The Naked Duke ePUB í The Naked MOBI :Á

The Naked Duke ePUB í The Naked  MOBI :Á
  • Paperback
  • 317 pages
  • The Naked Duke
  • Sally MacKenzie
  • English
  • 03 December 2019
  • 0821778315

The Naked Duke❰Ebook❯ ➢ The Naked Duke Author Sally MacKenzie – Essayreview.co.uk The Surprise Of Her LifeSophisticated Scandalous In fact, Miss Sarah Hamilton, a proper Philadelphian, finds London society altogether shocking How can it be that she has awakened from her innocent sl The Surprise Of Her LifeSophisticated Scandalous In fact, Miss Sarah Hamilton, a proper Philadelphian, finds London society altogether shocking How can it be that she has awakened from her innocent slumber to find herself in bed next to a handsome and exceedingly naked man The laughing onlookers standing in the doorway are no help whatsoever and surely this amorous lunatic cannot be a duke, as he claims She is compromised though she most certainly will not marry himThe Sweetest Moment Of His James, the Duke of Alford, is enchanted by The Naked MOBI :Á his unexpected bedmate and not at all afraid of her pink cheeked fury True, the circumstances and place of their meeting are most unusual, but the spirited American who s pummeling him with a pillow is an incomparable beauty If Sarah will only listen to his perfectly reasonable explanation, James is sure that he can capture her heartrever.


About the Author: Sally MacKenzie

Sally MacKenzie decided to become a writer in grade school when she read one of her stories to the class Her classmates laughed and she was hooked She sat down immediately to pen her first novelWell, not exactlyThe hooked part is right cursed might be a better description but the sitting down and writing part came later Much later Sally eventually went on to college, majoring in English, and, upon graduation, did what many English majors do she went to law school But she still couldn t shake her dream The Naked MOBI :Á of writing fiction Midway through law school, she faced the fact that she really did not want to be a lawyer She took a permanent leave of absence, came home to the Washington, DC area, and sat down to type her first novelWell, not exactlyShe did come home and write, but mostly she wrote regulations for the United States government s school nutrition programs Ketchup as a vegetable, anyone When her law school sweetheart graduated, he moved to DC and they got married A couple years later, the first of their four sons was born, and Sally retired to manage their family She wrote a story or two and some picture book texts, all now stored away in a filing cabinet, but she spent most of her energies on baby tending which rapidly evolved into carpool driving She became an extremely skilled scheduler, getting all four boys to soccer, basketball, baseball, track, swimming, piano, scouts, and birthday parties without ever losing one Okay, she did lose the youngest for a few minutes, but she found him before he d toddled into the parking lot And she didwriting school newsletters, auction programs, class plays, swim league guidance, and the acclaimed annual MacKenzie family newsletter but no fictionFinally, the boys started driving Eek and leaving for college The nest was emptying and she wasn t getting any younger The time had come to chase the dream or let it go for good, so she sat down at the computer and wrote And rewrote And rewrote again until she had a polished manuscript She joined the Romance Writers of America, and when the plea went out for Regency manuscripts for the Golden Heart contest, she sent in The Naked Duke The stars aligned She made the final round, and one of the judging editors liked the manuscript and offered to buy itYee haw When not writing or obsessing over the various mysteries of book promotion, Sally can be found at the gym working hard to age gracefully, at the pool on the SLOW side of the Masters swim practice, or at one meeting or another volunteering at the helm of the summer swim league Here s Sally with her family she s ft in tall, but she s short in this crowd.


