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Ready Set Rogue

(Studies in Scandal #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  749 ratings  ·  191 reviews

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 anoth
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Stacey is Sassy

Intrigue, lust, Rogues and Bluestockings

Can you imagine knowing that you’re dying and suspecting that it’s not from natural causes? How would you handle an investigation when you suspect someone means to cause you ill? Who would you call upon to find the answers? Did the butler do it? Maybe it was the maid? Could it be the widowed vicar who lives down the lane? Well, in Ready Set Rogue Lady Celeste calls upon one of the smartest to find the answers. Welcome to the scene of the crime…Miss Bluesto
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
2 Stars :(

This book had so much potential !
All wasted on a predictable 'suspense' storyline & a bunch of inconsistent characters thrown into the mix in an attempt to keep the story alive.

Great try but didn't quite hit the mark for me.
h o l l i s
READY SET ROGUE is probably a case of 'it's not you, it's me' but this just didn't tickle my fancy. I didn't have the highest of hopes to be honest as I was really only reading this because I have an ARC of book two; but I did still expect to enjoy a series centered around bluestockings and the rogues they encounter -- and may yet. Book one specifically sets this up by focusing on the marquess who wants to prove the women didn't actually inherit his aunt's property and a thrilling mystery around ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

I adored Ivy and Quill. He was the greatest combination of annoyed that she was in what he thought should be his house and fascinated by her. I loved that Ivy was her own woman, but it was done in such a way as to make this realistic, which can be a challenge.

Historical romance is challenging as the societal norms of the time require certain things: propriety, heroines who are widows or virgins, heroes that may be rakes but have to marry the heroi
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction?

This was a fun idea for a book! Lady Celeste died, bequeathing her estate to 4 bluestockings whom she has never met. The logic being that she had spent her life as an introvert and scholar herself, and she wanted her collection appreciated. However, her nephew Quil the Marquess of Kerr is furious. He knows that the only reason his aunt Celeste would do something so outlandish is if the ladies had swindled her.

But once he meets them all, he realizes that they’ve never
I've given this an A- for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals. 3.5 stars overall.

Ready Set Rogue
is the first book in Manda Collins’ new Studies in Scandal series, which features four young ladies – all known as bluestockings – who unexpectedly inherit a country estate. Lady Celeste Beauchamp, a lady of some erudition, wished to enable the women to pursue their studies unencumbered by the responsibilities they all bear towards their families and bequeathed them her home – complete wi
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The mystery aspect of this book was enjoyable, along with the interactions between the rakish hero and bluestocking heroine. However, the romance aspect fell a bit short as passion seemed to engulf everything, and suddenly one night = "I love you" and "We will be together now."

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the mystery so this was a decent read. The setup could have been executed much better, but I'm alright with it.
Juliana Philippa
3.5 stars. This is my second book by Manda Collins and she keeps on almost getting there with me, but not quite hitting it out of the ballpark. Was very frustrating with the other book of hers I read, Good Earl Gone Bad , which started off with a very interesting and unusual heroine who is the first female member of an esteemed driving club, but missed the mark in several ways (can read my review here). I was excited by the premise of this book and what it meant in terms of the series—4 guara ...more
Rose Blue
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Aphrodite Wareham (Ivy) has unexpectedly received a bequest from a woman she's never met. Along with three other female scholars, or bluestockings, she has been invited to spend a year at Beauchamp House, the estate of the late Lady Celeste. After that year, it will be determined which of the four ladies will actually come to own the home. Anxious to view Lady Celeste's library, Ivy sets off to travel to Beauchamp House by mail coach. While at
Tracy Emro
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I am voluntarily reviewing an eARC given to me by NetGalley and the publisher.**

I have read all of Manda Collins books and I believe this might be the best book she has written to date! I loved it!!

Torquil aka Quill, the Marquess of Kerr is enroute to his late Aunt Celeste's estate when he meets Ivy. Ivy is one of the 4 women his Aunt left her estate to and he is determined to contest the will. He believes that his aunt was duped into leaving her estate to these women and plans on proving his c
Lisa Richards
First of all let me me say that this could have been a fabulous 5* book but little care seemed to have been invested in the editing. The timeline over what was the first week of happenings was often referred to as 24 hours ago or yesterday. Seriously, it was all over the place. Not just once but repeatedly in the early chapters of the book. Ivy's number of sisters varied frequently and a brother was thrown in once. Quill's cousin Serena was referred to as his sister on at least one occasion. And ...more
Vellum Voyages
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kickass bluestockings? Smarter than smart? Not afraid to speak their minds? Bring on the women from Manda Collin's latest series "Studies in Scandal"! "Ready, Set, Rogue" is a great introduction to this brand new series and is focused on the story of Ivy- the linguist and the Marquess of Kerr-Torquil (Quill) Beauchamp.

Quill is not a happy little Marquess when he discovers what his late Aunt C
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you how excited I was when I heard Manda had a new series coming up. It was worth the wait. This series is going to be a keeper to read again and again. Four young ladies each with their own specialty, mathematics, art, archaeologically and ancient languages. The first one is about Ivy, considered a Blue Stocking due to her obsession and knowledge of Ancient Languages. She has become one of four beneficiaries to the estate of a Female Scholar who passed away. So she packs up her be ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Manda Collins brings to life a quartet of very gifted, if slightly quirky young women in her new release Ready, Set, Rogue. They are all gathered at Beauchamp House as heirs to Lady Celeste’s academic collection; however Miss Aphrodite Wareham also inherits a mystery to solve, as well as a frustratingly handsome Marquess intent on keeping her and the other women out of his family home.

