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…
|Title:||Counting on a Countess|
|Series:||The London Underground aka The Scandalous Ladies of London (Book 2)|
|Category / Genre(s):||Harlequin / Mills & Boon|
|Trope(s):||Marriage of Convenience|
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|Release Date:||24th December, 2018|
Yay! Welcome to Day 4 of the Counting on a Countess Blog Tour!
I’m delighted to have you here for this, my first ever Blog Tour. I’m a Blog Tour virgin!
For this occasion, I had the opportunity to ask the wonderful Eva Leigh about the series, her writing and which book she wishes she’d written!
Welcome to the blog! What can you tell me about the Scandalous Ladies of London series?
Regency London was a much more dynamic place than we realize! There was Almack’s and White’s, but there was a whole underworld full of fascinating people. I wanted to write a series that explored different aspects of that underworld, and I wanted to make my heroines the shady characters.
What made you write about the more unusual, underground aspects of Regency life – especially the scandalous ladies themselves?
I love that the high and low mixed together, and that the borders between the two were constantly shifting. Those liminal places are where stories happen. When it came to writing a romance that turned its gaze toward the in-between people and places, I wanted to focus on what it was like to be both a woman and someone who didn’t adhere to societal expectations and regulations. Resistance and nonconformity have always existed, so I wanted to turn the camera towards them.
Where did you get your inspiration for this series?
I love stories set in places that we don’t often see in historical romance, and I also wanted to see if I could write heroines who have moral complexity.
What kind of heroes are in these books – that can handle and love these unusual ladies?
Oh, yes! For me, the heroes have to appreciate all the aspects of what makes the heroines exceptional. They have to admire and support them. So while my heroes wear tall boots and cut dashing figures in Society, they’re also men who recognize the importance of a strong and unique partner. No matter what, my heroes are never misogynists. That’s not sexy to me, or a man who needs to be redeemed by love. And yes, there were men even then who believed in the equality between the sexes. That is definitely sexy.
What’s next for the series? Are we going to see Langdon’s story?
Most assuredly. Keep an eye on Langdon and Amina. They’ll get their HEA in Dare To Love a Duke. Be forewarned, their book is extremely sexy.
If you could become any of your heroines from any of your books, and live their story, which would you choose and why?
Honestly, I’m pretty accustomed to being me, though I love aspects of all of my heroines. Cassandra (from From Duke Till Dawn) is a survivor, and Tamsyn (from Counting On a Countess) is extraordinarily brave, so those are qualities I’d love to embrace in myself.
Did you always want to become a writer?
Yes! Almost immediately after learning how to read, I started writing. One of my earliest book-length projects, written when I was eleven, included a fantasy epic based on the musical Cats, followed by what we would call “fan fiction” centred around the group Duran Duran. I’m from the Eighties—could you tell? 😉
I went through a few different permutations, thinking I might become a book illustrator, a costume designer, a dramaturge, or an academic, but I always came back to writing, because I never stopped.
Which romance book do you wish you’d written?
I love the wit of Tessa Dare, and the beauty and insight of Julie Anne Long. And I wouldn’t be upset if I, and not Jane Austen, had written Persuasion.
If you got transported to the Regency – which three modern inventions or things would you miss the most?
My contact lenses, my medications, and chocolate bars.
Looking back to when you were a new author – what piece of advice would you give yourself from everything you’ve learned to date?
Keep going. You’ll face many setbacks and pivots and reinventions, but don’t stop, because the struggle is worth it.
Thank you for joining us, Eva, and for answering the questions. I for one cannot wait to read Dare to Love a Duke!
Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined 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.
Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer.