Blog Tour: Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

Welcome to the Ready Set Rogue blog tour post! This is the first book in Manda Collin’s new series A Studies in Scandal! This is a series that features awesome bluestocking heroines and swoony heroes with romance and mystery all wrapped into one!

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, two excerpts (a steamy one and a murder mystery one!), and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

Blog Tour: Ready Set Rogue by Manda CollinsReady Set Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #1) by Manda Collins
Series: A Studies in Scandal #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspence
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars

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?

Review:

This was a quick and fun historical romance. And like Manda Collins’ other’s novels, there’s a good dose of mystery to go with the story. Ready Set Rogue features a Miss Ivy Wareham, scholar, who along with 3 other bluestockings has inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate. Except it won’t be an easy inheritance if Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr (aka. Lady Celeste’s nephew) has a say in this.

I actually really enjoyed the mystery part of this book. Ivy discovers a note left by Lady Celeste where she informs Ivy her death may have not just been an accident but murder! So reluctantly Ivy and Quill team up to solve this mysterious case. Solving the mysterious was not as simple as Ivy and Quill had thought. And to increase the suspense, it seems someone is unhappy that they are investigating and has decided to try to take them out of the equation!

The romance was cute. I liked that Ivy and Quill kind of butted heads at first, even though there was an instant attraction. They’re both determined and a little bull-headed but they end up working great together as a team. I liked that Quill slowly win’s over Ivy’s heart with his charm and hero’s heart. And I liked that Ivy’s able to be her true self, a great scholar with all the support from Quill.

“You shouldn’t take risks like that. What if I hadn’t caught you?”

But she knew from the way his eyes twinkled that he would have sooner cut off a limb than let her fall. This man, for all his faults, ,took his role as protector quite seriously. For whatever reason, he’d decided it was his duty to protect her. And despite her innate sense of self-sufficiency, Ivy found it a little intoxicating.

“But you did,” she said with a cheeky grin.

We’re also introduced to a bunch of secondary characters including Daphne, Sophia and Gemma who are the three other bluestockings living in the house. For the most part I liked them all and though Daphne annoyed me at times, I’m intrigued by her book (which is next!). We almost meet Lady Serena and her brother the Duke of Maitland, both cousins of Quill.

Overall, this was nice start to the A Studies in Scandal series! If you enjoy some suspense with your romance than this is a series you’ll want to check out!

{*Thanks to St.Martin’s Press and Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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*GIVEAWAY

Win a copy of Ready Set Rogue! (US only) Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing the prize!

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About Manda Collins

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.

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Excerpts:

Steamy!: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxhWYtO7Z7KWcVoxanJWaXY2Yk0/view?usp=sharing

Murder Mystery!: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxhWYtO7Z7KWZmhrcWxqYWFpUUE/view?usp=sharing

three-half-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

9 Replies to “Blog Tour: Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins”

  1. Great review, Cyn! I actually like HRs with a little bit of mystery to them, just to add to the romance. And I also adore the love/hate relationship trope!

    This book is on my TBR and I also got the galley for this one! Unfortunately, I am still not in a HR mood right now so I may be reading this later in the month..

  2. oh Manda Collins is such a great author, and I love the way she writes a good romance. And I never can resist a good mystery, so glad you enjoyed this one. Now I know I have to grab this one up soon.

  3. I love suspense in romances. Bluestockings are fun to read about to. 🙂 ~Aleen

  4. The suspense part in romance sounds exciting, thank you for sharing the giveaway 🙂

  5. This sounds great. I really like that there is suspense/mystery Cyn.

  6. I do like a little suspense with my historicals I haven’t tried her yet but wanting too. That cover is so gorgeous!

  7. never read this author; sometimes

  8. Any romance novel that has “rogue” in the title is off to a fine start! Suspense is fine.

  9. Thanks for the review. Suspense and romance sounds like a winning combination.

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