One for the Rogue is the fourth book in Manda Collins’ Regency-era Studies in Scandal series. I have read the other three books in the series, and so I was definitely excited to read this one. Collins dropped some hints about this pairing in the last book, so it made waiting for this book very difficult!
Gemma is the last unmarried young lady living in Beauchamp House, and she is perfectly happy with that arrangement. She is not interested in finding a husband, and she would much rather devote her time to her passion- geology and fossils. She has tangled with Lord Cameron Lisle once already, so she is not particularly thrilled when he takes up residence in a neighboring manor house. But since Gemma’s sister is married to Cam’s brother, there is no reason that the two of them can’t come to some sort of understanding.
But when there is yet another shocking murder in the district directly related to Gemma’s work, it is clear that she is in great danger. Gemma and Cam must work together, but they must both move beyond their first impressions of each other.
This book was an absolute delight! I love the fake engagement trope, and I loved the way that their animosity faded slowly as they became better acquainted with each other. I also love that like the previous books in this series, there is a mystery element in addition to the romance. Once again, Collins provides a merry chase, and the big reveal was quite thrilling. Overall, there’s a nice balance of comedy and action, and once again, Gemma’s friend Daphne manages to steal the show with her complete lack of candor!
I would absolutely recommend One for the Rogue. This book functions reasonably well as a standalone, although characters from the previous books do make an appearance, although Ivy and Daphne appear mostly in the background. I would suggest reading Wallflower Most Wanted– the third book in the series- before this one. Wallflower features Gemma’s sister Sophia and Cam’s brother Ben, and the disastrous first meeting between Gemma and Cam. Collins has now paired up the four heiresses who arrived at Beauchamp House a year, so it looks like the end of the series. Without giving too much away, I will say that there is a glimmer of hope that this is not the last we will see of Beauchamp House and its residents. Whether this comes to fruition or not, I am certainly excited to read whatever Collins comes up with next!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.