Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: The Naked Gentleman
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Release Date: April 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Sally's Website: www.sallymackenzie.net
Meg Peterson finds herself in an awkward position; being caught in a compromising situation. Not once, but twice within the same night. But all isn’t necessarily as it seems, for the most part, anyway…
All Meg really wanted to do was find a potential husband who was as passionate about horticulture as she was, or who could at least offer her the gardens and means to pursue it on her own. Of course she needs to be compatible with him in other ways, too, as the man in question would want an heir, so what better way to find such a man than to go off into the bushes with a possible candidate? Apparently she led one too many suitors into the bushes as this last one became overly, quite repulsively, amorous. Yet the man, who rescues her, John Parker-Roth, is the one she’s caught with, quite scandalously, not once, but twice. Marriage is the only option.
Not as far as Meg is concerned. She refuses John’s offer. She stands up against pressure from family and friends. She even goes so far as to try and lead another potential suitor into the bushes, however the ton’s tongues have been wagging and the man isn’t too cooperative. John comes to her aid once again, even though she didn’t need his help. She was doing just fine. Though to tell the truth, she is willing to be thoroughly kissed by him.
She’s exasperating. Can’t she see she’s self-destructing? While he’d rather get back to the country and his plants, he is willing to do the right thing, even though he didn’t thoroughly compromise her. There were others before him. In the bushes. Yet when he catches Meg once again in another of her reputation-ruining schemes, his normally cool demeanor heats to the boiling point and sends them both beyond ruin. So much so that marriage may not be enough to repair the damage.
Reader’s of the continuing Naked series will be happy to know characters from previous books are featured among Meg and John’s story. In fact they often have prominent points of view, which sometimes are a bit distracting; however, in most cases they’re an important part of the evolving story. John’s mother deserves mention…she was, in a sly way, a hoot. I really enjoyed her.
It was hard to see exactly, amidst the physical attraction, the pivotal moment when Meg and John fall in love; however, their chemistry is simmering, which drives them both to distraction. And it’s that chemistry which will have many eagerly turning the pages.
Sally MacKenzie has written another regency romp that will have many readers cheering with the story sizzling and unfolding at a fast pace.
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