THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN
Julian Montgomery, Marquess of Sherling, is guardian to Samantha Darlington, illegitimate daughter of Simon Darlington, who has been allowed to run free. It falls on Julian to turn her into a respectable young lady worthy of being presented to the "ton" and of finding a husband. But the only husband Sam wants is Julian.
His Lordship thinks of Sam as a child and he decides that Charlotte Batsord, elegant and reserved, will be the perfect candidate to be his wife.
Starchy and self-controlled, Julian soon finds his starchiness beginning to melt and his self control unravelling as Sam has him jumping through hoops with her machinations. For who but Sam pays a visit to Julian's mistress for instructions in pleasing a man, helps her maid elope and shows Julian that she is all woman? Why his darling Samantha, that's who!
THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN is a beguiling, lighthearted read to while away a cozy January evening. SENSUAL (Jan., 391 pp., $5.50)