The Naked Duke

The Naked Duke

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by Sally MacKenzie
     
 

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The Surprise Of Her Life

Sophisticated. 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

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The Surprise Of Her Life

Sophisticated. 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 him!

The Sweetest Moment Of His

James, the Duke of Alford, is enchanted by 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 heart. . .forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420111866
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/21/2009
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
527,187
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Naked Duke 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 251 reviews.
Athelston More than 1 year ago
MacKenzie's main characters have promise at the beginning of the novel, but the number of references to prostitution and the repeated focus on the threat of rape severely interfere with the novel's ability to be enjoyable. With those elements deleted, the plot is ordinary to the extreme.
cheena More than 1 year ago
i have to agree with another poster about the repeated threats about rape interfering with the book's enjoyment. it was beyond belief that the heroine would allow herself to be dragged about on a dance-floor by someone she did not want to dance with...not once, not even twice! this was my first book by this author and it will be my last. the book had so much potential but totally failed as a romance in my opinion. Yuk!
Vonda_M_Reid More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 1.80 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 1 / Romance: 3 / Sensuous: 1 / Intrigue: 3.5 // Regency Flavor: 2.5 / Laughter: 2 / Tears: 0 Abject apologies to Sally MacKenzie for not liking her debut book, "The Naked Duke," the first book in "The Naked Nobility Series." Although thought the opening gambit original, cute, fun, and intriguing, never did warm up to the absolutely perfect hero, James William Randolph Runyon, Duke of Alvord, nor the heroine, Sarah Marie Hamilton. Surely reading about a destitute woman, on her own, in a foreign country, with no signs of finding employment, living with strangers would dredge up some concern. Specific reasons for discontent with this book can be found in more detailed review at Wolf Bear Does Books. Even though "The Naked Duke," was not a total wash (did finish the book), would not recommend it. Yes, pick up and read this book if you have no other book handy, but otherwise, look elsewhere for a great read.
Xedra77 More than 1 year ago
. . . it's so much better! I'll admit, when I first read the title I was thinking that this was a fluffy romance novel. I picked it up because, well, sometimes I'm in the mood for a little fluff. These books (I say books because I read them all in a weekend) are not fluffy romance. It's real romance you'll find here. Alright, The Naked Duke finds himself in a rather compromising position at the beginning of the book, but you need to think past that. Think 'naked' as in exposed, not physically, so much as emotionally. These characters are deep in a London society that, well, just isn't! In The Naked Duke, an English Duke finds himself completely besotted with an American woman come over from the states. The book is about his attempts at wooing, her reactions to London society, and the tons' reaction to her. In the meantime, both Sarah and the Duke have to dodge his brother who is a truly sick bas-bugger. Be prepared to be taken by this one. Leave yourself some time to read and be sure to have the next book on hand. I guarantee you'll have to read to the end and still be left wishing there was more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Sarah Hamilton arrives in England from Philadelphia. She really didn't want to return to her father's home to live with her uncle, the Earl of Westbrooke, but she had no choice: it was her father's dying wish. Bone weary and tired from the long ocean journey, she stops for the night at the Green Man Inn, hoping to rest and make herself more presentable the following morning. Little does she expect to awaken with a handsome man lying in bed beside her -- and a naked one at that. ... James, the Duke of Alvord, spends some time in a disussion with his friends, Major Charles Draysmith and Robert Hamilton, the Earl of Westbrooke, known to James as Robbie. When he retires for the night in his usual room at the Green Man, he hears a noise and, suspecting his cousin Richard of again laying a trap to kill him, he whirls around, only to find a beautiful woman asleep in his bed. Suspecting his friend Robbie of finding the girl as a means for him to spend time forgetting his pending marriage to Charlotte, a woman he would rather forget, he removes his clothes and snuggles up close. But it's obvious the woman is exhausted. He decides to sleep and see what happens in the morning. ... Unfortunately, his aunt, Lady Gladys Runyon, arrives the following morning and discovers he is not alone. Gladys learns the identity of the young woman, and realizes that Sarah and Robbie are related. Gladys quickly explains that Robbie is the current Earl, then insists that James and Sarah marry, since they have been found in a compromising sitution. James must protect Sarah's reputation at all costs. The idea is quite appealing to James, who is attracted to the beautiful red-headed Sarah. ... What follows is an exciting romance, complete with an intriguing plot that includes attempts on James' life by his cousin, Richard, who yearns to be the next Duke of Alvord. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and one that kept me turning the pages. I heartily recommend The Naked Duke to anyone who loves period romance with a mysterious element. And you can be sure I'll read her latest release, 'The Naked Marquis.'
police6369 3 months ago
Loved the book, have read the Naked series several times. Sarah lands in England and it making it to her uncle. When she stops at a inn without luggage and a maid she is thought to he a lady of the night. When she is given a room she falls asleep and does not realize that it actually is the Duke of Alfords room. When James enters his room he realizes he is not alone. Thinking it is his cousin again trying to kill him until he sees the red head in his bed. He mistakes her as also. When he wakes in the morning with this lovely person next to him, he decides to have a little of what she is offering. Sarah wakes up to a man kissing her, she screams, the door burst opens and all the fun starts. James finds out who Sarah really is and offers for her. He is also trying to dodge his cousin from killing him. A funny read in some parts and series in others. Loved the Book!!
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mysteryfetish More than 1 year ago
Cute, enjoyable read
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