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Ready Set Rogue (Studies in Scandal Series #1)

Ready Set Rogue (Studies in Scandal Series #1)

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by Manda Collins

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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



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!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Collins (Good Dukes Wear Black) sets her new Regency series south of London near the coast, which is where Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, encounters Ivy Wareham, late of Oxford, en route to the country home of recently deceased Lady Celeste Beauchamp. Ivy and three other bluestockings (whose romances and scholarly interests will doubtless be explored in sequels) have an opportunity to inherit the home and continue their studies; Quill believes the house should be his. The thoughts and dialogue of the scholars feel a little anachronistic, but Collins’s knack for humor moves the story along . Quill and Ivy’s intimate relationship blooms surprisingly quickly as they traverse bucolic and rainy pastures where conveniently abandoned cabins beckon. Once established as a couple, they work together to solve the mystery of Lady Celeste’s untimely death. It’s not a mystery, however, whether they and the other ladies will find their happy endings. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

"Displaying a deft hand at characterization, a superb ability to craft an engaging plot spiced with intrigue and danger, and a remarkable flair for graceful writing richly imbued with a deliciously crisp wit, Collins launches the Studies in Scandal series on a high note." —Booklist (Starred review)

"This story is classic Manda Collins, her writing is witty, smart and is full of surprises. This series is going to be a keeper to read again and again." —The Reading Wench

