16240497No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels #3) by Sarah MacLean
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Avon
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.– Goodreads

Review:

12 years ago, Temple became known as Killer Duke. He was a womanizer who woke up one day covered in blood and a missing woman. That moment forever changed his life. He lost everything and is now, understandably, bitter at the world. What he doesn’t expect is her to come back into his life, alive. Yes. She’s alive and trying to save her brother who lost all of her money to, wait for it….Temple! And his casino. The same casino that we were introduced to in the previous novels in the series.

Early on it is clear that more is going on than the Duke, and the reader is aware of. Mara isn’t purposely trying to hide things, but it is how she knows to survive. The only way she can currently survive is to work with Temple once again, even though it pains her. What the two don’t expect is to fall in love with each other. Sadly, as a reader I never fell in love with the characters. Actually, I couldn’t fall in love with Mara. I was fine with Temple. Actually I really enjoyed Temple, he was dealt an unfair hand and while he was bitter, he worked with it and went on with his life.

Mara is selfish, often childish and, in my opinion un-redeemable main character. While I am fine with “unlikable” characters, and can still enjoy the story, there was no reason that Mara had to be the way she was. Or, if she was a little more fleshed out, possibly that could have made her seem more realistic. As the reader I was never given enough of her back story to care about her or understand why she was doing anything. And that was heartbreaking. I adore MacLean’s writing and her stories, but this one fell extremely flat for me.