The Naked Duke

The Naked Duke

by Sally MacKenzie

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ISBN-13: 9781420114010
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Naked Nobility , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 46,414
File size: 749 KB

About the Author

A native of Washington, DC, Sally MacKenzie still lives in suburban Maryland with her transplanted upstate New Yorker husband. She’s written federal regulations, school newsletters, auction programs, class plays, and swim league guidance, but it wasn’t until the first of her four sons headed off to college that she tried her hand at romance. She can be reached by e-mail at sally@sallymackenzie.net or by snail mail at P.O. Box 10466, Rockville, MD, 20849. Please visit her home in cyberspace at www.sallymackenzie.net.

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Naked Duke 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 254 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.'
whitreidtan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Yes, romances are fairly predictable. Yes, they follow strict conventions. Yes, they almost inevitably have a happy ending (we romance readers demand it, you know). But that is no excuse to use the most tired plot twists in what would otherwise perhaps be a decent story. In other words, I am sick to death of the bad guy kidnapping the heroine. I mean, if this sort of thing went on in the Regency as often as romance writers use it to add conflict into their novels, well, it's a miracle any young miss stayed out of the nefarious clutches of the baddies for more than an hour at a time. Please, authors, I am begging you, no more kidnappings! Constant abductions are making a mockery of the genre. Okay, with that off my chest, on to the actual book (which sadly, does indeed use the kidnapping ploy).Sarah Hamilton has come to England upon the death of her father, intending to go to her uncle, the Earl of Westbrooke, whom she has never met. She ends up at an inn near the Westbrooke family home, without any belongings and being refused a room at the inn when she is taken under the wing of a drunken nobleman who shows her to "her" room. Exhausted from her journey, she climbs into bed, only waking in the morning to find herself in bed with the Duke of Alvord and being gawped at by quite a few people. Upon finding out who she is (and discovering that the drunken nobleman who ensconsed her in the Duke's room is her cousin, the current Earl of Westbrooke), James, the Duke offers to marry her. But Sarah is an American through and through and has republican ideas and a distinct distrust of titles and the aristocracy. She does, however, agree to be the James' houseguest and accompany his sister through her season. Meanwhile James has determined to marry her and sets himself up to court her, until his evil and nasty cousin threatens Sarah, much as he'd been threatening and actually attempting to murder James for years. So between Sarah's reluctance to marry into the hypocrisy and entitlement of the ton and James' desire to save her from his terrible cousin Richard, questions arise about whether or not the two of them will overcome the obstacles and end up together.While parts of the storyline are fine, there are enough cliched and heavy-handed bits to detract from the overall. Cousin Richard is so angry and bitter about not being the Duke that he is completely stereotypical and not one ounce of goodness can be found in him. He enjoys sex with women only through rape and murder (and the scene that gives the reader this insight into his soul is very graphic) and has a longtime male lover through whom we are supposed, I think, to understand that he was once a decent human being whose anger has warped his soul to madness. And yet this isn't believable given his actions. Our hero, James, is nice but certainly not one to inspire heartfelt sighs. He is a virgin, certainly unlikely for a romance hero, but even this is a bit off given that he has never, until meeting Sarah, been interested in sex. He's thirty for pete's sake. And he's been completely *asexual* all that time, just waiting for the right woman to awaken his desires? Just a little far-fetched. Sarah is ridiculously wed to her notion that the aristocracy is all terrible contrary to what she witnesses and without reference to the fact that she is indeed one of the aristocracy herself as a result of being the Earl of Westbrooke's cousin. But despite her supposedly being an intelligent character, this never occurs to her at all.Yes, there are significant problems in this romance but MacKenzie does take a darker tone than is usual in the genre and perhaps her desire to combine the darker with the lighter, more usual fare, helped to create some of these problems. As this is a debut novel, I'd be curious to see if these dichotomies and flaws are melded more seamlessly and smoothed over better in the later books in the series. I do already own the rest of the series and
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you reading throughout to find out what was happening next. What a thriller and great love story.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
England, romance, suspense, family-dynamics, humor A nice duke, his psychopathic brother, a recently orphaned American young miss, an exceptional misunderstanding, and an assortment of real characters are the basics of this fun yet suspenseful mystery and romance. I have read it several times and has always been a great escape. After multiple disappearances of print copies, I got the ebook!
police6369 More than 1 year 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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