Monday, November 24, 2014

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels #4) by Sarah MacLean

From the very beginning, I always knew there was something very special about the elusive and calculating, Chase. Now with NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by the very gifted, Sarah MacLean, all finally comes to light with this brilliant tale of intrigue.

For her daughter's sake she must marry. Lady Georgiana's fall from grace by having a daughter out of wedlock ten years ago was tolerable when she was away from the ton's eyes and ears and her precious daughter was too young to know better, but now with the publication of a cartoon depicting Georgiana and her daughter, the ruination is fresh and she is back to be once again the ton's target for gossip. Feeling the only way to recompense her nine year old daughter is to marry a titled gentleman who will look the other way at Georgiana's extracurricular activities, she once again puts herself in the spotlight while she fixes her sights on the man who could help her gain what she wants.

Owning several of London's top newspapers, Duncan West's insights on the ton can make or break a man or woman. However, the regret he feels for publishing the cartoon of Lady Georgiana runs deep enough for Duncan to want to make it right. When he sees lady Georgiana at a ball fend for herself against the overt ridicule by ladies of the ton, his admiration for her multiplies exponentially and his suit to help her back into the ton's good faith begins. Hence an affinity between Duncan and Lady Georgiana begins, but not only in the business sense for she intrigues Duncan like no other before and the lady feels an attraction to the handsome magnate as well. 

For years Duncan West and Chase of the Fallen Angel gaming hell have had a symbiotic relationship dealing in information. Chase's go-between, Anna and he have had a glowing kinship until Duncan discovers her true identity. Once Duncan realizes who Anna is, his determination to free her from Chase is paramount. When Duncan's past comes to collect a favor not only his life, but the life he has fought for his sister to have is in jeopardy and the only way out is to expose Chase's identity and perhaps put an end to the Fallen Angel and those inevitably associated with it as well.

When it comes down to exposing a traitor or outing one's true love to unfavorable consequences, which is the lesser of two evils? NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean is a prime example of the trials and tribulations associated with such an endeavor, and oh what an example it is!

Such sadness is seeing a series that really cemented  my love for Regency Romance come to an end. Sarah MacLean's Rule of Scoundrels series is the epitome of well written and intriguing romance. Ms. MacLean  really sets the bar for me and this finale with NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER is a shining star. Duncan West is the ultimate alpha male for me. Never apologizing for how high he has come, up until he comes to know the very lady who makes him want to fall. Lady Georgiana's class and determination to protect her own like a fierce lioness makes her one of my favorite heroines ever. A lady with so many masks and so much on her shoulders, there's only so much she can take, but instead of being inundated she thrives. Seeing all the heroes and heroines in all the past Rules of Scoundrels finally come into their own and be happily settled is a highlight in this book, as well as seeing Georgiana open herself to a love she has insisted would never come her way. NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean is now one of my favorite novels and one that I hope becomes a favorite of many.


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