Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

November 25th, 2014 Kimberly Review 53 Comments

25th Nov
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
by Sarah MacLean
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

She is the most powerful woman in Britain,
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is the final book in Sarah MacLean’s Rules of a Scoundrel series and what a ride it has been. Regency London, fallen angels, and sizzling romances delivered only as MacLean can. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover brings us Chase’s story and I lost myself within its pages.

*Spoiler free for those who have read the previous books*

Lady Georgiana, a Duke’s sister was horribly ruined before her first season even began. Scorned by the ton she vowed her revenge. While some still murmur about her fall, none in London know her darkest scandal. She is the most feared owner of the Fallen Angel; the unknown founder of the most notorious gaming hall in all of London.

When the long shadow cast from Lady Georgiana’s fall affect those she holds dear, she once again returns to the ton, holding her head high in an attempt to gain acceptance. At a ball, she catches the eye of Duncan West. Duncan is undeniably handsome and the successful owner of London’s most popular rags and the very reason for her return. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but Lady Georgiana seeks a title and must guard her secrets. The tale that unfolds has suspense, heat and risks everything.

Georgiana is such a powerful character, and to think I once swooned. As much as she has uplifted and helped others, she struggles to trust and accept help from those in her tightly knit circle. A young woman was positively delightful and showed wisdom beyond her years. The threats that affect Georgiana and Duncan were well done and added suspense. The romance was delicious, and slow burning with intense physical attraction. The risks and Georgiana’s reasons for returning added some angst, and kept me on edge as I waited to see how I would get the HEA I so desperately needed.

Sarah MacLean’s portrayal of Chase and his many facets was brilliant. I loved seeing the different personalities/characters emerge. I can honestly say I loved them all. Never Judge A Lady by Her Cover was a fantastic conclusion to the series. All of the characters own a piece of my heart and I look forward to seeing what MacLean cooks up next.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was perfectly paced, with suspense and a romance to make you swoon. If you haven’t read the Rules of A Scoundrel series I recommend you binge read them all.

About Sarah MacLean

MacLean burst onto the romance scene with Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake, the first in her best-selling and critically acclaimed three-book Love By Numbers series. In early 2012, she began her new, pre-Victorian Rules of Scoundrels series with A Rogue by Any Other Name, which received the 2013 RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. The third book in the series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, won the 2014 RITA Award. When she is not writing romance, Sarah travels the country to discuss the romance genre and its place in both gender and cultural studies. She writes a monthly column celebrating the best in romance for the Washington Post, and her columns have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and Parents Magazine. She is also a vocal advocate for issues relating to education and literacy. She lives in New York City with her husband, her daughter and their dog.

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53 Responses to “Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Lark

    Great review, Kimba. Oh, I so need to catch up on Sarah MacLean! I loved her first book, and haven’t read one since… too many other books clamoring for my attention. But I do need to make time to read these.

  2. laura thomas

    I had to see what this book was about after reading that catchy title. Oh wow, is the cover art fantastic too. Your review has me all excited to read it. Been a while since I’ve read anything in this genre.

  3. Lupdilup

    Good to know Kimba! A little bit of angst and a slow burning romance has me already adding this to my wish list. I love this kind of heroines! I listened to last book, and I really enjoyed it, that was my first experience with the author, if I’m not mistaken I think I got that after I read your review 🙂

  4. Rashika

    I’ve only read the 1st book in the series and when Nick mentioned that Chase was a girl I was so excited. I am so glad to hear that this book turned out as well as I thought it would. Sarah MacLean is good with her romances 😉 and I like the twist she put in this one.

    I am glad you enjoyed it!

    Lovely review! 🙂

  5. Katherine

    I’ve only read one book by MacLean but I really enjoyed it. I have no idea why I never read more. I love the premise of this one. Must catch up on her books! Great review!

  6. Braine Talk Supe

    I used to live for books like this! The infamous heroine and her endless ballls, so many delicious things goes on during these exclusive balls from flirting to verbal spars. Avon’s got some really good historical romances, I should include HR in my genre roster for next year.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love mixing them in..I got burned once from overdosing, but now I try to read at least one a month and so enjoy them

  7. Berls

    This is the second review I read for this book today and I have to say I’m most definitely in! I just love a woman in this kind of role – and the cover really drew me in 🙂

  8. kindlemom1

    I just scanned your review just in case since I do want to start this series but I am sad it is the last book but thrilled that you loved it because I know how much you have enjoyed this series Kim!

  9. Heidi

    Gosh darn it another series that has concluded before I started it. I have read such fantastic things about Sarah, I really really need to start this series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Pft…I say the same thing sometimes Heidi. I know we would love to but we cannot read them all.

  10. Candace

    This sounds excellent! I found some of this authors books when I cleaned my shelves last week and I held onto them because I remembered your rave reviews. I really like the cover of this one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh good. I hope you discover your next favorite author in them 🙂

  11. Quinn's Book Nook

    I’m such a huge fan of Historical Romances, but I’ve been been that into Sarah MacLean. I know she’s so popular, but her books just don’t work for me. I’ve never hated them by any means, but I have never been in love either. But even so, I’m so glad that you really liked this one.

  12. Nick

    YAY! I’m so happy you loved this, Kim! I’m excited to read it myself. I was so surprised by the revelation in the final book, so my expectations for this were sky high. Judging from your review, I’m going to love this one! 🙂
    Lovely review!

  13. Sarah

    Interesting! I’ve read sotries revolving around gaming hells, I’ve even read them where the owner is the hero, but I’ve never read one where a woman in disguise is the operator! I do love Sarah MacLean, and I love her writing. I definitely need this book in my life.

  14. Cynthia

    I have heard such good things about Sarah MacLean, but I have never read any of her books! I may have to change that soon.

  15. Ro

    I haven’t read a historical novel in quite some time, but I like the ability of the heroine to live the life of two people, and still show her vulnerability. There are times I think we all wish we could be someone else anonymously. (lol) The cover also cleverly gives you a glimpse of what’s to come once you start reading and I like that. Looks like I have some catching up to do and will add all 4 to my reading list. Hugs… and Happy Thanksgiving to you. http://www.intheknowwithro.blogspot.

  16. Camille

    Georgiana is indeed such a powerful character. I’ve always admired strong heroines and she is definitely one of those. Thanks for the review, Kim.

  17. Melliane

    Oh I have a book by her but I still need to read it. I’m quite curious in fact to see her writing. Thanks for the review

  18. Alreem

    I like this cover and the book sound interesting ,, i will add it to my TBR list ,, thanks for sharing 🙂