A Perfect Gentleman
Pocket Books / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print and digital
A Perfect Gentleman is a nice second-chance-at-love story, though Abigail and Graeme’s first chance was doomed from the start. Blackmailed by Abigail’s powerful father into the marriage and in love with somebody else, Graeme’s resentment toward Abby burst forth on their wedding night. Humiliated, the shy young bride fled home to New York and gradually built her confidence and a life for herself. She returns to England 10 years later with the goal of having a child with her estranged husband.
As he watches her deal with his dragon of a grandmother, Graeme is intrigued with this stranger to whom he is married.
“Arthur Dexter is scarcely anyone with whom you’d want to advance an acquaintance,” his grandmother told Abigail firmly. “Jumped up little mushroom. His grandfather was in trade.”
“Shocking,” Abigail agreed with such a twinkle in her eye that Graeme had to hide a smile. “Perhaps he is proud of what he has accomplished rather than his family,” Abigail offered.
“What a very American thing to say.”
“Yes, I suppose it is,” she agreed. “It’s difficult for some people to transcend their upbringing.”
“Precisely.” His grandmother nodded. Graeme wasn’t sure whether she had caught the subtle message in Abigail’s words. He suspected not; Lady Eugenia did not deal in subtleties.
He glanced over at Abigail. She returned his gaze with a wide-eyed blandness that convinced him she had intended the little dig at his grandmother’s prejudices. Again he found himself wanting to smile.
Why did it have to be so bloody easy to like this woman?
Yes, how dare she be so witty and interesting! Not to mention beautiful. Graeme is very wary, however, of letting go of his preconceived notions about Abigail. He has always been sure that she was in cahoots with her father to trap him into the marriage, that she was complicit in the blackmail.