Counting on a Countess: The London Underground

Counting on a Countess: The London Underground

by Eva Leigh

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ISBN-13: 9780062499431
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: London Underground Romance Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 103,991
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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Counting on a Countess: The London Underground 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
In many ways, the second London Underground book is a cautionary tale of the dangers of marrying someone you barely know. Kit and Tamsyn both go into their relationship wanting the same thing--money--but each has their own need for it and their own secrets to hide. Even as they're growing to care for each other, each constantly goes back to the earlier conversations they'd had (Kit telling her he wouldn't be capable of fidelity, for example, and saying that once she'd given him an heir they could both pursue their own separate amorous entanglements, for example) and keep their budding feelings to themselves rather than mention them to the other. And did I mention they have secrets? Honestly, at times reading this book was exhausting, watching them tiptoe around each other and knowing how each felt all the while knowing that they were hurtling themselves toward heartbreak... Through it all, though, both Kit and Tamsyn were sympathetic characters who you can't help but hope will somehow manage to find an HEA in spite of themselves. They do, thank goodness, but OMG does Ms. Leigh make them work for it! I have to admit that there is a stretch of the book where I wasn't Tamsyn's biggest fan--in getting upset at what she discovers about Kit she really does expose herself as something of a hypocrite, even taking her difficult childhood into account--but when we finally see the reasons behind what she's been doing for eight years (when she finally tells Kit!) I'll admit she almost had me willing to jump into the fray beside her...even as I hoped that there'd somehow be a different way to do things. Fortunately, Ms. Leigh had an even better solution in mind, giving everyone an HEA that was much more palatable than the one I was afraid we'd have to be happy with. Now all we need is Langdon's story! ;) (Counting on a Countess is second in the series but works fine as a standalone.) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Kit: 3rd son without many expectations, distinguished himself in war and returned to find a newly-minted title of Earl. But that hardly sorts out his problems: the memories of war haunt him, his pursuits of pleasures to keep those memories at bay are expensive, and a bequest that could solve his money woes, allow him to fulfill a dream he relied on in war to keep him going forward. With a constant round of the ‘pleasures’ available, aftermath of war-time memories and losses, and a general ‘malaise’ that seems to dog his heels, he’s not only in need of something different – but Kit, the Earl of Blakemere is in need of a wife to gain the bequest and the money he needs to build his dreams and find some purpose in his life. Tamsyn Pearce is the daughter of a Baronet, with a manor house in Cornwall, an Aunt and Uncle who have taken up residence, and a desperate need to care for the small fishing village of the estate. Now some 26 years of age, she has been the organizer of a smuggling operation, established when she was 16 to provide for the village. Now, with the house falling down, her uncle threatening to sell and Tamsyn’s options bleak, she’s off to London to sell the latest cache of French Brandy and Lace. She’s also on the hunt for a husband for a purely business relationship: she’s in need of the name, protection and the money to buy her family home. These two are perfect for one another: Tamsyn’s beauty, her calm and forthright manner and curiosity spark something in Kit that has been long missing: and she’s quite amenable to a marriage of convenience: acquiring the title and freedom (after an heir) that Kit can provide. Never expecting real friendship, let alone love: the two are drawn to one another, even as situations change in unexpected ways. Growth, true feeling and tough decisions about one another, love, life’s journey and honesty all come into play here: showing maturity, heart, and both coming into their own in admitting their need for one another, and then finding a way to overcome obstacles in their desire to provide for others. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh is book Two in The London Underground series. This is the story of Christopher “Kit” Ellingsworth The Earl of Blakemere and Tamsyn Pearce. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book. Tamsyn is in the smuggling business to help her Village and to try to buy the house that her Uncle is wanting to sell. The house is the best location for her smuggling business and doesn't want to loose it. But she hasn't been able to sell her goods to get the money for the down payment for the house. Kit has been on a goal since getting out of the War to enjoy the pleasure of life to try and help him forget the pain. With an ideal to do a pleasure garden to help others he is at a lost of how to get the money when he is giving the chance to marry to inherit the much needed funds. Kit and Tamsyn come together to meet the goal of marrying to get the inheritance but they soon look learn that Tamsyn is the one put in charge of the money..which puts Kt to wooing her to try to get her to fund her dream garden. Tamsyn hasn't told law-biding Kit what she actually does nor that she wants some of that money to help her goal with her smuggling scene. But along the way of them trying to get to their own personal goals they seem to have started to fall in love. Really enjoyed this story!! This is a hard to put down book for sure!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh is book Two in The London Underground series. This is the story of Christopher “Kit” Ellingsworth The Earl of Blakemere and Tamsyn Pearce. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book. Tamsyn is in the smuggling business to help her Village and to try to buy the house that her Uncle is wanting to sell. The house is the best location for her smuggling business and doesn't want to loose it. But she hasn't been able to sell her goods to get the money for the down payment for the house. Kit has been on a goal since getting out of the War to enjoy the pleasure of life to try and help him forget the pain. With an ideal to do a pleasure garden to help others he is at a lost of how to get the money when he is giving the chance to marry to inherit the much needed funds. Kit and Tamsyn come together to meet the goal of marrying to get the inheritance but they soon look learn that Tamsyn is the one put in charge of the money..which puts Kt to wooing her to try to get her to fund her dream garden. Tamsyn hasn't told law-biding Kit what she actually does nor that she wants some of that money to help her goal with her smuggling scene. But along the way of them trying to get to their own personal goals they seem to have started to fall in love. Really enjoyed this story!! This is a hard to put down book for sure!