Title: One for the Rogue
Author: Manda Collins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release Date: June 2018
Length: 305 pages
Series?: Studies in Scandal #4
Genre: Historical, Romance
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?
This is the conclusion of the Studies in Scandal series and its heroine is geologist Gemma Hastings. In one of the previous books, it has already come to pass that Gemma and Lord Cameron Lisle have had negative interactions and don’t view one another fondly or even amicably.
Despite their dislike for one another, they have a strong mutual interest in geology. This sets a foundation for them to work together, collaborate, and forge a friendship.
Unlike her three companions in the series, Gemma’s letter from Lady Celeste was left unfinished. How is Gemma to solve her challenge?
That solutions gets much more intense in its finding when a dead body washes up in a favored digging location, trying to steal a famed fossil from Gemma and the property. This story involved Lady Celeste and her life more than the others do, I felt. It is central to the mystery of this famous…infamous?…fossil. Many things are revealed and come to light in unraveling this mystery. Together, Cam and Gemma join forces to protect her fossil and find the perpetrator trying to steal it. Along the way, an attraction grows.
Neither ever wanted to marry, but Cam knows it is expected of him eventually, given his position. For Gemma, it’s unnecessary and only a roadblock to her profession.
I really enjoyed the mystery of this book and Gemma’s “challenge”. I think I liked this aspect more than the actual romance, but I did like the fact that Cam showed he was a stand-up guy by trying to make up for his brush-off of Gemma and her knowledge in the field. He didn’t just brush off her pain at that behavior, he continually is trying to make amends for it until Gemma is convinced of his view of her in the geological field.