The Ruin of Evangeline Jones
by Julia Bennet
Publication Date: April 27, 2020
Series: Harcastle Inheritance, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, and simply could not put it down! This is the second book in the series, but honestly, you cannot tell (and I mean that in a good way – it is entirely standalone). I found the central theme of Alex trying to uncover frauds fascinating, and as parts of his back story were brought in, he just became more and more ‘real’ to read about. Equally with Evie herself, this is a woman who could lose everything if she’s revealed as a fraud, and when she already has so little, that’s a lot to risk.
As the deep secrets which have drawn them together are revealed, the story definitely takes a darker turn than many of this genre, but it fits, and there’s real tension here as to how exactly this will all play out.
I would highly recommend this to readers who like a mystery at the heart of their romances.
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.
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