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.
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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.No Good Duke Goes Unpunished - eBook
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Listened for fun/Read for Review (Audible/Edelweiss) Tracking Books Review (Short) Overall Rating: 5.00 Story Rating: 5.00 Character Rating: 5.00 Audio Rating: 5.00 First 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*
I read some reviews af...
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.
I think this is my fav...
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.
Mara has been on the r...
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.
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