No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (Rules of Scoundrels Series #3)

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (Rules of Scoundrels Series #3)

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by Sarah MacLean
     
 

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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 . . .

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Lisa Kleypas
“For a smart, witty and passionate historical romance, I recommend anything by Sarah Maclean”
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“This is not just a marvelous deep-sigh romance, but a story in which the intensity and profound significance linger long after the tale is done. Well done!”
Booklist (starred review)
“MacLean richly rewards readers with a dark, intense, and supremely sexy story that will connect emotionally on every level. Brimming with brilliant dialogue, memorable characters, and just the right dash of dry wit, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is everything a romance should be.”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-11-17
A duke who has lived under the shadow of suspicion for a murder he's not sure he didn't commit holds the possibility of redemption in his hands when the lady reappears, alive and well, though she brings other threats--to his equilibrium and to his heart. Twelve years ago, William Harrow, Marquess of Chapin and heir to the dukedom of Lamont, woke up on the morning of his father's wedding to find that he was in the would-be bride's bed, along with an astonishing amount of blood, and that the lady herself was nowhere to be found. Under a cloud of suspicion of murder, the marquess was banished from his family and from polite society, resurrecting himself as Temple, first a street fighter, then a partner in the Fallen Angel, the exclusive London casino. Members of the club may petition for the opportunity to challenge the undefeated Temple in the boxing ring; if the challenge is accepted and the patron wins, all of his debts will be forgiven. One dark night, Temple is approached by none other than long-lost Mara Lowe, assumed dead at Temple's hands. Mara's brother has lost everything to the Fallen Angel, and she promises to re-enter London society and prove Temple is innocent in exchange for debt forgiveness. Understandably angry, Temple decides on another path, one that will ruin Mara once and for all. Mara has more at stake than her brother's fortune, but given Temple's angry reception of her, she's can't trust him with her secrets, even as she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the enigmatic outcast. As for Temple, the closer he gets to his retribution, the more he wonders if he hasn't well and truly met his match in every possible way, questioning his thirst for vengeance. In the third installment of the Rules of Scoundrels series, MacLean once again creates compelling and complex characters and sets them on a path toward love and reconciliation that begins with seemingly impossible odds and ends with exquisite fulfillment. Beguiling and emotionally lush.
Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
Driven into obscurity after he wakes in a blood-drenched bed and is assumed to have killed young Mara Lowe, William Harrow, Marquess of Chapin, reemerges as Temple, the notorious Killer Duke, the unbeatable fighter at the Fallen Angel. But Mara is not dead, and when she comes to Temple with a frantic offer to reappear and restore his reputation in payment for absolving her brother's gambling debts, he sees his chance for revenge—if he can bring himself to ruin a woman he is coming to love. VERDICT Guilt, responsibility, and vengeance war with passion, love, and control issues in this exquisitely crafted, insightful tale that will keep readers enthralled. It also hints at the true identity of the Fallen Angel's owner, the enigmatic Chase. Watch for his story next year! MacLean (One Good Earl Deserves a Lover) lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062068545
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/26/2013
Series:
Rules of Scoundrels Series, #3
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
72,414
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances, and the author of a monthly column at The Washington Post celebrating the best of the romance genre. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, dog and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly anticipated Temple's story. Unable to finish the book, however. Both H/h were great disappointments. Temple was unforgiveably addle-brained. Completely out of character from his previous depictions in the series. Mara was unforgiveable ... period. She was despicable. Could not tolerate them as a result. Temple deserved far better storyline. His true love should have been a true heroine ... at least one who was redeemable. Rated one star in order to post comments. In truth, the story did not even merit. Hesitant now to preorder the upcoming Chase's story.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
The third book of scoundrels was just as good as the first two. The very last line was shocking (don't cheat and read it first, it will spoil the entire book for you). It was so shocking, I can't wait for Chase's book. Great job Sarah MacLean!
