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Title:
Never judge a lady by her cover : the fourth rule of scoundrels
Author:
MacLean, Sarah.
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Publication Information:
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]

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Physical Description:
376 pages ; 18 cm.
Summary:
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.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062068514
Format :
Book

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Summary

RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . .

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.


Author Notes

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island. She majored in European History at Smith College and later earned her Masters degree in Education from Harvard University. MacLean is the author of the series Love by the Numbers and Rules of Scoundrels. The fourth book in that series, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, made it to many bestseller lists as did The Day of the Duchess.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* If it were just up to her, Lady Georgiana Pearson wouldn't bother with getting married. Unfortunately, Georgiana's youthful romantic tryst with a commoner not only gave birth to scandal but also to Georgiana's daughter, Caroline. Now the only hope her daughter will have of any future in society is if Georgiana marries Lord Fitzwilliam Langley. Georgiana's plan to convince Langley to join her in wedlock receives an unexpected boost when she bumps into Duncan West at a society ball. To assuage some of his own guilt at using Georgiana as the subject of a scandalous cartoon, Duncan agrees to use his newspapers and magazines to help burnish Georgiana's reputation. In turn, the public's fascination with Georgiana will help sell even more copies of Duncan's periodicals. It seems like the perfect business alliance until Duncan discovers Georgiana's real secret and realizes that there is so much more to the lady then he ever imagined. RITA Award-winning MacLean (No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, 2013) once again successfully woos readers with another entrancing literary merger of sophisticated sensuality and scintillating wit as she wraps up her exquisitely written Rules of Scoundrels quartet in splendid fashion.--Charles, John Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

MacLean's fourth and final Scoundrels historical (after No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) proves that romance can happen in the most unusual circumstances. In 1830s England, Lady Georgiana Pearson, a duke's sister, has been forced to reinvent herself after being ruined by a stable boy. She is respectable Georgiana by day, but by night, she has not one but two secret identities: Anna, the most powerful madam in London, and Chase, Anna's crafty business partner, who's widely believed to be a man. Georgiana is determined to marry a titled gentleman, and newspaper magnate Duncan West agrees to help her seal the deal. But Duncan is drawn to Georgiana himself, and she to him. Soon they form an intimate connection, with many deep emotional developments that propel the story. Though they eventually decide to act on their attraction, they struggle with the knowledge that they can never wed; Duncan fears the revelation of buried secrets that could destroy him, and Georgiana believes that only a title can help her daughter escape the stain of bastardy. Series readers will be blown away by the revelation of Chase's identity, and will cheer on Duncan and Georgiana as they bring their complex relationship to a riveting conclusion. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Ruined as a girl and tarred by the resulting scandal, nobly born unwed mother Lady Georgiana Pearson will do anything to assure her young daughter's happiness-even if it takes returning to society after ten years and marrying for status, not love. But Georgiana is more than she appears to be. Behind the elegant exterior lives a clever, determined woman who's carved out a secret, dangerous life-a life that gives her enormous power over the ton but could crumble if the truth was ever revealed. When ruthless, perceptive newspaper owner Duncan West enters her sphere, things take a far more dicey and ultimately passionate turn. Sharp wit, flashes of humor, long-simmering fury, and a wealth of well-drawn characters add depth to this superbly rendered tale that deftly addresses social, class, and women's issues while delivering a stunning romance. VERDICT Brilliant, seductive, and intensely engaging, this addictive story pairs powerful, driven protagonists with a seemingly unsolvable dilemma in an ingenious, wonderfully satisfying conclusion to MacLean's remarkable quartet. Although this book is complete in itself, fans will be well rewarded by reading the entire series in order. MacLean (No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) lives in New York City. [An LJ 2014 Best Romance; see p. 30.] (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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