One for the Rogue is the final book in the Studies in Scandal series by Manda Collins. This final book does a great job of wrapping everything up with the four scholarly women of Lady Celeste’s estate. The focus is primarily on the journey of Gemma, a geologist, and her hate-love relationship with Lord Cameron Lisle, a fossil hunter and head of a scientific paper. You do not need to have read the other books in the series before reading this one but, it does help you understand the beginning dynamic between these two characters.
Gemma was chosen to live at Lady Celeste’s estate due to her passion for geology. She is still struggling with trying to figure out what her place is within the house. She has watched as the other three ladies have solved their mysteries and found their happily ever afters. Gemma has determined that she will never marry and has her eyes set on the prize of discovery. When she discovers a large fossil on the beach one diary morning, she can’t help but wonder if this was part of Lady’s Celeste’s plan for her. However, she is not the only one to take note of this fossil, and before she knows it Gemma is deep into a murder mystery and a dangerous game of cat and mouse regarding this famous fossil.
Cameron takes it upon himself to protect Gemma after the murder takes place because he feels responsible for getting her in this position. He was attending a geologist meeting and invited two of the attendees to visit the estate which was known for Lady Estate’s fossil collection. He felt comfortable doing this because his brother, Ben is married to one of the other scholarly ladies, Sophia. He did not anticipate what would happen next and how it would put Gemma in danger. Gemma and Cam have disliked each other since the day they met but there is no denying the chemistry between them. When they are caught in a scandalous situation, they become betrothed even though that is what neither one of them wants. Yet, the more time they spend together…the more they realize maybe this commitment won’t be such a bad idea after all.
I liked the dynamic between Gemma and Cameron but, I felt like the two of them falling in love felt rather quick and forced. One minute they’re fooling around and kissing which forces them to become betrothed, and the next they’re determined to keep this commitment and stand by each other. Now I can understand time moving quickly especially under intense circumstances but the way that they both changed their views on marriage and commitment didn’t feel fully real to me.
The circumstances which Gemma and Cam find themselves in are very intense indeed. There is a sense of danger and foreboding through out even amongst all the passion. Manda Collins finishes this series strong with One for the Rogue providing context for the new developments between Gemma and Cam while also returning to the roots and strength of the friendship and sisterhood between Ivy, Daphne, Sophia, and Gemma. I really enjoyed these four women and their scholarly representation during a historical time of well known sexism for educated women. I’m glad their legacy will continue as more young women come to learn and have adventures at Lady Celeste’s estate. Who knows maybe one day Manda Collins will write about the next generation of scandalous scholars.
Rating: 3.5 Stars