Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #4
Published by Harper Collins on November 25, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . .
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.
FIRST DATE: First off for this first date, you don’t have to have read the prior three books, though, as with many series, it adds dimension and it’s always fun to reconnect with other characters. Anyway, onto the date! Lady Georgiana aka Chase is quite the entrepreneur. After giving birth to a child out of wedlock and being forced out of Society, she came back to London on the down-low and set herself up as the secretive Chase, owner of the most exclusive gaming hell in the city. With that venture established, she’s determined to make her entrance back into Society, for her daughter’s sake. But then media mogul Duncan’s news rag prints a snarky cartoon about Georgiana and her daughter…
SECOND DATE: Ooh, that Duncan! What a snake to allow his publication to print something like that! Except…he isn’t. In typical Sarah MacLean fashion, Duncan is a dark, powerful hero with a heart of gold. Well, tarnish brass. Okay, maybe a really shiny rock. But he does have a heart and, once he meets Georgiana, he loses it (though it takes him a good long while to admit it). Georgiana is doing her best to resist his charms while continuing to keep her alter ego under wraps, despite Duncan’s best investigative journalistic efforts. And, of course, the sparks and banter between them is, well, sparkling. And hot. And quite fun, actually.
THIRD DATE: While, at times, I wish Georgiana had a bit more of a backbone but once she put those tight breeches, she took on a stronger persona, one filled with confidence and determination. It was kind of a miraculous transformation. I felt a bit bad for Georgiana, surviving in that particular time period was rough enough for women but anyone who had a mind of her own was pretty much SOL. Luckily for Georgiana, she had this alter personality where she could thrive and men around her who understood and appreciated that drive to succeed (including Duncan, once he finally discovered who she/Chase was). A truly satisfying read and most excellent conclusion to a fantastic series. Cheers, Chase!
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