Title: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
Author: Sarah MacLeavn
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency, Adult, Fiction, British Literature
Published: November 25, 2014
Page Amount: 384 pages
Blurb From Goodreads: 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 their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story
Why Read: It is a little known and even less appreciated fact that I can be a bit of sucker for historical romance, that’s a little steamy. My only author is Sarah MacLean, and I can say without doubt that I have no shame in loving the Scoundrel series half to death. So when I wanted a break from literary fiction, there was no other book for me to choose than the newest book in the series.
Review: What I love so dearly about Sarah MacLean’s books is the full character development of women in a historical romance, a time in which women were generally relegated to second class citizens (and they are often treated vainly historically in writing). This book is no exception. Lady Georgiana has been spurned by society; unfortunately she must return to insure her daughter’s future. But she’s much more than a simple woman of the time, Lady Georgiana also happens to be the head of a gaming hell. As the reader, you know the love interest, Duncan West, immediately upon his entrance, and of course he’s the forbidden fruit that she can never have (or can she?)
Horrifically unfair for her and for us. Thankfully that is all made up later in the book with some especially steamy scenes, that I cannot personally read in public without blushing and holding up my Kindle as though people can see through the E-reader. Those scenes in particular (and the writing in the whole book) are a good mix of intriguing and simple to follow (for those of us who have no idea of anything). I don’t want to degrade Romance as a genre… but all in all – the writing style isn’t really what you are looking for when you pick up a book with THAT cover.
Character development, as I mentioned earlier, is what really makes this book shine. The sexual tension grows in the book as we similarly learn more and more about the backstory of each character, how each one is indebted to the other, and what binds them together. The tension is what actually really drives the book and although plot plays an important role, the ultimate driving force is wanting to know what will happen next… in a sexual sense.
If I must criticize, I would point to the somewhat not-entirely-explained backstory of the love interest (which I will not spoil). Explanations are provided, however, I found them to be a little far from believable. Otherwise, the book is a lovely time and although definitely not for everyone – as a reader, I am always pleasantly surprised by Sarah MacLean’s books – and I’m sure you might be too!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars