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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

Escrito por Sarah MacLean

Narrado por Rosalyn Landor


No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

Escrito por Sarah MacLean

Narrado por Rosalyn Landor

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12 horas
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Nov 26, 2013
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9780062265234
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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.

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Nov 26, 2013
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Sobre el autor

A life-long romance reader, Sarah Maclean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, the host of the romance novel podcast Fated Mates, and a columnist for The Washington Post, where she writes about the romance genre. She lives in New York City.

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  • (5/5)
    Another novel full of heart-wrenching conversations that make you root for the OTP to work out their issues and find their HEA. I spent the last half of the book breathless with worry that everything would actually fall apart. This series is proving to be one of the best and most consistent I've read.
  • (4/5)
    No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
    4 Stars

    William "Temple" Harrow, Duke of Lamont, has a reputation for violence both in and out of the boxing ring. Accused of murder and labeled "The Killer Duke", Temple would give anything to remember the events of the fateful night he was discovered covered in the blood of Mara Lowe. Now, 12 years later, Temple finally gets his chance when Mara resurfaces to offer him a trade - absolution in return for her brother's gambling debt. Furious at Mara's deception, Temple, nevertheless, finds himself irresistibly drawn to her and will have to decide whether vengeance is worth the price.

    An well-written tale of betrayal and vengeance with an incredible hero and a sympathetic heroine, but there is something missing from the romance.

    Temple is an absolute stunner and slots into all of my favorite hero types - a scarred, tortured giant of a man brought to his knees by a woman (in more ways than one).

    Mara is a enchanting heroine. Although her deceptive and destructive actions in the past should make the reader despise her, MacLean manages to evoke sympathy and understanding for a woman who felt she had no other choice, and now vows to atone for her deeds.

    Temple and Mara's battle of wits and words as they each attempt to get the upper hand in their "negotiations" is absorbing. Unfortunately, their verbal chemistry does not extend to the physical and their sexual tension remains unfulfilled as the love scenes are lukewarm and perfunctory.

    The minor secondary plot involving Mara's dissolute brother adds some suspense to the storyline, but is woefully underdeveloped and the resolution is rater disappointing.

    In sum, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is an enjoyable addition to the series even though the romantic elements do not live up to their full potential. The last twist in the epilogue regarding Chase's identity comes as quite a surprise and I look forward to reading the final book.
  • (4/5)
    Temple fights people who have lost their money with very few exceptions, one is the brother of the woman he's accused of killing years ago, only she isn't dead. She turns up again in his life and he is not sure what to do about her and about their mutual past. She is the one person who doesn't fear him and now they have to learn a way to go forward.I enjoyed it, wanted them to talk a bit more occasionally and sometimes the misunderstandings were more intended for humour than anything else but it was entertaining.
  • (5/5)
    Just love that scene when Mara threw a punch, and knocked ____ flat! ..."Excellent!," indeed. It's quite satisfying!
  • (3/5)
    This is a story that had me twisted in knots, and not in a good way. I kept wanting to smack people around for being obtuse and irritating.

    The story was good but the heroine was hard to like at first, but eventually I got warmed up to her. The hero on the other hand was well written and easy to like.

    If you've read the previous books in this series, by all means get this one as well. But be warned, there are twists and turns you may or may not like.

