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Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean

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NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVERTitle: Never Judge A Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels #4)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publishing Date: November 25, 2014 (from Avon Romance)
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

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.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday (40): NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

 never judge a lady by her cover

NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER (The Rules of Scoundrels #4)

by Sarah MacLean

Release Date: November 25,  2014

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.

*Highlight below to read the spoiler-y blurb*

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.

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Review: NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED by Sarah MacLean

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Book Info:

Title: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Source: Bought Paperback copy

 

Book Blurb:

A rogue ruined . . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

 

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It’s Monday: What are you reading? (8)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. It’s a great opportunity for bloggers to post what books they plan to read for the week. Here are some of the books that made it to my TBR list this week.

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

by Sarah MacLean

A rogue ruined . . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read.

 

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#10    (No cover and title yet) Night Prince #3 by Jeaniene Frost – I want to know how Vlad will get his HEA. The second book ended in a pretty good place and I can’t wait to read the home stretch.

#9       Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long – I will always want more Pennyroyal Green books from Julie Anne Long until we get to the book about Lyon and Olivia.

#8       The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen – I can’t wait to discover what kind of man and leader Jaron will becoming and what kind of journey he takes to get to that point.

#7       Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – More Stephanie Perkins, please. I adored Lola and the Boy Next Door and I can’t wait to read the next book.

#6       Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow Rowell should release a book every week. Just saying. 

#5       City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – This is the ending to a series that I just know would be grand and magnificent. After five books, I’m ready but at the same time I’m not ready for this series to end.

#4       Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster – I loved My Lady Quicksilver and after finding out who the next book will be featuring, I’m soooo excited. 

#3       The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand – Everybody should read Laura Florand. Seriously. 🙂 And I can’t believe she will release a new book in January just after she released The Chocolate Heart last month. Yay for more books.

#2       (No title and cover yet) Rules of Scoundres #4 – Chase’s book by Sarah MacLean – Even though I haven’t read No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive), I just know this is one of those books that I’ll be eagerly anticipating for next year.

#1        Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh – OMG. I need more Psy-Changeling books. I know that the series will be winding up soon, this being the second to the last, I think. But Nalini Singh’s prose is really special. And when I’m not reading her book, I’m constantly missing her writing. 

Time really passes so slow when you’re waiting for something so good. I can’t wait to have these books in my hands. 2014 will rock! I just know it.

What are your picks for the weeks?

Release Day: Sarah MacLean, Laura Florand, Katie McGarry, Laura Kaye

It’s one of those days (well technically it was yesterday in my part of the world) when a lot of awesome books have come available for our consumption. At last. After weeks and days of waiting. Here are some of the books that I can’t wait to get and read.

 

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

The Chocolate Heart by Laura Florand

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

 

For those of you who already got copies of these, I’m so envious. I’ll be dropping by the bookstores after work to see if they have these titles available already. I can’t wait.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on.

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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea

Julie Anne Long
(Pennyroyal Green #9)
March 2014

 

 

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The Chocolate Heart

Laura Florand
(Amour et Chocolat #5)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

#8

The Secrets of a Scoundrel

Gaelen Foley
(The Inferno Club #7)
July 2014

 

 

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Crash into You

Katie McGarry
(Pushing the Limits #3)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

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Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins
(Anna and the French Kiss #3)
May 2014

 

 

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Sarah MacLean
(Rules of Scoundrels #3)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

#4

Forged by Desire

Bec McMaster
(Steampunk London #4)
September 2014

 

#3

The City of Heavenly Fire

Cassandra Clare
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
May 2014

 

 

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The Countess Conspiracy

Courtney Milan
(The Brothers Sinister #3)
December 2013

 

 

#1

Shield of Winter

Nalini Singh
(Psy-Changeling #13)
June 2014

 

 

That’s it for my list. I would love to hear what you have on yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

 

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean (Rules of Scoundrels Book 3)

Release Date: November 26, 2013

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A rogue ruined . . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

 

 

I adored Sarah MacLean’s previous installment in this series, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, and I’m eagerly anticipating this next book. Sarah MacLean gives us another interesting premise and I can’t wait to learn more about Temple’s story. By the summary, I know readers can look forward to mystery, a bit of action, and of course, romance, which Sarah MacLean has delivered well in her previous books.

