Miss Eleanor “Ellie” Bowman has been told over and over to find a suitor. It’s a problem though the one suitor she wants doesn’t even see her, or sees her only as a friend. Ellie this year will try now to find a suitor as she wants children, but as she does Ned will start to notice her as a woman after all these years.
Lord Edward “Ned” has been out of mourning and knows its time to find another. He never thought that his attention would drift towards his childhood friend, but since finding those red bloomers he has been seeing Ellie in a new light.
Bedding Lord Ned is the first book to Sally MacKenzie’s series the Duchess of Love Trilogy. Reading this book certainly brought on tons of emotion throughout the entire book. There was laughter, frustration, sadness, love, anger and lastly hope. MacKenzie does a fantastic job on this first novel. You get to know the characters very well and find out what makes them tick. Ellie and Ned of course were the majority of the book as it was their story. At times I wanted to put the book down thinking that MacKenzie will never put them together as they were both cowards to admit their feelings or in Ned’s case to dense to comprehend his love for Ellie. But nevertheless there is a happy ending even with all the suitors at this house party.
The villains are not really villains only social climbers who turned out alright in the end, well expect for Percy who deserved what he got from Ned.
Now the matchmaking work of Ned’s mother, Venus was something I really enjoyed. She is a wonderful character full of life and mischief. She is calculated knowing what is going on in everyone’s life and uses that to twist the situation. At the end she gets her way the middle child. I am assume Jack will be next in the book as Ash is already married. MacKenzie does a good job at getting you interested though in Ash. He has been separated since the night of his marriage. I want to know what went wrong and why. Was Percy part of the trouble? Were lies being told. I hope that Ash’s story is being worked on as I really want to know what happened. Or maybe with Jack’s story we will know more.
As I was finishing up the book I noticed that there were about 90 more pages. There was a prequel, Duchess in Love, to this series staring Venus and Drew, the parents of Ash, Ned and Jack. It was a very quick to read but fun as it followed the same pattern but this time we got to read about the matchmaker when she was very young and meeting her match.