    Melanie for b2b

    Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
  • (2/5)
    Let me preface this by saying whether or not your like this book largely has to do with how you feel about the heroine, Mara. As a teenager, Mara was engaged to marry the Duke of Lamont, a man who was old enough to be her father. Scared and not particularly wanting to be saddled with an older man who had been rumored to mistreat his previous wives, Mara decides to become a "ruined" woman and go on the run. So she drugs an unsuspecting Temple, who unbeknownst to her is the Duke of Lamont's son, and collects pigs blood to stain the sheets of her bed and leaves a naked Temple laying there. The problem is Mara used too much blood and when a servant walked in the following moment, the bed looked like a crime scene with poor Temple having no recollection as to what happened to Mara. He is accused of murder and forced out of polite society, Temple becomes a pugilist and later part owner of the famed gaming hell Fallen Angel. Almost everyone still believes him to be guilty of murder, as Mara's body was never found.Mara is now running an orphanage for the by-blows of titled men. Unfortunately, her gambling addict of a brother was left responsible of her inheritance and he gambled all of the orphanages funds away at the Fallen Angel. So Mara decides to come out of hiding and offer to clear Temple's name in exchange that his business clear's her brother's debt.I absolutely hated Mara. The following analysis is ***semi SPOILER-y***: I could understand her running away because she didn't want to be forced to marry an older man, but she didn't even try to help Temple when she found out her plan had gone wrong and he was being accused of murder. She allowed the poor man to be cast out of society, to be stripped of his heritage and good name, for a mistake she made and did nothing about it for over a decade. It was completely and utterly selfish on her part. Her excuse for not doing anything was that she was scared of what Temple's father and her own father would do in retaliation. Fair enough excuse, and one I was willing to buy, except she didn't step forward even after both men had died. There wasn't much of an explanation offered as to why she didn't step forward at that point and it just made the heroine come off as cold and unfeeling.The orphanage seemed like an obvious plot device, the author's way of saying "see, Mara's not so bad! She takes care of orphans!" While admirable, her interest in the orphans seemed arbitrary. There was no particular reason or life event given to indicate why Mara would be drawn to help orphans. She just sort of decided to do it one day. And all that time she ran the orphanage, using a false name and still technically in hiding, she never once thought of how Temple was suffering due to her mistake.Mara was just too cold hearted for me to connect with or even root for. I didn't buy the romance because I didn't even like Mara, so I had no idea how Temple could have possibly loved her. She didn't do anywhere near enough atoning and Temple basically decided to forgive her because his attraction to her was greater than his anger. It just didn't seem very romantic to me.I did enjoy MacLean's writing. Flawless as always! And the twist at the end regarding Chase was a doozy. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
  • (5/5)
    Very good book. Temple has been an interesting character since the first book and I was really happy to see him get his own story. All of the club owners have had interesting stories and this was no exception. Temple is a big, physically powerful man who defends the casino's winnings. He's known as the Killer Duke because he was thought to have murdered Mara Lowe, even though a body was never found. He lost his reputation and his way of life that night, and has been haunted by the fact that he remembers nothing about it.One night Mara appears at his home, offering to set the record straight in exchange for the forgiveness of her brother's debt to the casino. Temple is stunned to see her and furious that his life was ruined by her. He isn't interested in what she wants, he wants revenge and retribution and comes up with a plan to make it happen. He doesn't count on becoming fascinated by the woman herself.I had conflicted feelings about Mara through a lot of the book. The actions she had taken twelve years earlier, resulting in Temple's disgrace, seemed thoughtless and cruel. Eventually we learn of why she had done it and that what had happened to him was not part of the plan. Her insistence on bargaining for clearing his name also seems wrong, but again, there is a reason behind her demands that is not as selfish as it sounds at the beginning. Confronting him is frightening for her, but she soon discovers that in spite of everything she feels physically safe with him. Emotionally is something else entirely. She is attracted to him, but knows there is no chance of him wanting to be with the woman who ruined his life. I really enjoyed their encounters, as Mara is not a woman to back down over anything. Twelve years on her own has given her a backbone of steel and she challenges him at every step. There comes a time when she needs that steel to stand up to his friends as she tries to save his life. That particular scene is both heart wrenching and funny, as she faces off with Bourne and is supported by an unexpected ally. As her feelings for Temple grow, it is fascinating to see how she revises her plans, in the end sacrificing everything for love.Temple was a complicated man. His early life had been blessed with good looks, a friendly personality, and a self-confidence that got him just about anything he wanted. Not being able to remember anything about the events of that night has him convinced that he really could have killed Mara. This has had a profound effect on his life ever since. Mara's reappearance stuns him. At first he experiences the relief that he isn't a murderer after all, but that is followed by the fury of knowing how much he has lost over the years. He doesn't care about the why, he just wants the satisfaction of her paying for what she has done. But he's soon fascinated by the woman who doesn't back down from her own demands. He's attracted to her and doesn't want to be. He tries to remain focused on his revenge, but finds moments of protectiveness creeping in. When he can look past what she did, Mara's strength and wit and feistiness are exactly the qualities that appeal to him in a woman he could make a life with. Those growing feelings are in direct conflict with the anger he still feels over what she did. In the end, he has to decide if revenge is worth the price they would pay. The ending was both everything I expected and nothing like what I thought would happen. I loved seeing Temple finally get the happiness he deserved.I really liked seeing the two previous couples make appearances in this book. It was quite fun seeing the ladies standing up to their husbands, even to the point of supporting Mara. The scenes in the sickroom were great. I also enjoyed seeing the men get back at Temple a little as he starts to experience the tribulations of love. The epilogue has me ready to read Chase's story, as the information revealed was completely unexpected.
  • (3/5)
    Third in the 'Rule of Scoundrels' series.
  • (5/5)
    I think this is my favorite of the series. First, there's Temple. Sigh, drool and heartbreak just a little bit. Second, Mara's no slouch herself. Good, but not too good. Flawed and able to recognize some of those same flaws in Temple.

