Counting On A Countess is book two of The London Underground series of historic romances.
The story opens with an introduction to Kit, an ex-soldier from the Napoleonic war and a recently appointed Earl. Haunted by traumas of war, Kit spends his days wenching, carousing and gambling. But suddenly he’s informed that he can be the beneficiary of a large sum of money. All he must do to receive it is find a wife within thirty days.
Tamsyn Pearce is a smuggler. Devoted to helping the poor in her Cornish village, Tamsyn turned to smuggling eight years ago. She’s currently in London looking for a new fence for her stolen goods. Her second problem is that her uncle intends to sell her family home, thus threatening her smugglers’ caverns. The villagers will once again face poverty, unless she can find a wealthy man to rescue her home.
A marriage of convenience between Kit and Tamsyn will suit them both, and a wedding is arranged immediately. When they meet with the solicitor to sign the papers, the late Lord Somerby has one last behest. It’s just a small hitch, but it throws both Kit and Tamsyn into turmoil.
The main setting for this book is London, with a secondary setting in Cornwall. I found the insights into Tamsyn’s homelife and her accompanying skills added interesting points. I did enjoy the smuggling element of the book and the Cornish setting was one of my favourite parts of the story.
This book is primarily a Regency style romance so there are plenty of heat-filled moments for those who enjoy smouldering passion between the pages.
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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 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 everything.
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.