|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.
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.
The mysterious Chase, a person feared among the men of the ton. Chase created a gaming hell with three partners where the price of membership is a man’s secrets. Chase has been collecting secrets for years and uses them ruthlessly and when it suits him, his business and his partners. Only Chase isn’t a man bending and twisting other men to his will. Chase is Lady Georgiana, in one of the best reveals (No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) I’ve read in a long time and she’s created a life for herself and her daughter. But while Chase is feared yet faceless and unknown to society, Lady Georgiana has lived in the middle of scandal for years, becoming pregnant and unwed, she and her now nine year old daughter are cast out. Georgiana could care less but she wants more for her daughter than to be the butt of comics in the weekly scandal newssheet. She plans to marry for a title, which won’t make their past go away, but it will hopefully give her daughter a better future and chance at happiness. The man Georgiana has selected is in debt at The Fallen Angel and should he not come around to ask her to marry him, she’ll blackmail him with the secrets Chase knows. But to do that and to sway society’s opinion of her, she needs Duncan West to stop publishing those negative comics and to start painting her in a better light. People will believe anything they read and she needs West to paint the proper picture for her.
Duncan West has secrets of his own, ones he’s desperate to not let get out. But he too has lived under another man’s thumb for far too long, bending to his will. But everything he’s done has been to protect his sister. When his enemy starts calling in more dangerous “favors”, West is tired of it and wants dirt on Tremley so he can turn the blackmailing around and live free of Tremley and his threats once and for all. This all turns into a dangerous triangle with West/Chase/Tremley and when you toss in Georgiana and her other alias, the prostitute Anna (I love this heroine!), things really get interesting with all these various power players holding their own secrets as well as secrets that others have or are trying to hide.
Confused yet? Never fear, I couldn’t do a proper recap justice, just roll with the fact that the infamous Chase is really Georgiana and playing this man is turning out to be more trouble than he’s ever been worth. Georgiana is desperate to give her daughter a better shot in society than she ever had, but Georgiana also never expected to fall in love with West, a man who’s very successful in his own right, owning various popular newssheets in London, but he’s without a title. That’s the one thing Georgiana is sure will secure her daughter’s future.
I simply loved Duncan and Georgiana together. Their chemistry on page is exciting and they dance around each other so much I couldn’t wait for each little secret they’d reveal about themselves to the other person. Of course the big elephant in the room is always Chase, a man that Duncan is jealous of due to his hold over Anna/Georgiana, and that’s the one truth that I was crazy to get to; the reveal to West about who Chase really is and it’s worth the wait.
While their romance stole my heart, this is Georgiana’s story to tell. How she pulled herself up from complete ruin in society’s eyes, to become a ruler that all men fear – I love that it’s a woman pulling the strings behind the scenes this entire time. She’s strong, fierce and desperate to belong to someone even though she’s certain it’ll never happen. The scenes between Georgiana and West are fantastic but I equally enjoyed seeing the play between Georgiana and her three business partners. It just made me want to go back and reread their books now that I know who Chase really is.
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is a great final book to one of my favorite series. To get the full impact of Georgiana and Chase, read this series from the beginning. The payoff when you get this book will be well worth it.
Release Date: November 25, 2014
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