Narrator: Justine Eyre
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #4
Published by Avon, Harper Audio on November 25, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes
I saw Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover show up on a few blogs and I totally judged it by its cover – I was in love! A historical romance with the woman on the cover wearing trousers? Hell yea! So when Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover showed up as a pick for book club, I didn’t hesitate to read it!
The fourth and final book in "New York Times "bestselling author Sarah MacLean s incredible Rule of Scoundrels series! These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike. This last novel in the series tells Chase s story
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."
Off the bat I was worried because Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover is book 4 in the series and I try really hard to always start with book one. That was no big deal with this one, even though I could easily tell who the other three books were about – I never felt like I was missing important information. I did feel like I really wanted to go back and read the other three though! Note: I did discover at bookclub that there was a big reveal in Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover that I didn’t realize was a reveal because of not reading the other books. So that mystery will be ruined for me when I go back. So you might want to start with book 1.
I really loved the main character in Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover – a “ruined woman” named Georgiana. She fell in love and ended up pregnant and abandoned when she was younger. What I loved about her is that she made her own way & actually became this incredibly powerful person.That she is powerful and plays in a man’s world so successfully was a real plus for me.
And it worked historically for me too – I know that it was quite common for women to disguise themselves for power, protection, or independence. Perhaps not to this extent or success, but it’s plausible.
I also really enjoyed the relationship between Georgiana and West. We get some really great scenes between them and there’s some good tension. I rolled my eyes though at the first moment they realize they love each other (even if they don’t say it). It’s not insta-love, but it’s also not believable to me – at that point there’s too many secrets and lies between them for me to believe in a real connection. It is redeemable though, and I was happy with how their relationship developed.
Oh – and even though I absolutely loved Georgiana’s daughter, there’s no way I believe she’s nine years old! The things she says and does are more fitting of a 12 or 13 year old and an advanced one! But I still loved her, I just pictured her older in my head.
Justine Eyre was great – she also narrates Winner’s Curse, and I recognized her voice immediately. I like her pace and variation of voices. My only complaint is that her voice isn’t strong/loud enough to hear well on my Bluetooth shower speaker, which is really not a fair complaint.
All-in-all an enjoyable historical romance and I hope to read the rest the series.