She is the most powerful woman in Britain, A queen of the London Underworld But no one can ever knowHe is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth, Putting all she has at riskIncluding her heartChase s story, coming in


10 thoughts on “Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

  1. Nadia Nadia says:

    This book I can t Here s the thing Once upon a time a young girl was seduced, under the pretenses of true love, marriage and happily ever after Of course, nothing like that happened, the girl is ruined and pregnant at sixteen She is despised by everyone, condemned, they re calling her a whore and whatnot It s the nineteenth century after all If you re a girl, you better be a virgin or you can drop dead, nobody would care.So this girl vows revenge on everyone, they are all going to pay for This book I can t Here s the thing Once upon a time a young girl was seduced, under the pretenses of true love, marriage and happily ever after Of course, nothing like that happened, the girl is ruined and pregnant at sixteen She is despised by everyone, condemned, they re calling her a whore and whatnot It s the nineteenth century after all If you re a girl, you better be a virgin or you can drop dead, nobody would care.So this girl vows revenge on everyone, they are all going to pay for the way they mistreated her and her daughter She creates this alter ego, pretends to be a man and manages to fool the whole world.Chase, her alter ego, is smart, wise, ruthless, cunning, and with her three partners she creates an exclusive gaming hell where all the aristocrats who once made her life living hell, now lose their fortunes and respectability She creates another version of herself, Anna the prostitute she isn t really a prostitute , so she can monitor everything that happens in the gaming hell from the front rows Ten years later, she is the ultimate puppeteer She has all the threads in her hands Chase is one of the most powerful men in London The king has nothing on him But now, her real self needs a respectable husband, so that her daughter has a shot at normalcy And here s what makes no sense to me.Everyone, I mean everyone, knows of your scandal, knows your daughter is a bastard it s the same as with non virgins, if you re a bastard, you just better drop dead, no one cares about you and yet you still insist on marrying a viscount, thinking that somehow this marriage will save your daughter How You think she s gonna find a family where that won t be held over her head It s roughly the Victorian era, people are judgemental hypocrites, it will not be easy on her, any way Logic flaw aside, she doesn t even love that viscount and it was strongly hinted he might be gay She is in love with the second most powerful man in London after her ofc , the newspaper magnate, Duncan West Plenty of drama ensues.My god, you would think that a woman who rises from the ashes with no one s help, all on her own, is a strong, confident, brave woman, who takes life by the balls and allows no one to tramp on her Yeah, no Georgiana is a wuss She is insecure, she is a coward, she is a friggin sheep and Duncan her sheppard She allows him to blackmail her, to humiliate her, to disrespect her, to push her around She is pathetic Duncan on the other hand is a lying hypocrite with a hero complex Apparently he wanted Anna for a long time, but she a ho, so no go Only when he found out she s really Georgiana, a daughter of a duke, he s after her, wants to save her from that awful life in that gaming hell Duncan requests that Georgiana gives up all her secrets so he can protect her from Chase, who is using her and who is terrorizing her, while in the meantime he evades every question she asks Georgiana explicitly says that her relationship with Chase is not like that, not even sexual, but Duncan won t hear it, because she s a stupid female, what does she know about anything She needs rescuing and that s it.Dear god, this story had so much potential Imagine a power play between the two most important people in London, while battling an ever growing attraction to each other Imagine them realizing that battling is counterproductive, and then unifying their forces to beat every one of their enemies Imagine them living as equals, being a family and just enjoying what life has to offer That would be something worth reading.Read and decide for yourself As for me, I ve outgrown this kind of stories Never Judge a Lady by Her Covermight have been once a tolerable read, but like everything in this world, my reading tastes have evolved


  2. Sarah MacLean Sarah MacLean says:

    The end of the scoundrel series Sniff As ever, take my review with a grain of salt


