ARC Review: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah Maclean

Posted December 19, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah Maclean
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
by Sarah MacLean

3 Stars


Released: 25 November 2014
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

“…this was a nice ending to the series, everything was all wrapped up neat and tidy…” ~ Under the Covers

The most powerful man in Britain, Chase, the proprietor of the Fallen Angel is finally revealed….as a woman. Lady Georgiana has been leading a double life since she scandalised the ton by having a child out of wedlock, she runs the Angel as Chase but to the rest of society she is the disgraced Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke and mother to a bastard daughter. But it looks like her secrets may be revealed when newspaperman Duncan West enters her world. Handsome and charming Georgiana can’t help but be intrigued by Duncan, even when his knowledge of her threatens to spill all her secrets.

This is the final book in the Rules of Scoundrels series and it ends revealing the secret of Chase’s identity and I confess I never would have guessed, I love it when a book surprises you. However, although I did enjoy this book, and I enjoyed the closure of seeing the other couples from this series happy in matrimonial bliss, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is my least favourite in the series.

I believe the reason I didn’t like this book as much as the previous installments was I found the hero Duncan a little…bland. I liked him, but he never really sparked my interest, especially after the intensity and charisma of Temple, the hero in her previous book in the series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. Georgiana was intriguing, a woman who had been leading a double life, one identity, Chase, she is powerful and feared throughout London and with her other, as Georgiana she is ignored and ridiculed, which was an interesting contrast.

There was also a lot of internal monologue in this book from both characters, each trying to hold on to their secrets and almost revealing them, then thinking about it again, then almost revealing them, rinse and repeat. And although this did build some tension up between the characters, it also became tedious and repetitive; I was bored and dying for them to finally tell the truth by the end, just so I didn’t have to read about them debating it in their minds…yet again.

But this was a nice ending to the series, everything was all wrapped up neat and tidy and I enjoyed seeing the other characters we had met through the series. I am still a Sarah Maclean fan and will definitely be picking up whatever she chooses to write next.

*ARC provided by publisher

A-Rogue-by-Any-Other-NameBook 1 one-good-earl-deserves-a-loverBook 2 No Good Duke Goes UnpunishedBook 3 never judge a lady by her coverBook 4

A Rogue by Any Other Name: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads Our Review
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads Our Review
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads


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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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I really like her writing!


Thanks Suzanne for the review this series is on my wishlist