ARP1 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time finishing this book which was disappointing as I had been looking forward to Temple's story. I actively hated the female lead, Mara - seriously hated her. It was all about what she wanted - she was selfish and acted so self righteous - very hard to get past. And any man that forgives someone for destroying their life because he is physically attracted to her is not a strong male lead. Extremely disappointing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Sarah Macleans earlier books.....humourous, adventurous heroines, sympathetic characters. But this book just makes no sense..the suspense and supposed bargain or fight between the h and h rings false. You want to like Temple but he seems like an irrational cartoon. Its hard to like Mara because she seems so manipulative and dishonest. Can't recommend.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
With each successive book in The Rules of Scoundrels series I am left more in awe of Sarah MacLean's talent. That talent is clearly on display in this story where she manages to transform a rather unlikable and unrepentant heroine into someone you can't help but admire. Paired with this unexpected heroine is a man who has wallowed in the pits of anger, guilt, and self-retribution over a lie beyond his control for the last twelve years. When these two meet, after that fateful event from twelve years ago, the sparks fly in a sensual battle of wills to bring these two lost souls back to life. Temple was once the carefree Duke of Lamont, easy to smile and quick to enjoy the frivolities of life. At least he was until the night he was accused of killing his soon-to-be stepmother. From that moment on his life took a dark turn. He was disowned and he's treated as a pariah and a dangerous animal who's put on display every time he enters the boxing ring. Anger fuels his sparring, anger at those who put themselves in debt to enter the ring and anger at himself for where life has led him. I ached for the man fate made him become. Rage bubbling below the surface is his constant companion and I was waiting for the event to unleash that rage. Seeing a ghost from his past throws his life into disarray. He's now forced into interacting with the woman who ruined his life but he finds himself drawn to her and the verbal sparring that is a large part of their relationship. He's gone from a solitary existence to the chaos of children and the woman who angers him and excites him too. I enjoyed seeing Temple find someone to care for him and help him regain what he thought he lost. After being put through the emotional ringer he deserves a HEA. The event that completely transforms Temple's life once again is the return of Mara Lowe, the woman he was accused of killing. One would expect her to feel guilty over the damage she caused, but that's not he case. She's a strong-willed woman who's unrepentant and unapologetic. Her reasons for coming back aren't to wholy help Temple but more to help herself. As a smart woman capable of taking care of herself she proposes a trade where he returns the money her brother squandered so she can fund her orphanage and she helps him regain his place in society by reentering the land of the living in a cleverly planned out series of events. Mara appears cold and uncaring at first but slowly thaws the longer she's around Temple. As we get glimpses into the abusive childhood that led her to running away that fateful night to the loving care she now takes of those who have no one the woman who emerges is an immensely likable one. She's now the one taking care of Temple, being his defender in many subtle ways, and I found myself rooting for her. The relationship between these two is intensely sensual. Sexual tension is their constant companion resulting in lots of hot and heavy foreplay that had me greatly anticipating one fiery final culmination. Along with their intense sexual attraction comes biting verbal banter that made for many entertaining moments showing them to be a perfect match. Surrounding these two compelling main characters is a cast of colorful secondary characters. From Lavender the pig to the children in the orphanage to Mara's brother each of these characters added a unique element to the story binding Temple and Mara closer together in a story that I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book was preposterous. The hero was described as broad, wide, large ad nauseum. I get it. He was a large man. I skimmed the last half of the book and am sorry I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally boring and wordy. In 70 pages and i dont care to read more. So disapointed
kipha More than 1 year ago
