Monday, November 24, 2014

Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels-Sarah MacLean

Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels
Sarah MacLean
Avon, Nov 25 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9780062068514

In 1823 Essex, teenage daughter and sister to dukes, Lady Georgiana Pearson, knows she loves Jonathan.  Expecting to elope with him, they have sex before he deserts her.  Over the next decade she survived the scandal by turning into mysterious Chase the gentleman owner of London’s most popular gambling club The Fallen Angel and sexy madam Anna.  However, Georgiana believes her semi-exile from the Ton must end so that her nine years old daughter Caroline can join Polite Society; to do so she needs a titled husband. 

At a ball Georgiana and newspaper publisher Duncan West meet after he observes her lose control when one of the guests calls her and her daughter trollops; ironically unknown by him he has conducted business with her via missives with Chase and Anna.  Attracted to each other; a feeling neither desires nor plan to act on; he vows to help her find an aristocratic spouse while with Chase’s assistance identify a traitor.  As they fall in love, both fear their darkest secrets will become known.

The Fourth Rules of Scoundrels is an awesome nineteenth century romance.  Smartly done very early in the storyline, the audience will marvel over the shocking revelation of Chase being someone who would not have been listed in the London books, yet seems apropos.  Aptly titled, Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover is a fantastic finish to a stupendous series (see No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover and A Rogue By Any Other Name).

Harriet Klausner

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