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The Naked Marquis (Naked Nobility) [Kindle Edition]

Sally MacKenzie
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Book Description

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. . .

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  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (April 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002I1XSDA
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun mix of humor and sensuality March 4, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Major Charles Draysmith, A.K.A. the Marquis of Knightsdale, hadn't expected to become Marquis. His brother had been assigned that role at birth, leaving Charles the army and the more relaxed position of younger son. But when his brother is murdered while touring Italy, Charles is thrown into the one job he really would rather avoid. Since his brother left daughters but no sons, it's also up to Charles to come up with a male heir--and for that he needs a bride. The solution, in Regency England, is to host a house party filled with eligible females--all in all, Charles would rather face Napoleon again.

The perfect solution presents itself almost immediately. Miss Emma Peterson, A.K.A. 'Shadow' had tagged along with Charles and his friends when they'd been young boys. She's all grown up and has become quite beautiful. An instant engagment would let Charles off the hook for the house party, and would let him get back to London, leaving his nieces in Emma's care. Of course, since Emma is all grown up, he'll head back to the ancestral home from time to time to create the heir he needs.

Emma might be in love with Charles, but she isn't willing to accept a proposal that leaves the nieces with an absentee father-figure--and Charles doesn't say anything about loving her. Perhaps throwing a china dog at him was a bit of an over-reaction, however. Still, Charles insists on including Emma in the house party--where he intends to pursue his suit.

In a sub-plot, something, perhaps ghosts, appears to be haunting the ancestral home and a strange man is lurking around the party, obviously looking for something.

Author Sally MacKenzie continues the series she began with THE NAKED DUKE (see our review) with Charles' story. MacKenzie's mix of humor and sensuality, with just a hint of suspense, definitely works in this novel. THE NAKED MARQUIS is a lot of fun. I'm happy to recommend it.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect escape . . . April 12, 2006
By D. Lane
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I totally enjoyed this book from page 1. Just a wonderful love story between the two characters, Charles Draysmith and Emma Peterson. This was just the kind of romance novel I love. There are interesting plot twists and we get to know several secondary characters well. The secondary characters are not boring. The chemistry between Charles & Emma was very sensual and immediate. Wonderful love story, great characters with an emotionally scarred hero and strong but vulnerable heroine, unique setting, intriguing plot, heart-tugging emotion, excellent writing, intense sensual love scenes, and a superb ending. The plot was interesting and it kept you interested in what was going to happen next. It has intrigue, passion, revenge, and "wow" sensual tension. Most of all is the character development. I love stories that are character driven and not just about lust. The Naked Marquis is an exquisitely written and sensuous historical this reviewer could not put down! If you what a book that will rock your socks here one!!!!!

I really like The Naked Marquis much better than the first book The Naked Duke. The Naked Duke was good but was lacking in a few parts. There is NO lacking in The Naked Marquis. It's perfect romance. Funny, sweet, hot and sexy. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL Sally Mackenzie next book comes out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and Funny historical... May 25, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is not my usual read. I've lost a good bit of interest in reading historicals...But this one caught my eye because of the title. And then I read the little excerpt on the inside page and just couldn't resist.

It turned out to be a good gamble. The book was light and funny and I very much enjoyed reading it. The hero was very amusing in his persuit of the Heroine. His aunt, though, stole the show with her hilarious out-spoken manner. I laughed out loud whenever she was in a scene.