I absolutely think this is my second favorite book in this series at the moment. Even though it's the third book and we still have one more to go, this has pushed the intelligent accountant Cross from his post. And don't get me started when I got to the end and saw the words "epilogue"!!! I went insane and all giddy. Oh yes, the super secret epilogue all we readers had been waiting for!!!But back to Temple. He is the giant beast we've seen and heard of from these past two books. The fighter and humorous giant that tortured his two closes friends when they were at love's door. And now it is his turn. Ms. MacLean had called him the calm and peaceful member of the group and that was due to his very dark and sad past. Being known as the "Killer Duke" because he had "murdered" his future step-mother, he learned to control his movements and emotions for twelve years so that he can never hurt anyone ever again. Well, aside from being in the ring where everything is fought fairly, or while protecting someone out in the streets that is dear to him. Temple Temple Temple. I was super surprised at how much control he had over himself while dealing with all the emotions and confusing things when it came to Mara. He got me to admire his strength and patience when he had the right to bring hell to the lady for her careless action. Temple also got me to forget that humorous fighter I adored and loved from the other books. Why? Because this was such a different side of him that I wasn't prepared for, which got me swooning for him even more. He had so much depth in his character that I just wanted to hold him and make him smile even if for a little while. And most definitely wanted to be that lady that held his attention. Those hard plains and features and Tattoos!!! Gosh I just wanted to lick him myself as quoted by Mara. LOL But sadly, Mara. Mara Lowe. I really didn't like her that much in the first half of the book. She really got under my skin and made me side with Temple on almost every aspect. Though I understood her reasons for her actions, I just didn't think it was enough to keep on taunting him. Or the fact that she would always hide her reasons when Temple clearly gave her the chance to speak up and tell him the truth without him getting angry. It would have saved so much time on a lot of the misunderstandings. Yet this is a romance and it would have made for a very short story in which we wouldn't have gotten a chance to better aquatint ourselves with Chase and contemplate on who this mysterious Leader may be, or see the close friendship between Bourne, Cross, Chase, and the whole staff at The Angel. But as always, Mara does get better and I really do love her remarks at times when it came to teasing Temple to do her biddings. Though I felt like it was a slow beginning and then rushed towards the end with their relationship, there had been great sexual tension between Mara and Temple throughout the whole book and with the added misunderstandings and confessions, it just stretched out their mending process to their HEA. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it because I really did. And it had me on edge and turning the pages as horror struck in the dead of night. It took me a bit longer to read through this to my surprise but I Love it! There are some questions I thought needed answering which I will direct to Sarah if I find her email, otherwise off to FB I go. But I am super happy that we now know the secrets of Chase and how much the four of them work well to compliment each other. This ARC was provided by Avon Publishing. 5/5
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Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this one; I have to say, I think this one was better than book 1. And book 1 was delicious in its emotional turmoil between the two main characters. This installment had the emotional turmoil, but it also had a really great plot and conflict that was irresistible and captivating. Temple and Mara were a great match and their story was wonderful to watch unfold. I loved how strong Mara was and that Temple saw that strength and admired her for it. I loved the ball scene, I thought it passionate, heartbreaking, and beautifully written. Mara is by far one of my absolute favorite heroines! Temple wasn't too shabby either :-P. I am so looking forward to book 4 and Chases' story. YAY!
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Bziporah More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed. It needed editing it was too wordy and  Mara was too self righteous with nothing to be self righteous self  righteous about. She was allowed to be way to manipulative It was so contrived as to be boring.I can't recommend this book 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mara was pretty annoying for more that the first half of the book. Not used to such a selfish, unintelligent lead from Sarah MacLean. That's basically all I took from this book.
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All I can say is AMAZING !!!
