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

Dorothy McFalls
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 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.

**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 and The Scarlet Pepper 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: #13,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 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
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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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7 of 9 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
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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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than the typical bodice ripper April 9, 2014
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I loved this novel; it was well developed, engaging, and had two dynamic main characters. This is definitely one that I'll read again and feel like I'm reading for the first time but in the best of ways. As other reviewers have stated, you don't know the identity of one of the villains until the end of the book and at that point small details come together to make sense. That in it self is a testament to the thought and skill that McFalls took in writing this book. Elsbeth was a well developed heroine and she grew as an individual as the novel progressed. Dionysus was never in the spot light but you could never forget him either, and the back story and history associated with him was something that kept me reading on. What really sold this novel for me though was Nigel and how raw and real he felt to me, I would say that even though Elsbeth was meant to be the star of the novel he stole the show. I personally don't believe in giving spoilers but I'm sure you can find some in other reviews if you're more interested in why I might feel this way. Either way, I highly recommend this novel.

I did, however, feel like a more in depth epilogue was missing. Personally, I enjoy seeing a it of what the characters lives are like 1,3,5, or even 10 years into the future. Even without glimpse into the future though, I did enjoy The Nude and the ending for Elsbeth and Nigel. This is a rather chaste romance with only a few exceptions, and even then the intimate aspects are rather veiled. It's not the typical brand of romance that I read but I still enjoyed the novel without the details. I also feel like there should be trigger warning in the synopsis for reasons of abuse even though the details that pertain to past abuse are glossed over you never know what can effect individuals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars All over the place
This one almost had me scratching my head. The heroine had a horrible marriage, but the husband went off to fight and was killed. Read more
Published 3 days ago by kshrop
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nude
this was an engrossing tale...the main characters are well drawn, although more information concerning the rest of the cast would have been beneficial. Read more
Published 3 days ago by scorpio
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically Sexy!
This was a great historical romance novel. Not too trashy, great plot, and the characters are well developed! You will have to savor this one. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sara Ruth Willingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant romance/mystery!
The Nude is a brilliant painting ,the subject is humiliated(ladies don't pose,he did it from a glimpse of beauty from afar and his own unfortunately accurate imagination),the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Annlouise Fallon
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good...
So many things about this book did not make sense; how could the hero paint the heroine nude when he had never seen her that way? Read more
Published 5 days ago by Fan of the classics
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex tale
How would you feel to look up and see a nude picture of yourself on display? A picture you never posed for? That none of you family or friends will believe you knew noting about? Read more
Published 7 days ago by leonie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Nude
The story is very long, and there are so many characters without real clear information as to their role. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Natalie A. Clerc
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nude
I am truly shocked by the one and two star rating that this book has received... To each his own, I suppose. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read!
I bought the bundle for $.99. There are 4 books in this bundle all by Dorothy McFalls, what a deal. The 4 sell individually for $. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NavyWave62
4.0 out of 5 stars No laughter.
I couldn't put this book down. Wanted to see what was going to happen next. If you like a serious book without any silliness at all this is for you.
Published 5 months ago by prissone
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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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