You know what was really strange about my whole experience with Sarah MacLean’s books? I’ve never forgotten about Georgiana Pearson. My heart broke for her the first time I met her between Ten Ways […] and Eleven Scandals […] because here’s this girl who has to live with the shame of something that really doesn’t deserve scorn. She was young, it was a mistake, why does she have to be ostracized for it? And I’ve often wondered what happened to her and whether we’ll see her again. And hey, apparently I’m blind and didn’t notice that she’s been in all the Rules books so far. And man, I shouldn’t have been worried for her at all because Georgiana Pearson is damn brilliant and wonderful.
First off, isn’t the book cover gorgeous? I cheered when I saw it because look THERE’S A WOMAN POSING AUTHORITATIVELY IN A ROMANCE NOVEL COVER. Why don’t we have more of this? Sure, her shirt’s undone — the book has to appeal after all — but I am so ready for this to be a trend in romance novel covers. So good job Avon on this cover. It is wonderful. Now on to the actual novel.
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is the much anticipated fourth book in Sarah MacLean’s The Rules of Scoundrels series because we finally get to meet Chase, the mysterious fourth member! And surprise, it’s Lady Georgiana! (Not an actual spoiler.) Now, some people apparently speculated about this… but I didn’t so instead, I did a little happy dance because yes a book about a “ruined” girl and how she managed to own society anyway. I’m not familiar with a lot of books that have this same theme, but I was so happy. And I’m glad that the Georgiana 10 years later turned out to be a loving mother who is also a ruthless, and powerful mastermind. Seriously. So great.
I thought Georgiana’s characterization was superb. You see this brilliant mastermind who has no qualms on getting what she wanted, especially if it’s related to making sure her daughter grows up happy who is also a really caring person. I loved how realistic she was about her situation. It broke my heart when she was talking about how Chase wasn’t enough to make Caroline happy because Georgiana will do everything for her little girl.
And I was worried about who the hero for Georgianna’s awesomeness was going to be because they might not match and all that. Nope. Totally unfounded worries. I thought Duncan West was a very interesting mix of alpha hero, tortured hero and good guy hero. Like Georgiana, I enjoyed getting to know his many different characteristics and traits. And sure, there was a bit of insta-lust between these two, but you know what? I bought it. Georgiana and Duncan together were just so explosive and man the chemistry was off the charts. I enjoyed how Duncan was trying to redeem himself and help Georgiana but really ended up falling for her. And while I did get frustrated at how slow he was to realize who Chase was (I think this was intentional anyway haha), I did enjoy the journey towards that.
My favourite part about Duncan has to be his admiration of what Georgiana has done for herself. He doesn’t hold it against her, he doesn’t view it as some sort of consolation prize for her, no he’s totally in awe of her. And I thought that was so wonderful. Even though you know, he did cause some chaos vytorin 10 20. Seriously Duncan, buddy.
And last, but not the least, I really liked how Never Judge a Lady talked about how, despite Georgiana’s and Duncan’s dislike of the ton, they still feel the need to be a part of it still. Because it’s totally normal. We all want to be a part of the dominant group. It’s a means to survival. And I liked how even though they both knew they could live without the ton’s approval, they acknowledged that it was nice, and sometimes necessary to have. And I know I talked a lot about Georgiana, but Duncan was a wonderful hero. He’s the sort of man who does what he says and I thought that besides being attractive, his reliability, loyalty and determination was noteworthy. I can totally see Duncan and Georgiana sharing an office (or maybe having their own) because these two are workaholics in love.
In summary, I rather liked Never Judge a Lady. I enjoyed the romance, I enjoyed the reality of the issues talked about, I loved the characterization and I also really liked hearing about
Ralston and Callie being in love still yay <3 Georgiana’s relatives. Again, I’m really glad that Georgiana got her own book. And I loved her as Chase. In fact, I often wondered whether Simon saw this version of his sister. And I loved that Duncan and Chase got together. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was a smart, sexy, romantic and thrilling read — if you’re looking for something to immerse yourself in for a couple of hours, I highly recommend reading this!