Even with the slips into "modern" vernacular MacKenzie's first book in the trilogy "The Naked Duke" is better than this one. I found the heroine to be a simpering idiot, she's 26 and has lived in the country for most of her life ~ exactly how niave can she really be! It won't stop me from reading "The Naked Earl", mostly because I want to know more about Robbie, the excerpt in the back of The Naked Marquis is HOT!
I have to agree with Carol P. The heroine was toooo naive (especially about procreation) for being 26 yrs old, a vicar's daughter (who surely knew about the failings of men and women where sex is concerned), & raised in the county. One would think she had never been allowed out of the house. She also seems too starchy and quick to take offense at her old childhood friends and treat them as if they were lofty strangers even if they are men. I didn't find the heroine at all charming and wondered what the Marquis saw in her? The bit of mystery and hidden secrets and treasure thrown into the mix relieve what would otherwise be a boring story. The little girls are more realistic characters and delightful as is the Marquis's aunt.
Great fun! Wonderful hh who makes it clear from the start that he wants to marry no one but "Shadow", the now grown up vicar's daughter who trailed "the boys" in their childhood adventures. She, on the other hand, refuses to acknowledge her only love. She's a little tooooooo innocent for modern times, but lively and fun. The book is light, quick and easy to read-a laugh out loud distraction.
What an endearing, delightful .. yet also a very sensual, erotic read. Has an adorably, quirky cast that will make you laugh out loud. A well thought out story line that drew me in. Yes, the heroine can be painfully naive and innocent, but you really have to remember the times and the circumstances of that era. Things really WERE different back then... I think I may have been this ignorant back when I was twelve or thirteen, but ladies back in the day, women did not have the media bombarding them with sex scene after sex scene, nor sex-ed in school, nor girl friends who get pregnant in the 9th grade, etc... yep.. times have changed... Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I have. This one is a keeper.
The Naked Marquis is the second book in Sally Mackenzies Naked series. And I have to say I enjoyed it. While it was not as outgoing and stomp on you as hard as The Naked Duke it was still very good. Mackenzie so far is showing her tune in taking older on the shelf ladies or picks maybe not as usual as heroines for her men. And I like it. Miss Emma Peterson is the daughter of the town Vicar, and Charles Draysmith Marquis of Kensdale is a second son who comes reluctantly into the title when his brother dies suddenly in an accident. Or was it?
Not only do we meet a new cast of loveable characters, we also meet again with our Duke of Alvord James and his wife who is now expecting their first child, and Robbie the Earl of Westbroke. It is positively wonderful to see them again and even more so to follow the Marquis as he tries to win his ladies hand.
While Emma followed Charles around when he was a kid (along with Robbie and James) she is determined not to do so now. It was so bad when she was a child that the other boys nicknamed her Shadow. The story is fun, and also there are some hidden twists and turns. While the villain is again obvious exactly what he is up to is not obvious until much later in the story.
Laughable and just a wonderful bit of fun I guarantee you will find yourself laughing out loud. When the Marquis first asks for Emmas hand in marriage she throws a ceramic dog at his head. Its nice to see a lady who fights with her feelings, and really wants nothing more than love. She doesnt want a title; she doesnt want to just be any mans broodmare. So come and follow the granddaughter of an Earl the daughter of a Vicar as she is chased by the handsome Naked Marquis I promise you will enjoy it.
Gosh, I could barely get through the first book in this series but, since I had 4 out of the 5 when I started, I really tried hard to plod through. Unfortunately I could not embrace the heroines who were pathetically naive - annoyingly so. For anyone else who wants to put their hands on the rest of this series, I beg you, check out My Bookshelf! As of today, I have Bk 2 "The Naked Marquis", Bk 3 "The Naked Earl" and Bk 4 "The Naked Gentleman". I'll be happy to wrap them right up and send them off ASAP.
Loved it. Great story. Sensual love-making. I usually skim over that stuff. It never really adds to a story. This really did! I recommend reading all books in the series. Not necessary to read them in order.
Some real laugh out loud moments with great characters. I like the fact that Emma was rejecting Charles for a legitimate reason. She can be trying at times because she has the ability to be a real brat, but I think it fits the way she grew up as everyone's caretaker. There is enough intrigue to keep the story interesting although my only complaint is that MacKenzie can be too wordy.
I was surprise to find how much I enjoy Meg, Emma's sister. I read "The Naked Gentleman" first (Meg's story) and hated her in that. She was such a ninny but she is very level headed here and quite calm.
I really enjoyed this book. It is really funny. Emma is such an innocent, Lady Beatrice is so blunt, and Charles is bound and determined to have Emma. Prinny and Queen Bess top the story off with some hilarious antics!
As marriage proposals go, Charles Draysmith's suit is as romantic as the moors in December. Emma Peterson might be only a vicar's daughter, and he the new Marquis of Knightsdale, and perhaps he would rather marry her than endure the marriage mart, but when he suggests how much he'll enjoy securing an heir, a lady can only endure so much.
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The Man is Practical.. As marriage proposals go, Charles Draysmith's suit is as romantic as the moors in December. Emma Peterson might be only a vicor's daughter, and he the new Marquis of Knightsdale, and perhaps he would rather marry her than endure the marriage mart. But when he suggests how much he'll enjoy securing an heir, well, a lady can only endure so much.
But The Lady is Passionate.... There's something about a wonam throwing pottery at a man that piques his interest. Perhaps his proposal lacks grace, Charles thinks. But it does seem a perfect solution. He acquires a wife; his young charges have the mother they so desperately need, and Emma gains security and position. You see? Simple. Practical. Sensib - oh no, not the ceramic dog... He will have to confess the truth to calm her down. And the truth is, he's madly in love. ...
The Man Is Practical...As marriage proposals go, Charles Draysmith's suit is as romantic as the moors in December. Emma Peterson might be only a vicar's daughter, and he the new Marquis of Knightsdale, and perhaps he would rather marry her than endure the marriage mart. But when he suggests how much he'll enjoy securing an heir, well, a lady can only endure so much.
But The Lady Is Passionate....There's something about a woman throwing pottery at a man that piques his interest. Perhaps his proposal lacks grace, Charles thinks. But it does seem a perfect solution. He acquires a wife; his young charges have the mother they so desperately need, and Emma gains security and position. You see? Simple. Practical. Sensib- oh no, not the ceramic dog...
He will have to confess the truth to calm her down. And the truth is, he's madly in love...