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The Naked King

Sally MacKenzie

ISBN 9781420124309
Publish Date 6/7/2011
Format ePub
Categories Romance Historical

Indiscretion Is Just The Beginning…

One night of slight overindulgence—oh, all right, he was drunk—and Stephen Parker-Roth finds he must betroth himself to prevent yet another scandal. But his “intended” is lovely, a redheaded beauty under her horrendous, unfashionable bonnet, and before long, he’s congratulating himself on compromising such an excellent candidate—and anticipating what other naughtiness they’ll get caught at before the wedding…

Lady Anne Marston has long since given up any thought of marriage. That is the price she pays for the mistakes of her past. But one little conversation with a handsome rogue should never have led to a sham engagement. Even if it did end in a rather shocking kiss...in broad daylight…on the front step of London’s premier gossip. Now, trapped between a secret and a lie, Anne must somehow disentangle herself from this charming, maddening man before the truth comes out—or her heart gives in…

Praise for the Novels of Sally MacKenzie


“The romance equivalent of chocolate cake...every page is an irresistible delight!” —Lisa Kleypas

“Plenty of sexy sizzle and charming wit.”—Booklist

“Plenty of heat and hilarity.”—Publishers Weekly

About Sally MacKenzie:

Sally MacKenzie decided to become a writer in grade school when she read one of her stories to the class. Her classmates laughed and she was hooked. She sat down immediately to pen her first novel.

Well, not exactly.

The hooked part is right--cursed might be a better description--but the sitting down and writing part came later. Much later.

Sally eventually went on to college, majoring in English, and, upon graduation, did what many English majors do--she went to law school. But she still couldn’t shake her dream of writing fiction. Midway through law school, she faced the fact that she really did not want to be a lawyer. She took a permanent leave of absence, came home to the Washington, D.C. area, and sat down to type her first novel.

Well, not exactly.

She did come home and write, but mostly she wrote regulations for the United States government’s school nutrition programs. (Ketchup as a vegetable, anyone?) When her law school sweetheart graduated, he moved to D.C. and they got married. A couple years later, the first of their four sons was born, and Sally “retired” to manage their family. She wrote a story or two and some picture book texts, all now stored away in a filing cabinet, but she spent most of her energies on baby tending which rapidly evolved into carpool driving. She became an extremely skilled scheduler, getting all four boys to soccer, basketball, baseball, track, swimming, piano, scouts, and birthday parties without ever losing one. (Okay, she did lose the youngest for a few minutes, but she found him before he’d toddled into the parking lot.) And she did more writing--school newsletters, auction programs, class plays, swim league guidance, and the acclaimed annual MacKenzie family newsletter--but no fiction.

Finally, the boys started driving (Eek!) and leaving for college. The nest was emptying and she wasn't getting any younger. The time had come to chase the dream or let it go for good, so she sat down at the computer and wrote. And rewrote. And rewrote again until she had a polished manuscript. She joined the Romance Writers of America, and when the plea went out for Regency manuscripts for the 2004 Golden Heart contest, she sent in The Naked Duke. The stars aligned. She made the final round, and one of the judging editors liked the manuscript and offered to buy it.

Yee haw!!

When not writing or obsessing over the various mysteries of book promotion, Sally can be found at the gym, working hard to age gracefully, or on a pool deck, timing at her youngest son’s swim meets. 


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A Combination of Sizzle, Wit, Charm and Romance (Tuesday, June 7, 2011)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

In this installment of the ”Naked Series”, we find a chance meeting at Hyde Park (with the help of Harry the Dog) between a very inebriated Stephen Parker-Roth (also known in the London circles as “The King of Hearts”) and 27 yr. old “on the shelf
Spinster” Lady Anne Marston. She had never met anyone like Stephen and despite her embarrassment and his thorough destruction of her bonnet, Anne was carried away by his charms, as was he by her red-haired beauty. When a stumble, tumble, and inappropriate outdoor outcome in front of Crane House is observed and reported to Anne’s Cousin Clorinda by the town’s leading gossip, Lady Dunlee, Stephen feels the only proper way to quell their dismay and sputtering and to save Anne’s reputation, is to announce he and Lady Anne are betrothed. This comes as a shock, not only to her younger sister and twin brothers, but to all who know Stephen’s reputation with the ladies. Afraid the truth may mar her sister, Lady Evangeline’s society debut, Anne goes along with the ruse but step by step, sees the caring and kindness Stephen possesses as he helps her come out of her shell and into the limelight of London’s social circle, something she had never experienced due to family obligations at her marriageable age. Throughout the past ten years, a dark cloud has hung over Lady Anne’s head in the form of the vile Lord Brentwood. Horrible memories haunt her and as much as she believes she might feel for Stephen, she is unable to commit fully because of feelings of shame and inadequacy. Fearing Stephen will be repulsed if he learns the truth, Anne will not share the chilling details of the encounter at Gedding’s House Party until Lord Brentwood approaches her and threatens to tell Stephen and ruin the lives of Anne and her family. Stephen has an inkling that Lord Brentwood is up to something foul and concocts a plan to thwart it and protect Anne, who, Stephen discovers, he loves more than he ever thought possible. Anne finally summons all of her courage and relays the sickening details of her “History” with Lord Brentwood and finds Stephen’s feelings for her have not changed. The following morning, angry over being uncovered as the crass, lying slime he is, Lord Brentwood has Anne kidnapped. Her young Brothers witness the abduction and tell Stephen who sets out to rescue her.
Will Stephen figure out where Brentwood is holding Anne captive?
Will Stephen arrive in time to thwart Brentwood’s nasty plan?
Will Stephen give up his “Crown” as “The King of Hearts?
If you enjoy a tale of romance with a lot of “Sizzle”, this book is for you!
It was for me!! Nancy Narma


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