Twice as Nice: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean


No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels #3) by Sarah MacLean
Avon (November 26, 2013)

Rating: A
Heat: Warm

Heroine: Mara Lowe - Presumed Dead, Governess
Hero: William "Temple" Harrow - Killer Duke, Fighter






Mara Lowe hasn't had an easy life. Not a lady—just a wealthy man’s daughter—being engaged to a Duke, even an old one, should've been quite the coup. But, for Mara, it was a nightmare. One she desperately wanted to escape, by any means necessary. Even if she has to fake her own death.

Too bad William Harrow, her betrothed’s son, is left to deal with the consequences. Twelve years later, William is no more. In his place is Temple, the Killer Duke, and part owner of The Angel. He’s the gambling den’s resident fighter. It’s his entire identity. His only purpose. Until Mara shows up and his sole purpose becomes absolution.

I'll be honest with you, I was not a fan of Mara in the beginning. No matter the reasons or her circumstances, to frame a man for murder and never try to fix the situation... That'll make you pretty darn unlikeable. Because of that, I didn't start to truly like her till nearly halfway in. But, once I reached that point, I did like her. I cared for her. I understood her. I cried a lot of tears for her.

And, of course, Temple has had my heart since the first book. An intimidating man, Temple was always a quiet reassuring presence in the previous books. A man with his reputation should frighten, but he never did. I fell for this big, hulking man and his many scars and tattoos. Getting to know him even more in this book, I only fell for him harder.

Mara and Temple have a complicated romance. It’s a slow burn that takes a while to get hot, but once it does - it burns. These two have so much to get past and overcome. And you would think it’d be near impossible for a man who lost so much, because of Mara, to see her for her and not as the reason for his downfall. Getting past Mara’s deception isn’t easy, but she is the kind of heroine you can’t help but forgive. Plus, at angers root is love, right?

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished made me fall hard for Temple, my gentle giant. While Mara wasn't an instantly likable heroine, she grew into one. One with many faults and much to atone for, but with a backbone and a ton of heart to make up for it. Though not my favorite in the series (that belongs to Pippa and Cross in One Good Earl Deserves a Lover) it is very, very much worth a read. Honestly, Miz Maclean can do no wrong in my eyes—all of her books are simply varying degrees of awesome. Now, with all the hints and teases as to Chase and his true identity, I'm all but salivating for his book. My greedy hands are thrust in Sarah Maclean's direction, doing the gimme gimme sign.


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