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's 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. . .AMAZON 3 STARS
I really liked Ellie but wow, she sure had been waiting a long time for Ned to really see her. And Ned? He was such a worry wart that it was hard for me to connect with him. He just felt kind of wishy-washy, I guess I don't like that much in the hero. One of his brothers even called him "Lord Worry." I understood some of the reasons why he was like that. His mother and father and brothers were good additions to the story though.
One of the most charming characters in the story was Sir Reginald who wasn't even a human person. But he was a thieving feline and Reggie took all the things he stole straight to Lord Edward (Ned) and hid them under his bed. Reggie also added to the storyline because of the fact that he kept stealing Elie's red drawers, her secret pleasure. Now that was an unexpected element.