    This third book in the Rules of Scoundrels series gives the back story to Temple, a disgraced duke cast out by good society and the gaming hell's undefeated prize fighter. Now, I don't really care about fighting. I fully expected not to care about his story--but the reason he fights is so compelling. 12 years ago he awoke in the bed of his lover for the night, Mara Lowe, to discover copious amounts of blood and he was thereafter labelled the Killer Duke. He was never convicted for lack of evidence. Most importantly to his character development--he can't remember what happened that night and has always thought he did it. Enter Mara Lowe who is very much alive and staged the whole thing but the details got away from her. She meant to ruin herself not make everyone assume he killed her. And there's the rub--for 12 years, she has let the lie be the truth. And when Temple meets her, he's mad as hell about it especially because she's only come out to save her brother and the orphanage she runs since her brother has gambled away all of their money (naturally :)).

    The story is about two similarly disposed people learning more about themselves as they learn about the other person. It's gripping and they don't fall in love instantly. If you love a "fine line between love and hate" story, this one is for you.
  • (4/5)
    Read on October 12, 2013I love MacLean's quirky characters. I am truly surprised by each of the stories in this series. There's a formula that I expected from previous experiences with books dubbed "romances" and this series isn't at all like that. Definitely looking forward to the final story in the collection and to read the epilogue for this one!
  • (5/5)
    Mara has been on the run for over twelve years, having to live a life in hiding. Mara was young and desperate to escape a arranged marriage with a man thrice her age, and wanting to have a form of control, set a man up hoping that others would assume he had ruined her, but instead they thought he murdered her. Now twelve years later she has come back to London to offer Temple a trade, one which she knows he won't be able to resist taking her up. Temple is shocked when he finds himself facing the one woman that ruined him. Despite holding the title of "Duke" he hasn't lived that kind of life for twelve years, and is more than happy with who he is. However Temple can't seem to resist Mara, and despite his bitterness and anger toward her betrayal, he knows that she holds the key to Temple gaining back everything that he lost. Mara has many regrets, but her main concern is keeping the boys home together, and will do anything to keep it going, even if it means her ruination and one of the biggest scandals that London has ever seen. I was able to receive a copy of this book through Edelweiss and Avon publishing. I have been waiting for this one to come out for quite some time. I have to say this one just might be my favorite of the series. I have just started to get back into reading, and I am glad that this is one of the first books I started reading again. I have always enjoyed Sarah Maclean, Her writing style and passion is evident through every story that she writes, and the same holds true for No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. With some books the revenge theme sometimes never goes over well, but I found Maclean's style of plot and the zestiness of the characters only made this theme work quite well, and became a story that was quite impossible to put down. The connection between Temple and Mara was instataneoius from the first page. You see how despite each going after what they each desire, they end up willing to give up everything for the other. A emotionally driven tale that is woven smoothly with the plot that it gives it a spice that only adds to the story even more. A beautifully written gem of a romance that captured me from the beginning, a love story that will curl your toes and sexy enough to fog up the windows!! A remarkable tale of love, forgiveness and the excitement of danger and intrigue.
  • (5/5)
    Listened for fun/Read for Review (Audible/Edelweiss)Tracking Books Review (Short)Overall Rating: 5.00Story Rating: 5.00Character Rating: 5.00Audio Rating: 5.00First Thought when Finished: No Good Duke goes Unpunished sealed the deal for me: I need to read more Sarah MacLean!Book Thoughts: Temple! Temple! Team Temple! If you can't tell I just loved the killer duke to death. He is everything that I expect from my rogueish historical leading men: dastardly, damaged, and a really good friend. I will admit that it took a bit for Mara to prove to me that she was worthy of Temple but boy did she! Her back story was heartbreaking but her gumption was outstanding. Together they made me smile!Audio Thoughts: Narrated By Rosalyn Landor/ Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins Rosalyn is probably one my favorite narrators! I just love her voice and it is perfectly suited for historicals. She just pulls off this series spectacularly well. I totally recommend these on audio!Final Thoughts: Oh that epilogue *evil grin*
  • (4/5)
    At last Temple's story! The heir to the Duke of Lamont, 12 years earlier is found in bed amidst bloodied sheets and no memory of the night before - except for an auburn haired, green eyed beauty - who is missing. It is presumed he has murdered her - his father's fiance. Well, as you can imagine, this was his ruin - until the woman in question comes back into his life. Mara, who runs an orphanage has her reasons. Good story, though I did find that her reasoning for some of the things she does kind of crazy, just didn't all seem to make sense to me. Her sense of justice and atonement all seemed a bit jumbled. And, I think I missed something, I'm still not sure what happened that night long ago between them. All a bit oblique, or I'm just really dense.
