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The Nude: full-length historical romance [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy McFalls
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Upon my honor! If not for that shocking painting... It has ruined everything. A handsome marquess promises to repair my tattered reputation. But how can I trust him or his clever kisses when he's clearly hiding a deep, dark secret of his own?

Praise for The Nude:
"AH, SUCH GOOD READING!" Awarded Best Book of the Week! ~ Long and Short Romance Reviews

"...one of the best historical romances that I have read in the last few years." ~ The Romance Studio

"McFalls' tale is a wonderful combination of mystery, suspense and romance." ~ Romantic Times BookReviews

"The romance between Elspeth and Nigel and the road they traveled to reinstate her trust was a sensual delight while being sweet and poignant all at the same time." ~ Kwips and Kritiques

"I would totally recommend The Nude to anyone looking for something a bit off the typical Regency formulaic track." ~ Rakehell

For anyone who craves intriguing Regency romances by Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, Jennifer Ashley, and Cheryl Bolen...discover the secrets behind The Nude!

Other Works:
**If you enjoy hard-pounding action and check out Dorothy's The Huntress.

**If you enjoy a sexy Regency romp, Dorothy's Lady Iona's Rebellion will deliver.

**If you were want a sweet historical romance, Dorothy's award-winning Traditional Regency, The Marriage List, will be sure to please.

**If you enjoy steamy paranormal romances, check out the hunky heroes in The Protector series: A Wizard for Christmas, Neptune's Lair, and Mystical Seduction.

**If you are looking for a fun cozy mystery series, search for Flowerbed of State, The Scarlet Pepper, and Oak and Dagger under her pen name Dorothy St. James. Critics have called The White House Gardener Mystery series "fast-paced" and "spunky."


Editorial Reviews

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Lady Elsbeth Mercer believes all her misfortunes are caused by the mysterious painter Dionysus. She married her first husband in the belief that he was an artist who spoke to her soul, only to find out that he was an abusive man whose only saving grace was to die on the battlefield. Just as she starts to feel comfortable in society, Elsbeth is once again the subject of gossip when her face appears on the latest nude painted by Dionysus. Nigel, the Marquess of Edgeware, is determined to help Elsbeth clear her name while guarding Dionysus’ true identity. When his plan to restore Lady Mercer’s respectability backfires, they are forced to marry. Then, just as she believes Nigel truly is a man she can trust, thoughts of Dionysus and a mysterious plot to kill Nigel threaten to destroy their tenuous relationship. McFalls has a special gift for handling serious subjects with a gentle touch, an invaluable trait that will endear her to Regency romance fans. --Patty Engelmann

About the Author

Award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."

Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Barking Dog Press; 2nd edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TU2K5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet romance with a good mystery too. August 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Nude was a very nice story set in Regency England about the doings of the aristocracy. Elsbeth was an admirable heroine who was trying to recover from a very abusive marriage that left her practically penniless after her husband was killed. She was a very proper lady and her world was turned upside down when she was at an art show and a painting of herself in the nude was revealed. The artist was the mysterious man known only as Dionysus who Elsbeth had never met but no one believed her. Nigel, a VERY eligible bachelor, took it upon himself to save Elsbeth's reputation by sponsoring her at a house party he gave. Events are complicated by an unknown person who was determined to kill Nigel and didn't care who else got injured or killed. Despite all of Elsbeth's fears, Nigel was so kind to her (as well as being irresistibly sexy) that she fell in love with him anyway.

I enjoyed reading this story very much not least because I didn't figure out who the murderer was until he was revealed. Dorothy McFalls writes very well and while there were some editing mistakes, I didn't find that they interfered with the smooth flow of the story. This story struck an especially deep chord with me because I used to work with victims of domestic violence. I was really pleased that Elsbeth got a HEA ending.

