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

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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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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.”
Library Journal
03/01/2015
Georgiana has always exploited society's secrets and kept her own, but when she decides she must wed to give her illegitimate daughter a chance at a different life, she turns to newspaperman Duncan West for help. Although there are rewards for longtime readers of MacLean's historical romance series, this could easily be enjoyed by anyone who loves watching a woman succeed despite the restrictions of her gender. (LJ 12/14)
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: 9780062068514
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/25/2014
  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 32,063
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2015

    Great ending to the series

    This book is a wonderful ending to the series. The series is one of the best. Can' t wait for the next book. She is an excellent author. If you like Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, and Mary Balogh, you will love Sarah Maclean.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    I loved , loved the three precious books.

    I love sarah's books and her writing style, this last book was good. I had a few little problems with the story. Like why would her brother would fund a gaming hell when he didn't want any more scandal brought to his family. (If they would of found out who she was) also she pretty much left her daughter to be raised by her brother for 6 years then all of a sudden she is worried about getting Married to a title gentlemen for her daughters sake. And she grew up around the aristocrats and didn't seem to care what they thought, now she suddenly did. When she is one of the most richest women in england. With all that money her daughter could have found a title gentleman to marry. Most books I read dukes pretty much don't get shunned or there family's. Couse they are rich and powerfull. It was a good book but it wasn't to me like the other books. I was hoping for the series to end on a big bang. It was a little lacking for me couse she was suppose to be the bigger than life chase. Always the one in controll. I guess I was just expecting a little better. But it was still good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2015

    Very impowering and sexy

    Beliveable character

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  • Posted February 18, 2015

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    If you haven't read the previous three books, then don't read an

    If you haven't read the previous three books, then don't read any further. You really need to read them before you even look at this one. This is a wonderful series, so you won't regret it. We've met all the owners of The Fallen Angel, and up until now, we've learned all of their stories except for Chase's, the founder of The Fallen Angel...until now.

    Sarah MacLean writes the kind of stories that you can completely immerse yourself inside. While reading her books, it's like you're living them.

    The ARC of Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    Great

    I liked the entire series but this was the best!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

    Good book

    Good story with good resolve at the end.

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  • Posted January 11, 2015

    With this book, the very entertaining and sexy Rules of Scoundre

    With this book, the very entertaining and sexy Rules of Scoundrels series comes to a close but, I have to say, this and the last book, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished were a disappointment to me.
    Sarah MacLean writes very well, her characters are likable and complex, and this is a great story and series, but this story kind of fell flat for me. And her short sentence structure kind of annoys after awhile. It seems to try too hard and reminds me of Stephanie Laurens’ style where she tries to build suspense and longing with every sentence. It’s a bit much.
    I like Georgiana but I like Duncan more. And I feel Caroline, Georgiana’s daughter is way too precocious, wise, and sophisticated than any nine year old could possibly be.
    Georgiana is the ruined daughter of a duke, whose one sexual encounter at age sixteen left her pregnant and alone by her lover and shunned by society. So she ran away to the country and was taken in by Isabel Townsend, the heroine of Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, who ran a house for unwed and abandoned young mothers.
    Georgiana feels she can never trust anyone ever again, so she rebuilt herself, her identity, and her life, collecting the deepest and darkest and most ruinous secrets of the most powerful men of the ton. They are beholden to her for those secrets in exchange for membership in her exclusive gaming hell, The Fallen Angel.
    The secret identity of Chase is finally revealed here with Georgiana as the elusive and all powerful Chase, who rescued Bourne, Cross, and Temple, all ruined aristocrats, helped them regain their footing, and find true love. Now they’re returning the favor and I feel this part of the story is a bit overdone. It is almost comical at times. I really doubt men talk among themselves like this about women, ever.
    Duncan West is a just a kind, hard-working, and honorable newspaper magnate, who regrets his one distasteful and scandalous depiction of Georgiana once he meets the lovely and intriguing lady in the flesh. But he finds he has known her, for many years in fact.
    Both Georgiana and Duncan keep secrets from each other; she because she feels the need to wed a title in order to restore her bastard daughter’s place in society and he because he feels he’s so far below the status of deserving a duke’s daughter. But true love wins out and the man both Duncan and Georgiana feel she should wed is just a really nice guy, like Pippa’s sweet fiancé.
    I thought the part toward the end with Langley and Caroline was unrealistic; it is just too convenient that he’s so gracious and that Caroline is so perceptive and intuitive. She makes both Duncan and Georgiana look quite foolish with their many reasons to avoid marriage.
    The passion between Duncan and Georgiana, while provocative, does not compare to that between Bourne and Penelope in A Rogue by Any Other Name or Cross and Pippa in One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (my personal favorite). Those love stories are breathless and exciting. 
    It’s been a great series  and I’m sorry to see it end, but the first two books are the best. I look forward to MacLean’s newest series, Scandal and Scoundrel, coming next year.