  • (4/5)
    3rd book in the series! I love this series as the charecters are interwoven, but yet, separate books for them all. Wonderful! just a little bit of naughty spice in it to make you want "more" and also has a good backstory and plots/twists to keep you reading.
  • (5/5)
    I read some reviews after reading No Good Duke and I don't agree with the notion that Mara is a horrible heroine because she drugs Temple.When Mara first reveals who she is, Temple is one shocked, angry dude - one shocked, angry, large, very muscular man named The Killer Duke who beats men up for a living and who has a reputation for never losing a fight. She had a knife and laudanum with her when she approached Temple. He took her knife and told her, “You might as well sit. You’re not going anywhere.” Unease threaded through her at the words. “What does that mean?” “It means that you turned up outside my door, Miss Lowe. And I have no intention of letting you escape again.”I totally understand Mara feeling threatened by that statement. She uses the only weapon she has and doses Temple with laudanum, leaving him a note that says, “I had hoped it would not come to this, but I will not be intimidated, and I will not be strong-armed.” I wonder what else she was supposed to do when Temple threatened to keep her against her will.Mara’s a very literal woman - that’s simply how she understands the world, and it’s a common enough character trait in fiction. Early on Temple tells Mara, “Nothing you could say will make me forgive.” It makes so much sense that Mara believes him, she takes him at his word, and doesn’t even try to tell him what her motivations are/were.Mara’s father was abusive, beating her and her brother for infractions. If that were my childhood, I suspect I’d be very slow to trust - as Mara is slow to trust Temple. Yes, this is one of those, “If they’d only talk to each other, this mess would be cleared up” stories. But I found the reasons for not talking understandable - frustrating, yes, but understandable.And when she does fulfill her promise, I thought Mara's courage was impressive.Like others, I couldn’t put this book down. I thought the characters were believable, the plot riveting, the setting unique. Like others, I also found the end over-worked. Overall: very enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    4 ½ Stars.
    I can't wait to read Chase's book... now even more that I have some suspicious about who Chase is.
  • (4/5)
    Sarah MacLean is one of those historical romance authors I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I knew this was my chance. MacLean’s NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED is the third book in her The Rules of Scoundrels series. If you haven’t read the series, it’s perfectly safe to read NO GOOD DUKE without being exposed to spoilers.As for characterization, it’s a bit weak. I do believe it has to do with the fact that this is the third book in a series and some characters are already established. Our hero is Temple (William Harrow, the Duke of Lamont) who has spent the past twelve years known as Killer Duke. He has no memory of the night he met Mara Lowe and I just loved him! Your heart will be break when you realize that at times he thinks that maybe he did do the unthinkable and ah, he’s just lovely. Then we have Mara and it’s difficult to like her. She drugs Temple, withholds information, and you’re just not sure what her overall agenda is. And when we finally get the truth you have to question if she’s telling you everything. Even though I had a hard time liking her, her best moments are with the boys at the orphanage and with Lavender the pig. We have several secondary characters that make an appearance and play a small role. Mara’s brother, Kit, is the reason why Mara has come out of hiding and let’s just say he won’t be going away quietly. Readers of the Rules of Scoundrels series will be happy catching up with past characters (ah Bourne is one that has me intrigued).What I really enjoyed about MacLean’s NO GOOD DUKE was the premise. I’ve read my share of historicals where the hero is often accused of murdering his wife or fiancée, but it’s all speculation until the heroine comes and proves his innocence. In these novels, there’s always a reason for the death and usually a villain to play it up. Here we don’t and let me give MacLean a high-five for giving me a book that I’ve been waiting for! I just adore that we have the victim alive and well. It takes a while to get to the conflict and why Mara fakes her death, but when she does reveal everything you can’t help but feel for her because her reasons are perfectly valid. I really liked that Mara owns up to her mistakes and eventually takes responsibility for it.I debated with the rating between a three and four. Ultimately, I decided on four based on three factors. The first has to do with the premise which I’ve already explained that I really liked. The second is that this doesn’t take place among the ton and the plot isn’t dominated by the glittering ballrooms of the ton. Don’t get me wrong, I adore historicals that feature these scenes because of the etiquette of the time and I love scenes with the hero and heroine sneaking outside for a private tête-à-tête. I most enjoyed getting a glimpse of another part of London-those featuring gentleman activities. And the final factor is the sizzling attraction between Temple and Mara. Fans of historical romance will enjoy Sarah MacLean’s NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED. I’m looking forward to reading MacLean’s backlist and of course keeping an eye out for Chase’s story.