Monday, October 21, 2013

Sally Mackenzie - The Naked Gentleman

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 these 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 . . 

Comment: This is another of the installments in this series by Sally Mackenzie. It's the story of John Parker-Roth and Meg, characters we've known from previous books. This book can be read as a stand alone but it's best if read in order, for many details are better understood with the other books behind adding plot subjects.

John Parker-Roth is mostly interested in plants. His business deals also are about that and his brother travels a lot to help him. He doesn't care about marriage because he considers women too bland. He thought h might be happy with Grace though, so when she left in at the altar for another man, he decided women were just too much trouble, although Meg Peterson seems as happy to talk about plants as he.
Meg feels very attracted to John and for a while after meeting him she thought he felt the same but much time has passed and not a word from him. Meg wants to marry, to have her family and if possible, a good garden estate as well. But she also wanted John to be part of her vision...

I liked this book but in a nutshell, I thought it took too long for things to happen. Meg and John are found out together and forced to marry but they only do almost at the end. I get the challenge, the why it was so delayed, after all it wasn't an easy situation, but at some point I go a bit bred with all that and I think this one was a bit weaker in terms of plot comparing to other previous installments.

Meg and John start to have feelings fr each other and despite knowing in real life it's so easy to place bad decisions and to have wrong ideas about something, or even to complicate something simple, in books I prefer things more rational, more well explained and fluid. It was an issue that, combined with the slow pace of things, I couldn't out aside while reading and I just wanted them to do something, to act, to finally marry.
Their characters didn't seem that bad at first glance. Each one had wants and had hopes for what their life might be and being forced to take a step like marriage that way put a strain on their developing feelings, so at the end I also thin their personalities didn't seem as captivating because what they did and what they wanted seemed so much in conflict.

There are several secondary characters and we even have many scenes from their POVs, which makes the book feel very populated, although it's also nice to see what characters from previous books have been doing. Still,it was annoying to see them talk so much about their intimate lives...I think after the first one we got the point they are all happy.

I thought many situations in this book to be a bit pushed at the reader, meaning the author seemed bent on making an idea come across and to me it looked too much. I didn't notice this in other books, so I wonder what my problem was or if it's the book itself that just didn't measure up.
I only have one book left to read in the series and part of me is relived because despite some good moments, scenes and dialogs, most books so far also were be a bit annoying at some points.
Grade: 5/10

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