Very cute book - quick read. Loved the hero and heroine. The misunderstandings were a hoot and the action kept the book moving right along. I did not want to put this down and I'm looking forward to reading The Naked Marquis!
The first thing anyone can say about The Naked Duke is the fact that this is not your mothers bodice ripper. There is a fair amount of violence in this novel, from rape and murder to attempted rape, and assault and more murder. But that being said the novel itself is very well written and these added elements while making it a little harsher also make it more exciting.
Sarah Hamilton is not your typical heroine of a romance book. She is from America and goes to England when her father dies to see her uncle the Earl. Sarah finds out when she arrives that her uncle has died, and all shes left with for family is her drunkard rake of a cousin. But dont count Robbie as a complete sot yet he does come through in the end. Sarah is also older and very naive raised relatively sheltered life with some spinsters. But in the end that doesnt stop her traitorous body from reacting to what she feels.
The Duke of Alvord is an even more of an unlikely person to find in real life let alone in a romance novel. As a 30 year old male, his nickname spread by his vicious cousin Richard is Monk, and shockingly well deserved. But I find these facts to be refreshing in a romance novel. These two people who are relatively innocent in the ways of the bed sheets find themselves unexplainably drawn to one another. Its nice to see them fight and struggle with it, like a normal person would. Struggling to keep a claim on their morals when wanting to give into the desire that flames between them.
The Naked Duke is an excellent read and if youre looking for something a little fresh in your historical romance genre this book will do it for you. It is a part of the Naked series, and I think its a great start to the series. Based on this book I plan without a doubt to continue on and see what the other naked fellows are up to.
A good story line, some violence (I have read that other reviewers were offended by the graphic scenes. All I have to say is OMG, give me a break... an episode of CSI has more violence than this book did, maybe they should stick to kiddie stories then). The main characters are very well written and believable, the heroine is a hoot. She's a down-to-earth American that just doesn't "get" the ridiculousness of the ton's lavish lifestyle... She's outspoken, very innocent, brave... very likable. He's a charming Englishman who doesn't take himself or his consequence as a duke too seriously and falls head over heels for her. The way they meet is a bit fictional, and not that believable, but then hey, it is a fictional romance right??? Overall, I gave it four stars... can hardly wait to read the rest of the "Naked" series.
I did not find anything humorous at all about this book. Rape-murder, rape-for-hire, and attempted rape. Not in my romances. Also, the American heroine is orphaned, penniless, and has no where to live. She would rather be a paid governess or companion than marry a rich and handsome duke who is courting her and she is attracted to because she feels she is unworthy. Come - on. (IMO-TSTL) And did I mention the hero is a 30-yr-old VIRGIN? I do hope the rest of the series is better than this one.
The hero of this book is unique in my reading experience. I won't tell you how; it would ruin the surprise.
He's enchanting, but she's not enchanted. Forced into marriage with James (she's compromised), Sarah puts off the inevitable as long as possible. Until all of the ton is talking of the scandal she thought could be kept under wraps. Several murder attempts on James and Sarah spice up the plot--a cousin feels that he should be the duke, and is determined to make it true.
this was one of the funniest and relaxing books i have read..it is one of those you read in a night; it has just over 300 pages...and kept me interested to the end...when it was over i felt kinda sad..it is one of those that you wanted to know more about the characters futures!
From Inside Cover: Sarah was caught up in the most amazing dream she had ever had. She was in a large, soft bed and somehow her warm flannel nightgown had vanished. But she wasn't cold. No, she was actually warm. Very warm. There was something large and hot next to her. She was pressed up against it. It felt sinfully wonderful. She breathed in the warm scent of brandy and linen. She felt a delicious pressure on her lips. Firm yet soft. Like velvet. Seductive. Her mouth moved to explore the new sensation and was rewarded with a moist heat. Wake up, a small voice said. Something this good can't be right. Sarah silenced the voice.
Without reiterating too much of the back cover information, boy and girl accidentally find themselves naked in bed together. Surprise he's a duke, surprise she's the niece of an Earl. He volunteers to "do the right thing" and immediately marry her, she's lukewarm to the idea. Most of the book is them circling closer together, slowly resolving her various reasons for holding him at bay. All tied together with a rather melodramatic subplot of danger and foul play.
The main characters are fairly cute and sweet together. Historical accuracy almost entirely absent. The author hasn't researched much about the Regency era: she has couples dancing holding each other in every dance, not just the waltz, and every other dance is a waltz. Society matrons immediately accept an untitled, unsophisticated American into their stratosphere. Society matrons tell same girl that she deserves to "have a good time". I have never gotten the idea that anyone cared about young women having a good time in that era.
The villain was a cartoon he was so bad. The resolution was predictable and pat. The sensuality in the book was almost entirely absent. For a book with "naked" in the title, it was very tame.
Overall, OK but probably not reading more from this author. Lack of detail and research about the era was too distracting and disappointing.
I liked the storyline, but was disappointed by the heroine being so naive (like doesn't know how babies are made), but yet very easily seduced by a virgin (really?) hero. I have the rest of the series, hopefully they get better!
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The Surprise of Her Life.. Sophisticated. Scandalous. In fact, Miss Sarah Hamilton, a proper Philadelphian, finds London society altogether shocking. How can it be that she has awakened from her innocent slumber to find herself in bed next to a handsome - and exceedingly naked - man? The laughing onlookers standing in the doorway are no help whatsoever and surely this amorous lunatic cannot be a duke, as he claims. She is compromised - though she most certainly will not marry him!
The Sweetest Moment of His.. James, the Duke of Alvord, is enchanted by his unexpected bedmate - and not at all afraid of her pink-cheeked fury. True, the circumstances and place of their meeting are most unusual, but the spirited American who's pummeling him with a pillow is an incomparable beauty. If Sarah would only listen to his perfectly reasonable explanation, James is sure that he can capture her heart... forever.