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Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

(The Rules of Scoundrels #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  18,214 ratings  ·  1,689 reviews
She 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.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Avon
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Maggie May Her partners knew exactly who she was from the beginning. It is even revealed that Bourne is the one who gave her the name Chase. She never really mas…moreHer partners knew exactly who she was from the beginning. It is even revealed that Bourne is the one who gave her the name Chase. She never really masqueraded as a man. To everyone besides her partners Chase was nothing more than a name, a faceless power. Since nobody ever saw or spoke to Chase directly, it was easy to say “he” said/did this or that and everyone believed there was a fourth man. (less)
Reshma Kakunje You will first see Georgianna in 'Ten ways to be adored when landing lord'. But you also see the continuation of her story and little baby Caroline in…moreYou will first see Georgianna in 'Ten ways to be adored when landing lord'. But you also see the continuation of her story and little baby Caroline in 'Eleven scandals to start to win a Duke's heart'. In this book she mentions the name 'fallen angel' for the first time as well. Saying fallen angels make the best scandals. (less)

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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
Sarah MacLean
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
The end of the scoundrel series. Sniff! As ever, take my review with a grain of salt!
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

FINALLY! Happy Release Day! Get your copy and enjoy!

5 '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!

She 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
Beanbag Love
Dec 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

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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
3-3 ½ stars – Historical Romance

I’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 secrets...her secrets...his secrets...their was exasperating, overly dramatic, and repetitive. The self-imposed denial, longing, sadness

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
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Ugh I NEEEEEEED this book.

(view 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)
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you can successfully suspend your disbelief enough to buy (spoiler alert!) (view spoiler)then you will probably enjoy this book a little more than I did. Don ...more
Duchess Nicole
I was so confused when I started this book. Did all of the Fallen Angels owners and their wives already know about Chase/Anna/Georgiana? I'd have to go back and read the other books to know, and since I listened to the audiobooks, that would be difficult. I think maybe I didn't catch on to something I was supposed to in the previous books :(:(:(

Still, this book was more exciting for me than the last couple. I just really liked Duncan and Georgiana. I liked that Duncan wasn't an aristocrat. He ca
The Rules of Scoundrels series has come to an end and I will honestly miss these guys. Such sexy leading heroes with great back stories. Did I love this one? No. It was decent and it wasn't a complete disaster like the 3rd book. *cries* Sorry Temple baby. *pets bulging muscles and strokes hair* Aaaaanyways, where was I? Oh yes! Georgiana and Duncan. They made a lovely couple, I adored Duncan. What a sweetheart who was a interesting combination of a beta and alpha hero. He made a worthy hero and ...more
I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the books in Ms MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels series, but I think Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover is quite possibly the best of the lot!

The author has very cleverly kept her readers on tenterhooks regarding the identity of the mysterious and enigmatic Chase, the founder of and fourth partner in London’s premier gambling establishment, The Fallen Angel – and I’m sure it’s no exaggeration to say that we were shocked, awed and excited when, at the end of the pr
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
So disappointed in this!

It pains me to give this book 2 stars. I've never had such a hard time finishing a Sarah Maclean novel. It started off nice, but quickly went downhill. It was a chore to read...extremely tedious. I like to escape when I read and this book made me feel like I was working another day job!

I feel as if Maclean did not know what to say. So there were times when I felt like she started filling in with useless information. I can't count how many times she repeated the same thin
Robin (Bridge Four)
I have enjoyed the Rule of Scoundrels series very much and in this the probably conclusion to the series the final owner of the Fallen Angel is paired up. Chase has been the mysterious man behind the Angel since the beginning. No one knows who he really is except those closest in the inner workings of the club and the fellow owners that Chase saved and offered a chance at redemption. Now it is Chase’s turn to find redemption, except Chase must do it not as the owner of the Fallen Angel but as Ge ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

We are two halves of a coin.

Ok... all I have to say is that I am baffled by the questionable reviews. Honestly this was fabulous. The storyline couldn't be any more intriguing. And I thought, carried out to perfection. I can't say much more about it though, I don't want to spoil anything... but wow. The perfect end to a great series.

Why not take the pleasure and leave everything else?

Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
When a promising book turns out to be nothing more than MEH.

I really tried to like this book, but there were too many aspects that turned it into a 3-stars-read. A bad 3-stars read.