 

And isn’t the book cover pretty? 🙂 Of course, it may well be because I’m biased to green but I like it a lot.

 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is about character names you love or unusual character names that you’ve encountered. Here’s mine.

 

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Eugenides “Gen”

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

 

 

 

 
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Heath Champion

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

 

 
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Cather (and Wren)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 
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Ashaya Aleine

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Magnus Bane

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 
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Kaleb Krychek

Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Draco Malfoy

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 
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Four

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

 

 

 

 
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Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

 

 

 

 
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Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Dominique Richard
The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

Penelope
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Pippa
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Dimitri
Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

 

 

What about you? Which character names do you love or you find unusual?

 

 

Super Six Sunday: Favorite Book Couples

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Bewitched BookwormsEven though, it’s already Monday, I just couldn’t pass up this Super Six Sunday week. This Sunday’s theme: Favorite Couples.

It was so hard to narrow it down to six when I have a long list of couples that I really enjoyed rooting for. But finally, I did get them narrowed down. Somewhat.

 

Tied at #6

Lola and Cricket

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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I love reading about these two quirky characters, with their past and their present feelings. The chemistry is so there that even before Cricket enters the story and Lola just mentions him in passing, you just know that there’s something special about their connection, whatever that may be.

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Cath and Levi

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Theirs is a romance that hit me blindsided. I didn’t even know Rainbow Rowell was going to go there but when she did, wow, was it amazing. I love the gradual connection that emerged between these two. And when they got together, I thought, ‘Were they ever going to be with anybody else? Of course not.”

 

 

Tied at #5 (again… ^_^)

Pippa and Cross

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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It was just so good watching or specifically reading these two fall in love with each other. I don’t know if they were described as such in the book itself but when I think of them, they remind me of jagged puzzle pieces with their oddities and eccentricities particularly Pippa but nevertheless, their jagged edges fit perfectly together. And Sarah MacLean did such a great job with their story.

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Evie and Sebastian

Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers # 3) by Lisa Kleypas

These two have found salvation and redemption in each other. I loved watching Sebastian change for the better or to describe it better, be the man we know he truly is.

 

 

#4

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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The beauty with the nitty-gritty of first love. These two just break my heart. With their intense emotions coupled with that you-and-me-against-the-world kind of environment. The development of their relationship just leaves you amazed and flabbergasted. It wasn’t the type of relationship with distinct episodes ending in exclamation points but the type that is just connected by these series of commas, with one episode flowing into the next seamlessly and irrevocably that there was no way of getting to that period without every single thing that had happened before it.

I grabbed this wonderful art from Rainbow Rowell’s website and which she, in turn, got from a digital painting by Simini Blocker.

 

#3

Eugenides and *SPOILER* Attolia (highlight to read)

The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

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Oh, these two. If ever there was a more complicated but profound romance, it will be the story of these two compelling characters. How a romance could’ve developed from their circumstances and blossom into the kind of partnership that these two have, is a complete and utter mystery to me and one that I am more than happy to just enjoy and revel in, thanks to the literary genius of Megan Whalen Turner.

 

#2

Penelope and Colin

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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I’ve re-read their story half a dozen times already and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. Or ever will, I daresay. There’s just something magical with these two and how their relationship has evolved from a mere acquaintance into true friendship and later into a beautiful love.

 

 

 

#1

Ashaya and Dorian

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh hostage to pleasure

The connection of these two just burns through the pages. Their passion, their strong characters, and their devotion and loyalty just light a fire and touch you as a reader. A short interlude between the two from the previous book in the series and you just know that Nalini Singh would not pass up an opportunity to write a book about them. Their story is fraught with all kinds of obstacles that Nalini just lays down perfectly and although I looked forward to their happily ever after, I was just invested and excited to go along the journey with them. And I was never disappointed. Not even once.

 

Special mentions:

Lydia and JonasA Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan (novella) 16116470

 

Annabelle and HeathMatch Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

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Tris and FourDivergent Series by Veronica Roth 

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Katniss and PeetaHunger Games series by Suzanne Collins 

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Who are your favorite book couples?