Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #4
Published by Avon on November 25, 2014
Source: Advance Reader Copy, Avon Addicts, edelweiss
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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
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.
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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 sleeping with the stableboy when she was seventeen. And she thought they’d run away together. Instead, Georgiana was left heartbroken and pregnant. This was in the first series, Love By Numbers.
Not caring if she was mocked by the ton, Georgiana kept her daughter and was happy, until she realized the “stain” of her transgression was going to affect her sweet little girl.
She decided that the best thing she could do is control the ton. And control it she will. Through fair means or foul, Georgiana owns most of the ton. This is where it gets tricky. She can’t run the most exclusive gaming hell in London as a woman, so she sought out her partners, and she did her best to remain behind the scenes.
Except she couldn’t remain hidden away.
Now it’s about 10 years later, and she’s content. Until reporter Duncan West appears in her life. And he isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. The mystery and the intrigue don’t stop there, this is a Sarah MacLean novel, after all.
Duncan West has his own secrets that must remain hidden, but as we know, it’s never that simple. Duncan and Georgiana have a beautiful romance, but one that seems doomed from the start. Adding in the fact that Georgiana feels that she has to marry a peer to give her daughter a much-needed legitimacy, this romance won’t have an easy path.
Edit: I will say we don’t see as much of Chase as I wanted, I mean Chase has been built up to this huge person, but our book was more about Georgiana, than Chase.
I really can’t say too much more because it would give away more than I’m willing, but just trust me that if a novel says Sarah MacLean on the cover, you can judge it to be a 5 star book.
***ARC courtesy of Avon Books
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