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St. Martin's Press
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Studies in Scandal Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Manda Collins is the author of several books, including Good Earl Gone Bad and A Good Rake is Hard to Find. 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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Ready Set Rogue 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CathyGeha 6 days ago
Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins A Studies in Scandal Novel #1 Quill, Marquess of Kerr, believes his recently deceased aunt was duped by four females into bequeathing her estate to them. Quill sets off to make things “right” and in so doing steps on a few toes, including those of Ivy the heroine of this story. The other three bluestockings are introduced along with the cousin and sister of Quill, a murderer provides a mystery to be solved and of course there is the romance between Quill and Ivy that takes place. From me this gets a three. It was okay but did not wow me. The meet-cute was so-so, I did not feel a true connection between Quill & Ivy or how he so easily and quickly compromised her, the conversations were a bit stilted between the couple and perhaps it was a wee bit predictable. That said, I did enjoy the story and am very curious about Daphne the mathematician. She intrigued me more than any of the other bluestockings. This is the first book I have ready by this author and I would be willing to read another since so many have rated her books highly. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the copy of this boo. This is my honest review. 3 Stars
grandmareads102 11 days ago
The Marquess of Kerr is convinced that Ivy Wareham and the other bluestockings took advantage of his aunt and convinced her to give them her estate. Ivy is outraged that this dandy is so inflexible and stubborn. He won't believe that they are innocent. When they arrive at Beauchamp House, Ivy finds a letter from Lady Celeste informing her that she was murdered and asking her and her nephew, Quill, to find who did it. Can they work together? Ivy is an interesting character. I liked that she's intelligent, feisty and innocent. The Marquess of Kerr is drawn to her. Their chemistry is amazing. When they're together sparks fly. I loved seeing them together. They light up the page with their flirty dialogue. The other bluestockings are charming and quirky. I can see that Quill's friend will have his hands full with Lady Daphne. Manda Collins has written a compelling story that combines a suspenseful mystery with a sweet romance. The setting is perfect. It adds to the story. I was captivated by Ivy and Quill's relationship. I loved the romance and the mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to see what happens in the next Studies In Scandal story. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
nelriv 14 days ago
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. This was a good regency romance. We have murder, mystery and of course the romance. Ivy and Quill meet, and start off with a rocky relationship and they do not like each other, but that changes as they spend time with each other discovering who killed Quinn's Aunt. Ivy is not the detested blue stocking he started out thinking of her as. There are four other blue stocking as they are referred to, and each have their own special traits. Good start to new series.
kipha 15 days ago
I absolutely adore Manda and her stories! And this one is yet another one that I'll have on my shelf. I love that it's a Regency romance but with a touch of humor (which Manda is great at) and a pinch of murder mystery, which is one of my favorites in romances. From the blurb, you know that Quill is definitely not happy about a bunch of ladies (four of them) laying siege on a manor house belonging to his aunt. Who, of course, would never give as an inheritance to with a blinds eye, like never having met or known them. That's literally preposterous! So Quill is on his way to Beauchamp House, to stop whatever it is those ladies think they're getting away with. And what's worse, or is it a blessing, that he would run into one of these thieving ladies, Miss Wareham before she gets to the house. Sure she's bookish with her spectacles and gorgeous green eyes, and those plain clothing that reminds him of a governess, she is still not to be trusted. Ivy on the other is there to claim her inheritance and no handsome gentleman like Quill is going to get in her way. Gratefully, he has a bad temper and awfully rude, yet she did glimpse a kindness in him before he knew who she was. But she has a mission to achieve and that's doing her scholarly work without the havoc of having to care and watch over her many siblings. This was her chance to be independent and free. When they arrive at the house three of the ladies were already settled in along with Quill's cousin Serena whom welcomed these ladies with opened arms. That didn't necessary infuriate him because he knew she would have known what Aunt Celeste would have wanted for the house, but he wasn't all too happy either of the circumstances. To their surprise the other three ladies were scholars too, all in different areas of research and they were tasked to complete a mission within a year to be named the sole hire to Beauchamp House. But when Ivy finds a letter from Lady Celeste, it questions everything that they know of her death. And what's even more troubling is that Quill and Ivy will have to work together to find out what happened and who the killer is without getting themselves in to trouble or being killed themselves. There are lots of secrets to be found on why Lady Celeste was murdered and why she would give her house to these bluestockings ladies. She herself is also a scholar and feminist, way before her time so it's truly empowering. I love mysteries and going on the adventures of finding the clues and searching for the answers with Quill and Ivy. It was so much fun seeing them having to work together even though the trust wasn't fully there between them. They were always butting head but they let their differences slide when things got had to get done. I liked that Ivy listened to Quill and didn't argue argue with him like many other heroines would have but at the same time she also let herself be heard when Quill needed to see her point of view. And I liked Quill when he thought more of Ivy than just a bluestocking and thieving schemer. He truly cared for Beauchamp House and the happiness he remembered there so it was understandable that he wanted to keep it. It was also fun meeting the other three ladies occupying the house with them. It'll be absolutely fun seeing who else will come by to stay at the house and how romances will come from it. And Lord Maitland and little Jeremy. Awww ~ eARC was provided by the publisher for honest review.
TammyS32 16 days ago
This is an entertaining historical read with plenty of suspense and drama, Ivy and Quill work together to discover who murdered Lady Celeste and as they do so, there chemistry grows. I love the interaction between Quill and Ivy, fun and sweet. The story is good and am looking forward to more in the series.
Splashesintobooks1 17 days ago
Rating 3.5/5 This is the first in a new series and is a delightful Regency era mystery with a side dish of romance. Lady Celeste Beauchamp leaves her estate and its contents to four young ladies she has never actually met. The young ladies are all regarded as bluestockings, specialising in different areas of study but unlikely to be able to move forward in their studies as easily without her bequest to them. One of the young ladies is Miss Aphrodite/Ivy Wareham and, after carefully ascertaining that this isn’t a joke and is true, she travels to the estate, as required under the terms of the bequest. En route she meets the Marquess of Kerr, Quill Beauchamp, the nephew of the late Lady Celeste and someone who is determined to overturn the bequest of the estate, wishing to keep it in his family. However, when he meets Ivy he is something of a boor, until she reveals the contents of his aunt’s letter to her in which Celeste expresses her belief that she is being murdered… As the two attempt to ascertain the truth concerning his aunt’s demise they find themselves discovering a growing attraction to each other whilst they, too, are in mortal danger from the murderer! This is a great murder mystery, with humour, romance and an intriguing plot. The clues to identify the perpetrator are scattered throughout the novel, but it is only as the reader approaches the finale that things start to point the finger of guilt towards them. The contrast between the bluestockings, their upbringings, attitudes and interests add greatly to the intrigue and there are some laugh out loud incidents at many points in the investigation. It is a great first novel in this series and will certainly try to read future releases - I really want to know more about what happens to the other bluestockings and hope there will also be a happy ending for their chaperone, Quill’s cousin, Lady Serena. Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks 17 days ago
