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Book Title: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover|
The author of the book: Sarah MacLean
ISBN 13: 9780349400600
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 22.56 MB
Edition: PIATKUS BOOKS
Date of issue: November 25th 2014
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This book! I can't.
Here's the thing. Once upon a time a young girl was seduced, under the pretenses of true love, marriage and happily-ever-after. Of course, nothing like that happened, the girl is ruined and pregnant at sixteen. She is despised by everyone, condemned, they're calling her a whore and whatnot. It's the nineteenth century after all. If you're a girl, you better be a virgin or you can drop dead, nobody would care.
So this girl vows revenge on everyone, they are all going to pay for the way they mistreated her and her daughter. She creates this alter ego, pretends to be a man and manages to fool the whole world.Chase, her alter ego, is smart, wise, ruthless, cunning, and with her three partners she creates an exclusive gaming hell where all the aristocrats who once made her life living hell, now lose their fortunes and respectability. She creates another version of herself, Anna the prostitute (she isn't really a prostitute), so she can monitor everything that happens in the gaming hell from the front rows.
Ten years later, she is the ultimate puppeteer. She has all the threads in her hands. Chase is one of the most powerful men in London. The king has nothing on him. But now, her real self needs a respectable husband, so that her daughter has a shot at normalcy. And here's what makes no sense to me.
Everyone, I mean everyone, knows of your scandal, knows your daughter is a bastard (it's the same as with non-virgins, if you're a bastard, you just better drop dead, no one cares about you) and yet you still insist on marrying a viscount, thinking that somehow this marriage will save your daughter. How? You think she's gonna find a family where that won't be held over her head? It's roughly the Victorian era, people are judgemental hypocrites, it will not be easy on her, any way. Logic flaw aside, she doesn't even love that viscount (and it was strongly hinted he might be gay). She is in love with the second most powerful man in London (after her ofc) , the newspaper magnate, Duncan West. Plenty of drama ensues.
My god, you would think that a woman who rises from the ashes with no one's help, all on her own, is a strong, confident, brave woman, who takes life by the balls and allows no one to tramp on her. Yeah, no.
Georgiana is a wuss. She is insecure, she is a coward, she is a friggin sheep and Duncan her sheppard. She allows him to blackmail her, to humiliate her, to disrespect her, to push her around. She is pathetic.
Duncan on the other hand is a lying hypocrite with a hero complex. Apparently he wanted Anna for a long time, but she a ho, so no go. Only when he found out she's really Georgiana, a daughter of a duke, he's after her, wants to save her from that awful life in that gaming hell. Duncan requests that Georgiana gives up all her secrets so he can protect her from Chase, who is using her and who is terrorizing her, while in the meantime he evades every question she asks.
Georgiana explicitly says that her relationship with Chase is not like that, not even sexual, but Duncan won't hear it, because she's a stupid female, what does she know about anything. She needs rescuing and that's it.
Dear god, this story had so much potential! Imagine a power play between the two most important people in London, while battling an ever-growing attraction to each other. Imagine them realizing that battling is counterproductive, and then unifying their forces to beat every one of their enemies. Imagine them living as equals, being a family and just enjoying what life has to offer.
That would be something worth reading.
Read and decide for yourself. As for me, I've outgrown this kind of stories. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover might have been once a tolerable read, but like everything in this world, my reading tastes have evolved.
Read information about the authorNew York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.
Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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