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Fills in the holes and is good setup for the last book! Actually surprised me by starting out kind of slow. Wasn't a fan of Mara at first, but she redeemed herself by the end. In the underground world of the Fallen Angel, Temple carries the name of Killer Duke and reigns undefeated in the fighting ring but in reality, he is William Harrow, the Duke of Lamont. Having been accused of taking the life of his father’s bride-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Temple lives with the name and the guilt of not knowing what happened that fateful night twelve years ago. Mara Lowe disappeared that night long ago, created a new name and life so she might escape a marriage she didn’t want. She carries the guilt of unwillingly putting the blame of her supposed murder on the shoulders of the man who now holds her brother’s debt at the Fallen Angel – a debt that could destroy her home for the throwaway children of the ton. Now she must reveal herself to the man whose reputation makes him one of the most dangerous men in London. When Mara confronts Temple and he learns the truth that she still lives, he strikes a deal with her. He will not fight her brother but she must willingly reveal herself to Society at his appointed time, as well as tell him the truth - all of the truth. Their attachment soon becomes romantically entangled, and when her feelings for Temple increase her guilt, she knows she must leave him to the life he should have had. When a final truth nearly destroys any love between them, she offers herself to Society to clear Temple’s name. I will start by saying that whereas NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED, the third Rule of Scoundrels novel by Sarah MacLean is in the end a very good read; it is not my favorite of the series. Pippa and Chase in ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER is still my favorite. That said, NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED started out slow for me and Mara was not the heroine I’d always hoped for Temple. As I continued to read, I began to understand her angst, and her steely demeanor but still felt Temple deserved someone who would love him, honor him, and protect him even from himself. It wasn’t until Mara did something near the end of the book that I finally saw her as the perfect match for our Temple. She did what no other woman could do for Temple. She saved him. She saved him from himself, his unwarranted reputation, from defeat in the ring, and saved him by showing him what real love was and how she was willing to sacrifice everything she had, and loved, for him – her duke. I was wholly satisfied and happy for Temple and Mara. I’ve read this series from the beginning and all along, I had my suspicions about whom the mysterious Chase really was. Since the release of NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER, it’s now common knowledge that Chase is actually a woman and that woman is Lady Georgiana Pearson who we met in the Love By Numbers series – if you haven’t read that series, DO. This being said, I felt that NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED was more of a catalyst for Chase’s reveal than for Temple to have his story told and for him to get his happily ever after. It didn’t take me long to connect the clues in this book and solve the mystery even before I turned the last page. I haven’t read NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER yet and I will get to it later rather than sooner, but will eventually read because I want the rest of the story. Through the clues along the way though, I already knew that we'd been seeing Georgiana not only as Chase but also as Anna, the Fallen Angel’s madam. It all clicked for me, as I’m sure it did for many others if attention was given to the clues. I think I would rather have had a few less clues, and more Temple and Mara. Although, I have to admit it was worth it to have Temple tell Chase to 'feed the pig'. Had Mara been able to redeem herself earlier, I might have read this one at the same excited pace I read the first two books. Overall, though, NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED by Sarah MacLean was a good read but unlike the others which can stand alone, if you haven’t read the first two books, this one might leave you scratching your head. If you’ve read the first two books in the Rules of Scoundrels series, then I highly recommend you read NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED because it pulls everything together and sets things up for the final book - NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER. If you haven’t dipped into this series, then go – go quickly – and get yourself immersed in the world of the Fallen Angel with A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME and ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER, and then read Temple’s story in NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED to watch the mystery of Chase unfold. ***purchased for my own personal reading but I'm sharing my honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate admitting romance novels as a genre i read. But this author desreves her due. There are so many unimaginative and poorly educated written authors publishing books these days. Most of the time i have trouble even liking the main characters or the plot is just plain awful. But this author, she gets the reader. It's lovely to read. Plot, character and all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating story telling and a plot that keeps you not wanting to put the book away. I love all the intigue that the characters in the books reveal as the story unfolds
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Capitivating characters . This is well written story . Read in 4/5 days.
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I loved the cast and the story. 
ladyofwesttower More than 1 year ago
Okay, I admit it. I think I've become completely addicted to Sarah MacLean's Rule of Scoundrels series and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is no different. Here you have Temple, the Killer Duke, who isn't sure if he is or is not a killer. He's lived twelve years not knowing if he killed his father's young to-be bride, Mara Low. Until the girl shows up at his townhouse to plea for her brother's money back. While Mara is set up as a woman to hate, I actually rather liked her. She made a mistake - a very big mistake - a mistake of a foolish young girl. She hadn't meant to set Temple up for her murder but once the die was cast, she didn't know how to call it back. Now she's a Governess for a school of orphaned boys with a pig named Lavender. Mara makes some mistakes in the book just as she did with her past but I'm okay with that because I like characters who make mistakes. I really enjoyed watching the story unfold between Temple and Mara. The conflict is fabulous. I will say - and this is WITHOUT spoilers - that the major plot twist at the end made my jaw drop and I want Chase's book - the final book of the series - so badly I can't stand it! It broke my brain and then I had to go back and look at all the books again to search for clues. I'm very excited for the final book to say the least. To placate myself for the time being, I am going to have to go read Love by Numbers in the meantime. Same world, set about twelve years or so before these books.