Monday, December 1, 2014

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card and a set of the Rule of Scoundrels series. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Rule of Scoundrels #4

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.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A darker historical romance full of secrets and manipulations, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was definitely an enjoyable read. With its romance and schemes, it was definitely a really great book.

Georgiana was certainly a strong heroine. She had power over some of the most powerful men in the country and she wasn't afraid to use it. But, besides that, she was also very loyal to the people she cared about and determined to be a better mother to her daughter. My only issue with her was that she had a slightly annoying tendency to be stuck in her ways. But, it was understandable, so I liked her overall.

Duncan was definitely Georgiana's match. He was just as powerful, loaded with secrets, and clever and wouldn't let her get away with her usual tricks. And, he could also be very sweet when he allowed his softer side to show. I thought he was great.

The romance was good. As I said, Georgiana and Duncan were definitely each other's match, both being so strong and clever. And, they definitely had chemistry. However, I did find myself annoyed with how long they held on to their secrets. Especially Georgiana because, even after Duncan told her everything, she still couldn't be the one to tell him her secrets. Overall, though, I did think they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and totally engaging all the way through. There were plenty of secrets and surprises to keep me hooked. I really liked the story and the ending was perfect.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was a wonderful historical romance that showed a bit of the darker side. With its lovely romance and plentiful secrets, it was a really great book. Romance lovers, this is definitely a book worth the read.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

The question returned her to the present. To the ballroom, to the dance, in the arms of the Duke of Lamont, surrounded by the aristocracy. “She has no future,” Georgiana said quietly. “I destroyed it.”

Temple sighed.

She continued. “I thought I could buy her entrance to wherever she liked. I told myself that Chase could open any door into which she desired entry.”

Her words were quiet, and the dance kept anyone from hearing the conversation. “Not without people asking questions about why the owner of a gaming hell is so concerned about the bastard daughter of a lady.”

Her teeth clenched tight. She’d made so many promises in her life—promises to teach Society a well-deserved lesson. Promises never to bow to them.

Promises never to let them touch her daughter.

But some vows, no matter how firm, could not be kept.

“I wield such power, and still, not enough to save a little girl.” She paused. “If I don’t do this, what will happen to her?”

“I’ll keep her safe,” the duke vowed. “As will you. And the others.” An earl. A marquess. Her business partners, each wealthy and titled and powerful. “Your brother.”

And yet ...

“And when we’re gone? What then? When we are gone, she’ll have a legacy, filled with sin and vice. She’ll have a life of darkness.”

Caroline deserved better. Caroline deserved everything.

“She deserves light,” she said, to herself as much as to Temple.

And Georgiana would give it to her.

Caroline would want a life of her own. Children. More.

To ensure she could have those things, Georgiana had only one choice. She must marry. The thought brought her back to the moment, her gaze falling to the man across the room, whom she had chosen as her future husband. “The viscount’s title will help.”

“And the title is all you require?”

“It is,” she replied. “A title worthy of her. Something that will win her the life she wants. She might never be respected, but a title secures her future.”
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About the Author:
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her


  1. Thank you for hosting today!!

  2. Looking forward to reading "Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover" .

  3. Scoundrels well i say keep your heart guarded from them as best as you can denise smith