I was given the ARC for Ready set Rogue by the publisher This author is a New to me Author and I was impressed! I liked the mystery that came with the book as well.
Ready set Rogue is about four bluestockings who come from different backgrounds, each girl is versed in something Math, langues, one is even a fossil hunter! The ladies are willed a house by the late Lady Celeste the house is filled with all the things a bluestocking could want including an enormous library filled to the hilt! However on the way to her new home Ivy Wareham runs into her benefactresses nephew Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr. How great is that name?! Quill is none too pleased to find out that his aunt has left the house to four ladies who he feels are swindlers and basically calls Ivy that during their first meeting.Once they reached the house known as Beauchamp House Quill and Ivy soon learn that Lady Celeste may have murdered and soon embark on the hunt to find her killer. Ivy and Quill get caught in the rain during their investigations and passions ensure……
So here is what this book has done right. The mystery of Lady Celeste’s murder was interesting, The murderer was not who I thought it was nor was the reason for her murder what I thought it would be… I may have had four suspects at one point then came back to the one who was not the murder…. But what a twist! Ivy was a wonderfully strong heroine even though I am not a fan of super strong heroines because they never come off likable however with Ivy she was able to be strong and still like able. Quill was good hero but not as Rakish as I would have liked him to be. His cousin Dalton however….
That brings me to this The secondary Characters, who played major parts in this book which of course sets them up for their own books. Now, yes it was at times a little distracting BUT Lady Daphne and Quill’s cousin Dalton who is a Duke! ( you know my love of Dukes) really caught my notice. Daphne apparently has no filter and says whatever the hell she wants no matter what…. I loved her! She really stole every scene she was in and Dalton was just the perfect bit of naughty and so very full of himself that it had me wanting, no needing their story. Which conveniently will be released this coming year and entitled are you ready? A Duke with Benefits!!
Now back to Ready set Rogue lastly what was done right was the love scenes they hot and just perfect for this book.
Now what was done wrong. The book was a wee bit longer than what I thought it should be.It also was a slow burn for me and I feel what caused it was Quill was not rakish enough ( ahem Dalton) where it was given to others. But he did make amends towards the end. Ivy was given a note where Lady Celeste had told her she thought someone was trying to kill her, and asked Ivy to find the person with Quills help, matchmaker from beyond the grave ? I loved it! However ! She gave Ivy gift and in case I missed we never found out what is was! Now unless there is some hot lovin in that library which there wasn’t, you cannot write that there was gift and not tell me what it was!
Overall Ready Set Rogue: A Studies in Scandal Novel is a good start to the series and recommend giving it a read, after that you will definitely want to pre-order Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal) because it’s going to be amazing . I will add that I was very impressed with author that I checked to see what other books she had written, apparently a bit of mystery runs through most of her novels and she has series called Lords of Anarchy which looks good and landed on my TBR list. The covers for her books are pretty and very eye catching and I do love a good cover!. I picked up The perks of being a beauty which is part of her ugly duck series to start off with.