Regency era is a fave, and the new series Studies in Scandal from Manda Collins brings the scandal of four bluestockings, an inherited house, and funds to direct their own lives to the page. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where One US winner will receive a paperback copy of READY, SET, ROGUE.
Ready, Set, Rogue
A simple premise becomes the base for the scandals (at least in society’s eyes of this series. Beauchamp House, formerly owned by Lady Celeste, has been set at the center of a story in which one of the four young women, all scholarly and impressive in their pursuits, has a chance to win the house and al it entails. Ivy is a Linguist, Daphne is a Mathematician, Sophia is an Artist and Gemma studies Fossils. The four are to reside in the house for a year, with their chaperone Serena.
Torquil is the nephew of Lady Celeste, and is convinced that the women (with the exception of his cousin Serena) somehow conspired to improve their lot and gain the estates of his late aunt. And he is determined to discover the truth behind the will, and oust the women.
There were many things to absolutely adore about this story: the 4 Bluestockings were wonderfully developed and cleverly portrayed. Each has a unique style of approaching life and their own studies, and they all do truly dream of having complete lives, not simply ostracized because of their differences from the more conventional women of their day.
The story takes flight with the mystery as Quill and Ivy, spurred on by a letter written by the late Celeste, and the two investigate. It’s an interesting moment when Quill realizes that Ivy is helpful, and has solid ideas backed by a determination to find the truth. Although not as completely of his time in terms of his attitudes toward women, he is genuinely surprised with the no-nonsense approach that Ivy has in hunting down clues and ferreting out the truth behind Celeste’s death.
What didn’t come as naturally for me was the romance between the two. It was an instant and headlong rush to the bedroom, and the interplay between them was far more cerebral and less emotional than I would have hoped for it to be. They didn’t know one another, and both stumbled over the emotional sharing. Biographies were easy, but he deeper emotional content was missing, nearly to the end. It didn’t, however, diminish the clever plot, the wonderful secondary characters and the wonderful twists and turns as the culprit was found.
A lovely introduction to the four (or perhaps five) women who will comprise the series: and I’m curious to see how each woman’s story will unfold.
Title: Ready Set Rogue
Author: Manda Collins
Series: Studies in Scandal #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 3 January 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 57 minutes
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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