Like a voice from beyond the grave, this book entranced me all the way to the last word! I am so excited to be sharing with you one of my favorite books of 2020. Thank you so much for stopping by!
THE RUIN OF EVANGELINE JONES
BY JULIA BENNET
Alex Stanton just inherited a dukedom but his true passion is uncovering charlatans and frauds wherever he finds them. Spiritualist and medium Evangeline “Evie” Jones is the biggest fake of all and he’s determined to expose her lies for all of London to see. Her prim manner and ladylike airs don’t fool him. He sees the hunger beneath and recognizes a worthy opponent. He can’t deny the dark undercurrents of lust between them.
Evie worked her way up from the gutter and she’s not about to abandon the life she’s built for fear of this aristocratic dilettante. She knows his type. She sees the attraction simmering beneath his animosity, and she knows how to use it to keep him off balance. They strike a bargain. He has one week to prove she’s a fake. If he fails, he has to abandon all further attempts. If he succeeds, she’ll not only retire but make a public statement explaining all her tricks.
Neither expects to find anything in common, not to mention anything to love, in the other. Both are blindsided by the affinity and blossoming tenderness between them. But even if it were possible for a lowly charlatan to live happily ever after with a duke, more is going on than either suspects. Someone else has brought them together for a sinister purpose of his own.
The Ruin of Evangeline Jones
“What’s this?” Evangeline leaned forward and plucked something from the floor at Alex’s feet. Her face, always pale, turned ashen. In her hand, she held a small crumpled black square. For a moment, he didn’t know what it was, then he recognized the white creases as something he’d seen many times in reverse.
He must have dislodged it from his pocket when he removed the hipflask.
His first reaction was irritation because she’d found him out before he was ready. He hadn’t wanted his attraction to get in the way of this week’s activities. After the wager concluded, he would have waited for the right moment to declare his dishonorable intentions.
Then her gaze shifted from the image of her scantily-clad alter ego to his face, and he realized he hadn’t considered how she might feel about his possession of that particular image. Had he thought she had duelist’s eyes before? Nothing had prepared him for the hate filling them now.
“What kind of man are you? What were you going to do, throw this onto the séance table at the end of the week once you’d had your fun?”
The worst of it was that a similar thought had crossed his mind that first night when he was furious with her. He never would have done it but she couldn’t know that. Belatedly, he realized the photograph would seem like a whip to be held over her.
“Don’t you dare presume to call me by my Christian name. Tell the coachman to stop.”
Publication Date: April 27, 2020
Series: Harcastle Inheritance, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
About the Author
Julia writes historical romance with passion, intrigue, dark humor and the occasional animal sidekick. A tea-sodden English woman, she’s the only girl in a house of boys and yearns for all things pink and fluffy. Before she began writing, she spent many years searching for something to do with her English Literature degree. Nothing satisfied her until she decided to commit the stories in her head to paper. These days, if she isn’t writing, she’s probably reading everything she can get her hands on, spending time with her boys or procrastinating on the internet.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, April 27
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Wednesday, April 29
Feature at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, April 30
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Friday, May 1
Excerpt at Probably at the Library
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Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, May 4
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Friday, May 8
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Monday, May 11
Feature at I’m All About Books
Tuesday, May 12
Review at Books2lovenow
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