  3. Mib Mib says:

    My theory on who Chase is..Spoiler Alert To find the answer, one must start at the beginning The link between Love by Numbers and The Rule of Scoundrels is Lady Penelope Marbury Ten years ago, Lady Penelope, whom now is the marchioness of Bourne from Rules of a scoundrel , was once plagued by a broken engagement An engagement which was sought after by the Duke of Disdain, or otherwise known as the Duke of Leighton from Love by Numbers The duke was desperate to do what he must to protect My theory on who Chase is..Spoiler Alert To find the answer, one must start at the beginning The link between Love by Numbers and The Rule of Scoundrels is Lady Penelope Marbury Ten years ago, Lady Penelope, whom now is the marchioness of Bourne from Rules of a scoundrel , was once plagued by a broken engagement An engagement which was sought after by the Duke of Disdain, or otherwise known as the Duke of Leighton from Love by Numbers The duke was desperate to do what he must to protect his own To link his dukedome to the daughter of a double marquess a bond he thought would withstand any scandal His sister s scandal Lady Georgiana to be precise However, the scandal , which was announced in the papers cue in Mr West dissolved his engagement to Lady Penelope and insured his freedome to marry his love, Ms Juliana Fiori Lady Georgiana is the epitome, the very definition of a fallen angel At the age of 17, the daughter of a duke gives birth to an illegitimate girl Her fall from polite society an inevitable consequence Her acceptance within the folds of a less acceptable society a foregone conclusion Her link between the two parts of society, and her stay at a house for women, the discarded members of the ton along with their secrets , makes her a perfect candidate for the all knowing, the secret keeper, Chase Founder of the Fallen Angel The reference of the Fallen Angel was first mentioned in Love by Number And it was enough for Georgiana The path forked ahead of them, and she threaded one hand through Juliana s arm, leading the way back to the house Never fear, Juliana When my news gets out, they will forget everything they have ever thought of you and your mother Fallen angels make for excellent gossip But you are the daughter of a duke, Juliana protested Simon is marrying to protect you Excerpt From MacLean, Sarah Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke s Heart HarperCollins, 2011 04 01 iBooks This material may be protected by copyright.An interesting conversation between Cross and Chase reveals that Chase is indeed a SISTER to someone a sister who refuses the help of her brother which is true for lady Georgiana She wants nothing to do with me Even when I told her I would take care of Knight, she had little to say She didn t believe me Chase was quiet for a long moment, considering the situation Sisters are difficult They do not always respond well to the dictates of older brothers You would know that better than anyone Excerpt From MacLean, Sarah One Good Earl Deserves a Lover HarperCollins, 2013 02 01 iBooks This material may be protected by copyright.Descriptions of Chase raising a blonde or golden eyebrow mannerisms which both the Duke of Leighton and his sister Lady Georgiana had There is without a doubt that the lady whom Lady Pippa speaks with at the hell is Georgiana, and when said lady interacts with Cross, we also know this lady has to be Chase This lady s Georgiana interaction to the owner of almost all of London s papers, Mr Duncan West, points to an enigmatic yet thrilling romance How interesting to think that the vessel to her public ruination an article in a newspaper led to her self inflicted fall, and its owner may lead her to love This book can t come soon enough


  4. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    FINALLY Happy Release Day Get your copy and enjoy5 nothing short of amazing stars This final book in Sarah MacLean s Rules of Scoundrels series is brilliant The way Chase s story unfolds and comes together with Duncan West s is storytelling at its best DescriptionShe is the most powerful woman in Britain, A queen of the London Underworld But no one can ever know.He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth, Putting all she has at risk .Including her heart.By day, sh FINALLY Happy Release Day Get your copy and enjoy5 nothing short of amazing stars This final book in Sarah MacLean s Rules of Scoundrels series is brilliant The way Chase s story unfolds and comes together with Duncan West s is storytelling at its best DescriptionShe is the most powerful woman in Britain, A queen of the London Underworld But no one can ever know.He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth, Putting all she has at risk .Including her heart.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 farshocking 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 undiscovereduntil 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 isthan she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dearincluding her heart.My reviewSometimes a story will be so exciting, so poignant, and so romantic that I just can t put it down, nor can I put into words all the emotions it made me feel Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover is one of those stories Heartbreaking one moment, uplifting the next, and burn up the pages passionate yet another, start to finish Duncan and Georgiana grabbed hold of my heart and still, a couple months after reading their story, they haven t let go Theirs is a romance for the ages, and I m so very glad Sarah MacLean gave it to us.To say I was captivated is to say the least, and to say I ll miss the world of The Fallen Angel is putting it mildly Thankfully Sarah MacLean is a master at telling a story and I have no doubt I ll love whatever tale she tells next An ARC was generously provided by Avon Books, and to show my appreciation and gratitude I m giving them an honest review.


