A Study in Scoundrels

A Study in Scoundrels

by Christy Carlyle

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Sophia Ruthven is the epitome of proper behavior. On paper at least, as long as that paper isn’t from one of the lady detective stories she secretly pens. She certainly isn’t interested in associating with the dashing Jasper Grey, the wayward heir to the Earl of Stanhope, and one of the stage’s leading men. But when she learns Grey’s younger sister Liddy has gone missing, she can’t deny her desire to solve the mystery…or her attraction to the incorrigible scoundrel.


Responsibility isn’t something Grey is very familiar with. On the boards and in the bedroom, he lives exactly how he wants to, shunning all the trappings of respectability and society. Grey knows he should avoid the bewitching Sophia, but he’s never been able to say no to what he wants. And having Sophia in his arms and his bed is quickly becoming the thing he wants the most. 


As Sophia and Grey’s search for Liddy continues across the English countryside, can this scoundrel convince a proper lady that he’s actually perfect for her or will their adventure leave them both heartbroken?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062572370
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Series: Romancing the Rules , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 57,710
File size: 661 KB

About the Author

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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A Study in Scoundrels 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Jasper Grey has shrugged off the responsibilities of his birth, and most of the proper behavior expected from a man in Victorian society: working as an actor when he’ not out living the life of an unrepentant scoundrel with drink, damsels and debauchery. Blessed with good looks, charm and a glib tongue, he’s not interested in assuming the mantle of ‘proper gentleman’ and his two day celebration of his most recent birthday was full of all he loved, including drink. But his responsibilities appear when he’s least prepared: hung over, still in recovery mode, he discovers his seventeen year old sister Liddy is missing, and presumed to be with a man. This could ruin her should word escape, so he must discover her whereabouts, return her home, and bury the incident. Sophia Ruthven is the sister of Kit, whom we met in Rules for a Rogue. She’s the epitome of the family’s tome: Ruthven Rules of Etiquette, at least at first glance. But Sophia is far more complex than anyone would suspect. At twenty-six, she is firmly on the shelf mostly due to the family circumstances, for she is strikingly pretty, well-mannered, educated in the proper behaviors for a woman, and scandal free. Yet, she yearns for more. A huge mystery fan, she’s currently penning her own story, the first in a lady detective series. When she hears of Liddy’s disappearance at a tea she has been invited to, she instantly knows that she can use her not inconsiderable detecting skills to help find the girl. Three’s just one problem. Jasper Grey. While she wants romance and marriage, the drunken and debauched son of a Lord is hardly the perfect option. Quickly Carlyle establishes the characters and setting, and we are off on a vivacious and very entertaining Victorian adventure. A touch madcap, with plenty of tension and attraction between the two as they try to discover the whereabouts of the missing Liddy. While on first glance, Sophia would appear to be rather proper and the epitome of a miss of the time, as Jasper believes, her depth and intelligence soon show him just how wrong he was. And fortunately, although Jasper uses his reputation (one he earned, mind) to keep her on her toes, their friendship moves from convenient for the purpose to true regard and honest feelings. Both uncover hidden (to the general public) depths and dreams, share laughter and frustrations, and proceed in ways that highlight both their beautiful development as characters and the often conflicting influences of society, the changing times, and their own reservations. From the moment where everything changes and the two just “click” as a couple, to the banter, stolen kisses and perfectly timed moments of pure joy contrasting with self-doubts and reservations, the characters, the plot and the pacing blend with just the right amounts of tension, a search and a mystery to make this a story that is hard to put down, and leaves you wishing for more. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story that was well written. It was so easy to fall into the spell of the story and lost in the interactions and lives of the characters. I truly enjoy this book. This series keeps getting better and better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story of loss, despair, longing, bravado, redemption, and eternal love! I highly recommend! Thanks! Enjoy! carolintallahassee ?
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I did not read the first book of this series, but you can bet you knickers that I will be going back to read it after reading this hair-raising race across England and Sophia. She seems to be the proper English lady but she did some things she ought not do. I found her fun and a bit exciting. She knew her own mind and knew what was the right thing to do. She just did not always do the right things. There was just something about Grey that had me on his side from the very beginning. I could understand where he was coming from and why he made the choices he made. It helped that Carlyle laid much of Grey out for us right from the start. He was a man’s man. The was rebellious in nature. He knew the right things to do but he too did not follow this structure often. The one thing that he did know without any doubt was that Sophia was going to be in his bed one way or another. Be damn that she was the sister of his best friend. What does that tell you? I had a great time reading his one and getting to know Grey and Sophia. I loved seeing them both for who they were and not what others wanted them to be. I even enjoyed the secondary characters. They added some extras to the various scenes. The flow of the book was just so you did not realize so much time had passed by. I was excited to get to the next page just to see what, why, how Sophia and Grey ended up in, on, around etc. . . . I look forward to the next book in this series, but must first go back and read the first book of the series. Thank you Christy Carlyle I had great fun in the English countryside.