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Naked (Alex Kennedy #2)

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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
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ebook, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Spice (first published January 1st 2010)
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Adrienne
Feb 16, 2010 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I waitied ages to read this, the anticipation nearly killed me, it arrived one morning earlier this week and before I knew it I read the whole bloody thing...all that waiting and it was over in a couple of hours, and now I'm left with that post 'fantastic book' depression that I always get when I've read something that I'd like never to finish.

So I guess it's pretty obvious that I loved the third book in the Alex Kennedy story. I was epecting one thing and Ms Hart threw me a blinder and wrote
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Jill Dunlop
Jun 26, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebook
Naked is loosely connected to Megan Hart's book Tempted. It continues with Alex Kennedy meeting Olivia Mackey the morning after a Holiday celebration. It turns out that Alex needs a place to stay for a few months and Olivia has an apartment she can rent out to him while he is in town on business. Both are attracted to each other but Olivia is very hesitant to become involved in a relationship with a man who might swing both ways. She was already hurt once by her former fiancé Patrick who finally ...more
Tutti Dolci
In a word, "disappointed."

In my opinion, Naked started out so strong and so full of potential. However, the story went in all kinds of directions which not only detracted from the main storyline but effectively derailed this book from the story that it could've been. With a whole chapter dedicated to a kiddie party, another chapter dedicated to a religious celebration, and the whole back-and-forth Jewish versus Catholic thing...it was all just too much and completely unnecessary in terms of wha
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TheFountainPenDiva
I guess I'm the only one who just had a WTF moment with this book. Oh well. What I liked:

1) The cover - even though it's not totally accurate (hey Harlequin, couldn't you guys have found a black model with silky locks like Olivia has? You've got the money to for it);

2) It was interracial--black woman/white male. That's always an automatic on-star with me;

3) Alex, the hero, wore Whip, a fragrance from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, which is one of my favorites from that company.

Outside of those three
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
3 1/2 stars.

Olivia is a black woman who was adopted and raised by a white family. When Liv was five years old her parents got divorced. Her mother is Jewish, and her father is Catholic. Each parent encourages Olivia to choose their side of religion.

Olivia is single. She was engaged to Patrick when she was at college, but she learned that he was gay two weeks before their wedding. Unfortunately she's still in love with Patrick and she's not really able to leave this drama behind. Until Alex enter
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Miss Kim
Feb 16, 2010 Miss Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic, 2010
Taxing emotionally. I wish I could have gotten Alex's POV because I felt like there was so much going on with him that we never get to see. I understand that his father is a bigoted bastard, and I do not think that is uncommon. Why did he not drink around Olivia, but seemed to party it up when he was out of town or at Jamie & Anne's? Then she asked him questions and he blows her off. That is so annoying. Men!

I liked how Dan and Elle are revisited, and little peek at Jack. So it seems Jack ma
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Karla
Apr 10, 2013 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re read 1/30/17
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I feel like I've waited forever to read Alex's story!!! I loved his character in Tempted, I fell in love with him, flaws and all, and I wanted to see him get his HEA. This was a great story all around by Ms. Hart, even though not as emotionally draining perhaps as I was expecting from her.

Alex Kennedy... where do I start? He is a tormented bad boy, he's struggled with who he was, with his family and how they view him, how he interacts with others, and hi
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♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
*thinks about the past fondly* I remember the day that I added this book. I didn’t know who Megan Hart was. This book was yet to be released, and I didn’t bother looking into her other books. I just saw this hot cover and was drawn in instantly. *shakes head and comes to present day*

These days? Im like an auto-bot when it comes to Hart. I see her name; I add it and buy it. She is one of the true talented authors’ our there. She knows how to tread on subjects that are risqué. Naked is an Erotic
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Wicked Incognito Now
Jul 25, 2010 Wicked Incognito Now rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Damn you Megan Hart!! I just wasted an entire day reading this when I should've been doing so many other things!!

When I first started reading Megan Hart, I didn't have much experience with erotica. After I experienced the wondiferousness that is Hart, I set out to read other authors like this. I found that other erotica can be entertaining, certainly titillating, usually eye-rolling, and quite often hilarious---but there are not other writers quite like Megan Hart.