  5. Beanbag Love Beanbag Love says:

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah I had been looking forward to this book I was so excited that I figured out the secret of Chase in the first book in the series There was one thing I didn t realize, but it didn t really matter ultimately Not much was done with it like so much else in this story.What we got was pages and pages of repetitive inner monologue from both leads This book was so padded I don t think the actual action would have made enough text for a novella It d be a short I Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah I had been looking forward to this book I was so excited that I figured out the secret of Chase in the first book in the series There was one thing I didn t realize, but it didn t really matter ultimately Not much was done with it like so much else in this story.What we got was pages and pages of repetitive inner monologue from both leads This book was so padded I don t think the actual action would have made enough text for a novella It d be a short I skimmed tons It was the only way to get through it.The premise is fine In fact it has great potential But that potential was never fulfilled I was so annoyed by the end I almost DNF d at about 80% Georgiana is a powerful duke s sister who is shunned by society because of her illegitimate daughter We see the circumstances that brought that about in the prologue and it certainly is a scene that makes the reader think, this is gonna be good But then we settle in to a romance where two people are keeping major secrets from one another and one of them is keeping secrets from the reader as well and spending the vast majority of their encounters with one another thinking about how they d love to be together forever but they simply can t because of SECRET They don t SAY these things They THINK them Because THINKING them is so muchromantic than SAYING them to one another Because if they SAID them to one another then the story might actually MOVE past square one In the final 18% of the book, we had all the action that had been avoided throughout the first 82% Sometimes rarely, but sometimes that leads to a satisfying conclusion By that point, though, I was pissed off And the sudden activity conclusion caused the story to be wrapped up neatly in quick strokes like a term paper written 20 minutes before class begins Yes, that happens often, but this is the final book in a successful series Some care needs to be taken with closers and MacLean simply did not pull it off.So, I was going to give it 2 stars, but I ve decided to give it 1 I rarely do that, but writing this review has caused me to be pissed off again, so I can t even give it two stars for the potential these two characters had at the beginning It was all wasted and that just made the whole thing worse


  6. Peek At My Book Review Peek At My Book Review says:

    Rating 2.5 Disappointing Stars My Views I loved the prologue We get to see lady Georgiana as someone who was innocent and let herself get carried in the throes of passion But the distinction between then and ten years later we see how Georgiana has grown and she is no longer that sweet innocent girl a woman who hold the powers of the society in her hands and she fully intend to use them for her daughter s happiness However, I expectedfrom her as Chase where she was supposed to be th Rating 2.5 Disappointing Stars My Views I loved the prologue We get to see lady Georgiana as someone who was innocent and let herself get carried in the throes of passion But the distinction between then and ten years later we see how Georgiana has grown and she is no longer that sweet innocent girl a woman who hold the powers of the society in her hands and she fully intend to use them for her daughter s happiness However, I expectedfrom her as Chase where she was supposed to be that super intelligent womanshe is not The story does not progress fast but it s not that slow also, just that its secrets unfold itself slowly It took me so much time to finish this one that at some point I started to find this on quite boring To be honest I m a huge fan of Sarah MacLean and I was really loved her Love by Numbers Series and the first 2 books of Rules of Scoundrel Series, however I was a bit disappointed by the third book and this one was evendisappointing I really tried to like this one especially Chase s story but to no avail Style of writing My God the author has a way when interweaving her stories If you have by change read the Book 3 of Love By Number Series by the same author, you will know who Georgiana is and part of her story is there in the background but it is not necessary in order to read this one Then I love the tease and the dialogues exchanged between the four partners of The Fallen Angel But she dragged the revelation of the secret so much that pfff I was boredCharacters Chase Anna Georgiana I love the disparity in the characterization here even though they are all one person Then Georgiana was someone who didn t trust any man because she was betrayed at a tender age which explains her reluctance at trusting Duncan even though she loved him After that we ve got Duncan West with his own secrets to protect and a heart which he ll FINALLY give to Georgiana Favorite Part Uhm No What did not work Arrr the 3 different appearances of Georgiana, I m sorry by I do not get how people cannot find the similarities between the 3 except Duncan of course Then the pace was getting on my nerves And the fact that they are afraid to tell that they love each other till almost the end of the book that bit was dragged till I was snoring Similar books None Recommended Yes, especially if you have read the other books in The Rules of Scoundrels , it s always nice to finish a series and I m definitely looking forward to readfrom the author


