusted but which is rightfully Kit’s for her own purposes without even consulting him – AND she jumps to a nasty conclusion about his attentions to her since their marriage That’s when my opinion of her took a nose dive – and after that when I thought I couldn’t dislike her Ms Leigh proved me wrong Worse when Kit discovers the truth about what Tamsyn has been up to – in spite of his own strong feelings about the fact that she’s breaking the law – he agrees it must continue and says he’ll help I almost threw my kindle down in disgust at this point the fact that Kit is prepared to disregard his long held principles – no matter that Tamsyn’s motives are good – stuck in my craw and together with her continued deception and ridiculous justification to herself that he’d deceived her first which I’d dispute pretty much ruined the book After that there was no way the author was going to be able to save it – I was pleased that it was Kit’s quick thinking that saved the day but was relieved to reach the endMy thorough dislike of the way things turn out makes this a difficult book to grade because I fully accept that other readers may not have the same issues I had with Tamsyn’s deception and the way she treats Kit I’m a hero centric reader so I tend to see things from the hero’s PoV readily and if you prize a gutsy take no prisoners heroine above all then you may enjoy the book than I did In the end I’m going with a C I can’t quite bring myself to recommend Counting on a Countess because of my heroine issues and the plot holes but I want to acknowledge its strengths It’s a very well written book – the prose flows beautifully the dialogue sparkles – and Kit and Tamsyn are perfect for one another Their relationship is well done and they’re both strongly drawn and engaging mostly – but I can’t deny that the way Tamsyn continued to deceive Kit the way she was so willing to believe the worst of him and how he was prepared to abandon his principles left a nasty taste in my mouth that even now hasn’t quite disappeared