Nov 25 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover (November 25, 2014)

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean
Never Judge a Lady by her Cover (Rule of Scoundrels)
Avon / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

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.

And so, the legend of Chase comes to an end. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is the final novel in Sarah MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels series and the identity of the ever-elusive Chase has been revealed. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book for what seems like forever. The build up behind MacLean’s latest novel has been growing to a fever pitch. Let me tell you, this book smashed my preconceived theories out of the park. This is a gripping tale of a woman who has been ostracized by society and fights tooth and nail for revenge.

“He’s such a legend, I would not be surprised to discover that he is something beyond human.” He paused. “I would not be surprised to find the Oracles themselves behind this door.”

When I read the last lines of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, my jaw dropped, and I let out a scream. I didn’t see that ending coming, and the twist is genius. This book should not be read as a standalone, for the full effect, I recommend starting at the beginning of the series, and maybe even going back to Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart. MacLean’s storytelling has developed from book to book. This is a great series for all, even those who are hesitant to read the historical romance genre. Filled with intrigue, scoundrels and outrageous ladies, the story is gripping from start to finish.

Of course, we as readers are in on the secret of Chase’s identity but in the Scoundrels' world, most are still in the dark. There is much mystery to Chase, which only adds to his appeal and power. The leader of the most legendary gaming hall, Chase strikes fear in the hearts in all and has reach to the darkest corners of the city. As the story unfolds, more and more of Chase’s secrets are unraveling and it seems as though there is no way to stop the uncovering of it all.

There is one man who is willing to do whatever it takes to destroy Chase and his spider web of power, Duncan West. He is the unlikely hero, with no title or posh background; he has similarly wrought himself up from the bottom. An equally as intriguing character, he has parallels to Chase, as he rewrote an entire life for himself and his sister. Chase and West's witty banter mesmerized me. Each conversation dripped with innuendo and West proved to be an equal match to this powerful heroine.

MacLean gives us a unique view of gaming hells., spinning a tale rich in setting, culture and unique characters. The gaming hell, The Angel, is London’s most notorious club. Membership cost is not monetary, but rather secrets; Chase has plenty of ammunition to accomplish the goal of destroying the society that turned its back on her. I was holding on to the edge of my seat to see if these secrets would eventually be used and/or be used for manipulation. Would Chase be able to turn off compassion as previously done, in order to complete the goal that’s been the driving force behind every decision made?

MacLean weaves a spellbinding tale in Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover; I found myself double-checking facts and eagerly looking for clues. From the ballrooms of lords and ladies to the seedy underground belly of London, this is an epic adventure.

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Jessica spends her time daydreaming about a life within the pages of her favorite books, hoping to meet her own alpha male in an amazing meet cute. Living in Miami, she breaks the stereotype of the tanned appearance; being the palest amongst her friends takes a lot of work and it's all owed to the aforementioned books. She works all day but dreams of the day she can get paid to devour romance books all day and night. An avid reader since she could sound out words, you can find her reviewing at Bookcrack.com where she lets her reading freak flag fly!

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
This is such a phenomenal book--even given all the advance hype on it, it still lives up to that, and more. I am excited to see where MacLean goes next.
Jessica Moro
2. JessicaMoro
@MFrampton, I loved this book and all the other ones in this series. I'm really sad to see them go but, I'm also excited for her next crop of heroes. She did a podcast and said her next heroine was introduced in this book and the next books are sort of like Tmz meets the Regency period. It sounds awesome
3. PhoebeChase
I know I'm not supposed to judge a book (or a lady) by it's cover, but I would totally pick this up in the store if I saw it because of the cover alone.
Jessica Moro
4. JessicaMoro
@PhoebeChase I lol'd. I just got my paperback copy in the mail and it's such a pretty cover!
6. EP
This book was excellent!!! I loved all the books in the series but this one really shines! And very much looking forward to her next series and finding out more about Sophie.

She's one of my favorite authors.
8. Kahintenn
Finished it this afternoon...it totally did not disappoint. A superior ending to a great series.
Jessica Moro
9. JessicaMoro
@redline_ Yup! I'm super excited. She also said her first book was influenced by an incident that occured in an elevator.
Laura Bracken
10. Night -owl
Just finished reading this book, and I loved it. I was sad that the series was ending but then I just read the above comments(there's going to be a new series with Sophie in it?) So excited. We only meet her for a few moments in the book but I already like her, or was she in earlier books? I can't remember. Anyway, I'm excited for a new series.
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