10 thoughts on “The Naked Duke

  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This story as a whole wasn t bad, it was just boring Nothing really stood out about it, the heroine, Sarah, wasn t annoying or bitchy or a doormat she was just average Same goes for the hero, James, who was just average except for the whole virgin thing Then there s the villain, who is James cousin and is just an average mustache twirling villain who s out to kill James so he can become the Duke of Alvord.The most disturbing thing about this book was all the rape If it wasn t actually h This story as a whole wasn t bad, it was just boring Nothing really stood out about it, the heroine, Sarah, wasn t annoying or bitchy or a doormat she was just average Same goes for the hero, James, who was just average except for the whole virgin thing Then there s the villain, who is James cousin and is just an average mustache twirling villain who s out to kill James so he can become the Duke of Alvord.The most disturbing thing about this book was all the rape If it wasn t actually happening then it was either being attempted or talked about The villain, Richard, rapes the prostitute that was supposed to be put in James bed instead of Sarah and then kills her That whole scene made me wince and debate if I truly wanted to continue on For whatever reason, I was determined to get through the whole story so I continued But I should ve just stopped there because Sarah has at least two different scenes where someone tries to rape her I managed to make it through the first one, but the one at the very ending of story was just intensely disquieting to me Most of this book is pretty light hearted, so to throw heavy subjects like that in and not really deal with them was intrusive and disturbing.Throughout this whole book it felt like there were two different stories going on One was a light hearted comedy of mistaken identity and crazy family members Then there s the darker and serious story of Richard s obsession with overcoming James I had the feeling Richard could ve been a really complex and interesting character, but every time I thought Mackenzie was going to gointo his motives and background, his scene would abruptly cut off and things would switch back to James and Sarah s antics.So basically, I was either disturbed or bored during this book I definitely won t be continuing this series

  2. says:

    First paragraph The devil was still asleep.Sarah Hamilton squeezed closer to the stagecoach window The farmer next to her grunted, shifting his considerable weight to take over the small space she d made between them The movement sent yet another fetid blast of yesterday s fish and sweat her way.With that lovely aromatic opening, our book begins with penniless pseudo aristocrat Sarah Hamilton traveling to her English uncle s estate after the death of her father in America Arriving late, Sara First paragraph The devil was still asleep.Sarah Hamilton squeezed closer to the stagecoach window The farmer next to her grunted, shifting his considerable weight to take over the small space she d made between them The movement sent yet another fetid blast of yesterday s fish and sweat her way.With that lovely aromatic opening, our book begins with penniless pseudo aristocrat Sarah Hamilton traveling to her English uncle s estate after the death of her father in America Arriving late, Sarah stays the night at a local tavern, where she is given a room that actually belongs to the local Duke, and is ahem compromised when she awakens in the morning to discover a naked Duke in her bed And then, of course, his entire family barges in This was a quick, fun read, although not as humorous as it was made out to be I enjoyed the two spinster Aunts with their blustering and their sometimes misdirected good intentions The evil plot element, that of the jealous and insane cousin Richard who wants to steal the throneno, no, make that the Dukedomwas a little too dramatic and unrealistic to me However, I did love the character of James, the Duke of Alvord Charming, romantic, straight up, no games What can you say Maybe too unrealistic as well, but a girl can always hope Isn t that what most romances are all about Well done, and recommended

  3. says:

    Parts of this book bugged me because of the characters, but the comedy was fun.

  4. says:

    I had this book for some time, read a few pages, lost interest and then lost the book And i found the book again recently I figured that it must be a sign that i should make the effort to finish the book and find out if it s any good.I have to say that it was a meh kind of book Not so bad that i would shelf it again as a DNF but not something that would give me a post reading buzz To make it easier, i ll list down why 1 The hero, James Runyon aka Duke of Alvord, is a complete darling He s I had this book for some time, read a few pages, lost interest and then lost the book And i found the book again recently I figured that it must be a sign that i should make the effort to finish the book and find out if it s any good.I have to say that it was a meh kind of book Not so bad that i would shelf it again as a DNF but not something that would give me a post reading buzz To make it easier, i ll list down why 1 The hero, James Runyon aka Duke of Alvord, is a complete darling He s a war hero, a gentleman and a virgin yesat 28, which is a bit unrealistic in that era or any era It s like he s a nerd that became a hotie when he got older But, he s also a nice character very much a good guy type It was implied that he s powerful, but is it just because he is a Duke or an ex soldier This was never really fleshed out And he is constantly horny when the heroine is around 2 The heroine, Sarah Hamilton who is also a cousin of Jame s bestie is.well..ok I understand that women of that time, especially the ones who come from distinguished families are very protected from any knowledge on sex and the human body It was implied also that even she is not familiar with her own body So she s really innocent and naive and goes Stop it James almost every other sentence for most parts of the book because she s embarrassed but turned on with Jame s randy come ons SorrySarah just annoyed me for many reasons She is often in the state of no but yes but no but yes ughhhhh I ve read books with similar characters but they re not this annoying Probably the presentation of the character here is just not to my liking I have read historical romances where the heroine is an innocent but the sexual tension between Sarah and James was just stress inducing to me I felt like telling the heroine shut up and let him kiss properly Because she has that I want but i can ti really really want but i must appear innocent and not a wanton Oh please The guy s madly in love with you And the not saying what really needs to be said part where she assumed he s a rake when she got the information from really dodgy characters For f s sake doesn t she have the brain to investigate But noshe s rather feel sorry for herself that she might have to marry the young, handsome, good and crazy over her Duke after all like it s such a chore I just don t get it That s not being innocent or naive That s being helpless and stubborn for no good reason.So yeah the heroine annoyed me for most parts of the story The saving grace are the side characters family and friends who are so devoted to their aim to get the Duke married and with an heir and getting Sarah to be the Duchess And the villain is seriously horrible and crazy he s like a nightmare cartoon villain In fact he s so derangedhe s probably the only character there that knows his part a vengeful person full of hatred for a lot of things but most especially the Duke There are rape scenes that seem a bit too dark for the fluffy parts of the book And the sex scenes I read and went.what exactly happened Was it in already Waahhh wahhaaattt And the ending What ending So.after this book, i don t really feel like reading the next one I might crack open one of the books in the series that seem to have some promising looking reviews but the others I think i d give them a miss unless my curiosity and that OCD ish feeling that i must read ALL the books in the series gets the better of me

