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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal #4) by Manda Collins


Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: St.Martin's Press (June 26, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: Geologist Gemma Hastings has no interest in pursuing romance—and no patience for Lord Cameron Lisle, an esteemed fossil hunter who has a way of always honing in on her territory. . .annoyingly handsome though he may be. But when a shocking attack puts Gemma in very real danger, she may have to accept Lisle’s offers of protection. Even if that means entering into a dangerous flirtation. . .

Lisle was once amused by Gemma’s dedication to her work. But now that he understands how much he’s underestimated her—a woman whose beauty is matched only by her genius—Lisle is desperate to prove his respect…and prove himself worthy of her. But is he too late? A bitter rival, desperate to steal Gemma’s scientific findings, is still at-large. Can Lisle help uncover the culprit and keep her safe—forever, in his loving arms?


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Even though this is book number four in the series, it is easily a stand-alone story. I have not read the three prior novels (although I assume they have to do with some of the other characters we see in this one), but I had no trouble following along with this one. 

That being said, the romance between Cam and Gemma felt rushed, especially considering the fact that when we first meet them, they do not seem to like one another very much at all. I feel as though I don't really understand them as characters, nor do I see what was so appealing about the other (ie I don't understand their attraction to each other after such an intense early dislike). 

What I did enjoy was the rest of this story. The missing fossil, and the secondary plot that is interwoven within the romance aspect are what made this story enjoyable for me. I enjoyed following along with the characters waiting to see if I could piece the mystery together before our characters (fun fact, I did NOT). 

When I look at this entire story as a whole, I am certain it will appeal to not only fans of the first three novels, but those who enjoy a different sort of historical romance as well.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                              One for the Rogue is available from Amazon.com

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