Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

I picked this book up after reading another book by Manda Collins, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem. I found the plot of that book entertaining, and who doesn’t enjoy a well off widow doing basically whatever she likes, but especially bucking tradition?

Ready Set Rogue is one of those romance novels I don’t normally read–you know, the ones with a half-clad dude on the front and a lady with her breasts partially covered. I’m not sure this book qualifies as a bodice ripper, but since it is book one of a series called “Studies in Scandal.”


Here’s an extract of the book blurb from Goodreads:

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…


While I enjoyed the read, I did become disappointed when it was remarkably similar in plot and premise to another book I had read about rogues. A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore is very very similar. There’s a familiar theme and a murder or two, and the murderer is predictable. It seems almost as though both books used the same plot map.

I call these kinds of books bon bons for the brain. Sweet and the first bite or two is pleasant. But after awhile, the flavors start to get old and they aren’t anything special.

I give it a 3 out of 5 stars, as it was entertaining, but it would have been much more fun if I hadn’t read a very similar plot just a month ago.


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