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  • Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451210417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451210418
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Gibbons VINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Viscount Aubrey "Stony" Wellstone is at the end of his rope-and the end of his family's once-great fortune. Desperate, he tries his luck at the gaming tables, where an offer to exchange his debts for a gentlemanly favor leads to a profitable new an "honorable escort" accompanying the cream of the ton.The fiercely independent, flame-tressed Miss Ellianne Kane would normally have no use for an upper-class attendant-even one as striking as Stony-but she needs Aubrey's help. Will Aubrey prove to her that there is far more to him than want of money?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
a pleasant 3 1/2 star read 18 Oct. 2004
By tregatt - Published on
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Almost completely penniless and with little to no prospects or vocation, Viscount Aubrey Wellstone is at his wit's end when an unexpected career as a paid escort falls into his lap. But Wellstone is no ordinary escort: completely honourable, he doesn't believe in compromising the reputations of the ladies he has been "asked" to see about town, and so refuses to dally with any of them; and instead of crassly excepting money over the counter for a job done, Wellstone has his debts paid off in exchange. His latest client however is unlike anyone he has had to deal with before: a rich young heiress, used to running her father's bank, Miss Elliane Kane wants to hire Wellstone not so much to help launch her into London society, but to help her find her missing younger sister, Isabelle, who had gone up to London in order to make her debut a few months ago. But with the death of the autocratic aunt she was staying with, had come the discovery that Isabelle was missing. Has Isabelle run off with some disreputable scoundrel after her money? Was she kidnapped by unscrupulous villains? Is she even still alive? Unwilling to believe that Isabelle is dead, Elliane clings to the hope that Isabelle has eloped, and it is her hope to discover the name of the cad who has led her sister so astray by infiltrating London society. And to do that, she needs Wellstone's help. But how can she keep her mind on the seriousness of the situation when all she can do is moon over Wellstone's spectacular looks? And anyway it's a well known fact that Wellstone isn't in the market for a wife; and even if he was, he's bound to choose a better born, younger and less managing woman anyway -- or wouldn't he? For something in the manner in which Wellstone looks at her makes Elliane wonder about Wellstone's feelings for her afterall ...

I had mixed feelings about "A Perfect Gentleman." For me, the book made for good reading when the author was concentrating on Wellstone and Elliane -- the attraction that felt for each other, and their blossoming friendship and their efforts to keep their feelings for each other under control -- all this wonderfully accompllished. And the introduction of a set of quirky characters that include a ex-tippling-gambling-newly-discovered-religion butler, a teary young stepmother and a foul-mouthed aunt, made for enjoyable reading too. But I did think that the entire serial murder subplot was underdone and totally unsatisfactory; ditto the entire subplot involving Elliane's missing younger sister, Isabelle. Perhaps if the author had concentrated more on the missing sister subplot and given up on the serial murder subplot, one wouldn't have come away with that lack of focus feeling. Which is a shame because Barbara Metzger is one of my favourite authors, and the main plot, involving the evolving romance between Wellstone and Elliane, two nice, intelligent and likable people, who had decided completely against marriage, but who had more or less fallen in love at first sight with each other, and are in some small denial about their feelings, was a lot of fun and very engaging. So that all in all, "A Perfect Gentleman" turned out to be a 3 1/2 star read for me.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Totally Charming Regency - Superbly Zany Characters 4-1/2* 7 Oct. 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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Brought up as a gentleman, with no marketable skills - not that a `gentleman' would actually `work' for a living - left the Viscount Aubrey "Stony" Wellstone just about at the end of his rope. He was a confirmed bachelor, with too much honor to do as other impoverished peers would do and set out to marry an heiress with a healthy dowry to bail him out of debt. As luck would have it, with his good looks, immeasurable charm, and spotless character with the ton, it occurred to one beleaguered gentleman to write off one of his IOU's if Stony would provide escort and attention to said gentleman's daughter to one of the many tedious balls and social functions that fathers with marriageable age daughters were duty bound to attend. Before he knew it, Stony's services as an eligible and willing escort was born and little by little his debts were being paid.

