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Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . .

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 ...

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Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels Series #4)

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Overview

RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . .

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/27/2014
MacLean's fourth and final Scoundrels historical (after No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) proves that romance can happen in the most unusual circumstances. In 1830s England, Lady Georgiana Pearson, a duke's sister, has been forced to reinvent herself after being ruined by a stable boy. She is respectable Georgiana by day, but by night, she has not one but two secret identities: Anna, the most powerful madam in London, and Chase, Anna's crafty business partner, who's widely believed to be a man. Georgiana is determined to marry a titled gentleman, and newspaper magnate Duncan West agrees to help her seal the deal. But Duncan is drawn to Georgiana himself, and she to him. Soon they form an intimate connection, with many deep emotional developments that propel the story. Though they eventually decide to act on their attraction, they struggle with the knowledge that they can never wed; Duncan fears the revelation of buried secrets that could destroy him, and Georgiana believes that only a title can help her daughter escape the stain of bastardy. Series readers will be blown away by the revelation of Chase's identity, and will cheer on Duncan and Georgiana as they bring their complex relationship to a riveting conclusion. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Dec.)
Booklist (starred review)
“RITA Award-winning MacLean again successfully woos readers with another entrancing literary merger of sophisticated sensuality and scintillating wit as she wraps up her exquisitely written Rules of Scoundrels quartet in splendid fashion.”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-10-23
After she's spent the last decade incognito, posing as the most enigmatic (male) casino owner in England, a ruined lady re-enters society to secure her daughter's rightful place in the beau monde, attracting suitors, enemies and the attention of a handsome newspaper magnate.Lady Georgiana Pearson has been happily free of the strictures of Victorian society since she ruined herself at the hands of a man she thought she loved and bore a daughter, scandalizing polite society and setting herself firmly beyond the pale. Since then, she's partnered with three other titled social pariahs to create The Fallen Angel, the most successful gaming club in London, which deals in scandal and secrets as much as gambling. Under the guise of the mysterious "Chase," who works in the shadows and is represented by yet another alter ego, Anna—whom every assumes is Chase's mistress—Georgiana is secretly one of the most powerful figures in England, though none but her partners know her true identity. Blissfully disreputable, she is suddenly aware of her limitations when society's scorn turns toward her beloved daughter, and she decides to seek an aristocratic husband to raise her daughter's social standing. However, her return to society draws more than a few eyebrows, as well as the interest of all the scandal sheets, including one published by newspaper magnate Duncan West. Understanding there are layers to this story, West digs into Georgiana's past and realizes Georgiana and Anna are one and the same, then misreads the hold "Chase" has on her, even as he finds himself falling for her. West has dangerous secrets of his own, ensuring he can never offer her the security or respectability she wants, but he intends to free her from Chase's influence and pave the way for her happiness, realizing too late how misguided that plan is. MacLean wraps up her popular Rules of Scoundrels series with the clever plotting, exquisite writing and lush sensuality she is known for. A worthy conclusion to an extraordinary series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062065414
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/25/2014
  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels Series , #4
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 22
  • File size: 864 KB

Meet the Author

A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances, and the author of a monthly column at The Washington Post celebrating the best of the romance genre. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, dog and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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  • Posted November 26, 2014

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    The fourth installment in Sarah MacLean¿s Rules of Scoundrels se

    The fourth installment in Sarah MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels series is rife with twists, turns, secrets, angst and is so horribly fun I can’t stand it.  The standard scoundrel in this series has been a man, and it was such a treat to have a story focused on a woman with the brash and brazen (for the time) attitude to do as she wished, society be damned. 
    Georgiana is wonderful: after having been born on the wrong side of the blanket, her position in society as Lady Georgiana is tentative at best. While she is fairly well accepted in the ‘lower eschelon’, her notoriety as the owner and founder of a gaming hell, and her rather bold refusal to be cowed by ‘her betters’ in the pecking order that is society instantly sets her apart.  A hasty choice as a young girl found her pregnant and alone: she decided then that security for her and her daughter Caroline was the most important goal.  Whether the security comes from the secrets she holds, or from the outlying possibility of marrying well (equals rich and titled) Georgiana has plans. Many Plans. 
    Duncan is a newspaper man, with the ability to laud or ruin simply through his research, determination and pen.  He is fascinated with Georgiana: her strength, the perseverance and her ability to seemingly rise above the snubs and slights.  Of course, there is the mysterious “Chase” to uncover – and this name makes the toffs shudder. Famous, or infamous, keeper and releaser of secrets, Duncan is convinced that Chase has something on Georgiana – and he wants to discover the what, to protect her and remove the threat. 
    The set up for this particular story begins at the beginning, and there are allusions and mentions of Chase throughout the earlier books, I’ve not read the first two (a situation I am remedying over the holiday break) but the threads from the third book neatly wind into this one.   With humor, heart and a very smooth and polished writing style, MacLean builds the world, the mysteries and presents readers with plenty of imagery that settings and characters come alive and breathe with you as you read.  
    The characters are wonderfully developed: Caroline a touch precocious but so like her mother in cleverness and self-confidence that you can’t help but like her. Georgiana in her tough outer shell that is encountered by all but her daughter: making a solid life in a man’s world with few cheering her on or being outwardly supportive for fear of scandal and taint.  And lastly, Duncan: his take no prisoners approach to research, the attraction for Georgiana that slowly grows until he realizes that the beauty is far more a match for him than he could have hoped for.   Their relationship is a push-pull of give and take, with some angst and struggle while they sort out their own feelings, but a wonderfully ‘right’ match that will leave you smiling. 
    I loved this series and have picked up the first two in the series to read from the beginning, and have added other titles by this author to my list of titles to purchase. 
    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Posted November 25, 2014

    This book was well worth the wait! Ever since I read the last l

    This book was well worth the wait! Ever since I read the last line of "No Good Duke Goes Unpunished" I have waited for this story and I was not disappointed. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. MacLean's books!

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  • Posted November 25, 2014

    This may be the best book of a wonderful series! I absolutely lo

    This may be the best book of a wonderful series! I absolutely loved it. Great characters, good plot, romance - what more do you want? This book is a keeper! If you like historical romance, you must read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Chase's secret's revealed!

    A fine ending, perhaps a better stand alone this book is a vengence and romance high note.
    At a time and place where women have no power and no second chances. Lady Georganne decides she will no longer be poueeless. But is putting on trousees enough to ptoyect her heart?

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  • Posted November 25, 2014

    Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is one of my top reads o

    <i>Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover</i>
    is one of my top reads of the year. It is one of those rare books that satisfy on multiple levels. How many books can accurately be described as sweet, sexy, poignant, intelligent, and funny? Chase’s triple identity is smart, artful writing that makes this story distinctive from other disguise plots, and the fact that Duncan West is caught up in protecting bits of his own identity is a wonderful touch. I don’t believe the perfect book exists, but this one comes very close. It is a superlative conclusion to an outstanding series.


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