  5. says:

    Although this book did have some good bit and some humourous situations and dialogue, I can t rate itthen a 3 Stars, as for me it was just a bit average, I didn t hate it and I didn t love it and I will probably forget about it fairly quickly Everyone was very pleasent in it, and it was very lighthearted, I was hoping it would be a it like Julia Quinn s style of romance humourous and romantic and with no real angst in it However, it was no where near as good The hero James, the Duke of Although this book did have some good bit and some humourous situations and dialogue, I can t rate itthen a 3 Stars, as for me it was just a bit average, I didn t hate it and I didn t love it and I will probably forget about it fairly quickly Everyone was very pleasent in it, and it was very lighthearted, I was hoping it would be a it like Julia Quinn s style of romance humourous and romantic and with no real angst in it However, it was no where near as good The hero James, the Duke of Alford the Naked Duke of the title seemed a bit lecherous most of the time, all he seemed to be thinking about was the quickest way to see the heroines breasts For me it wasn t very romantic, they didn t seem to have a single conversation where he wasn t talking about getting her naked There was also a slight discordant note to this book, as one minute you are reading light hearted banter and the next it cuts to a scene where his evil cousin rapes and strangles simulaneously a girl, which just completely throw me off But it was a light, easy read which although I may not seek another book out I would pick it up if it showed up in my library

  6. says:

    This is a Quickie Review For the full review, please visit The RomanceaholicI am a huge fan of the marriage to avoid scandal plotline in my regency romances, because there s something supremely romantic to me about two virtual strangers who are forced to forge a marriage of convenience due to society s dictates, and yet find a deep and abiding love together.Overall, I did feel that the positive points outweighed the negatives, though there were a few things that seemed to be at odds with the This is a Quickie Review For the full review, please visit The RomanceaholicI am a huge fan of the marriage to avoid scandal plotline in my regency romances, because there s something supremely romantic to me about two virtual strangers who are forced to forge a marriage of convenience due to society s dictates, and yet find a deep and abiding love together.Overall, I did feel that the positive points outweighed the negatives, though there were a few things that seemed to be at odds with the otherwise lighthearted comedic romance In the end, I have to say this was an enjoyable, funny read, and I would indeed recommend it to my friends.3.5 5 Stars

  7. says:

    What a great story I want a James for myself whispers And he was a virgin This had some definite funny moments, but don t think this was all roses and smiles James had a nasty cousin, who made his nastiness known, loud and clear Other than the ending being a bit abrupt for my taste, I would have liked to have an epilogue this was a great read

  8. says:

    Even though there was some humor in the story it was just ok for me It went from one moment to the next Sarah went to London because it was what her father asked of her but when she got there she wasn t prepared and ended up in bed with someone who happened to be a duke and everything went crazy but I guess not a too bad since you get a sexy duke.