So busy with such a full schedule Stony had enlisted the help of two friends, one of which, purely by accident, ended up compromising the young woman. From the hullabaloo that followed, the `ton' discovered that Stony was being `paid' for these services and suddenly found himself shunned by the people who once sought him out. It was about this time the very independent Ellianne Kane was to enter his life. An heiress in her own right she was not looking for a husband, but needed Stony's knowledge of proper society to discover who might have last seen her sister who had gone missing. Ellianne initially didn't want to hire the handsome Viscount, having no use for the idle life of a gentleman and fearing that they were only attracted to her money. Stony, who had always thought himself immune to the lovely misses he squired about town, soon found himself immensely attracted to the very unique and independent would be spinster and would indeed have his work cut out in proving to her that there was more to life than money.

This book was so totally charming. Stony was not only a perfect gentleman, but a perfectly wonderful hero. The secondary characters of Ellianne's eccentric household with her Aunt Lally, her butler Timms, and Ajax, the toothless bulldog as she tried to keep Stony ignorant of the origin of the `bawdy' comments that emanated from behind closed doors was an absolute hoot! The entire book was a total enjoyment with so many humorous situations and a touching love story that I truly wanted to give it a perfect rating but the thought the lame excuse for the missing sister was too fast a wrap up and not quite believable. Bottom line - I truly did love this book with the snappy prose and wonderfully funny characters, including the hero and heroine. So my little nit-picking aside - read this book and you won't be sorry in the least! --- Marilyn Rondeau, for [...] ---
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Almost Perfect 29 Oct. 2010
By My Three Cents - Published on
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Pretty good book. The plot was kind of out there, but the characters were well-defined. Ms. Metzger's book(s) feature characters that do a lot of (wordy) introspection. Kind of slows down the flow of the book, but still and all, Ms. Metzger can write and I'll keep on reading her as long as she does.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another hit from Barbara Metzger 18 Nov. 2004
By Susan Smith - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here are some thoughts to share. The author is one of my auto-buys and she rarely lets the discerning reader down for no one, in my view, does the comic regency as well. The cast of characters in A Perfect Gentleman was wonderful: the usual collection of romantics, eccentrics, weird and wonderful servants and the obligatory Metzger animals.

Aubrey, Viscount Wellstone, was a wonderful hero - and I particularly enjoyed the scenes where he was luxuriating in the long, lustrous and very red hair of Ellianne, our heroine. This author's sex scenes are always about fostering sexual tensions and reflect the deep passion bubbling below the surface of the relationship between her protagonists: she does not go in for explicit, mechanical descriptions. I thought the scene of mad, near consumation in the butler's pantry was delicious and very, very funny. You can't help falling in love with Stony - very well drawn character and a perfect complement for Ellianne whom I also liked very much!

However, on this occasion, I have to agree with another reviewer who said that the sub-plots let the story down. Metzger is obviously making the leap to longer format regencies (hooray!!!) but to do it well, she needs to be sure that the subplots are a little tighter. The story of Capt Brisbane and Ellianne's missing sister just didn't make the cut, unfortunately. The subplot with the serial killer was good but very much out of synch with the general tenor of the story.

For me, a fun and entertaining read. I would give this one 4-1/2 stars if I could. I want to give it five but that would just reflect my love of the author and not an honest assessment of what she had produced. Roll on the next book!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Despite a few flaws... 14 Jan. 2005
By S. Reader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
...such as the too easy ending for the missing sister, not enough urgency regarding said sister, and a mildly written and easy to figure out but creepy murder mystery...Metzger creates a delightful hero in Stony, a strong, independent heroine, and some truly wonderful and unique secondary characters. Moreover, her wit just sparkles, causing me to laugh out loud more often than I could possibly keep up with.

While I have found Metzger's short stories to be hit or miss, this book made me a believer, and I'll try another of her full-length works soon. This one was delightful!
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