Ready Set Rogue
Studies in Scandal #1
“WHO WILL WRITE THE BOOK OF LOVE?
When scholarly Miss Ivy Wareham receives word that she’s one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate with a magnificent private library, she packs her trunks straightaway. Unfortunately, Lady Celeste’s nephew, the rakish Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, is determined to interrupt her studies one way or another…
Bequeathing Beauchamp House to four bluestockings—no matter how lovely they are to look at—is a travesty, and Quill simply won’t have it. But Lady Celeste’s death is not quite as straightforward as it first seemed…and if Quill hopes to solve the mystery behind her demise, he’ll need Ivy’s help. Along the way, he is surprised to learn that bookish Ivy stirs a passion and longing that he has never known. This rogue believes he’s finally met his match—but can Quill convince clever, skeptical Ivy that his love is no fiction?”
Ready Set Rogue was a unique plot for such a crowded genre. I adore historical romance, but after awhile, they tend to become redundant. This was the first tale I read that created a new home for bluestockings, that wasn’t necessarily a married one. Sadly, I feel that this unique aspect was overshadowed by the murder mystery that was underfoot. I would have preferred to see less murder and more relationship development. Yet again, a common trend from the romance genre, the relationship went from just met to “I love you” extremely quickly. There definitely could have been much more build up here.
Aspects of this story I did not like were that I was often confused about the timeline of the story. It may have been because I was reading an ARC, but there were moments when I thought a significant amount of time had passed between events, but only a couple hours had occurred. I have not been able to verify this in a published copy of the novel, though.
Overall, this was a good romance that was a tad rushed. I would recommend it to historical romance lovers.
About the Author
“Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and always lots of books.” –Goodreads
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.