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review 2018-06-12 22:46
One for the Rogue - Manda Collins

A cute story about a head-strong and independent woman set on staying unmarried and focusing her life on her geology field, and one equally stubborn male geologist that can’t help butting heads with her every time they meet.  The story had adventure, a murder mystery, a theft that needed to be solved, and two people so perfect for each other that they couldn’t help but get onto each others’ nerves every chance they got.  It also had passion and a sweet love story.  It did have a few slow moments but overall it was an enjoyable and well-developed story. It didn't have any emotional strife or tension that can heighten a story, but it was cute and enjoyable and I liked the two main characters quite a bit.

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review 2018-05-10 22:07
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal) - Manda Collins

Second book in the series, this story is centers on Lady Daphne Forsyth, a unique woman trying to find her place in a world that doesn’t seem to understand her, and Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, the man that falls for her. 
The suspense aspect of the story was ok, I mean, it kept me entertained but not to the point that I was unable to put the book down. There were some twists but for the most part they were kind of predictable. 

It’s always interesting to read about characters with unique traits, unfortunately in this case Daphne didn’t hold my interest for long. She was described as someone on the autism spectrum and perhaps for that reason I was hoping to find a more endearing character but instead I got a character with whom I could not connect at all. I was also unable to understand the love between Daphne and Dalton. I think I would have liked it better if they took more time falling in love because to me it just felt forced and even trite at times.

I still plan to read more from this author but in all honesty I don’t think I’ll continue this series. 

** I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher. **

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review 2018-01-29 18:16
A very strong heroine!
Wallflower Most Wanted - Manda Collins
This isn't my preferred genre, but I think I went in with an open mind. I do enjoy historicals and it was a nice change of pace for me. I also learned several new words!
The thing I liked most about Wallflower Most Wanted had to be the heroine. She, as well as the other heiresses in the book, was an in control, take charge, brilliant, not to be put down woman. She knew what she was about, what she wanted and that no one was going to get in her way. That's why it was so charming when Sophie injured herself and the vicar, Ben, swept her up into his arms and carried her back to the house. Just as charming, was the fact that Ben was quite out of breath from the exertion and his muscles were later very fatigued.
This book had mystery, murder, romance, sex and love, patrons of the arts and just an overall fun relationship between the man and woman. I really enjoyed it!
I received this book via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
 
 

 

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review 2018-01-22 01:14
It's All in the Brushstrokes!
Wallflower Most Wanted - Manda Collins

Add a beautiful young painter and a handsome vicar who's a duke's son, throw in a dash of murder, and a sprinkle of art forgery, a Trumpian faux populist character, and there you have it.

This was enjoyable with clever writing and likable characters, but I felt like I had to keep putting it down. Could be me, with everything going on. I am looking forward to Gemma's story.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine: http://affairedecoeur.com.

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review 2018-01-20 02:59
Wallflower Most Wanted
Wallflower Most Wanted - Manda Collins

I was hoping this book would distract me from what is going on in my life but in the time it took me to read this my life became more interesting than the book. This book follows Sophia and Ben as they try to solve the mystery as to who is behind paintings that turn out to be forgeries created in their area. 

 

I don't feel like Sophia and Ben had any real chemistry or heat between them. In the beginning they seemed pretty shy to me and then all of a sudden they supposedly couldn't keep their hands off of each other. Well I wasn't buying it. They were pretty boring together to me. 

 

What I did like about this book was the action and twist that occurs towards the end. I actually became pretty interested once the twist happened and the action started. It ended up saving the book a bit for me.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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