Bedding Lord Ned
Venus Valentine, Duchess of Greycliffe, was born on St. Valentine’s Day, as were her three sons, and every year she throws a Valentine ball to celebrate. Venus is known among the Regency ton as the Duchess of Love because of her successful matchmaking abilities. Her one failure seems to be Miss Eleanor Bowman, whom Venus and her Duke think of as a daughter and would be happy to have as a daughter-in-law if their middle son, Ned, would only get past mourning his long-dead wife and stop thinking of Eleanor (Nell) as a sister.
MacKenzie has the knack of telling stories with amusing twists and turns. In Bedding Lord Ned, a horribly-indulged, thieving cat plays cupid to help Venus in her endeavors. Nell is a delightful heroine who remains true to herself while Ned remains obstinate in his denial. There is a special treat in store for readers of this novel. The author has included a delightful novella, “The Duchess of Love,” in this edition as a prequel that explains Venus’s history.