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The Reluctant Nude

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,012 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Chipping away at her resistance, one touch at a time…

Fallon Frost’s late foster mother had done so much to heal the wounds of her damaged childhood. So when a lecherous developer plans to bulldoze her old home to make room for a strip mall, the practical, ordered life Fallon has built for herself is threatened.

Then he makes a twisted proposal. He’ll leave the land alone if
ebook, 170 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Samhain (first published February 1st 2011)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
3 stars. Review posted August 15, 2016

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“You have quite extraordinary eyes,” Max announced suddenly, and Fallon couldn’t help but raise them to meet his.
“What would you call that color?”
“Um, gray.”
“Cerulean,” he corrected. “Not the blue. One coat of green cerulean over white stoneware.”
“You’ve lost me. Is this pottery?”
“Your eyes,” Max continued, “are the color of a two-inch-thick pane of tempered glass.”

Cara McKenna (Meg Maguire is her pen name) writes deliciously scrumptious her
Apr 24, 2011 willaful rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves character driven romance
4.5 stars. The summary for this book sounds like a generic flip contemporary romance, and pretty much every scene that doesn’t involve the hero reads like a generic flip contemporary romance. Fortunately those scenes are very rare. This is one of those lovely romances where the main characters spend almost all of the book together, discovering each other.

Fallon and Max come together through some sort of unconvincing, convoluted scheme by Fallon’s enemy/frenemy Donald. For some neurotic reason of
Mar 02, 2011 Ridley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like things that are good
This was one of those books I read in one sitting because pausing for any length of time was completely out of the question. It's just a shame I started it at 11:30 at night. 3:30 in the morning hit like a ton of bricks.

Not entirely of her own volition, Fallon Frost headed north from her life on Long Island to visit the Cape Breton studio of a world-renowned classical sculptor. A frequent professional adversary, and spurned would-be suitor, has made her a deal as irresistible as it is detestable
Jun 01, 2011 Dina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: Ridley
Fallon's naughty fantasy:


Does it ever come to life in the book? You'll have to read it to find out. ;)
Tammy Walton Grant

Here I go, jumping on the bandwagon. 4.5 stars.

What I loved about this:

** The pacing.

** The writing.

** The setting. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Boy, my country sure has some beautiful scenery.

** The Hero. Oh My God, the Hero. The way he looked, the way he talked (ESPECIALLY the way he talked), everything about him. This was so totally his story, I barely thought Fallon worthy of him. Another heroine that I would like to hip-check right out of her own book and take her place.

** The story. No, scra
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

There are already a lot of reviews for The Reluctant Nude, so I'll keep mine short.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, because at first I was a little put off by our eccentric hero, Max Emery, who seemed so self centered I wasn’t sure I’d ever connect to him. The same was true for Fallon Frost who initially didn’t strike me as someone I could care for, but as we learned more about them, their lives, their passions, and as they connected as a couple, I found them to be compelling cha
Penny Watson
Feb 27, 2011 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing
The Reluctant Nude by Meg Maguire

I have been seduced by a most alluring book.

It didn't seduce with flash or bling.

It had no pissing werewolves. No shapeshifting Orca whales. No explosions in outer space.

It had bread and cheese and coffee and wine. Alluring characters who were prickly and real and layered and lovely, seductive in a most charming and subtle way. It had a hero who was French, and sexy, but also quirky and odd and delicious. It had a heroine who was impatient and short-tempered and
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 02, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing
I wish I could pull the emotions I went through while reading this book out of my brain and implant them into all of yours so I don’t need to think of words to describe this reading experience. I happened to see Penny tweet awhile ago that she read The Reluctant Nude and thought it was fabulous. When I started to investigate the book, I realized Meg Maguire also writes under the name, Cara McKenna. I’ve read Willing Victim by Cara McKenna and was super impressed (although these two books are qui ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Kathleen rated it liked it
Story Rating 3.5 stars
Hero 5 stars
Heroine 2 stars
Romance Rating 4 stars
Heat level 3 stars
Overall Rating 3.5

I really did like this book but it just kind of lagged in the story for me and I did not care for the heroine much. Now the hero I absolutely loved.The relationship building in the book was really good and lots of dialog too. The sex/love scenes were few but were very well done and did fit in right were they should be.

