"an enjoyable Regency romance"

Margaret "Meg" Peterson is on the hunt for a husband, and because Viscount Bennington has one of the finest gardens in the country, Meg sets her sights on him. Unfortunately, the Viscount doesn't know how to take the word "no", when they are alone in a darkened garden at a party. Fortunately, Mr. John Parker-Roth comes along and saves Meg from the Viscount's advances. When Meg and John are caught in a compromising position, John is forced to offer for Meg. However, Meg refuses his proposal and sets herself up to be ruined in the eyes of society.

THE NAKED GENTLEMAN is an enjoyable Regency romance with many humorous moments. Unfortunately, Meg, who is called sensible several times, doesn't show that quality often enough. Meg shows little awareness of the mores of her time or the consequences her actions will cause. When Meg leads men into darkened gardens, she doesn't consider that her reputation will be ruined. Then, Meg refuses John's proposal after she has been compromised. These are not the actions of a sensible Miss, more the actions of a Lydia-like character from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. With that said, I did enjoy THE NAKED GENTLEMAN for its humorous moments.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted June 1, 2008



John Parker-Roth cannot believe that marriage is necessary for his happiness. He would far rather pursue his interest in horticulture, but if one day he should find a female who shared his passion for flowers-a level-headed, calm sort of female-he might reconsider. Certainly the lovely young woman who has just tumbled into his lap will not do, as she possesses neither of those admirable qualities. Yet Miss Margaret Peterson does have many things in her favor. To begin with, she is a true English rose, blushing a delectable pink. And she is not entirely clothed. Her full mouth begs to be kissed. If only she would not wriggle so.oh, dear. He cannot ignore the sudden vision of her in his bed, but he must.

What? Is Meg actually asking him to kiss her? Well, well, well. John Parker-Roth is a gentleman, first and foremost. And he cannot turn down a lady's request...

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The Naked Gentleman
by Sally MacKenzie

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
April 1, 2008
Available: April 1, 2008
ISBN #082178076X
EAN #9780821780763
320 pages
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