The heroine, Georgiana, annoyed me most of the time. I couldn’t connect to her character at any point, because she was always complaining. She had this big revenge-thing going on with the ton, but I could have understood her more if there wasn’t mention of it every two pages.
What else was mentioned in every other p
I joined the hosts of #SummerofSarahMacLean to gush about my favorite romance novel! You can watch it here:

I credit Lady Georgiana, bad ass in her pants, for launching me into a public romance reader. Before this I was embarrassed, because you know, the patriarchy. Thank goodness for Lady G. I finally listened to the audio version during the pandemic in 2020 as a comfort listen, and I'm so glad I did. MacLean is an exquisite writer, and so many of her sentences are m
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: year-2014
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May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Spoiler Free

I loved it. I love this series, I love this author, I love this book. I can’t really go into much detail about the plot, other than to say that Chase is one very complicated person. Many of you know by now who Chase is, (minor spoiler because it’s in the blurb) Chase is the Duke of Leighton’s sister Georgiana (he’s from Thirteen Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart).

Once upon a time, Georgiana, daughter of a duke, was sweet talked into sle
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I really liked this series. There were only two issues I had with this book. The mental hand wringing of both the hero and heroine over why they can't be together was a bit repetitive.

Also, I said this in a review of another book but I really would like to have an HR where the MC owns her sexuality and is not ashamed of it. Maybe that's too much to ask for in HR but it would be a breath of fresh air. In this one the MC (view spoiler)
Milica's Bookshelf

I adored the hero Duncan, he was perfect for Georgiana. He was the perfect match for her and not intimidated by her, which for the early 1800s and considering what she did for a living was miraculous. I can only hope that men like that actually existed back then. Although he was a little damaged by has passed, aren't we all, he was still sweet, loving, sexy and my favorite... possessive;)

This story was very well written, and the character and plot development were very good. This Romance was int
Oct 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I tried, I really tried not to judge this novel... But God Lord it was bad!! Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for an angst filled romance or maybe it was just horrible. Judge for yourself. All I have to say is that I tried and tried to read it. After putting it down for the tenth time, I gave up. I didn't like Georgiana, which is a damn shame because I loved her before and as Chase, she was lacking the backbone to be something amazing. Instead her character seemed like a blithering idiot in need ...more
Al George
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
So I may be the only one here, but this book was simply 200 plus pages too long and was simply tiresome. Just meh. Perhaps I'll come back tomorrow and expound on my thoughts but even that seems like too much effort. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it, I just didn't care. ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm guessing... Chase and a certain story-hunter by the name of (view spoiler)? ...more
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah Maclean is a 2014 Avon publication.

I’ve only recently discovered this author, and while I enjoyed the first book in the Scandal & Scoundrels series well enough, it was this series I was the most curious about.

First of all, I was relieved to find the book is not about a young girl trying to fight against the rules of society or the TON, or peerage trying to avoid marriage. Instead, we have Georgiana, who makes a mistake at sixteen, becomes an unwed mothe
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
3 meh

This story is pretty simple,
Duncan West meets Georgina
who is also Anna,
West has met Anna before because Anna works for chase,
Anna is actually Chase,who is supposedly a friend of West.

Reading Historical romance is a guilty pleasure of mine and I blame it all on Pride and Prejudice.But why do they have such hideous covers?Their fabio covers are a major turnoff for any sane person and the main reason most people will never publicly acknowledge reading them.Well this had a pretty decent c
2.5 stars
I've had my ups and downs with this author and this is definitely one of the downs. I admit to being biased because I never liked Chase and I never warmed up to her all the way. The hero was very nice, but wasn't enough to save a book that was boring. I know most romances don't really have a plot and they're mainly character-driven. However, it felt like even less things happened in this book than usual.

In this book there were tons of secrets and lots of mistrust until the very end, a w
Lily Herman
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Yoooo when that plot twist about Chase's identity came at the end of the previous book in this series, I was like, SARAH MACLEAN IS OUT HERE BEING THAT BIDDY!!! YES GIRL!!!

Lord help us all, MacLean knows how to write that fucking tension between two characters. But while I loved Georgina and Duncan's connection, I had a similar issue with this book that I had with the middle two: Plot points got quite redundant in the middle, and after a while it felt like the central conflict very much hinged o
Jacqueline's Reads
2 A “secret” doesn’t make a storyline

I love Sarah MacLean but I was really disappointed with this series. I guessed besides the first book, every other book has been a mega let down.

I think the worst part of series is the angst. Look, people like angst because it adds tension and keeps you interested in the storyline, people don’t like stupid angst. The angst where everything could be resolved if people just talked to each other to clear up misunderstandings.

Lady Georgiana a.k.a “Anna” a.k.a. “c
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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. A romance columnist and co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates, her work in support of

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