  7. Shawna Shawna says:

    3 3 stars Historical RomanceI m a big fan of this author, and I ve enjoyed all of her previous books I loved the idea of this book, but unfortunately, it just didn t quite deliver on the immense potential of such an intriguing, original twist and premise There was way too much H h inner monologue and time spent deliberating and lamenting over secretsher secretshis secretstheir secretsit was exasperating, overly dramatic, and repetitive The self imposed denial, longing, sadness 3 3 stars Historical RomanceI m a big fan of this author, and I ve enjoyed all of her previous books I loved the idea of this book, but unfortunately, it just didn t quite deliver on the immense potential of such an intriguing, original twist and premise There was way too much H h inner monologue and time spent deliberating and lamenting over secretsher secretshis secretstheir secretsit was exasperating, overly dramatic, and repetitive The self imposed denial, longing, sadness, and suffering by both the H h seemed pointless and extreme, and the story dragged at times Then when things actually, finally, progressed and picked up momentum, all the prior issues and drama wrapped up too quickly, easily, and neatly with a somewhat abrupt, dissatisfying ending.Overall, I liked this, but it was still a disappointment for me, especially considering my high expectations Luckily, I listened to the audiobook version and the fantastic narrator enhanced my enjoyment of the story


  8. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    Rating Trust me when I say I love Sarah MacLean, I really love her Before reading this book, she was in my top 3 of my all time favorite historical romance authors, just after Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn I believe this book could ve got 3 stars from me if the summary wasn t so damn good or if it was from another author After loathing No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, I expected MacLean to redeem herself with a strong closure How disappointing to see she missed this opportunity and release Rating Trust me when I say I love Sarah MacLean, I really love her Before reading this book, she was in my top 3 of my all time favorite historical romance authors, just after Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn I believe this book could ve got 3 stars from me if the summary wasn t so damn good or if it was from another author After loathing No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, I expected MacLean to redeem herself with a strong closure How disappointing to see she missed this opportunity and released another lackluster romance.Summary view spoiler Chase is revealed and it s Georgina, Duke of Leighton s scandalous sister She s romancing a press magnate nammed Duncan West while trying to win over a Viscount in order to make her daughter, Caroline, easier hide spoiler What I loved The writing Mrs MacLean s writing style is still on point I really loved going through this novel just for her writing The idea Everything, from Chase s identity to the point of the Fallen Angel s existence Caroline Even though I still think Caroline s wiseness is unbelievable at this point, I really liked her sassy lines and ways.What I disliked The main characters Georgina was supposed to be a strong, witty and independent woma, a feminist born at the wrong time What did I get Some weak, pathetic woman who bow down in front of Duncan and let him lead the game and play with her I m evendisappointed because MacLean served us some awesomeness with Julianna in Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke s Heart and Calpurnia in her debut novel Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake.I just don t understand how an author can write powerful, overpowering women and then creates such a vapid, flat character MacLean called Georginathe most powerful women in Great Britainbut never I felt she was actually powerful and strong and every lie I was promised to see in Georgina s character All MacLean did was to make Georgina sayThe years away had been tremendously freeing once she d accepted the idea that she d never have the life for which she d been so well prepared It wasn t just the corset and skirts that constricted now It was the knowledge that mere feet away, there were hundreds of prying eyes watching, judging, waiting for her to make a mistake.Hundreds of people, with no purpose, desperate to see her fall.But this time, she waspowerful than any of themAs if it wasn t enough, this whole book is about how the main characters Georgina and Duncan are supposed to be the most powerful people of the realm Key word supposed It was all talk, no showA king Duncan in his own right, with power unrivaled by all but one Georgina Georgiana sighed, suddenly keenly aware of how powerless second most powerful could be view spoiler Instead, he d Duncan asked