by Sally MacKenzie

February 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7831-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Debut author Sally MacKenzie has penned a marvelously witty novel in The Naked Duke. From mistaken identities, and compromising situations, American Sarah Hamilton is thrust into the bed - and arms - of the Duke of Alvord.

Sarah never would have come to England had it not been her fatherís final request. Completely at home in American society, she finds herself out of her depth with centuries of rules and regulations. Everyone keeps telling her she is ruined, but how can that be? Nothing happened when she woke up to find a naked man in her bed! Now this overbearing man - a duke no less - is telling her what to do!

James had resigned himself to marrying within the year. His familial responsibilities require it. Now why not take advantage of this situation? Life with Sarah would never be dull, and her cousin is one of his closest friends. If only he can convince her that she will make a fine duchess.

This spirited novel would not be complete without a villain and Ms. MacKenzie has created a fine one in Richard Runyon. From the top of his head to the tips of his boots, he is the devil incarnate. He will stop at nothing to achieve his goal - the ducal inheritance - and is not about to let James or some upstart American stand in his way.

Readers who enjoy a large dose of humor will love The Naked Duke. The characters are charming, and the pace is quick. It is the perfect book for a cozy winter retreat.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Paula.

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