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When scholarly Miss Ivy Wareham receives word that she's one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp's estate with a magnificent private library, she packs her trunks straightaway. Unfortunately, Lady Celeste's nephew, the rakish Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, is determined to interrupt her studies one way or another...

Bequeathing Beauchamp House to four bluestockings - no matter how lovely they are to look at - is a travesty, and Quill simply won't have it. But Lady Celeste's death is not quite as straightforward as it first seemed, and if Quill hopes to solve the mystery behind her demise, he'll need Ivy's help. Along the way, he is surprised to learn that bookish Ivy stirs a passion and longing that he has never known. This rogue believes he's finally met his match - but can Quill convince clever, skeptical Ivy that his love is no fiction?

©2017 Manda Collins (P)2017 Tantor

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loved it

got this book on a whim and loves it. I am definitely buying the rest of the series.

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Not the best.

The story was too predictable. I didn't have time to care about the characters before they were thrown together. The narrator's voice grated on my nerves and definitely hurt my views about the characters. The mystery part was the best part of the story, although it was not fleshed out enough.

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 04-27-18

An editor would have made this a full 5 stars!

When “he ignored her for three days” “it had been a week when she finally hunted him down” and “it was her second day there” and “ her first full day” all were used to refer to a series of events that took place in the same two days.... during which “they set out carrying a packed picnic basket” and “surely they were noticed missing at noontime meal” were describing the same events. And a letter written by the lord and sent via valet was then delivered to town to be posted by the same person who sent it with the valet...

It’s too easy to keep getting pulled out of a good story by shoddy editing... how could no one catch this???? I’m only at the beginning and if I wasn’t aware of the big picture and ignoring the little inconsistencies I’d be a confused mass of frustration!

A train of thought that started with a week ago and ended with a within 24 hours comment all about the same thing in one mixed up sentence SHOULD have been noticed by the WRITER and picked up by the EDITOR.