The ruin of Evangeline Jones by Julia Bennet

Published:27 Apr 2020

Publisher: Entangled Amara

Length: 400 pages

My Rating: 2 stars

Blurb:

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.

My Review:

This book was a miss for me and while it does appear to be well written I didn’t connect to the characters and was disinterested in their story. The story felt very long, the pacing was a little off. I could have done with a lot less of the inner monologues that took up much of this book. there was more tell than show when it came to the author writing about the characters attraction to each other and it left me feeling like the relationship was forced. this is one i cant recommend.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.

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