Naked

Naked

by Megan Hart
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe this book! What a pleasant surprise. I picked it up for the cover art alone! That photo is pure genius. I just keep thinking that was me and the man I love. When I bought the book I assumed there would be little depth to the story line. I was looking for a story to make me feel good about myself and my own relationship...just knowing that there is more interracial couples in the world. Boy oh boy was the rug pulled from under me. I never imagined that I would understand this complex yet simple Alex Kennedy. All he was looking for ...LOVE. It was refreshing to see that a man could admit his vulnerability and still press forward with what he wanted. I thought I was going to read a quick story of a gorgeous man falling for a beautiful damsel in distress. It turns out that wasn't the gist of the novel. Naked forced me to take a closer look at the dynamics of family and self-worth. Olivia had to overcome past hurt by her former fiancee and all of his bull along with finding her place in this mixed up world. By the end of this story I felt NAKED and was forced to try to examine myself. This book helped me open my mind. Thanks Megan Hart for giving me Olivia and Alex!
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a 28-year-old photographer who doesn't quite know who she is. She was adopted into an all white family even though she's not white, she has to deal with her family being divided between two religions every holiday, and she's having a difficult time trusting herself after a troubled love life. Yet, the night she sees Alex Kennedy, everything changes. She doesn't listen that "he's trouble" or care about his sexual history. Together they fit and for once, she's content. "I didn't have to decide if I was one thing or another. If I was both and neither. Everything and nothing. It's okay to struggle to find our place in this world and the person who will take us for who and what we are. Sometimes we dress ourselves in layers that only get peeled away in the end, to leave us as we should be. Naked." This was a classic story of opposites attract, meet, fall in love! :) *SPOILERS* Olivia, aka "Liv", is struggling to get her own advertising/graphic design business off the ground while living in a newly purchased building that had once been a firehouse. She hasn't had the best track record in relationships and has even had a few other life hiccups as well. She lived a lie back in college upon dating Patrick for three years and two weeks before they were due to walk down the aisle at her father's church, she found out Patrick was really gay and sleeping around. Yet, Olivia took the full blame for their failed marriage on herself and even went back to Patrick so they could remain friends. She keeps living a lie since she's still in love with her gay best friend, even when he continues to get jealous and steer her away from any potential relationships. Alex, on the other hand, is financially stable, an international globe trotter, and is the walking fantasy of both men and women. He's back in the states after living recently in Japan, Scotland, Singapore, and Holland and is being a "professional house-guest" (aka mooching off the hospitality of friends and their couches) all while avoiding the final stop of visiting his parents in Sandusky, Ohio. He believes "sometimes, the longer you stay away from something the harder it is to go back there." This was the second book by Hart that I've read; my first being Deeper. The story flows smoothly and the characters are very realistic. I'm not a fan of rushed relationships, but I really felt Alex and Olivia had a nice bond even though within four months there were engaged. I kept waiting for Alex to cheat on Olivia or something similar (I'm not sure why I expected that?) but overall their relationship throughout Naked was solid. In short - It's a mishmash of couple meeting, couple falling in love, couple meeting each others family/friends, and couple accepting each others past and loving them for who they are. It's an erotic read, so expect some juicy love scenes. Likes: I enjoyed Olivia describing how she "hadn't been raised stupid, but sure ended up feeling dumb" during certain points in her life. I find that's a common aspect many women keep secret. Dislikes: I wished to have seen the wedding. The story kind of dropped off before that, leaving my things up in the air . . . like what church/religion did Olivia decide to get married under or if Alex got around to extending an wedding invitation to his father or not? Plus Alex's marriage proposal still bothers me.
Romance_rookie More than 1 year ago
Naked is loosely connected to Megan Hart's book Tempted. It continues with Alex Kennedy meeting Olivia Mackey the morning after a Holiday celebration. It turns out that Alex needs a place to stay for a few months and Olivia has an apartment she can rent out to him while he is in town on business. Both are attracted to each other but Olivia is very hesitant to become involved in a relationship with a man who might swing both ways. She was already hurt once by her former fiancé Patrick who finally came out of the closet. Megan Hart's writing is so difficult for me to give a grade when reviewing. I think she is such a fabulous writer. Her characters are completely fleshed out and so human that it is hard not to be drawn in by them and have an emotional reaction. But at the same time sometimes the characters are so human, faults and all, that the very same thing that drew you in pushes you away. Am I making any sense at all? Let's start with Alex. On the outside he seems so completely put together. All posh and circumstance, yet just past the surface the man is a mess. He thinks he knows what he wants, but I am not convinced that he does. Olivia's perception when it comes to relationships is very skewed and much of this is due to the fact that the only serious relationship she has had is with a gay man. But despite all these obstacles it is obvious that these two when together are happy. They have baggage that they will have to work to overcome. I like that the author doesn't sugar coat things and faces the fact that for the relationship to be successful, Olivia and Alex will have to work for it. I really liked how Ms. Hart ties themes of acceptance throughout the book. She took religion, race and sexual orientation all without being preachy, and showed how these things can affect a person or people. I thought that was very well done of her and it gave the book quite a bit of depth. I must admit the way the book was going I thought it was going to end badly. Fortunately, things were resolved in the end, but I felt that the ending was VERY abrupt. I wish that things could have been hammered out a little better and eventually this is what led me to lower the grade rating. I am not entirely convinced of the happy ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book alot. So