Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: The Naked Marquis - Sequel to The Naked Duke
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Release Date: March 2006
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Overall rating: 4.75
Sexual content rating: Sensual
Sally's Website: sallymackenzie.net
Emma Peterson, a country miss, firmly "on the shelf", has always been in love with Charles Draysmith, the new Marquis of Knightsdale. Ever since they were children and she tagged after him and his friends. It's in his home, filling in for the governess, that she meets him again, when he returns after a ten-year absence. Her love for him is still there, but it seems to have changed and it confuses her from time to time.
Charles hated the fact that he was now the new Marquis. He'd never had any interest in the title whatsoever, but since his brother's demise in Italy, along with his sister-in-law's, he of course had no choice. He also has no choice but to take a wife and beget an heir. Preferably with someone who won't notice or care about his planned long absences from the country estate.
But first things first. A house party with his Aunt as hostess, meeting and getting to know his nieces, and reacquainting himself with Emma. Ah, Emma, who ignites his fire without trying. He immediately decides to marry her, but as men tend to do, went about asking in the wrong way.
What ensues is a couple of nieces and the ladies of "The Society" who try to match-make. Throw in the mix some comedy of errors, sexual tension, and some odd occurrences and you have a well-rounded story.
Both Charles and Emma are a perfect fit for each other. The nieces are adorable. Aunt Bea's a hoot (wish she'd had more part to play!). And "The Society" ladies are an eccentric lot. All in all a wonderful cast of characters.
The dialogue couldn't have been any sharper. The pacing of the story was fast and never with a mis-step. The plot very well done. The only thing that kept this from being a perfect book for me is that I felt Emma, in certain situations and/or instances protested a bit too loud and long. But as I say, my opinion. In all fairness though, it did make for good conflict and she did come to some realizations regarding her protestations in the end.
The Naked Marquis is a delicious indulgence. Treat yourself!
P.S. I do believe, Robbie's story is next...hmm Ms. MacKenzie? That should make for some wonderful and entertaining reading, which I eagerly anticipate!!
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