SPOILER ALERT! Take a little caution as this includes a bit of spoilers especially for those who haven’t read Book 3 yet.
Why did I want to read this book?
This is the fourth and final book in Sarah MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels series and it’s Chase story! Finally! I was completely floored by that teaser/spoiler at the end of the third book and I had been ready to read this story ever since.
What worked for me?
I love the whole idea behind this book. It was original, refreshing, and really empowering. First, about Chase’s identity. It came as a real shocker to me when I found out but my next reaction was full of excitement because oh my gosh, the possibilities, the implications.
One of Sarah MacLean’s strongest suits in her writing is her great characterizations. She has some of the best and layered characters. Georgiana and Duncan are most definitely layered and multi-dimensional characters. These are two people who’ve been dealt with tough cards from fate in the past and have had to make life-altering decisions. And somehow, they’ve risen above it all. But still, those pasts wouldn’t let go of them. Not until they let go of the past first. These internal struggles that they have was presented in a way that you feel exactly what they’re feeling, the feeling of inevitability, sometimes of desperation that you just want them to win and for all the people who’ve ever brought them down to lose and be gone.
As for the romance, these two have definite and sizzling chemistry. No doubt about that. Whether their conversing, staring at each other, or you know, doing other things, their combustible connection is very apparent from the pages. Despite the many secrets that they can’t help but keep from each other or the lies that they can’t help but tell each other, there still that rawness and honesty between them. They also seem to see each other beyond the surface. These two are also pretty stubborn so they inevitably clash but damn if their passion and emotions for each other do not make you want to just tie them together so they won’t ever part. But it was wonderful watching these two find their way to each other, even after all those past, circumstances, and conflicts.
What did not work for me?
My only misgiving with this book is that there was, towards the end, too much emphasis on why these two can’t seem to overcome their past, on how much risk it would be to expose themselves and finally be completely honest with each other. There was a lag in the latter part of the book where all I seem to hear from them were these things and it had gotten a bit old very fast.
My over-all take on it?
All in all, this was a great closure for the Rules of Scoundrels series. Everything did come full circle and it has been satisfying watching Georgiana and Duncan be at peace with themselves and be happy together. They’ve made a lot of sacrifices because of their past but they’re good people and good people deserve to have their heart’s desires. And Sarah MacLean gave us that with this book. Don’t miss out on this one.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
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 at www.macleanspace.com.
Connect with Sarah MacLean:
$50.00 Gift Card to Choice Book Seller and Print Set of Rules of Scoundrels Books 1-3
Other books by Sarah MacLean on the blog:
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (Rules of Scoundrels #3)
Have you read Sarah MacLean before? Have you read any of the books from her Rules of Scoundrels series? What did you think about the big identity reveal?