Miss Aphrodite “Ivy” Wareham had no connection to the late Lady Celeste, so being named in her will was somethin
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ugh! This book. It was at least 100 pages way too long, and Kerr wasnt even a rogue! When I see a title like this one, I expect the main guy to be a rogue! Not the exact opposite. And, lets just leave aside the lack of chemistry between Kerr and Ivy, but they did the deed in the rain, in a cottage, that was abandoned no less, on a walk back from the village, after knowing each other for only a day and a half? PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT. I was so disappointed with the murder-mystery aspect of this book ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy of this book.

I enjoyed Ready Set Rogue. The women are unusual characters in that they're each a specialist in a field of study. I found the conversation between the women interesting as their field of study influenced their perspective on things.

As far as Ivy and Kerr, the hero and heroine of the story, I found them to be likable characters. I did feel that the emotional romantic connection between them could have been more firmly established at the start of the
I quite enjoyed this one despite the rushed romance. HOWEVER. The treatment and representation of Romany people and culture was problematic as all get out, and I never felt like the main characters realized how horrid they were acting. Uncool.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quill Beauchamp is furious that his aunt, Lady Celeste Beauchamp leaves her estate to four bluestockings. Quill is determined to stop the women from inheriting. Ivy Wareham is thrilled that she has inherited an estate with a magnificent library. Too bad that a rakish Marquess is bound and determined to stop the women. After meeting Ivy, Quill had figured out that he has finally met his match. Will he be able to convince Ivy.

This was a great start to the series. I loved the characters. Quill has
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Tales Of A Bookbug
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm really glad that I got a chance to read Ready Set Rogue and that I discovered Manda Collins' writing in the process.As much as I love historical romances, the ones I have been reading in the past month aren't really fresh or original, though I enjoy them.
This book was like a breath of fresh air and it reminded me of the reasons why I fell in love with this genre.

Aprodhite(Ivy) Wareham has inherited Lady Beauchamp's estate along with four other ladies, who are all "bluestockings" just like th
Shanice Singh
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 k ...more
Rebecca Lyman
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book was about Ivy Wareham, the daughter of a professor and an extremely talented linguist/translator who has recently been granted a partial inheritance from someone she's never met. Lady Celeste Beauchamp has left her estate to 4 intelligent young women, all of whom are extremely eager to use Lady Celeste's extensive library and other resources to continue expanding their knowledge and the body of their own ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining historical read. There's a bit of intrigue and suspense and a healthy dose of romance. Ivy and Quill make great leads because they're both likeable and of good character.

While I enjoy a fair amount of descriptive language to really set the scene and establish the time period for me, I can still enjoy a story that is detail light. The story is pretty light on period references. If you love reading historicals because of all the talk about clothing, furniture, and manor det
Susan (susayq ~)
What a fun mystery! Four young bluestockings inherit a home from the late Lady Beauchamp. When Ivy gets to the house, she receives a letter from the late Lady Beauchamp that tells her that the Lady fears she's being poisoned and her impending death is not natural. Ivy is tasked with unearthing the killer with the help of Quill, Marquess of Kerr. While solving the murder, they fall in love.

Honestly, I enjoyed the mystery more than the romance. Kerr and Ivy got started on the wrong foot and then
★★★½ I have had the same problem with Manda Collins' books before: I enjoy the writing and the story, but am less keen on the main characters. In this case, Ivy and Quill are okay but not more than that. The mystery itself was well done and kept me entertained. My biggest issue was the lack of editing. At least my version (which was an ARC) had some quite obvious discrepancies in the timeline and some family details wrong (number of siblings, sister when it should read cousin etc). These discrep ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Ready Set Rogue was a unique plot for such a crowded genre. I adore historical romance, but after awhile, they tend to become redundant. This was the first tale I read that created a new home for bluestockings, that wasn't necessarily a married one.

To read my full review, check out my blog For the Love of Words.
The story rarely delved deeply into anything. It glossed over the courtship/getting to know each other part, the passionate tryst was a sudden surprise and things went predictably in their relationship after that. Except for the murder-mystery plot, the story barely had anything else to offer.
However, I liked the characters, both the MCs as well as the supporting ones. As such, I think I might continue with the series or give the next book a try at the very least.
3.5, raising to 4 *

editing and consistency issues already raised by other reviewer.

I did like most of the quirky characters and the mystery.
Loved it. My fave of Manda Collins so far
Full review to come for Heroes and heartbreakers:

Manda Collins rolls out her new historical romance series, Studies in Scandal, with brilliance. Immediately I’m swept into the plot of four young bluestocking maidens who have inherited the home of Lady Celeste Beauchamp. One of the recipients, Aphrodite Wareham, a.k.a. Ivy, travels by coach to her new home for the next year. And as you can guess, she encounters some
Maureen Lubitz
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

I was not familiar with author Manda Collins when I received the opportunity to read Ready Set Rogue, which is the first book in her new series entitled Studies in Scandal. That being said, I love historical romances set during the Regency, so I was very excited to discover a new author.

Ivy Wareham is a thorough bluestocking. She has been invited to Beauchamp House at the request of the late Lady Celeste Beauchamp to spend a year conducting research i
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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 ...more

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