Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: The Naked Baron -
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Regency Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Sally's Website: www.sallymackenzie.net
It was attraction (heart zingers and all) at first sight. Thereís one teensy problem that stands in the way of Grace Belmont and David Wilton proceeding with any type of romantic relationship. Her fatherís determination that she wed bo-ring plant-minded John Parker-Roth. That and his immense hatred of all Wiltons.
However, for the greater good, sheíll join forces with David. They must see to the reconciliation of her Aunt Kate and his Uncle Alex. Graceís father stepped in and tore them apart years ago. After all of twenty-three years they have another chance at happiness together. And during the interim, if Grace happens to receive a dizzying kiss from the Baron, then all the better; if David can steal ogle-glances at Graceís fine attributes, then all the better. If their hearts race and bodies tingle at the sight and touch of each other and their barbs and banter invigorate them. All the better.
David would be the happiest of men if he can convince Grace of his love and devotion, but her fierce loyalty to duty and her father seem to stand in the way. Sheís refused his offer. So be it. But can he turn his back and live a life without her?
There were but a couple things that caused a hiccup in the reading. Letís get those out of the way... The first third of the book centers on one evening and four characters. At times things seem to slow down a bit, which made me want to give the characters a gentle nudge, even though important back story info is given. Also, the mid-scene point of view shifts was almost ping-pong-like. It was a bit jarring and kept the reading from being smooth and effortless. Both of these things, however, are minor, but Iíd be remiss if I didnít point them out.
Since the positive outweigh any negatives, let me expound on all the virtues of this book, one of them not being David. : - ) He is unvirtuous in his thoughts...heís almost lip-smackingly enthusiastic when he gets to thinking about Grace. Heís also boyishly charming, protective, and a romantic at heart. He makes you smile. Grace is a bit naÔve, unpretentiously determined and impulsive, and very compassionate. Itís hard to keep up with her, but itís fun trying!
The turn of phrases and euphemisms are inventive and fun. Grace and Davidís quips and unspoken thoughts were sharp and amusing, as were Kate and Alexís. Ms. MacKenzie maintains the readersí attention at all times.
Caution: Reading The Naked Baron may cause spontaneous smiles and feelings of happiness!
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