No other author I've found wri
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LaFleurBleue
Once again, this was a rather disturbing read.
To be honest, at one point (around page 70), I just felt this was too much baggage, too weird, for me to be able to relate to the heroine and to enjoy the story. I put it back on the virtual shelf and read something else before picking it up again.
Megan Hart's trademark is that she knows how to give depth to characters through an accumulation of small anecdotes and thus succeeds in creating unforgettable characters. Problem is sometimes they are not
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Camille
I didn't like anything about this 'straight for you' story.

Nothing worked for me. I didn't believe the love, the relationship, its progression, the sex, nor the sexual orientation.

And that whole religion dilemma is so overwrought and fraught with contrived drama. Who cares?

Plus, I still think Olivia's an idiot and this reads like chick lit. A lot is unresolved. There's hardly any discernible plot and...*sigh* long story short: everyone loves but me.

Riverina Romantics
Sep 17, 2010 Riverina Romantics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-blog
I was completely enthralled by my first Megan Hart read from the moment I viewed the cover to the final words in the book. Megan’s style of writing had me speed reading the entire time, I continuously wanted more.

The story of Alex & Olivia was erotically romantic and panty scorching HOT! I loved the diversity of the book, not only did it focus on heterosexuality but also included storylines on homo and bi-sexuality which was a first for me as a reader and Megan Hart made it tremendously enj
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Samantha
Aug 11, 2010 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
I really should have stuck with my gut on this one because I didn't like the 1st book but I was curious. You know the saying, "curiosity killed the cat" and it sure did kill me. The story was told from Olivia's POV which was interesting. She was a complex character and I was anxious to see how she and Alex was going to act. So when they hooked up, it almost felt rushed in a sense. Alex, in my opinion, is still a big mystery to me. We still don't know much about him. Olivia has tons of issues tha ...more
Tina
Closer to 4.5 stars but I won't quibble.

Olivia's first meets Alex at a party given by Olivia's ex-fiance, Patrick. Unbeknownst to Alex, Olivia witnesses him first getting a karaoke serenade/break up song and then getting a blow-job -- in that order, both from the same guy. Such is the allure and mystery that is Alex.

Olivia is fascinated by him, but has been warned by Patrick that Alex doesn't like girls. This is a major point for Olivia as her engagement to Patrick, a mere week before their wed
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Caroline The HEA Lover
Warning: This review may look negative because I keep pointing out what moved me beyond measures. But don’t be fooled… I did love Naked! If you need proof looks at the rating *wink*

This is a difficult review for me to write because reading Naked (not to be confounded with reading naked which is illegal in a public space o8O) brought up a tornado of feelings I’m having difficulty dealing with (but I still read it very fast!). I knew this wouldn’t be an easy read…after all it’s a Megan Hart book.
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Stefanie
Aug 07, 2012 Stefanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic-elements
I really wanted to like this book. I still think Megan Hart is one of the best romance / erotica writers out there (although I admit I'm not well read in the genre), but this one was disappointing. For those that have read Tempted, the other novel where Alex Kennedy plays a role, you may find yourself salivating at the chance to delve a little deeper into his character...well, that doesn't really happen. The viewpoint character is Olivia - biracial, raised by Catholic & Jewish parents and le ...more
Viri
Jan 31, 2017 Viri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ni le pondré reseña porque no me gustó. Sorry pero no.
Stephanie
Feb 16, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: megan-hart, favorites
I don’t think that I convey how great I thought this book was. I really need to think about this, but sufficed to say this was one of the best books I’ve read all year!
Mollie
Apr 27, 2010 Mollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost always use a blurb from Goodreads or Amazon to summarize the story then just jump into my thoughts. But check out these two different blurbs for the book. The first is from the summary on NetGalley:

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 di
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
Naked takes place three years after Alex leaves behind his relationship with Ann and James at the conclusion of Tempted. Olivia Mackey is the heroine of this book and she has baggage the size of a a steamer trunk when it comes to men and pretty much all of her personal relationships. After finding out the man that she was head over heels in love with and about to marry is actually gay she somehow finds it in herself to continue to love him and keeps him in her life even years later as her best f ...more
Jaime Arkin
I will admit I spent most of this book wondering what the deal was with Alex Kennedy.

