Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
The Rules of Scoundrels #4
“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. ”
The final book in the Rule of Scoundrels wonderfully completed this series. I loved the world of the Fallen Angel and will be sad that there are no more books to bring it to life.
The gist of this story is a woman, Georgiana is seeking a titled husband to better the image of her illegitimate daughter. (Georgiana and her fall from grace was introduced in Sarah MacLean’s novel “Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord”, which I completely recommend.) Newspaperman Duncan West takes note of Georgiana and incidentally discovers her alter-ego (at least one of them), and then romance ensues, secrets are revealed, and love prevails.
I love Georgiana as a character as she has overcome more than your average heroine while also breaking norms and gender-barriers. She is a strong, secretive, devoted mother, and a bad-ass when provoked. West is also secretive, but also a secret revealer with a hidden past of his own. They mesh perfectly together and this society romance does not need society to survive.
Like her other novels, this book was addictive and easy to read. I struggle to put these down at night. I whole-heartedly recommend this romance to historical romance fans, but strongly encourage readers start at the beginning of the series (despite each novel being a stand-alone), if not the beginning of MacLean’s written works (if one is feeling ambitious) as it gives a background, characters who reappear, and more to enrich this novel.
About the Author
“New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.
Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.”