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I also took issue with the explanation behind the Fallen Angel's "acquisition of secrets", as a condition of membership. What were they? Scientologists? Why would anyone in their right mind consent to future blackmail in exchange for the privilege of gambling? Makes no sense.
Oh and the less said about Chase's grand unveiling towards the end, the better. Completely ridiculous and unbelievable as a plot twist.
This story had great potential but it fell short. Pity.
Georgiana, a duke’s daughter, fancied herself in love with the stableboy. She slept with him, and he left her when she found out she was pregnant. Disgraced and pronounced a “fallen woman,” Georgiana was shunned by society and her parents. She fled to give her daughter a better life. Fast forward a decade, and Georgiana is the powerful owner of the Angel, disguised as a mysterious figure named Chase. She deals in the secrets of the club’s patrons, and has pretty much everyone in London under her thumb.
But when a gossip column prints a cartoon lampooning her and her bastard daughter, Georgiana realizes she wants to give her daughter the opportunity to rejoin society. And the only way to do that is to marry well and gain a title for her daughter. There’s just one problem: She has avoided society for this long for a reason. She hates being whispered about, and she hates the idea of an arranged marriage even more. But Georgiana will sacrifice anything for her daughter, so she re-enters society.
Georgiana and Duncan West, the owner of the gossip column and several other newspapers, have worked together for years. Only West doesn’t know it was her, as Georgiana assumed the identity of Anna, a prostitute working for the Angel. Once West realizes how the column hurt Georgiana, he feels guilty and starts running more flattering articles about her.
The problem with this book is that we see more of the uncertain, powerless Georgiana than the confident Chase. And West must be blind, because he doesn’t figure out Georgiana’s true identities (multiple) until at least two-thirds of the way through. He spent so many pages ranting about how Chase was just using Georgiana, assuming they were sleeping together, never once wondering if her unswerving loyalty to her employer was because they were one and the same. So much angst could have been avoided if he either figured it out himself, or Georgiana just sucked it up and told him.
Otherwise, though, Georgiana and Duncan had a sweet love story. They both seek each other out for support, since they both have dark pasts. As usual, MacLean’s love scenes are hot and sensual. The action didn’t really pick up until the last 100 pages, but once it did, I think the conclusion was worth all the secret-keeping.
I didn’t know it at the time I read it, but the final book of the series doesn’t quite measure up to the first two. I certainly enjoyed Georgiana’s story, but there were too many secrets that took way too long to be revealed in this one. I’m all for angst and drama, but there’s a point when it lasts too long. It was an enjoyable read, but not what I’ve come to expect from Sarah MacLean.
Check out this review and more on my book blog here: https://ellectricbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/review-of-sarah-macleans-never-judge-a-lady-by-her-cover-rules-of-scoundrels-book-4/
Chase has been a continuous mystery since I started reading this series. And when I found out that Chase was a she, goddamit, I counted every single day until the book came out! AND. OH. MY. GOSH. IT WAS SO GOOD!
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is an intelligently written book with a whole lot of wit, angst, passion, unpredictable events, and a touch of tenderness enough to threaten your tear ducts. Starting the novel was a pleasure but ending it was harder than I thought! Just the mere fact that this might be the last time I will be able to have a full glimpse of the Fallen Angel men and woman sends a sad quenching in my heart. Might because I am in denial and still holding on the hope that maybe there’s a novella or maybe Langely would have a story just so I could take a glimpse on these characters I’ve been attached to for years.
Sarah MacLean just knows how to make really great characters. Every single one of them was thought out carefully and was adorned with unique qualities that made them stand out from other book's characters. Chase is probably the most badass heroine I have ever read about in a historical romance. She had spunk, power, confidence, and wit that could shame gentlemen higher than her rank. I totally loved her background story from being a teenage mother to the most powerful person in London. She was a woman with a man's mind. It was so amazing how Miss Sarah was able to stabilize Chase femininity despite that character's maleness in the pervious books. I am still appalled by how I wasn't able to detect Chase was a she on the first two books!
West is a character with a facade of success, wisdom, and serenity. But deep inside him hides a man with a dark past and an identity once revealed will threaten his present and his future. Together, as a couple, they had a chemistry that started out as a spark and escalated into a fiery need for each other. I can really tell that Chase and Duncan were made for each other in all aspects. They both have matching wits, a past they both wanted to get through, the same determination in doing anything for the people they love, and the equal amount of a rational and an unconditional love for each other.
A teeeeeeeny tiny drawback that I felt was on the discovery of both Duncan’s real identity and Georgiana’s identity as Chase. Since the first page, the impending revelation of their identities had me intrigued, building a strong and high expectation on the scene when they finally find out about each other’s hidden selves. But when it came there, I felt like my expectations were cut shorter than what I expected. I expected a surge of emotions but what I had wasn’t as strong as I imagined. Nevertheless, this didn’t cause a significant effect on the awesomeness of the book.
The story had me anticipating from page to page but held me back because of the fear that it will end. It’s the kind of story that will consume you so listen when I say you have to reserve a full reading time for this one. The dynamics of the characters will insert a hundred strings through your heart and tug all at the same time. Other than Duncan’s very sweet and possessive relationship with Georgiana, what really melted my heart was how Bourne, Temple, and Cross cared for Chase. How they care for her, love her, protect her, annoy her, and support her was part of the romance of this story. It’s been a great journey with you, Rules of Scoundrels series. But can we please have more?