Series: Duchess of Love #1
Also in this series: Surprising Lord Jack
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pleasure Is On Her Dance Card
Determined to find a husband, Miss Eleanor "Ellie" Bowman attends a ball put on by the Duchess of Greycliffe, fondly referred to as the Duchess of Love. But she roundly dismisses the suitors the matchmaking hostess has invited on her behalf. For it's the duchess' dashing son, Ned, Lord Edward, who long ago captured Ellie's heart—and roused her desire. All it takes is a pair of conveniently misplaced silky red bloomers to set the handsome widower's gaze on this unusual girl who is clearly more than meets the eye.
After four years of mourning, Ned must find a wife. At first glance, the birthday ball his mother has thrown in his honor is decidedly lacking in suitable mistresses. But he senses something unexpectedly alluring beneath the veil of Ellie's plain exterior—and suddenly she's invading his dreams in a decidedly scandalous manner.
I wanted more Ned and Ellie.
Thoughts on Bedding Lord Ned
This book made me feel like a crotchety old woman yelling, “Get off my lawn, you little cretins!” Except instead of kids on my lawn, it’s old people fornicating in my book.
(Pause a second. I have no issue with old people having sex. Sometimes you have to say things for effect.)
A few scenes — a few sexy scenes are not of Ned and Ellie, our protagonists. No, they’re of the Duke and Duchess of Love. Who already have an established relationship and their own novella.
(Which I read twice. Accidentally. Which I didn’t think could happen, but apparently it can.)
And you know what? Those scenes didn’t do anything to add to Ned and Ellie’s story. I wanted more Ned and Ellie. Because it was one of those stories where I didn’t quite get enough of either character to fully get attached to either. Ned was dense, both about his first wife and Ellie. Ellie was… I don’t know. No idea why she’d loved Ned for so long.
THAT SAID. I admit it was a cute story, and I like the meddling duchess. I’m kind of curious about what happens with Ned’s brothers. But also the meddling duchess. Minus the meddling duchess’s sex scenes. Not because old people sex is gross, but because it’s gotta matter to the story.