Overall, I found this to be a lovely reading experience and I would certainly recommend it to others. (BTW, in response to the reviewer that gave this book a one-star rating and said that it was "soft core porn," I found the sex scenes to be very tastefully done.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid historical romance, with a twist October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love a good romance with a HEA, and this author really knows how to deliver! Although the story took a bit to get moving, and dragged a bit from too many plot twists, I loved the heroine for her strength and resolve to finally be happy and the hero for his undying love, support, and understanding for Elsbeth. I know sex scenes can really put some readers off, so if this is you, don't bother. However, if you enjoy a little spice to your romance, I thought this was well done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a best-seller! September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Elsbeth had gone through hell in her first marriage and swore she'd never allow herself to be shackled to another man...ever. It had been her love for the allusive artist, Dionysus, whose paintings touched the very core of her soul, which had been behind her choosing her first husband. Then after the abusive monster died, she accepted financial help from her uncle in payment for her becoming the governess to his two marriageable daughters. Life settled down until the day she went to a gallery showing Dionysus work and found herself again in the center of a scandal. He had painted a nude of her!! But how? Who was this man who had the power to disrupt her sanity, her very life.
Nigel, Marquess of Purbeck, showed an interest in her situation and took it upon himself to save her reputation. Except, instead, he tarnishes it almost beyond repair. Then to make matters worse, he puts her life in jeopardy.
This book is written so well that it flows from page to page and the building emotion continues throughout. I felt as much pain for Nigel as I did for Elsbeth and had to continue reading to make sure they got their happy ending. It was well worth the time spent. Should be a best seller!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but The Nude is awful March 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, so the "hero" is standing behind the heroine, and shoots an arrow aimed so closely to her that it blows the ribbons of her bonnet back...in other words, less than a foot away from her throat...AND SHE'S TOTALLY CALM ABOUT IT!!! In the next paragraph she even thinks about HOW SAFE SHE FEELS WITH HIM!!! It's one of the many, MANY jaw-dropping absurdities that riddle this book. The characters are two-dimensional, emotionally irrational, and totally unlikable, their emotions whipping from tragic love to outrage then to trembling fear within two sentences. The author desperately needs a continuity editor because she has whole scenes that are so wildly illogical it would have been funny if I hadn't paid money for this. I'm willing to suspend disbelief, but not hang it by the neck until dead. Sorry, Ms. McFalls, you sound like a nice person, but your writing needs serious help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soo excited that I found this book! September 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read a lot of great books lately but this one is the very best! I am in love with Nigel. I won't to go back to a time where he is! This story has everything that a reader looks for in a good HR. Everything and Nigel too :))
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! June 30, 2012
By Nwill
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book an excellent read. My only wish is that some of your other novels were also 99 cents.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs editing, but has potential. August 16, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The basic premise is a good one : a woman who is the subject of a shocking painting and how it changes her life.

However, the writing needs help. "She fled like a thief in the night from the kitchens, glancing over her shoulder only once to see him standing in the buttery doorway." How is a doorway buttery? Do kitchen thieves only strike at night? Really, I know what it's trying to say, but this sentence made me laugh out loud.

The whole book would have been better off without 2 of the 3 mysterious subplots. The identity of the artist is obvious a third of the way through the book, and the heroine just keeps seeming dumber the longer she doesn't realize it. The hero gets increasingly creepy.

Frankly, I'm skeptical about the number of 4 and 5 star reviews. Maybe other people aren't as picky as I am, but considering that I read romance, I don't think I am all that discerning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down!
Published 12 days ago by Mary E. Light
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
It is a book I devoured in 2 days, which means I could not stop reading it. It is a good story, and yes it does move fast and could have been more in depth. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Momofsix68
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nude
The author has the ability to enable her magic into her writing.
A very good book keeps you wondering who is the culprit. I love mysteries and this book has it all. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gail Roos
1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't finish
I didn't like the characters premise was a good one but not sure how to explain how I really feel (why I read and not write).
Published 2 months ago by Mmsd
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story that leaves you breathless !
A wonderful ending to a heart wrenching story. An excellent author, I will be reading many more of her books.
Published 2 months ago by Pierre Bondin
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good read
enjoyed this book, was an easy read. Would recommend for someone looking for a book to read on the beach.
Published 2 months ago by SUSAN ROGERS
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT CLEAN!!!
This review is not meant to be useful to everyone - only to those seeking good romance novels that are clean. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nude
I enjoyed every minute of this book. They kept it interesting and guessing what was going to happen next. Well written and worth the time to read it.
Published 3 months ago by Joan Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
I really enjoyed this story and found the characters realistic and for the most part likeable. The storyline was believable but at times I was becoming exasperated with Elsbeth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lsb
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting, but way better
I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect but after reading I find this far exceeds my expectations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tiffany Gross
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Dorothy McFalls was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy beach community in South Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She then put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the stories that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

Now an award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."



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