Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Study in Scoundrels by Christy Carlyle

Sophia Ruthven is the epitome of proper behavior. On paper at least, as long as that paper isn’t from one of the lady detective stories she secretly pens. She certainly isn’t interested in associating with the dashing Jasper Grey, the wayward heir to the Earl of Stanhope, and one of the stage’s leading men. But when she learns Grey’s younger sister Liddy has gone missing, she can’t deny her desire to solve the mystery…or her attraction to the incorrigible scoundrel.

Responsibility isn’t something Grey is very familiar with. On the boards and in the bedroom, he lives exactly how he wants to, shunning all the trappings of respectability and society. Grey knows he should avoid the bewitching Sophia, but he’s never been able to say no to what he wants. And having Sophia in his arms and his bed is quickly becoming the thing he wants the most.

As Sophia and Grey’s search for Liddy continues across the English countryside, can this scoundrel convince a proper lady that he’s actually perfect for her or will their adventure leave them both heartbroken?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

A Study in Scoundrels is the second installment in the Romancing the Rules series. I adored the first in the series, and enjoyed this almost as much.

Now that Sophia's brother is married and their little sister is away at school, her life includes taking care of someone else's house, family, needs, and wants. She doesn't want to be the family's spinster sister for life. The writer is looking for a husband to spend her life with, to create a life with, someone who will understand who she is and not force her abide by the archaic rules her father put into place.

Grey is Sophia's brother's best friend, so she knows the actor in passing, including his reputation as a scoundrel. The opener of the novel features why Grey is the way he is, making him completely sympathetic to readers.

Sophia seems to be a magnet for shady men trying to take advantage, and Grey interrupts such a time, which is how the two are thrown together in adventure. Sophia is a sucker for who-done-its, writing a mystery novel, and is looking to study a scoundrel to write the part accurately. Thrust together in a whirlwind to locating Grey's missing 16-year-old sister, the pair discover that opposites definitely attract.

Both Sophia and Grey are flawed yet realistic characters – easy to connect to, their banter and push-pull, will-they-won't-they romance was a decadent treat. Grey is dealing with issues from the past, haunting him, lending the angst portion to the story. His little sister and cousin-in-law are a welcome addition to the story, as well as Sophia's housekeeper, Cate. It's obvious to spot who will be getting the next few stories, as there was plenty of groundwork laid on the pages. (The sister, though... le sigh)

Carlyle has a quick, easy to read writing style that draws the reader in from page-one until the end. The scenes are set without a ton of unnecessary detailing, and the romance feels real without being bogged down with flowery purple prose. After spending a relaxing afternoon with a smile on my face, I thoroughly enjoyed A Study in Scoundrels, and am impatiently awaiting the next in the series.

Also Available in the Romancing the Rules Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rules for a Rogue post.

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Study in Scoundrels (Romancing the Rules #2) by Christy Carlyle to read and review.

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