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Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

Book 4, The Rules of Scoundrels - The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels

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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 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 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.

Customer Reviews

I loved this series and have picked up the first two in the series to read from the beginning

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.


Absolutely an incredible read!!!!
I absolutely love Chase/Georgiana. Talk about a strong, smart, loving and beautiful heroine. One of my favorite heroines to date.

Duncan!!! One of the best hero's I have read in a while. He is also brilliant, tender, kind and handsome. Swoon worthy for sure.

And these two together, incredible!!!! Their romance and story was enjoyable, exciting, intense, hot, and emotional. I loved everything about how their romance developed and got them to their HEA.

This book had it all. It hit every note of what makes a romance wonderful. THIS kind of writing will bring back the love of historical romances!!!!!

I can say without a doubt this is Sarah Macleans best book yet. An absolute must read!!!!

Why Do Good Things End?

This book is an amazing conclusion to the Fallen Angel series. I found myself falling in love with Duncan from the beginning, and marveling at how perfectly he complimented Chase. This book will not disappoint!

But do yourself a favor and read the other three first! Bourne is dreamy in A Rogue by Any Other Name. Cross is enchanting in One Good Ear Deserves a Lover. And Temple is wonderful in No Good Duke Goes Unpunished.

This is not a series to pass up!

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Nov 25, 2014
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, The Rules of Scoundrels
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