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 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.
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.