Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Bedding Lord Ned" By: Sally MacKenzie Review

"Bedding Lord Ned"
By: Sally MacKenzie

Synopsis from Goodreads:

      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.
My Thoughts:

     “Bedding Lord Ned” is the second installment in the Duchess of Love series by Sally MacKenzie. Telling the story of the Duchess of Love’s son, Lord Edward “Ned” Greycliffe and his longtime friend Ellie Bowman, “Bedding” is an interesting take on the friends turned lovers romance.
     While not a favorite, after reading “Duchess of Love” I was really interested in beginning the series. Ned was married young yet lost his wife during childbirth years before this novel takes place. Finally deciding to move on, Ned decides it may be time for him to think about remarrying. His mother wholeheartedly agrees and encourages him to find a new wife.
      Enter old friend Ellie Bowman. Ellie has known the Greycliffe family since she was a child and had actually grown up with the Greycliffe children. She had been in love with Ned for years, was devastated when he married her friend, and is ready to now act upon her attraction.
      Ned’s mother decides to have a house party to introduce him to eligible young ladies and of course, Ellie attends. It really is your standard, we’ve been friends for years and now we are suddenly realizing we could be more, romance. Sweet and fun, yet this novel adds a bit more in the way of an eccentric cat. Honestly, my favorite parts of the book was reading what Sir Reginald the cat would find in the party attendees rooms.
      “Bedding Lord Ned” is an ok romance. I’m glad to have read it because I had read the prequel, yet something just didn’t work for me on this one. It was sweet, don’t get me wrong, but I felt it was just a bit dull. I usually read a book in a day’s time and many times just in a few hours, yet it took me a week to read this one.
     Ned just seemed so oblivious to everything and everyone...and Ellie was a pushover. For probably the first 70% of the book everyone is telling Ned and Ellie they belong together yet there is very little evidence beyond their shared history of why they should be together. No zing, no passion, just hey you both are single and you know each other, why not? It was funny at different points, don’t get me wrong, but I think this book could easily have been told in a much, much shorter form and with a bit more pizazz if you know what I mean.

Book Details
Publisher: Zebra
Date of Publication: June 5, 2012
# of Pages: 325
ISBN: 978-1420123210

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear that this one didn't work for you. I'm always looking for a good romance but I may just have to pass on this one. The cover is cute though :)