One for the Rogue by Manda Collins
Publisher & Release: St. Martin’s Press, June 26, 2018
Time and setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Length: 320 pages
Heat Level: 1 Flame
Rating: 3.5 Gold Crowns
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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This is the fourth book I’ve read in the Studies in Scandalseries, and an enjoyable read. I received a free copy from the publisher, via Net Galley, for the promise to read and review. My opinions are not influenced by that.
One for the Rogue has engaging characters and an interesting plot. While the pacing isn’t fast, it is steady. Also, the writing is excellent with minimal grammar issues, no more than to be expected in a digital ARC.
Gemma’s character is likable, but I didn’t fall in love with her. I would have liked a bit more depth to her. While I did understand what motivates Gemma and her goals, I did not feel strong about them. I’m not a fan of geological finds which is Gemma’s passion, is that is probably why.
Cameron is an interesting character, and I liked him a lot. He is very protective and wants to do the right thing for Gemma. I warmed to his character better than to Gemma, so enjoyed him more.
Now, let’s talk romance. There is attraction between Gemma and Cameron, but it did not burn up the pages for me. One for the Rogue is stronger on the mystery side than the love story. While I did enjoy that aspect of the book, I would have liked stronger sparks between the hero and heroine.
If you enjoy books with a good bit of mystery and interesting characters, then you will like One for the Rogue. This is the final book of the series, but it reads well as a stand-alone novel. Happy reading!