The Revenge of Lord Eberlin
by Julia London
Count Eberlin returns to Hadley Green to seek revenge on those who celebrated his father's hanging. A woodcutter, Joseph Scott was an honest man who never hurt anyone in his life. When he was accused of stealing the jewels from the Countess of Ashwood, the Scott family was torn apart. His mother was forced to take them to London to scratch out a meager living and Tobin was picked up by a press gang and taken aboard a ship. He worked his way up from cook's assistant to become an owner, built a fortune and bought a title from an Danish gentlemen.
His return to England is the culmination of all his work and plans. First, he rescues his sister from the degradation of poverty. Then he buys a large estate near Hadley Green where he plans to ruin Lily Boudine, the new Countess of Ashwood. It was her testimony that placed his father at her home on the night of the robbery. It is she that will pay for ruining his family. However, Lily fights his plans and does all she can to stave off financial ruin.
Lily is already leading a restricted life. The loss of her mother's jewels was the start of all their troubles, and the death of her father has left thr estate in severe financial straits. When Tobin makes an improper proposal, she decides to accept it to do what she can to prevent the ruin of her estate. Tobin and Lily are at odds for much of the book but the attraction between them is too strong to be denied. Together they seek the truth of what happened that long ago night.
Given the rather bitter mood of Tobin at the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this story. Fortunately, that proved not to be the case. The verbal battles between Tobin and Lily were entertaining and witty, and the love that grew between them was worth watching. Even though this was the second book in a series, it stood alone very well. There was enough backstory given that the reader will understand the content of the first book.
“Tobin Scott learns that revenge can backfire in some unusual ways.”
March 2012, 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Returning to Hadley Green after fifteen years, the young Lord Eberlin has but one goal in mind: to avenge the death of his father. But when he is reunited with the beautiful target of his smoldering wrath, his plans take an unexpected turn. . . .
Tobin Scott has not been back to Hadley Green since Lily Boudine's childhood testimony helped send his father to the gallows for stealing the valuable Ashwood jewels. Now a wealthy man, he intends to exact his revenge by destroying Ashwood and its lady. He offers Lily a choice between her life and the livelihoods of the people who depend on the estate. She chooses the former, certain she can hold his dangerous plans at bay.
Lily and Tobin's game of one-upmanship quickly becomes a delicate dance of seduction, and she realizes he is not the cold, heartless man he tries to seem. In fact, she is certain he is right—his father was innocent. Together, they set out to find the jewels that will restore his family's honor, and soon their unbridled passion uncovers a shocking secret that will change their lives forever.