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Ready Set Rogue: A Studies in Scandal Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2017
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"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)
"Ready Set Rogue has an assortment of bold, brilliant female characters and showcases the strength and resourcefulness of women." ― Fresh Fiction
"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
About 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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This first story follows Ivy, an expert in the classics and self-made detective on the trail to discover the murderer of her late benefactress. Of course she has to have the help of the lady's nephew, Quill. The whole set-up was quite predictable as was the romance, but I found the story fun to read nonetheless. Collins has created four remarkable women, each with a different area of expertise trying to make it in her field against the odds. I loved Ivy's sheer willpower to get the job done, how her work takes precedence even in the face of a blossoming romance.
It's not that I disliked Quill as a love interest. This was your typical enemies-to-lovers scenario which I always love. I guess I was more annoyed with the romance itself. The entire murder seemed to just be the plot device to bring the two of them together as they happened to be in compromising situations, one after the next.
Now, the writing was a little... well I had some issues. Inconsistencies with the passing of time seemed to be a big one. I also never felt like the emotions between the two leads was developed and explained. Some problems with the technical side of things, grammar and whatnot. And just a general plot that wasn't really a plot. I mean the story was there but didn't really move the book along, if that makes sense.
It was a fun read. Not the best book out there and I had hoped for more, especially with the unusual bluestocking characters (woo, female scholars!), but I look forward to the next book featuring the... honest Daphne (you'll see what I mean if you read this one).
I understand this was an ARC, but there were numerous inconsistencies in the story. First, Ivy's number of sisters changed throughout the narrative and at one point, she had brothers although there was only one mention of them. My biggest pet peeve though was the timeline. Ivy and Quill are working together to solve his aunt's murder and they decide to go to question the local doctor, but are interrupted by Serena who wants to give the ladies a tour of the house. The next mention of time is that it rained for a week, but when Ivy and Quill finally go into the village, it's only 24 hours later. 5 days or 24 hours--which is it? This was a major stumbling block for me and should have been caught before the ARC was made available.
Ms. Collins is a talented author and I really enjoyed the dialogue especially with Daphne. I figured out early on the mystery, although not to the nth degree of the "why" things happened. I also wasn't convinced of the strong feelings between Ivy and Quill especially if the timeline for indeed 24 hours. The other slight criticism is the title--it doesn't seem to fit especially since Quill isn't much of a rogue in this story.
I'm hoping the next story in the series is about Daphne. I'd definitely like to read that one.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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