his questions and stripped her bare Exposed her vulnerabilities Even as she was the most powerful man in Britain, one who ruled the night, here, in the day, she was still just a woman, with a woman s rights And a woman s insignificant power hide spoilerAlthough I liked the idea of Georgina taking revenge by view spoiler becoming Chase hide spoiler , it fell so flat and ridiculous in the actual novel view spoilerAnd so she d vowed to make Society beholden to her She d collected information on the most powerful among them and, if they owed money they could not pay, she rarely hesitated to use it to wreck them This whole world the club, the money, the power it was all for one thing To hold court over the world that had shunned her all those years ago That had turned its back on her, and left her with nothinghide spoiler I m still failling to see how she s avenging herself from Society by ruinig some of its members This seems evendumb since she came back to this same Society to be accepted and make her bastard daughter acceptable Can someone tell her a bastard remains a bastard no matter how titled is his her step father Besides, I found it very hypocritical how Georgina called out Society s mysoginistic and cruel ways while doing everything to marry her daughter off to a man belonging to this same Society And all because she feels her daughter would be happier with an aristocrate as a husband Georgina convinced herself her daughter s happiness can only be reached through a good marriage And thus even though Caroline claimed she wasn t interested in High SocietyCaroline signed Society events sound terribly boring They re not, you know Caroline turned surprise eyes on her mother They re not Georgiana shook her head They re not They re really quite entertaining if you reshe hesitated If you re welcome to them didn t seem to be the appropriate finish to the sentence Particularly since Caroline was fairly ruined If you re interested in that sort of thingToo much hypocrisy, I m done I won t talk much about Duncan, he was as bland and face palm worthy as Georgina Other than assuming for like 200 pages Georgina is Chase s mistress, he doesn t make much impression He s another bossy, annoying, know it all prick who patronizes the heroine and orders her around As the most powerful woman of Great Britain, she, of course, let herself being ordered around Yep Totally coherent with her level of power, rank and personality I just got sick of one thing the freaking insta love Yep This book has a severe insta love disease Not even a month passed and Duncan is already in loveHe Duncan loved her.The realization should have terrified him, but instead, it washed over him with the warm pleasure that came from truth, finally revealed And at the far edge of that pleasure was the edge of something unpleasant Devastation DenialThis paragraph appears TWO WEEKS after Georgina and Duncan s FIRST MEETING I don t about you but I don t believe anyone, let alone anyone who doesn t believe in love or think love is bollocks , can fall in love in two weeks Well, except if they had been locked up together, but that s another story review


  9. Mo Mo says:

    Probably not my favourite but still a good read Roulette was like life He removed his shirt then, pulling it over his head, revealing a long sinewed torso, all curves and crevices No man outside of classical sculpture should look this way. Poseidon flashed again Hypocrisy was the bedrock of the peerage I am going to taste you and touch you until you come and your screams fill this room with only the water and the sky as witnesses Loved catching up with the previous characte Probably not my favourite but still a good read Roulette was like life He removed his shirt then, pulling it over his head, revealing a long sinewed torso, all curves and crevices No man outside of classical sculpture should look this way. Poseidon flashed again Hypocrisy was the bedrock of the peerage I am going to taste you and touch you until you come and your screams fill this room with only the water and the sky as witnesses Loved catching up with the previous characters We are like witches I wish I could dance, he whispered I would dance with you I might have dragged a bit and been a bit repetitive but I still enjoyed it He loved her


  10. Lacey Lacey says:

    Ugh I NEEEEEEED this book view spoiler I swear to god Chase is going to be with Duncan West hide spoiler EDIT I finished WOOOOH 4.5 stars Cross s book is still my all time fave, but Chase s was such a good book too Loved it view spoiler and holy shit DUNCAN YOU HOT ASS SCOUNDREL hide spoiler Ugh I NEEEEEEED this book view spoiler I swear to god Chase is going to be with Duncan West hide spoiler EDIT I finished WOOOOH 4.5 stars Cross s book is still my all time fave, but Chase s was such a good book too Loved it view spoiler and holy shit DUNCAN YOU HOT ASS SCOUNDREL hide spoiler