No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 3 March, 2014 by Amanda / 14 Comments

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean {Amanda’s Review}No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Series: Rules of Scoundrels #3
four-stars
Also in this series: A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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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.

Tough heroine to love, but… Temple.

Thoughts on No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Oh, book. I’ll be honest: I had to read No Good Duke Goes Unpunished twice to really get a handle on this romance and heroine. It’s not that the heroine is bad or anything…

It’s the secrets. I hate secrets. And I can handle secrets, but when I spend the majority of the book dying for the secrets, it’s hard to focus on things like… why Temple is attracted to Mara. Which is why I wanted to read No Good Duke Goes Unpunished a second time, unencumbered by the secrets.

And it was definitely better the second time around. (Also, Sarah MacLean is about the only author I’ve reread this year. So worth it. I want to reread Cross and Pippa’s story again.) I still don’t know if Mara is my favorite heroine ever, but Temple.

Man, Temple. I’m glad he got his story. And it was nice to see the previous couples from the story and get the setup for the next book.

And… I’m itching to get my hands on the next story. Because holy crap, that epilogue. Is it August yet?

four-stars

Filed under: ESR: 8, Historical Romance, Review: Amanda,

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14 Responses to “No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Two years ago, I had never read a single historical romance. Not one. The concept horrified me. I had no idea that HR could be anything beyond the embarrassing bodice-rippers my grandmother always carried in her purse. Then my favorite UF writer recommended a HR by Eloisa James, and I was. Forever changed. Sarah MacLean was the second HR writer I ever read (and I loved her too), but I haven’t read any of her books that have been published since my initiation into this marvelous genre. I’m glad you liked this one. I’ll catch up!

  2. LOL–I do the same thing. I think that’s why I read some of those books so fast, because I want to know what’s going to happen next and WHY it happened. Darned secrets.

  3. So I’ve read three of Sarah MacLean’s historical romances:

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
    Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
    A Rogue by Any Other Name

    And although I’ve liked them all . . . I’m not madly in love. None of them are books I would want to re-read. I think a lot of it just boils down to personal preference. I feel sort of weird though, because SO many readers love her books, and I’m just in like with them. I LOVE Tessa Dare. I LOVE Julia Quinn. I just like Sarah MacLean.

    I’ve read the description for this book quite a few times, and I just don’t know if I would like it. I feel the same way about the whole secrets thing. I mean, a little secret or mystery is okay, but often I just want to scream at the characters (even though they are not real and therefore cannot actually hear my yelling) to just talk to each other.

    So I definitely don’t think I’ll be rushing out to read this one. I do want to read the last book in the Love By the Numbers series, and I do want to read this series, too, although I may just skip this one altogether.

    • Nothing wrong with that! Tessa Dare and Julia Quinn are definitely different “flavors” of historical romance. Sarah MacLean probably has more of the secret/mystery/wanting to yell at characters type behavior.

      If it makes you feel better, there are a few historical romances authors that everyone LOVES and I don’t. It’s just a matter of personal preference. ;)

  4. I really really REALLY liked Temple. Something about him just worked for me. Might it have been the muscles and tattoos? POSSIBLY. Or his stoicism in the face of all the whispers about him. I DON’T KNOW. I just know I enjoyed this book. A LOT.

  5. “It’s the secrets. I hate secrets. And I can handle secrets, but when I spend the majority of the book dying for the secrets, it’s hard to focus on things like… why Temple is attracted to Mara.”

    That is EXACTLY the problem I had with this book Amanda! And do you know I still haven’t finished? The weight of Mara’s secrets and the way she kept them from Temple despite owing him one hell of an explanation caused me so much stress I haven’t been able to pick the book back up. I fail. I need to just suck it up right? I do. I know. I will, dammit!

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