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The Naked Earl (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Mar 2007


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (30 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821780751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821780756
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,009,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Synopsis from the book as follows:
He Took Her By Surprise
When a naked earl climbs through the window into her bedchamber, Lady Elizabeth Runyon does the proper thing: She screams. Loudly. And then. . .well, Lizzie has had enough of being proper. She wishes to be bold. Wanton, even. She won't be commanded to put on her nightgown. Just this once, she will be absolutely daring. . .

She Returned The Favor
Robert Hamilton, Earl of Westbrooke, has no intention of being tricked into marriage by a detestable female, and if he has to flee naked across a rooftop, he will. Jolly good there's an open window waiting--as well as an undressed, slightly drunk, and alluringly beautiful Lady Elizabeth. Oh dear. If they are caught together, he might have to marry her. The idea is delicious. . .and the temptation is irresistible. . .

This is a great read and a "keeper" (as are all Sally Mackenzie's "Naked" books). I have them all....just waiting for "The Naked King", which I have pre-ordered. Ms Mackenzie's books are fun and always make me laugh...I love them...
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By Emma on 1 Nov. 2013
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I know that I probably should have been prepared for this, but I'm sad to say that by the time I got to The Naked Earl, I had experienced far, far too much naked. The male protagonists, who had once seemed so noble and scandalous, started to become grating and too easily excited (if you catch my drift). Honestly, it doesn't seem natural for your Peter Pan to start flying around willy-nilly without any pixie dust - y'know? - but then again the human anatomy is very strange in the world of Regency...
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By maggie on 24 Aug. 2013
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Really enjoyed this book, it was funny and the characters in the story were deliciously sweet or deliciously wicked. I will be looking out the other books in this series and buying them.
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Very enjoyable but not for the purists 1 May 2007
By IreneDAdler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I liked it so much I'm going to try to get my hands on the rest of the Naked series. Perhaps the biggest asset of this novel is the cast of characters. The two leads, Lizzie and Robbie, are completely charming and likeable, and a welcome departure from your usual hellion/rake combo. I found it refreshing to read about a hero that hasn't bedded half of London, though I guess the level of lovemaking skill the author gives him is unlikely, given his lack of experience. I will freely admit that this is a book for which you need a robust suspension of disbelief, between the anachronistic diction and a couple rickety plot points. However, those failings did not seriously detract from the enjoyability of the story, because the characters are so engrossing. The author didn't just focus on the relationship between Lizzie and Robbie, but also gives us glimpses of several other relationships, the most prominent of which is a budding romance between two of their friends (which is going to be developed in the next book, I think). One of the other reviewers mentioned a gratuitous amount of sex in this book, but, while I agree that there are many random racy scenes, I do not think they detracted from the progress of the story, likely because they are fairly brief and only occasionally the focus of the narrative -- it's not like the book is nothing but a series of clothes-tearing hair-grabbing sheet-crumpling bedroom encounters. Overall, this book is a very light-hearted adventure (I suppose one could say "romp," but that word is so over-used) which never takes itself very seriously. It is definitely not for those who want historically accurate Regency romance: though it is set in Regency England, the author never successfully envelops you in that environment; indeed, it's easier to picture the story taking place in a modern-day American highschool than a 19th century English manor. With such a funny and engaging bunch of characters rampaging about, though, I never minded the lack of authenticity: I was too busy laughing :) While the author might not have as much technical or historical polish as a more experienced writer (such as Stephanie Laurens), she seems to have a real talent for characterization and humor, making this book one of the most enjoyable out of all the books I've read. In short: Buy it and read it!
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Sexy regency romance with a twist 3 April 2007
By booksforabuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lady Elizabeth (Lizzie) Runyon has been in love with Earl Robert (Robbie) Hamilton for years--so much so that she's in her fourth season and has declined any number of marriage proposals. When Robbie has to flee naked when his bed is invaded by a naked woman, he jumps in the nearest available window--that of Lizzie. Lizzie is certain that a marriage proposal must be forthcoming--after all, Robbie certainly put her reputation at risk--but when Robbie not only fails to make the proposal but denies any intention of making one, she's forced to confront the possibility that Robbie doesn't see her the way she sees him.