much better than Tempted. I am happy Alex finally got a happy ending. I found the fact that Cam might actually be Alex's son very intriguing. But to me its also a reminder that Alex will forever remain between James and Anna. I dont know why the three of them didn't just stay together in a long term polyamorous relationship. I feel like James and Anna settled for eachother....neither of them getting what they really wanted, which was Alex. I love that Alex never lied to Olivia. And I loved that he never wanted to share her knowing the danger in that from his relationship with Anna and James. I disagree with other reviews, I don't think it ended abruptly. All the details we don't know don't know dont really matter.Olivia loved him enough to stay with him despite his past. At the end of the day, it doesnt matter whether Olivia chooses a church or a synogague to be married in, or if Alexs father ever stops being a dick or not, or even comes to their wedding. All that really matters is that Alex and Olivia found love and happiness in eachother and were willing to overcome all obstacles together.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the annual Chrismukkah party hosted by her former boyfriend Patrick MacDonald, graphic designer Olivia Mackey notices a hunk. Patrick warns her that not only is international consultant Alex Kennedy bad news, he does not like girls. Since Patrick is gay, she assumes he means Alex is also. Though attracted to Alex, Olivia and having had an orgasm fantasizing what she would do to him, Olivia writes him off and plans to avoid him. However, he needs a place to stay and she has an apartment to rent and needs the money. As they become neighbors, he tries to disprove her beliefs about him with hands on ease, but also hides nothing behind his facades as what she sees is what he is. This deep erotic romance focuses on the complexities of relationships including between men as the key cast members are fully developed complicated people. The lead pairing is a refreshing unique couple as is the loving secondary support duet of Patrick and his significant other Teddy. Naked is a profound erotica as Megan Hart argues that life is convoluted because 1 + 1 does not equal 2 in the set of human interrelationships. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a year ago and it lingered in my mind ever since. So I read it again. It was even better this second time around. To really get the depth of Alex's character, you need to read the previous book 'Tempted'. In that book, Alex gets deep into a relationship with his best friend Jamie and his wife Anne. I always found the couple selfish and I felt they both used Alex to fill the cracks in their own relationship. I really loved Alexcharacter, his loneliness and desire to love and be loved. I wanted him to find love but knew it would take an extraordinary and unique heroine to make a love story with him real and believable. Olivia, the heroine in 'Naked' is that and more. Alex and Olivia are multidimensional characters and despite the baggage they each carry, they come together is such an honest and clean way that you fall for them right away. Add to that the magnificent way that Meagan Hart has to describe the most complex human emotions into words and you have a book that you cannot easily forget. That's why I had to read it again and I can tell I will read it more times in the future. An exceptional read. I highly recommend it, but you need to read 'Tempted' before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 8 of Megan Hart's books. They are all amazing. Her detail and the fact that the stories have a plot makes the steaminess so much better. 'Naked' was one of my favorites I will probably read it again.
ProudMomOf2 More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected and that's a good thing. Like most of the reviewers I felt that she did a good job of showing the flaws of the characters. Olivia had so many issues that I couldn't see her with a happy ending. Saying that, I wanted the story to go on and on. Thank you for spinning sexuality, religion and race issues in such an interesting way. I will now add her to my list of favorite authors if her other books are anything like this one.
AngeliqueAC More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Megan Hart. I was SO wonderfully surprised! I enjoy romantica however even the hottest books become predictable over time. I found this totally refreshing and absolutely loved the characters. They were beautiful, sexy, flawed and real. I look forward to reading more from this author! If you have an open mind and open heart you'll truly enjoy Naked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i just literaly put this book down..i loved it! everything about this book was awesome..
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good, not great. I enjoyed it but it wasnt one of Megan Harts best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Megan Hart. I loved Olivia and Alex. I was really glad Alex had his HEA. He deserved it. I've read reviews where the reader didn't really care for Alex, but I thought he was great. He cares, and sometimes too much for his own good. There were a few times when I wish there was a book from Alex's perspective-like we had with Everything Changes. Olivia would overhear something, or Alex would just leave...I wanted to know why-what was going on? Overall though it is a great book.
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LLC-NP More than 1 year ago
I love that her stories are not about silly obstacles and misunderstandings and waiting for the characters to realize they want to be together. The relationship IS the story. It's about how people develop within their relationships. Not your typical romance novel. I also love her writing style.
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Good follow up to Tempted and Everything Changes, nice to see Alex get his HEA. It did feel a little rushed at times and cut off abruptly at certain points. Her first two works in this non series were better thought out, but it was still good. Shocker at the end that I didnt see coming, but good work overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the book but it left me feeling like they fell off a cliff. Should have a third to tie up all the loose questions. Im bummed it just dropped off so quickly at the end.
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I uaually only write reviews for books I don't like. However, I had to state how much I like this story. I love Alex from the previous books and was thrilled to see his story continued. He's a flawed character which I found endearing. I was rooting for their HEA and hope to see Alex and Olivia in the future. Megan Hart really gets you emotional invested in her characters?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so glad to see Alex Kennedy reappear in this Hart novel. He is so mysterious and hot at the same time.