cover image Counting on a Countess

Counting on a Countess

Eva Leigh. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-249943-1

Leigh’s sexy second London Underground Regency (after From Duke Till Dawn) finds Christopher “Kit” Ellingsworth, the Earl of Blakemere, in need of a wife in order to claim the funds bequeathed to him by a friend. Tamsyn Pearce hopes to buy her childhood home from her no-good relatives in order to continue her smuggling business, which feeds the villagers of Newcombe. When Kit suggests they marry, he’s honest with Tamsyn regarding his reasons and intents, but his known hatred of criminal activities prevents Tamsyn from coming clean. When Kit learns that one stipulation of the will is that Tamsyn have control over the finances, he sets out to woo her into giving him the money he needs to build his pleasure garden, but she refuses, causing discord in their blooming relationship. Then Kit stumbles upon her true profession, and he must choose between his dedication to the Crown and the woman he’s come to love. Tamsyn and Kit are a match in charm, wit, and intelligence. Their passion ignites the pages, and their journey to love and trust will touch the hearts of readers. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Mar.)