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Ready Set Rogue (Studies In Scandal #1) by Manda Collins. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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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 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?


Torquil Beauchamp the Marquis of Kerr is rushing to the home of his dead aunt,  determined to throw out the upstart women who his aunt left the property to.  They must have schemed in some way to persuade her to leave it to them rather than the family.  After a delay and a chance meeting he finds there is a lot more behind his aunt's actions. 
Miss Aphrodite Wareham (Ivy)  is one of the four blue stockings who are to inherit the wonderful house and scholarly collections from a woman who wanted educated young ladies to be able to continue their studies. 
When Ivy gets there she finds special instructions from the Lady she had never met.
A fascinating historical romance with an intriguing murder,  mystery thrown in.  You can't help but be drawn in to the lives of all the wonderful strong characters.  Lots of humour,  scandalous behaviour and a touch of danger make this a great read.  I loved every page and can't wait to read the next in the series. 



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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