Friday, April 14, 2017

A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp

Title: A Perfect Gentleman
Author: Candace Camp
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: March 28, 2017

From New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp comes a delicious and steamy marriage-of-convenience historical romance in A Perfect Gentleman. 

Forced to marry an American heiress to save his family, Graeme Parr, Earl of Montclair, vowed their marriage would be in name only. Abigail Price thought handsome, aristocratic Graeme was her knight in shining armor, rescuing her from her overbearing father. But when she was spurned by her husband on their wedding night, Abigail fled home to New York.

Now, years later, Abigail has returned. But this sophisticated, alluring woman is not the drab girl Graeme remembers. Appalled by her bold American ways but drawn to her beauty, Graeme follows her on a merry chase through London’s elegant ballrooms to its dockside taverns—why is his wife back? What could she want of him now?

Torn between desire and suspicion, Graeme fears that Abby, like her unprincipled father, has a devious plan to ruin him. But is Abigail’s true desire Graeme’s destruction...or winning his love at last?

From time to time I love going back to a historical romance. I've always like the genre and growing up it was the best way to fill my romance addiction. I was excited to start reading A Perfect Gentleman as I have read Candace Camp's other work and I liked it. 

The story centers on Graeme Parr, Earl of Montclair and Abigail Price, an American with a rich father. In an attempt to save his family's name Graeme Parr marries Abigail. He felt forced to do it and on his wedding night, he lets Abigail know that their marriage will never be consummated and that he loves another woman. By the time he comes back and tries to apologize, his wife is gone. She has left the country and gone back to the States.

A decade later, Abigail is back in London. She has matured into a beautiful and smart woman. She's back in town because she wants something from her husband and this time he will need to listen to her or get a divorce. 

Graeme and Abigail's personalities clash together. He tries to fight his attraction for her but she doesn't make it easy. She wants to tempt him and his resolve keeps on weakening. There is also the question of how Graeme's father lost their money and who is to blame for it. Graeme and Abigail will have to find out who's behind it all especially after it's clear someone is targeting Abigail's life. 

It was easy to enjoy A Perfect Gentleman. Abigail was a strong and smart woman. She knew what she wanted and she was willing to fight for it. I had more problems liking Graeme in the first half of the book. I wanted to give him a push every time he said something hurtful to her or he was lying to himself.

In the end, I was happy with the resolution of their story and the mystery surrounding the missing money. 

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review.

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