A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
Graeme Parr, Lord Montclair needs to get married to save his estate and cover his father's debts. Abigail Price is an American heiress who's father manipulates and blackmails Graeme into marrying Abigail for his title. There's this little problem of Graeme being in "love" with Laura (big issue with this woman) but he goes ahead and marries Abigail. He winds up resenting her though because he believes that she's in on the blackmail and leaves her on her wedding night and disappears. What a winner he is y'all!!! That's just a little side note - If your husband runs away from you on your wedding night...he might NOT be a keeper....JUST SAYING!!
Poor Abigail who's been treated like crap by her father for years is a timid little thing. She thinks that when she met Graeme that because he treated her good before they were married that it would follow into the marriage...WRONG AGAIN. He holds nothing but contempt for her and storms out and goes back to England leaving her to go back to America.
Fast forward ten years and Abigail has grown up a lot. She's beautiful, successful in her own right and knows what she wants. She want's to have a baby and if Graeme won't give it to her, then she wants a divorce. So, he has a choice to make. During this whole time, he's spent it in brothel's and spending it drooling after Laura or as I like to call her "hag who shouldn't be named." I really didn't see all that much character growth with him as a "person" and I didn't like him. I don't know if the author did that purposely, but he just got on my nerves. I mean, just because he doesn't find fathering a child with her a hardship...he's gonna do it out of the goodness of his heart?? OMG...I was laughing at that. However, overall this is another awesome book by Candace and there is some intrigue in this with...OH MY - you'll just have to read it to find out!!!
I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on NetGalley for an honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.
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