Friday, May 8, 2020

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: The Ruin of Evangaline Jones

The Ruin of Evangaline Jones by Julia Bennet

Publication Date: April 27, 2020

Entangled Publishing/Amara

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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Review: Historical romance is one of my favorite genres and I love finding stories that are a little bit different. Granted this one had the main character being a duke. Lord, there just aren't that many dukes out there, but I understand in romance fantasy land all handsome main male characters are dukes, just as in contemporary romance they are all billionaires.

This story is great mixture of romance and suspense, at least for the first part. I found the last half dragged a bit. OK it dragged a lot.

The story is set in 1888 and our hero is a duke that enjoys exposing mediums and the like as frauds. So you can only guess what Evie is? I loved the seances and whatnot that Alex was out to expose.

However once you get to middle of the book where, a good portion of Evie's job isn't as important, well the book loses something. It switches focus to the man who shaped Evie into the charlatan that she is.

It makes the story interesting but it also takes so long to get to fruition, and in between its just a whole lot of sex with Alex and Evie and their romance isn't very exciting, because they are really a couple that shouldn't be.

The way the get their HEA was unique though. I won't give it away because it really is different for a historical romance.

This book is part of a series, but is definite able to be read as a stand alone.

Both main characters were interesting, though I almost wish they would have remain friends because their romance was the lackluster part. However I loved getting to know Alex's sister Helen, and I will definitely go back and read her book, which was the first in the series.

Definitely recommended!

Rating: 4 flowers

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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Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, April 27
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, April 28
Review at SplendeurCaisse
Excerpt at Books in their Natural Habitat

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

Saturday, May 2
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, May 4
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Thursday, May 7
Review at Never Too Many To Read
Feature at Just One More Chapter

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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Passages to the Past said...

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for hosting the tour!

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