Determined to find a husband, Miss Eleanor "Nell" 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 Nell'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 more than a year of mourning, Ned longs to finally start anew. 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 Nell's plain exterior - something she's anxious to reveal, and the lonely Lord is incapable of denying.
©2012 Sally MacKenzie (P)2012 Tantor
"An engaging tale that balances greed, jealousy, and malice with humor and sweetness." (Publishers Weekly)
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
I haven't read the print version so I can't compare.
Reggie the cat comes first then the Duke and Duchess. They had more action going on than or main characters. If only our author had decided to give Ned and Ellie some more action, kisses even would have helped. I was at more than one time wanting to put this book down because I was so disappointed!
Nothing, she did a good narration job and I liked her character voices.
Yes all of the scenes when Reggie seems to always have the damn red draws!
Hopefully there is a book about Ash and his wife and we can get more action from them than we did with this book.
I fully enjoyed the "naked" series so was excited to start the new "duchess of love" series. I was entertained the entire story. Sally Mac Kenzie is a clever, witty writer and Abby Craden in excellent in narration. Truly worth listening!
Live, love, laugh...
Ok so let me start by saying that this was a very fun listen. It felt like the storyline was different and original and Reggie the cat had me laughing a few times. Many things happen and the secondary characters were as interesting as the main couple. That said, I wouldn't really say this is a romance book. I actually find the title rather ironic. This book is almost ten hours long and the whole romance and FINALLY the bedding of Lord Ned happens in the last thirty minutes of the story. Before the last 30 minutes nothing in the romance department happens, not even a peck on the cheek. I kept thinking whether the bedding would ever happen or if the author was going to leave that to our imagination.
So if you are looking for a romance book that centers on that romance's development and that has several romantic moments then this is not the book for you. This book appeals more for people who are looking for a light romance with barely any sex but at the same time is very fun and interesting.
I really enjoyed the narration. Miss Craden made some interesting voices that made each character unique. I believe she added to the story by making if funny and upbeat. I would listen to more books narrated by Ms. Craden. I won't continue the series though because I like my books with more romance and spice.
The narrator was so poor it was a strain to listen to the story. The storyline was slow and very predictable. I will avoid this narrator in future as well as the author.
Narrator was wonderful. No problem distinguishing the different characters. Only reason story didn't get 5 stars is because there weren't any hot sex scenes until the end of the book.
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