Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 3 November, 2014 by Amanda / 6 Comments

Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie {Amanda’s Review}Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie
Series: Duchess of Love #1
Also in this series: Surprising Lord Jack
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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.


Filed under: ESR: 6, Review: Amanda,


6 Responses to “Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I’ve been curious about this one for awhile, because seriously the title just cracks me up. But I think I’m going to push this way off to the side. I would be very frustrated with not getting enough Ned and Ellie.

    Also, I’m usually not a big fan of secondary romances in novels. I just want the main one, thank you!

    • I don’t mind setup to romances, but yeah. I agree. Secondary romances usually don’t work for me, either, especially, like in this case, it’s of an already established couple with no conflict. Where’s the fun in that?

    • Totally agreed, Mary. That’s pretty basic writing advice I’ve seen. If you can remove a sex scene and it doesn’t change the characters or conflict, it’s superfluous to the story.

  2. I’m always a little upset whenever previous couples steal the current one’s thunder, and gratuitous sex is just a waste of pages (Ha! And, on the tail end of my nookie discussion post too). I’ve accidentally read the same story twice, movies too, it usually means that it wasn’t very memorable. At least it wasn’t all bad!

    • YES! What wonderful unplanned timing for this review, after your discussion post. Having previous couples is always a tight balance to walk, I think, because many readers appreciate seeing their favorite couples happy, but… there’s no conflict so when the scene is from their POV, it adds little to the book.

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