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'A Study in Scoundrels' by Christy Carlyle is book Two in the "Romancing the Rules" series. This is the story of Sophia Ruthven and Jasper Grey. I have read the previous book but fell this can easily be a standalone book. Sophia writes detective stories so she is always looking around for information or help with her stories. But she comes off very prim and proper but Sophia isn't really that way. She was a strong character that knew she wanted to be married and not just a writer. Sophia had been writing to a man she 'met' via the newspaper. Jasper is the really bad rake who after the lost of his brother seem to step away from his family. Jasper has taken up the acting and parting life style. But when he hears his sister has gone missing he comes forward to try to discretely find her before the town and his father finds out. When confronting a man he thinks his sister might have been duped by he meets up with Sophia who was hiding out in the man's library. Sophia overhears that his sister is missing. Sophia starts to try and help Jasper find his sister. Jasper finds Sophia breathtaking and knows that she is to prime and proper for him but that doesn't stop him from wanting her. I am such a big fan of Ms. Carlyle that I was over the moon in getting a chance to read this book. I can't wait for more in this series and by Ms. Carlyle! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
CelticDragonBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A 5* read! Jasper Grey has a mystery to solve. His little sister Liddy has disappeared and Sophia, who writing her first female detective novel, volunteers to help. A STUDY IN SCOUNDRELS is the 2nd book in Christy Carlysle's Romancing the Rules series and it's a fantastic read. I'm already looking forward to the next in the series, How to Woo a Wallflower. Until then, I look forward to reading the first book in the series, Rules for a Rogue. I read this as a standalone and had no problems. This story a wonderful tale of opposites attract. Sophia wants marriage with all the extras while Grey would rather catch the pox than take the leap. She's calm, he's impulsive. He's a scoundrel, she's a bluestocking. The way she brings them together in this slow burn romance will keep you turning the page and probably up all night. It will have you chuckling and cheering them on. I received a copy to review for Celtic Dragon Book Reviews
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Even better than book one--and that's saying something :) I just loved Sophia and Grey...and Cate (Sophia's new BFF/Kit and Phee's housekeeper) and Clary (the youngest Ruthven and heroine of book 3, How to Woo a Wallflower --yay! Though she doesn't seem particularly wallflowerish here, I'm willing to go with it.) It was so much fun watching Grey completely rethink everything about his life (all while denying that anything was changing, of course) and Sophia come into her own after living under her publisher father's "rules" for so long. Even though Grey's little sister Liddy was a bit on the annoying side, at least her taking off the way she did was an excellent way to get her brother out of his self-destructive rut and into Sophia's path. This quote particularly sums up both of their characters nicely: He'd always bucked at being managed by anyone, but Sophia had the voice of a siren. A very practical, sensible siren. See what I mean? ;) Plus, the epilogue was especially squee-worthy, and a great way to start my Monday morning. A Study in Scoundrels worked just fine as a standalone, especially since Kit and Phee ( Rules for a Rogue ) are off on their wedding trip for most of the book. If you have read the first one, however, you'll be more than glad to see just how Kit's reprobate best friend and his "do the right thing" sister manage to find their own HEA together. Bring on Clary's story--I'm more than ready! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
After two nights of debauchery celebrating his birthday, cold reality comes knocking at Jasper Grey’s door. A friend from the past informs him that his seventeen year-old sister Liddy is missing, she might be with a man, and the whole sordid episode must, understandably, remain hush-hush. How will Grey ever find his sister if he can’t even alert the authorities? Sophia Ruthven is fond of detective stories, she has even started to write her own, but she is also the co-author of a rejuvenated etiquette guide. Sophia had been invited to speak at a book club tea, but instead she stumbles upon hearing of Liddy’s disappearance. Grey is an acquaintance of Sophia’s brother Kit, so what a grand idea to put her detective skills to good use in helping Grey! Sophia is twenty six, very pretty, and still a spinster because no man has ever asked for her hand in marriage, still she yearns for a husband and family, but not just anyone, and certainly not a scoundrel the likes of Grey! While she can’t deny her attraction to the whoring drunkard, he is an interesting subject for the male character in her book, but only that. Is there such a thing as a cozy historical romance mystery? In any case, Christy Carlyle swept me right off to Victorian England in her bright and lively tale of a dishevelled scoundrel and a very proper miss. Ms. Carlyle writes such meaty characters, so well defined that they come to life before our very eyes, and I just loved how the romance developed unfolded between that mismatched pair, and not at all as I expected. Sophia and Grey acted as I hoped they would, and not as most writers would have made them act; they were entirely believable ever step of the way. I thought the search for Liddy was merely a pretext for getting Sophia and Grey together, and in a way it is, but it is much more than that as it is also a clear picture of the Victorian era as a time of change, especially for women, but also how one little misstep could ruin a life. I loved the little episode with Sophia’s younger sister Clary, and I hope to see her story in the future, as it illustrates what I just wrote about. I loved the banter and the sexual tension between Sophia and Grey; their affection was obvious, and his respect for her touching. And that “serendipitous” moment at the train station took my breath away: such a simple moment, and as meaningful as a whole book; not much is said, nothing much happens, and my heart soared! It’s the precise moment when you realise that everything has changed between Sophia and Grey, and thinking about it again while writing fills me with wonder. A STUDY IN SCOUNDRELS is a splendid romance, perfectly paced, with just the right touch of suspense, of humour, and wonderfully complex characters with solid backstories. Those heated glances, those stolen kisses, those little moments which lead to superb sex scenes, which happen at the right time, for the right reasons, and leave both Sophia and Grey elated and full of doubts. Christy Carlyle gave me once again has given me everything I hope for in a historical romance: a solid story, very appealing characters, not one dull little paragraph, and a romance I believed in and captured my heart. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.