Olivia Mackey is a photographer. She meets Alex Kennedy at her ex/now BFF's house for a holiday party. Actually she doesn't officially meet him until the next morning. BFF gives her a cryptic warning to stay away from Alex but this wouldn't be a book if she did! LOL

Olivia has a history - (view spoiler)
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Keri
Aug 28, 2011 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
***SPOILER ALERT*** I won't give specific details in the story but will discuss overall character behavior and development which may spoil the story for some.


What a let down this book was!!! After reading Tempted I was really looking forward to this book so that I could finally get insight into Alex and what goes on in his head and how he felt during his time with James and Ann. I thought I would be reading Alex's story - I was wrong. Naked is basically Olivia's story with Alex as her love inter
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Jojo
Aug 31, 2010 Jojo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't feel comfortable giving written reviews - I rate books for myself more than for others, a way to keep track of the books that I love to read, or sometimes not.

But I can't let this book go unreviewed - Megan Hart is amazing. She has an unbelievable ability to make you live in the shoes of her characters. You get totally sucked up in the minutia of their lives...she lets you breathe them..I don't know how else to explain this, but it is an ability that very few authors have, no matter how
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Susi
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
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Sofia Lazaridou
Sep 23, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naked started just fine.Or almost just fine.It was kinda shocking to see Alex being his gay self and not the bi he actually is.Then he says that he hasn't had sex with a woman since Anne and it shows once more his feelings about her.
Patrick,Olivia's ex-fiance and currently Teddy's boyfriend and her friend(it turned out that he was gay after all),warns her to stay away from Alex and says to Alex the same thing about her.He is acting like a jealous boyfriend during pretty much every scene he is in
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*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
Nothing about this felt casual.
Just the opposite, in fact. It felt like it meant too much.
This night. This man.


*3.5-4 I-can't-make-up-my-mind stars*

I was so ecstatic when I finished Tempted and saw that the story continues and that we get Alex's story (one of the main characters in Tempted) in Naked, so there wasn't a question for me which book should I read next. Now, after I finally read the book I must say that, even though I liked his HEA Olivia, I was a bit disappointed, because the story
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Mara
Apr 06, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
It was only after I read more than half of this book that I figured out Alex Kennedy, the hero, was a protagonist in an earlier book, and that I missed stuff by not reading Tempted first. There could have been some kind of author's note to let me know before I started reading this. Oh, well.

This was a bit more erotic than a regular contemporary romance (the sex scenes were well written and weren't gratuitous, don't worry), but also more interesting because the characters weren't so conventional.
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Scarlet
I didn’t have to decide if I was one thing or another. If I was both and neither. Everything and nothing. It’s okay to struggle to find our place in this world and the person who will take us for who and what we are. Sometimes we dress ourselves in layers that only get peeled away in the end, to leave us as we should
be.
Naked.


This book is not just erotic romance. It's full of passion, real life stories, real hurt and betrayal. I love it all. It goes at the top of my list.
Bravo Mrs Hart!
Heather in FL
I have to decide if I want to try more Megan Hart. In Naked, the female main character, Olivia, was half-black, adopted into a half-Jewish, half-Catholic white home. At the age of 5, her parents split and both turned back to their faiths, which left her feeling guilty for attempting to embrace either one. In college, she met her best friend/soul mate... she thought. Turns out he was in-the-closet gay, and told her two weeks before the wedding and STILL wanted to marry her. When she refused, they ...more
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Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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“It’s okay to struggle to find our place in this world and the person who will take us for who and what we are. Sometimes we dress ourselves in layers that only get peeled away in the end, to leave us as we should be.” 27 likes
“I'd known him less then forty-eight hours and already I'd seen how he looked when he came, tasted his cooking, and had my ass handed to me playing Dance Dance Revolution, and now I was going to practically be living with him.” 6 likes
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