I’m so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for “Ready Set Rogue” by Manda Collins. I loved this book and couldn’t read fast enough (full review below).
READY SET ROGUE by Manda Collins
From the bestselling author of The Lords of Anarchy series, comes the exciting first installment of Manda Collins’ new Studies in Scandal series: READY SET ROGUE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; January 3, 2017; $7.99; 978-1-250-10986-6). Collins is back in the Regency era with a passionate, yet unexpected romance that comes in the wake of a thrilling murder mystery.
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?
Don’t miss Ready Set Rogue, the first in Manda Collins’ new series set in Regency England!
AUTHOR BIO: Manda Collins is the author of The Lords of Anarchy series, which includes Good Earl Gone Bad and A Good Rake is Hard to Find, as well as several other Regency-set romances. She 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. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.
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Quill is furious when he learns that his beloved aunt, Celeste has bequeathed her home to four blue-stockings. Convinced that the women are nothing but con-artists, Quill rushes to the estate to somehow save the property that he considered his home. However sparks fly when Quil encounters one of the blue-stockings, Ivy. Ivy soon discovers a letter from the late Celeste in which she shares her suspicions that she may have been murdered. Quill and Ivy need to work together to find Lady Celeste’s killer before he/she strikes again.
I’ve never read a historical mystery novel so this was something new to me. I usually find myself skipping to the end of mystery novels because I’m too impatient to wait to see how everything plays out but this wasn’t the case. I was too captivated by the plot to even consider skipping to the end and I was glad I did. The ending was totally unexpected and I was left shocked.
I really liked the characters of Ivy and Quill. Their chemistry is tangible and I loved their scenes together. The characters in this book are incredibly well-written and real but I strongly felt like the character of Daphne stole the show. I can’t wait to read a book about her. I actually can’t remember the other blue-stockings and I just felt like they were background characters while Ivy and Daphne dominated their little group.
This is an incredibly well-written book that I couldn’t put down or read fast enough. I recommend this book to all fans of historical romance and mystery novels. I’ve never read a book by Manda Collins before but now that I have I can’t wait to read more!