  9. says:

    Sally MacKenzie begins her Naked series with James Runyon, Duke of Alford, and Miss Sarah Hamilton, the poor American cousin of the Earl of Westbrooke, Robert Robbie Hamilton James best friend.Synopsis Miss Sarah Hamilton leaves Philadelphia for England when her father, an English second son transplant, makes her promise on his deathbed that she will return to her Uncle s, the Earl of Westbrooke, house Tired, poor, and having lost her luggage in the bay by Liverpool, the red haired Sarah Sally MacKenzie begins her Naked series with James Runyon, Duke of Alford, and Miss Sarah Hamilton, the poor American cousin of the Earl of Westbrooke, Robert Robbie Hamilton James best friend.Synopsis Miss Sarah Hamilton leaves Philadelphia for England when her father, an English second son transplant, makes her promise on his deathbed that she will return to her Uncle s, the Earl of Westbrooke, house Tired, poor, and having lost her luggage in the bay by Liverpool, the red haired Sarah arrives at an inn not far from her Uncle s house and tries to find a room to rest for the night Through a series of rather amusing mistakes about her identity, Sarah ends up in a room that is not her ownwhich she discovers in the morning when she is woken up by the ungentlemanly advances of James who is under the mistaken impression that she is a common prostitute gifted in a drunken mistake by his friend Upon the obvious screams that ensue and the observation of James family, James and Sarah are forced into a slightly different relationship While James seems rather happy about the predicament, Sarah has her doubts.This book as well as the series is rather hilarious MacKenzie has an excellent sense of humor that creates awkward and humorous moments without being either crude or too light Her characters are interesting and have their own believable realities that define them Sarah s American identity is both believable and not too intrusive while James background as a soldier and a Peer give him the necessary credentials as a regency hero, but don t rule his behavior too much James, in fact, is one of the fewthe proudthe incredibly rare and well writtenmale virgins One of my favorite moments in the book is when MacKenzie is flashing back to James Eaton years James father pays a visit to help his son out where he s been lacking James observations about the realities of prostitutes is both endearing and refreshing It s also hilarious If you re looking for a sweet and laugh out loud love story with just enough plot to hold your interest in the world they inhabit, this story is it You ll find yourself wondering, and rightly so, what happens next when the last page is flipped Don t worryMacKenzie keeps calm and carries on.As posted on

  10. says:

    A cute story, with one or two interesting characters, but nothing particularly fascinating or original James, the Duke, is guaranteed to sweep girls off their feet with his charming manners and determination to convince Sarah to marry him Sarah s supposed naivete and lack of understanding in the social life and rules of her class in England are bordering on unbelievable, however I found it hard to seriously believe that she couldn t understand the danger that James brother and his hirelings A cute story, with one or two interesting characters, but nothing particularly fascinating or original James, the Duke, is guaranteed to sweep girls off their feet with his charming manners and determination to convince Sarah to marry him Sarah s supposed naivete and lack of understanding in the social life and rules of her class in England are bordering on unbelievable, however I found it hard to seriously believe that she couldn t understand the danger that James brother and his hirelings posed to her, or her confusion at the steps that James and his aunts took to protect her reputation after the incident at the Green Man MacKenzie couldn t seem to decide whether to make her heroine spunky and smartass, or innocent bordering on stupid Sarah and James occasional debate about societal issues only made her look like a petulant child, instead of appearing independent of thought and intelligent.The only thing of intellectual interest, the culture clash between her and James as a result of her American backgrounds, wasn t dealt with very well by MacKenzie, either It felt like it was placed in there to make the novel soundclassy with its discussion of cultural differences something happens to make Sarah insist that America s considerably better than England, James fires back with a reasonable rebuttal, and the argument gets dropped in favour of another topic The language was also slightly doubtful at points some of the words that the characters used, particularly Robbie, is rather unlikely to have come from an Earl Lizzie also says his voice freezes you dead at one point Female readers will most likely adore James but find the airheaded Sarah rather hard to bear at times, particularly her constant bouts of indecision regarding James, just because two people obviously enemies, no less , mentioned to her that James was a rake James aunts and Robbie, the Earl of Westbrooke, are charming side characters, and his messed up brother is interesting, creepily so All in all, The Naked Duke is a nice little romance that makes a decent read if you have a spare moment, but it s nothing to write home about If you can ignore the numerous, ill fitting romance tropes, it s actually a reasonably enjoyable quick read

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