Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

April 13, 2015 Reviews 17

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #4
Published by Avon, Harper Audio on November 25, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed

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."

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!

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.

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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.

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.


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17 Responses to “Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I love strong heroines in HR too, Berls. So Georgina already has that in her favor for me. It’s too bad that the connection between her and West was really believable and that MacLean’s description of Georgina’s daughter wasn’t quite right. I think I may have #1 in the series stashed away. I’ll have to find it sometime. Although, I’ll probably finish Maya Banks’ Montgomery series in audio first. 😉
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  2. Braine

    I’ve only Read a few books that managed to pull off the kid POV. I think most authors want the children to come off smart & wise beyond their years but they overdo it sometimes.

    I do like the disguise bit. That always puts an interesting twist on things
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    • Berls

      I do think it’s more acceptable in a historical romance than it would be in a contemporary – I still thought it was a bit too much, but in the scope of things it didn’t ruin the book. And there are those few kids that blow your mind all the time, so maybe I was just supposed to accept she’s one of those?
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  3. Ramona

    You and I are so much alike, Berls 🙂 I took one look at that cover and fell in love! Sounds really good, despite the flaws you mention. I did notice a tendency to write kids that sound older than they are. I guess you have to have kids in order to know kids, you know? Lol. Beautiful review! Have an amazing week, ducks <3
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    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona, you too!

      Isn’t that cover just great?! Don’t make my mistake though – go back and read book 1 first, I think you’ll be happy you did. The kid thing tends to show up a lot and I think you’re right – when you have kids you’re more aware of how they behave at different ages. Then again, maybe Frank is just not very advanced LOL!
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