Clearly her plan has to be, find a way to rivet Robbie's attentions--and flirting with other men offers an attractive means of letting Robbie know that Lizzie is not a woman to treat lightly. What Lizzie doesn't realize, though, is that Robbie is hiding a horrible secret--a secret so horrible he's willing to give up his own feelings for Lizzie and spend the rest of his life single.

No proper Regency gentleman, let alone an Earl, can be allowed to remain single and Lady Felicity, the woman who's surprised Robbie in his own bed, intends to trap him into marriage. Unless Lizzie can persuade Robbie to be honest about his feelings, he's likely to be forced into marriage with her, while Lizzie is dragooned into marriage with one of the many men who want her money if not her affection.

Author Sally MacKenzie continues her 'naked' series with an entertaining romp. Set largely in an English house party, a group of aristocrats scheme at seduction, marriage, and love. MacKenzie introduces interesting subplots, including one involving the party's host and one involving Lizzie's chaperone--who is in love with her own butler, but the primary story is that of Lizzie and Robbie. Robbie's problem, the result of a hazing incident, has persuaded him he's of no use to women--and everything Lizzie can do only makes him more certain he's the wrong man for her. MacKenzie manages to treat Robbie's problem with a degree of sympathy, while maintaining a light tone.

Although THE NAKED EARL is a sexy story, MacKenzie brings back the battle of wits that made so many readers love the regency novel. If you're looking for a fun and sexy romp, sit back and prepare to enjoy yourself. THE NAKED EARL is a lot of fun
19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The Ten Things You NEVER Want In A Romance Novel.... 30 Mar. 2007
By J. Myrna RottenRomance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
And they are ALL in this book.

The top ten countdown is as follows:

10) Non-traditional sexual preferences being the distinction of a villain.

9) Having one character "ruined" if she was manhandled by a bad guy, but another isn't, even when she shows up half naked with a stranger.

8) "Love scenes" between a 60 and 65 year old man and woman who spend the whole time talking about the main characters.

7) "Love scenes" involving a secondary 20 something year old woman and either a) her lover whom she hopes will impregnate her so that she can pass said child off as her 80 something year old husband's heir or b) said 20 something year old woman and her 80 something year old husband.

6) Not having the characters "flesh out" their differences at SOME point in the book, if you get what I mean. The be-all, end-all of a novel should not be the culmination of a sexual relationship -- there really should be more to it than that.

5) Having the "innocent" and "inexperienced" woman have to practically force the man to either a) marry her or b) be intimate with her in any meaningful way.

4) Having the main character spend countless pages obsessing over erectile disfunction. What, they didn't have viagra, huh? Oooookay. And this is romantic, how?

3) Anal sex between secondary characters. Look, it's not like I think it's gross or disgusting (really -- I'm an openminded person), but it's not what the general public usually wants or expects.

2) Non consensual touching/psuedo rape. Rape is never, ever erotic. It was bad enough in her other books, but it's getting a bit repetitive, dontcha ya think?

And finally, the #1 thing that you should NEVER, EVER include in your romance novel (drum roll, please)...

1) References to the main character's genitalia in the following manner: "shy little member", "cooked carrots", a "dog's tail tucked between its legs" or a "cowering maiden".

So, dear readers, I leave you educated now, and allow you to make your own choice as to whether you want to read this book. I do, however, think it is extremely important that you be able to make an educated decision.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Disgusting 24 Oct. 2009
By Likesagoodbook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An entertaining premise quickly lost in a story about conniving secondary characters and perverted sex scenes. Why was innocent Lizzie even at this party? On second thought, why was anyone at this party where the characters did not have anything in common and did not like each other? I did not see any humor in the hero's "problem" or the giggly terms used to describe it. There was no romance in this story. I tossed it in the trash can.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
page turner 27 Oct. 2007
By A. Moats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would recommend this book to anyone who reads romance novels. This was the first book I read by this author. It was so good I had to get the first book, which is a hard to find. The book was so good I finished it in one day. And I have two children and a job outside of the home!
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