The Virgin’s Guide to Misbehaving

The Virgin's Guide to MisbehavingElise Markham has always been shy thanks to a birthmark that she had been born with. She had it fixed but she was always self conscious. She will then meet a man who was unlike anyone she ever met and she will take a chance with. She wanted to live her life and Rome would help her accomplish that.

Rome Lozada had needed a job desperately and had gotten lucky getting one in Bluebonnet. He knew not to screw it up but it looked like that could happen when he started seeing his bosses sister, Elise. Rome knew that nothing with Elise would be permanent but he wanted a chance to be with her for how ever long they had together.

The Virgin’s Guide to Misbehaving is the fourth book to the series Bluebonnet by Jessica Clare. I really liked this book. This book is steamy, though that is pretty much like all Jessica Clare books, but she also writes her characters well.

Elise’s character had been introduced in the third book and her character intrigued me. I had no idea why she was so shy but I wanted to know. You find out that Elisa had a port wine color birthmark that had covered most of her cheek but she had it removed. She was, however, still self conscious and not sure of herself. This is where Rome will come into play because he will help Elise live a little. Rome’s character is a good man who believed in the wrong people, his parents. Because of that mistake he had time in prison. Added with the fact that he is a biker and has tattoos people perception of him are rather judgmental. Elise did not judge him as she knew what it felt like to be judged.

So one thing that Clare has both characters doing was thinking the worst of the situation. They immediately jump to the conclusion that they are no good thanks to their past. Though they’ll get it right in the end.

I am reading what looks like the last book of the series next.

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The Naked Duke

After I had finished the last book of the Naked Nobility series I decided it was time to go and read the very first book which started it all. The Naked Duke starts the series which Sally MacKenzie created.

Miss Sarah Hamilton lost the last of her family and had promised to find her uncle. Sarah travels from the colonies to London only to encounter more problems. Her uncle no longer lives and she has a cousin but worst is when she winds up naked in a bed who is also naked.

James, The Duke of Alvord, should have known Robbie would bring a whore to him but for some reason James did not kick her out. Waking up naked to a naked woman stirred James but quickly he found she was not who he thought. James is thrilled at the prospect of marrying this fiery red head but problems will occur when the girl does not feel the same except her action tell a different story.

I was impressed with the plot of the story and the hidden secret which the Duke carried. It was a twist that you wouldn’t think was possible with all the available women which were out there.

Sarah’s character you will love as she is the fish out of water in this society and you fall in love with James when he finds passion with her.

The villain of Richard was dark and disturbed which made the book all more appealing. And of course from reading the books before hand I got to see where characters came from.

The Naked Duke is an excellent novel to begin with the Naked Nobility series and I recommend reading this humorous series.

Getting to know The Naked Gentleman

Going into Sally MacKenzie’s series Naked Nobility I knew I was reading part way into the series but I wanted to see how I would like it. The Naked Gentleman sounded entertaining to read as I thought it would actually be a comedy and I was right. MacKenzie writes to the reader with witty commentary and funny plots.

Miss Margaret Peterson wants to study plants she loves them and her ideal man will have an extensive garden in which she could explore. She thought she found the man but he did not show his interest so Margaret must find herself a man she could marry. Margaret lures the men out to the gardens and tries to find one that she likes but this will cause danger for her and John Parker-Roth is the one which will save her.

John Parker-Roth wants to be left alone. Being left at the alter is a blow to any mans character. All he wants is to garden but then trouble comes his way in the form of Miss Margaret Peterson. He saves her from an attack but gets himself into a bit of trouble when they are compromised. He offers but Margaret refuses. John should just let it be but everyone is telling him he must and something inside of John is saying the same thing.

As far as plot goes MacKenzie was very funny in how obtuse and smart Margaret really was. I love that they each have a love for gardening but that is not revealed until later.

There are a lot of other characters who have points of views and their own sections in the book. As the reader you will have to keep track of the characters but what I did like was how she split up the voices as they did not do a continual one long chapter with ten people talking. She had page breaks to let the reader know a different person was talking which helped.

The one thing in which I am confused is how MacKenzie does the order of her stories. Grace a woman who left John at the alter is married to her baron in The Naked Gentleman which is the fourth book. I looked ahead for the other books to discover in the fifth book Grace is just meeting her baron in The Naked Baron. So the timeline is a little confusing but I will see how MacKenzie plays it out.

From just reading this one book from the series I am looking forward to finding the rest.