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. – Goodreads
I love books that involve disguises and MacLean wrote the best type of disguise, or cover: Chase, a character we’ve heard about multiple times in the previous three novels in this series, is actually a woman. She’s a strong, snarky woman who enjoys rolling her eyes at her fellow partners in the Fallen Angel. I adored her as a character.
What is awesome about Georgiana is the fact that she has a huge amount of information on everyone in the town. Everyone participates in her gambling hall and therefore she has blackmail on everyone. While she could use any of this information to blackmail someone into marrying her, for her and her daughter. While Georgiana loves her daughter, it is the blemish on her perfect record and makes people look down upon her. But, Georgiana just wants her daughter, Caroline, to have a chance at normalcy.
While Georgiana has built up this wall around herself, to be seen as a hardass, but inside she is an insecure person, who ultimately just wants to be unconditionally loved. Of course there is a lot to work through. The fact that not only Georgiana is Chase, but also Chase’s woman, Anna who is known in the Fallen Angel as being Chase’s woman. Of course she’s not and the reader knows that, but Duncan doesn’t, because while these two characters talk a lot. They do not talk about important things. There were multiple times that the book was set up for them to talk, to have that moment, but they refused to talk.
What kept coming between them was Chase and how Georgiana is under Chase’s thumb and how that made Duncan rage. While I adored Georgiana has a character, I mean, playing various people, including a man in the 19th century?! OF COURSE I ADORED HER. I did want to shake her because of the love of God woman..JUST TALK TO HIM. IT WON’T BE THAT BAD. But of course, that would make everything too easy, and I understand why they didn’t talk. I enjoyed the tension, but man did I just want them to talk.
I did enjoy the writing and how MacLean made the moments seem like I was there with them, and in pain when they were in pain. It was an enjoyable ending to the quartet.