I'm going to be blunt, I'm giving this three stars because I feel like it was a good idea but could have been done better. It's called Ready Set Rogue right?...So you would think that the main guy would be rakish and a player or something...but he's not, he's a gentleman and that in itself dissapointed me simply because it didn't match the title and that's kind of important. Also, the cover...she doesn't match the girl in the story either.Ivy wears glasses and is curvy so I would like to know how the cover is supposed to make me connect with her. Moving on from those points, the romance felt rushed and more insta-lust to insta-love than I care for and the mystery was what was keeping me intrigued, until the characters came out made themselves known before even being discovered and gave it all up. So yeah... I'm pretty sure this story could be WAY better if given more thought, hence the three stars. I didn't love it, but I didn't absolutely hate it either. *I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.*
sportochick 18 days ago
I am in love with this series because the woman are so smart. Not only are they smart but each of them is gifted in different areas and their differences keep this story extremely fascinating and fast paced. With the addition of humor via Daphne's character the reader will find this an amusing and fun read. Quill and Ivy's interaction are like a tug of war over who will be in control. Quill the poor man doesn't know what to make of Ivy's intelligence and he spends much of his time trying to staying out of trouble with her by saying the wrong thing. But honestly he is very quick to learn his lesson and soon those two have the reader going around in circles as they chase clues to his aunt's death. There are numerous secondary characters that add lots of drama and spice to the story. Each of them could have an interesting story and I can't wait to see if the author takes these other characters further in other books to this new series. This book is like a mystery murder story with very intelligent women, two hot men and lots of fun along the way. Don't get me wrong this is not a frivolous read but a brilliantly executed story leading into more books to this series. I can't wait for the next book and it looks like it may involve Daphne and the Duke. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
MoniqueD 18 days ago
Upon learning of the recent death of his Aunt Celeste, Torquil Beauchamp hastens to the small village of Little Seaford. He is livid at the thought that Lady Celeste bequeathed her home to bluestockings, and all sorts of problems befall him on his way, so that he has to stop at an inn. He is not in a good mood, and to top it all, how dare this bespectacled miss not defer to him, the marquess of Kerr, as does everyone else! Still, he was raised a gentleman, and when the young lady struggles with her huge trunk, he helps her. That’s when Torquil – Quill – notices that she is indeed very pretty in a governess sort of way. Miss Aphrodite Wareham, Ivy to her friends, is grateful for Lord Kerr’s help, and when a drunken lout accosts her, Quill again comes to her rescue, and that’s when he learns that Ivy is one of the detested bluestockings who will invade his childhood haven. Ivy has missed her coach, but Quill asks her to ride with him to the estate, as to keep an eye on who he perceives as a liar and a fraud. However, just as she is about to go to bed, Ivy notices an envelope on her pillow, it’s a posthumous note from Lady Celeste asking Ivy to look into her untimely demise, as Celeste suspects she will not have died of natural causes… READY SET ROGUE is the first book in the new Studies in Scandal by Manda Collins, and a smashing introduction it is! While Quill first comes off as a pompous aristocrat, he has his reasons for not wanting the Beauchamp estate being taken away from the family, but he his no match for the four bluestockings he is stuck with. Ivy is an ancient language scholar, sisters Gemma and Sophia Hastings, respectively an archaeologist and an artist, and Lady Daphne Forsythe a mathematician; Quill’s cousin Lady Serena Fanning is acting as some sort of chaperon, and Quill is no match for any of those formidable ladies. While Quill and Ivy are attracted to each other, Quill is so determined to get rid of the women as soon as he can, that he makes it very difficult for Ivy to enquire into the death of Lady Celeste until she puts him in his place, and Quill begins to realise that his stubbornness is a hindrance in finding his Aunt’s killer. Those scenes are fantastic, as we cheer for Ivy while she defends her position, and the author makes us see how trying it was for a woman to use her abilities in Regency England. Manda Collins’s prose is stellar, so smooth and lovely, always in tune with the tone of the era, the dialogues are word-perfect and very witty, and the mystery is well constructed. The romance progresses nicely when Quill finally admits that he’s overreacted, even though he is not pleased; Ivy and Quill’s rapport feels very natural, and the sex scenes are beautiful. I must admit that there was a moment where I was a tad worried that a momentary lapse of reason due to lust would have dire consequences on the story, but I should not have underestimated Ms. Collins’ cleverness as she handled the matter spectacularly well, as it led to better things. All the characters are truly splendidly defined, with very distinct personalities and voices. I completely fell in love with the dashing, charming duke of Maitland, I desperately wanted more of him, and it seems my wish will come true when I saw the title of the next book. What a great series this will be! I am ready for the next instalment right this minute! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Torquil (Quill) Beauchamp, the Marquess of Kerr is traveling from London to the southern coast to keep some women from taking everything from his late Aunt Celeste’s home, Beauchamp House. During his journey, his coach breaks down and he gets caught in a deluge of rain on his way to an Inn. At the Inn, a pretty lady drops a trunk full of books at his feet. While she is obviously impoverished, he assumes she is a governess traveling to her job But when she is accosted by a ruffian, he steps in and defends her. He soon finds she is not a governess but a scholar. Miss Aphrodite (Ivy) Wareham introduces herself and Quill soon learns she is one of the women heading to Beauchamp House. It appears that Aunt Celeste had always been interested in learning about many things and admired young women who were scholars in different areas. When Celeste died, she left her home to 4 young women scholars. The plan is a competition among the 4 women scholars who much complete a project within a year that is significant to the work of female scholars and artists. The winner will inherit Beauchamp House. Quill is quite angry about this and lets Ivy know that he thinks it is wrong and he won’t allow it. He plans to do all he can to keep Ivy and the other young women out of the House. Upon arrival at the House, Quill is surprised to find Ivy welcomed by Miss Sophia Hastings and her sister, Miss emma Hastings, along with Lady Daphne Forsythe. All of the women are scholars and believe they are heirs of Celeste. Quill’s cousin, Lady Serena Fanning, will stay at the House during that time. Arguably, Serena has spent more time sigh Celeste than Quill has and she feels she knows what her aunt would have wanted for the House. Thus, Quill finds he has no legal say in the matter. When Ivy settles in for her first night in the House, she discovers a letter to her from the late Aunt Celeste saying she fears someone is trying to kill her and she trusts Ivy to find out who her murderer is. Soon, Ivy and Quill form a sort of truce so both of them can discover how his aunt died. As they work together, they become attracted to one another which soon turns to love. But danger lurks as they discover that actually two people have been murdered. Whom will be next? I admit that I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. Some of the story was good, although a bit far-fetched at times, and I found I was left with some unanswered questions. However, I feel that the book is meant to be a bit light-hearted so I decided to be kind in my rating. Manda Collins is a new-to-me author and I am looking forward to trying more of her novels. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.