I had a problem with the way the story ended and the epilog started but I
4-Stars Contemporary Romance

Meg Maguire is a totally new author for me and though I added this to my wish-list way back in February/March when this title's blurb and release date became available under the "coming soon" section in Samhain, what really propelled me to get a copy was the rave reviews this book received right from the very day of its release. Though my reading progress has been slow with this one, it had nothing to do with the book but rather my busy schedule which prevented me f
Mar 27, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
This book is a romance novel with a very different feel. If it were a film, it would be an Indie or art house flick. It really 'reads' like one of those small, indie flicks that allow the characters to take time to think and react and have long silences. It allows a slow, seductive build of a relationship and of the characters themselves.

Continuing with my film analogy, it is a two-character study in several acts with only a few additional walk-on characters. This story belongs solely and exclus
Apr 05, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
The Reluctant Nude by Meg Maguire was one I thought I’d really enjoy from all the buzz and raving reviews behind it. Halfway through, this story stalled for me. The major reason was the underdevelopment of the heroine, Fallon Frost. We’re told she has some deep seated issues and doesn’t seem comfortable with affection. I really couldn’t see it at all because of not showing and using the good old fall back device of telling to get a point across. Fallon is too one-dimensional and flat. I didn’t b ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Peeps that enjoy a different kind of contemporary that doesn't follow the norm.
Recommended to Nikki by: Jill
4.5 stars.

You know that delicious prickly feeling that you get on the nape of your neck when all your senses are on full alert? I had that so many times whilst reading parts of this book - usually in scenes that involved the hero, Max. Maguire's writing was flawless, poetic, resonant. I was whirled up into its magic for the 6 hours it took me to read this and felt its effect long after.

In saying that, The Reluctant Nude wasn't a perfect book. While it started right in the thick of things fairly
Jun 08, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: FictionVixen
This was an interesting story. I really liked the characters and the intense focus on them learning each other and slowly changing. I felt out of sync with the emotions most of the time, but everything clicked into place in that scene where Max finds out what led Fallon to posing for him. I think it was the only time I was caught up in the passion and emotion of the moment.

I really, really liked the hero, and while I enjoyed the heroine for the most part, on the whole she was much less interest
THREE & A HALF STARS-- Fallon Frost is being blackmailed into posing nude to save her late foster mother's home by villainous Donald Forrester, some creepy old man with an obsession (?). So much so that he shells out $700,000 to a reclusive French sculptor by the name of M.L. Emery, the story's hero.

Hmm...can I say I didn't like either one of these characters in the first quarter of this book. Max was a jerk and Fallon even more so. She was abrasive. Their dialogue showed the strain between
Apr 08, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
The last place Fallon Frost wants to be is Nova Scotia. And the absolute last thing she wants to be doing is giving in to her perverted business opponent’s disturbing blackmail plan . . . but that’s just where Fallon finds herself. Sitting in the dusty studio of sculptor genius Max Emery, posing naked for three months while he renders a marble nude of her for a whopping $700, 000 blackmail fee. Joy.

‘The Reluctant Nude’ is a stand-alone contemporary erotica novel from new writer on the block, Meg
Jane Stewart
Oct 17, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
2 stars. Perfect hero, but heroine is uninteresting and too passive.