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  • Posted January 7, 2015

    Sorry but I have to say it. This was my least favorite scoundrel

    Sorry but I have to say it. This was my least favorite scoundrel book and I didn't like the fact that Chase was a woman.

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  • Posted December 28, 2014

    Excellent Ending to a Great Series

    I was thrilled to order this book the day it went on sale and even happier to read it that day! It is one of the books that I really wanted to get to the ending of, so I could see what happened, yet at the same time regretting each turning of the page that would actually bring me to the 'end' of this tale. It was great meeting all the characters throughout the whole Scoundrels Series. I had no idea Chase was female until the end of book #3 and it did want me to re-read them all just to see how I could have missed so many clues. Knowing what I know now, I don't see how I didn't see it! This is a wonderful story that stands alone, but I would advise reading the other three books, only because they are so well written and really do relate well with the others. This has a powerful heroine and a really wonderful hero who have a tension between them that simmers throughout. Read this...you won't be disappointed. It has surprises, laughter, sad parts, and lots of story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    BE SURE TO READ ALL OF SARAH MACLEAN'S SCOUNDREL SERIES

    Another great chapter in the scoundrel series....thank you Ms. MacLean.

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  • Posted December 20, 2014

    Loved it!

    This was an enjoyable read. I loved the female lead. The male was a little more difficult to like, but overall I liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    Loved it!!!

    What a great end to a wonderful series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Not the bet in the series.

    Characterization is a bit thin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    I hate that this series is over.  It was an amazing series and I

    I hate that this series is over.  It was an amazing series and I can't wait to read another book from her. she is amazing. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

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  • Posted December 1, 2014

    Wonderful ending to a wonderful series. As always, Sarah MacLean

    Wonderful ending to a wonderful series. As always, Sarah MacLean doesn't disapoint! 

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  • Posted December 1, 2014

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    A darker historical romance full of secrets and manipulations, N

    A darker historical romance full of secrets and manipulations, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was definitely an enjoyable read. With its romance and schemes, it was definitely a really great book.

    Georgiana was certainly a strong heroine. She had power over some of the most powerful men in the country and she wasn't afraid to use it. But, besides that, she was also very loyal to the people she cared about and determined to be a better mother to her daughter. My only issue with her was that she had a slightly annoying tendency to be stuck in her ways. But, it was understandable, so I liked her overall.

    Duncan was definitely Georgiana's match. He was just as powerful, loaded with secrets, and clever and wouldn't let her get away with her usual tricks. And, he could also be very sweet when he allowed his softer side to show. I thought he was great.

    The romance was good. As I said, Georgiana and Duncan were definitely each other's match, both being so strong and clever. And, they definitely had chemistry. However, I did find myself annoyed with how long they held on to their secrets. Especially Georgiana because, even after Duncan told her everything, she still couldn't be the one to tell him her secrets. Overall, though, I did think they were a lovely couple.

    The plot was fast paced and totally engaging all the way through. There were plenty of secrets and surprises to keep me hooked. I really liked the story and the ending was perfect.

    Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was a wonderful historical romance that showed a bit of the darker side. With its lovely romance and plentiful secrets, it was a really great book. Romance lovers, this is definitely a book worth the read.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted December 1, 2014

    This book actually exceeded my expectations!  The entire series

    This book actually exceeded my expectations!  The entire series was a great read.  On the down side, I pre-ordered and paid more than what it is retailing for now.  

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  • Posted November 29, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book.  The plot kept moving in different d

    I really enjoyed this book.  The plot kept moving in different directions, this kept it interesting.  She showed how love grows and develops, what it takes to trust someone and the rewards of the truth and consequences of lies.  I liked that Duncan was always saving people, he didn't think of himself all the time.  Georgiana wanted to make things right and was given the opportunity to do so.  I liked how she used one of the major vices to secure her return.  

    I have read all of Ms MacLean's books and like how the characters intwine with each other.   As always, I look forward to Sara's next book.  They are always pre-ordered so that I can read them when they come out.  Keep up the good work.     

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    Fantastic! I have been waiting to read lady Georgiana's story

    Fantastic!


    I have been waiting to read lady Georgiana's story since 2011 and I absolutely love it. When Sarah Maclean started her new series I thought Chase was the father of Georgiana's daughter. Imagine my surprise at the previous book to learn that Chase is Georgiana. This is another fantastic and entertaining book by Sarah Maclean and I can't wait to read her new series. Thank you Sarah Maclean

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