I had one tiny little issue though. At one point in the book the hero mentions a condom and he calls it a "condom". WTF? While mechanical contraception did exist in the time period, they were NOT called Condoms. This is a modern term and it was totally off for him to use it. *climbs down off soap box*
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giggly good fun -perfect romantic fluff July 15, 2006
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Major Charles Draysmith, after returning from the continent, receives news that he has just become the new Marquis of Knightsdale. His brother and wife were killed in Italy and have left two daughters (Isabel 6 and Claire 4) orphans. Its the last thing Charles wants to hear and dreads his new status (being a prime target for marriage minded debutantes) and estate responsibilities. Charles goes to Knightsdale and finds that his nieces were sorely neglected by their parents. He is shocked to find that Emma, the vicar's daughter and *runt* that used to follow him around as a child, is the girl's temporary governess. To avoid getting caught in the claws of the ton mamas, he has the brilliant idea and proposes to Emma. Why? Well just because she's good looking and gets along well with the girls. His plan is to wed, bed, and leave Emma and the girls in Kent. Emma, being in love with Charles since she was six, is furious for him being so shallow -and never mention he doesn't love her- and therefore rejects him. The rest of the book is about Charles's, and several other hilarious characters, attempt to convince Emma to accept his suit. There's a bit of mystery about a certain house guest too.

This book is exactly what you'd expect from the title, a humoruos bit of romantic fluff. I laughed alot while reading this book. The herione is completely naive when it comes to the opposite sex and the goings on in the bedroom, but amusingly so. The girls are super cute with their attemps in getting the two of their favorite people together. Its wonderful to see how Charles grows into a loving Uncle and his realization that he truly loves Emma.

If like intelligent, well written, roller coaster of emotions -type romance, like Judith McNaught, then skip this one. But if you want to laugh out loud and giggle/blush, then this book is an afternoon well spent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read..
I have to agree with the 2 star review about Emma being sooo naive. Her 17 year old sister, Meg, seemed to know more than Emma did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic and Lusty
This is a delightful book with plenty of romance and lusty sex. This book starts at the end of “The Naked Duke”. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
This book is hilarious and highly sensual reading.
I've re read this book because it is that good.
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Published 19 months ago by J. Agbasi
3.0 out of 5 stars Naket Marquis
I am half way through and not much happening. The Marquis wants to get married to an old friend just so he will not have to face the marriage mart. Read more
Published on May 27, 2010 by G. E. Balch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
The Naked Marquis was a great read. I loved the storyline, as I've always been a sap for those storylines that involve old friends from childhood. Read more
Published on March 9, 2008 by M. Chavez
4.0 out of 5 stars Naked Marquis
Very good Book. Was recommended by Amazon based on previous items purchased. The writings of Sally Mackenzie and Mary Balogh are very similar.
Published on August 26, 2007 by Catherine L. Mcevoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
I absolutely adore these books! Silly, I know, but they're so cute and funny and romantic all rolled into one.
Published on July 23, 2007 by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy & Heartwarming!
In this, the second in "The Naked" aristocrat series, Charles Draysmith, handsome rogue, becomes the Marquis of Knightsdale after the death of his brother and sister-in-law. Read more
Published on August 6, 2006 by Beverly Romance Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor, Romance and Marriage proposal ....
The Naked Marquis by Sally Mackenzie was fabulous historical romance novel. The dialogue was funny, the love story was sweet with a layer of mystery - what more could you ask for. Read more
Published on July 31, 2006 by cb
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably naive heroine
Emma Peterson's mother died when Emma was nine. Emma took care of her vicar father and raised her baby sister, naturally taking charge. Read more
Published on May 6, 2006 by bbvector, LORE Reading Group
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More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie writes funny, sexy romances set in her favorite time period (other than the present): Regency England. Her novella, "The Duchess of Love," was a 2013 RITA® finalist, and two of her books--The Naked King and Bedding Lord Ned--made ALA Booklist's top ten romances for their respective years. Many of her books are available in audio format, and her stories have been translated into Czech, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Sally graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in the first class of women. She's a Cornell Law School dropout, former federal regulation writer, recovering parent volunteer, mother of four grown sons, and middle-of-the-lane Masters swimmer. She loves to travel, especially to England to research historic sites and hike through--and frequently get lost in--the English countryside.

A native of Washington, D. C., she lives with her husband in suburban Maryland, not far from her childhood home.

Visit her online at her web site, on Twitter @Sally_Mackenzie, or on her Sally MacKenzie Facebook fan page,

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