Fallon had no parents and grew up in foster care. She was close to and loved one foster parent (Grace I think) who died. Donald a real estate developer bought Grace’s home and plans to demolish it. He lusts after Fallon and asks her out, but she refuses. He then makes her an offer. He will give her the property if she will pose nude for a statue to be made by the famous sculptor Max. She agrees and goes to Nova Scot
Cari Quinn
Mar 02, 2011 Cari Quinn rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book I've read from this author (between both her pennames) and every time she tricks me. I'm impatient, as a lot of readers are, and usually her books are a slow burn for me. If I'm not immediately wowed, I think "oh, maybe this will be the one that won't work for me." But I keep reading. Inevitably by chapter two, she inexorably sucks me in to the incredibly real, nuanced worlds she crafts. This has happened four times now. One would think I would learn. Nope. So is the magi ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Tori rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book I love. Having never read anything by this author before, I went into this story with no expectations and so I was more than pleased to find a good story with great characters. I have to admit, I wasn't sure about Max in the beginning of the book. I'm typically a fan of macho alpha type heroes, and Max is a sensitive, broody artistic genius so I was a little worried. But he more than proved himself as he turned poor Fallon-the heroine's world upside down. My biggest comp ...more
May 16, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
A beautifully written story about a 30 year old environmental activist woman and a French/Canadian sculptor who moves to Nova Scotia trying to escape some teenage debauchery foisted upon him by the art community in New York thinking him to be a child prodigy. The sculptor is hired for an obscene amount of money to sculpt a nude statute of the woman activist by a unscrupulous land developer (is there any other kind) who will tear down the beloved home of the activist if she doesn't pose for the s ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Long and dry. Not much else to say. It's not really an erotica, even though it looks to be one, so if you like slow building love stories, you may actually enjoy this one more than I did.
Heather in FL
Apr 02, 2011 Heather in FL rated it really liked it
This is one I will likely remember because it wasn't the traditional tropes. At first, it reminded me a bit of Curio, but I think that had to do with (a) Max being originally French, and (b) him being a bit of a recluse. Oh, and hot. ;-) But it was definitely a different story.

Fallon traveled to Max's sculpting studio to fulfill the terms of what is basically extortion by a man who wants but can't have her. Donald Forrester is a land developer. Fallon works to save environmental lands. They stan
Apr 18, 2012 Bri rated it liked it
I really, really liked this at the beginning. While I wasn't all that connected to our heroine, Fallon, I was immediately intrigued by tall, dark and handsome sculptor, Max. I mean. A tattooed Frenchman who'd learned to speak English in Great Britain? I'M DED.

So, Max had me hook, line and sinker from the beginning. He was intriguing in his intensity and his passion. Fallon, unfortunately, I never really warmed to her. I thought she was cold and harsh, mean at times. And in the end, she just didn
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review

"Right now, and for the next ten weeks, your body and its history are the center of my universe. Everything."- Max in The Reluctant Nude

The Reluctant Nude is a story about a woman named Fallon trying to save her aunt's land from the hands of Billionaire Donald Forrester. After years of fighting in court Forrester makes a proposition to Fallon, by telling her if she poses for famed artist M.L.Emery for a one of a kind sculpture he will give her the land back. So off goes Fallon
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Pretty good book. 3.5 stars. A little unrealistic but I'm not reading it for its deep insight or literary significance. I liked the ending. The sexual tension was good, the sex scenes.. even better.
Wow...what a sexy hero:) Loved this book!
Mar 15, 2011 Judi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, 2011, favorites, april
I’ve read three books by Meg Maguire (two in a row this week alone) and her alter ego Cara McKenna and if there is one thing I’ve noticed about her style of writing is that she has the ability to simply take two characters and tell a fabulous, emotional, heartfelt story. No real secondary characters of note to cloud the canvas, no crazy antics, just a well told story that grabs you and makes you care about her characters.

M.L. Emery was a child protégé at 12, a renowned sculptor but for the past
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Fallon will have to willingly take off her clothes for the eccentric artist but will Max strip away the protective layers around her closely guarded heart in the process?

Do you enjoy a story where the relationship builds at a steady pace and you’re able to savor the romance? Do you enjoy characters that are so layered with personality they practically jump off the page? If you answered yes to these questions I can guarantee you will love The Reluctant Nude. Ms. Maguire sets this heart tugging l
Feb 23, 2012 starsaga rated it it was ok
A difficult book to read, unsatisfying romance.
This book was tough going from the beginning...... I did not realize this author also writes as Cara Mckenna. As I read the book I felt the complete detachment of the heroine , Fallon, and realized later that made sense because it seems to be a type of woman -heroine for this author. There's always a cruel aura around her women characters and a kind of toughness that seems too edgy and harsh. I would not read this book again because it made feel fru
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Since she began writing in 2008, Meg Maguire has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Cara McKenna and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award ...more
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