by Barbara Metzger

October 2004
ISBN: 0-451-21041-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

His family’s once ample fortunes now a memory, Viscount Aubrey Wellstone hopes to gain some needed funds at the gaming tables. Met with marginal success, he accidentally finds a more lucrative venture. When one of his debts is discharged in exchange for his social skills, “Stony” lands on a goldmine. Discreetly choosing his clients with care, he uses his position and attentive companionship to bring otherwise unremarkable women into the ton’s embrace. Always mindful of the potential scorn of discovery, he is always A Perfect Gentleman. When one of his friends behaves less honorably, his true business is revealed to society. Where once there were grateful brothers and fathers, now there is speculation about how far his companionship really went.

Stony is asked to provide society entree to the enigmatic daughter of a wealthy banker. Upon meeting the straitlaced woman, he believes that his task is impossible. Rigid and unattractive, Ellianne Kane’s sole attraction is her family fortune. What he doesn’t know is that his disguised client has a completely different agenda.

Following her critical success, Wedded Bliss, author Barbara Metzger has penned another stylish and entertaining novel. Wellstone is a man of surprising depths, and Ellianne Kane is a unique character, not often seen in novels of this genre. A daughter of trade, she has been educated in areas that are foreign to society debutantes and has no aspirations for the marriage mart. Her foray into polite society is driven by desperation. As the mismatched couple go forth, intrigue is not far behind.

A Perfect Gentleman is a fast-paced story full of wit and sharp humor. The characters are fully developed and engage the reader’s interest. The plot is interesting and not easily solved. This is the first book I have read by this author, but will be looking for her next novel.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Paula.

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