Review: Naked by Megan Hart

Filed in Megan Hart , Review , The Geeky Lover Posted on July 23, 2010 @ 6:00 am 13 comments

Format Read: eARC
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Release Date: August 1st 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Spice
Formats Available: Paperback, eBook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon, BookDepository(US), BookDepository(UK)

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through netgalley.

Book Blurb:

No strings. No regrets. And no going back.
I didn’t think he wanted me. And I wasn’t about to get involved with him, not after what I’d heard. Sure, Alex Kennedy was tall, dark and unbearably hot, but I’ve been burned before. When I solicited him to model for my erotic photography book, I didn’t expect such a heated, passionate photo session. And now that we’ve crossed that line, our bodies aren’t the only things that have been exposed.
But I can’t give my heart to a man who’s so… unconventional. His last sexual relationship was with a married couple. It’s enough that my ex-fiancé preferred men, I can’t take that chance again no matter how much my body thrives on Alex’s touch. I can’t risk it, but I can’t resist it, either.
Alex can be very convincing when he wants something.
And he wants me.

My Thoughts:

Warning: This will be an ode to the awesomeness that is Megan Hart so expect to read the words love and adore often in this review.
I admit this is the first book I read twice before I started to review it. First time I was too enthralled to make any notes and the only thing I could say about it afterwards was  WOW. That would have been a really short review so I started it again and forced myself to take breaks and write down what I thought. Long list and now I’m trying to get the things in order for you.
Naked is finally Alex Kennedy’s book but that’s by far not the only reason I loved it. I waited so long for his HEA and I knew the moment I had the ebook that I couldn’t wait any second longer to start it. And I loved every word written in it. It’s hard to explain but this book was for me one big OMG-So-Good-Moment. I couldn’t stop and I wanted more at the end. I enjoyed reading it twice and today Caroline told me she started it and I thought: “You have to read it again.”  That’s how much I loved it.
Naked is written out of Olivia Mackey’s POV. She is a woman with a past. Olivia got burned by a man in the past. She was hurt but still couldn’t cut all the emotional strings attaching her to him. She knows she should but you know how that can go- it can be hard to let go. But when she meets Alex she sees the potential even if she’s still cautious about the danger he represents. She decides to grab her chance for happiness. She developed a method to avoid being hurt: just don’t ask about the uncomfortable things. She is still insecure but which girl wouldn’t be after that last relationship. Olivia is strong at heart and she works hard to get what she wants. She still tries to find her way in life and sometimes she feels a bit lost in the middle of everything.
Alex is still Mr. Mysterious but he shows more of his vulnerabilities in this novel (we met him for the first time in Tempted). He tries hard to be seen as more than a world travelling gay guy. He wants to be seen as the character he is, as a person who deserves the complete focus, love and adoration of someone- no sharing for him anymore. He is such a caring and loving character- sure he has his quirks from time to time too but most of his actions are based on his yearning for acceptance, appreciation and love. He’s says the sweetest things and he totally melted my heart to a puddle of goo. I love him and I know I want an Alex of my own.  *dreams*
Besides our couple Naked is full of other great characters. I adore Sarah, Olivia’s BFF. She’s one of the funniest persons ever and she made me laugh so hard that I had tears in my eyes. I just say Cunnilingus Phone Survey. We also meet some characters from former novels again and I’m always squeeing when I read about those. They all found a place in my heart and it makes me smile to see them happy or on the way to get there. 😉
The story focuses on family, homosexuality and religion- and how they influenced Olivia.  All can be touchy topics but Mrs. Hart handles them great. I loved how she explained Olivia’s way of finding her own religion. She showed how hard it is to find what fits you best. Being agnostic, or whatever it’s called, myself I usually don’t appreciate much religious talk but she never ventured into the preaching site of it- she just told about experience and not about how to convert someone. She also included some rather sensitive family problems. She made me think about myself and my life again and that’s one of the main reasons why I love her books so much. And she has those wonderful Star Trek and Douglas Adams references I adore so much.
Naked is a very sexy thought provoking novel. The writing is outstanding and the characters will draw you in from the start. Naked made me laugh, think and cry and I loved every second of it. When you want a book that will touch you deep inside and entertain you the whole time this is the book for you. I’m sure it will be at the top of my Best Reads in 2010 list. An absolute Keeper and I’m sure I will talk about this book for a long time to come.

I give Naked 5 out of 5 Bookies and a weighted companion cube as a cherry on the top. 

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About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • pattepoilue July 23, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Great review hon! I should have listened to you earlier and read it as soon as I got it. It's amazing. So far my favorite Megan Hart book.

    This is the best rating you've ever given!!!

  • Felicia the Geeky Blogger July 23, 2010 at 6:21 am

    It sounds like it was a fantastic read 🙂

  • SusiSunshine July 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

    @pattepoilue I told ya so. LOL You should listen to my rambling from time to time. 😉

    @Felicia Ohhh it was. Fabulous!

  • Ina July 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Hi Susi!
    thanks for your review – I saw it on your post about your wishlist and ordered it immediately *gg*
    greetings, Ina

  • SusiSunshine July 23, 2010 at 9:20 am

    @Ina You so won't regret that. Did you read Tempted?

  • Anilu Magloire July 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    OMG!! I am counting the hours till Aug 1st! This is one long awaited book for me. I LOVE Megan Hart's books something fierce. All of them.
    Great review!

  • SusiSunshine July 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

    @Anilu This book is so worth the wait. While preparing this post yday I noticed that amazon and bookdepository are already shipping. It says in stock everywhere. We will see if they really do. I will test it and order my copy today. =)

  • Scorpio M. July 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Your review has me so amped to read NAKED. I have never read a Megan Hart book, shame on me! I guess I should start with TEMPTED?

  • SusiSunshine July 23, 2010 at 10:12 am

    @Scorpio Ohhhh yay. And yes I would say start with Tempted. Alex character gets foundation in that one but Naked can be read as a standalone too. All her books can. But in my opinion you should read them all. But that's just OCD me.

  • Ina July 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

    @Susi: no I haven't read Tempted – guess I should order it too, mh? 😉 I will read the blurb and then… we will see 😉

  • SusiSunshine July 23, 2010 at 10:25 am
  • Lea July 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Lovely, excellent review Susi!

    You know how I feel about this book because you already read my review. I still get a chill running up my arms thinking about this one.

    Just beautifully penned by Ms. Hart.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  • SusiSunshine July 24, 2010 at 1:33 am

    @Lea Thanks hon. And I agree this book just doesn't let you go.

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