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

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  6,964 ratings  ·  852 reviews
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 . . .

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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Avon
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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLeanDuke of Midnight by Elizabeth HoytThe Sum of All Kisses by Julia QuinnThe Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie by Jennifer AshleySomewhere to Dream by Genevieve Graham
2013 Historical Romance (July - December)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Warning: a whole lot of rage ahead. I am absolutely livid with anger.

Absolution? Revenge? Retribution? You've got to be fucking kidding me. I am fuming with fury. This book was a waste of my time. Revenge? What fucking revenge? This is a poor excuse of a love story, with two of the most addle-brained fucking excuse of a human being I have ever met. There is the main character, an irredeemable bitch of a woman, the sort who darkens the name of womanhood, the "Love is never having to say you're so
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4 redeeming stars.****Review completed December 2, 2013

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For the last twelve years Temple (William Harrow, Marquess of Chapin and heir to the dukedom of Lamont) had lived with the conviction that he killed Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding with his father. After that fateful night Mara disappeared without trace. But then quite unexpectedly Mara appears at Temple's townhouse, hale and hearty. A myriad of emotions hits him. As a matter of fact, he didn't only feel relief when he knew that she was
Sarah MacLean
Sep 03, 2013 Sarah MacLean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine, romance, historical
As ever, I'm a terrible judge. But I like Temple. And Mara. And Lavender (You'll learn about Lavender when you read the book).
I have adored and beyond loved everything I've read by Sarah MacLean, thus far. I usually wait on pins and needles for her books to be published and then devour them as quickly as I can. When I finish, I predictably find my enthusiasm well satisfied, followed by a bittersweet mix of the glow of an amazing story well told, and separation anxiety.

This book, unfortunately, did not continue the trend: I absolutely could not like Mara.

Sorry, folks. Mara pissed me off. I was at a seething "done with

Temple's book is here! :)

It’s no secret how much I love The Rules of Scoundrels series. It’s one of my utmost favorite historical romance series to date. Sarah MacLean truly excels at writing original, seductive, and emotionally driven stories with clever and bold characters, steamy sexual tension, and passionate loves scenes. If you’ve been waiting on pins and needles like I have for Temple’s book, it was well worth the wait. This might be the darkest in the series so far, but absolutely brilli
♡Karlyn P♡

I love Sarah MacLean, and I really wanted to like this, but the story was a big WTF?!!

Words =/= actions

Oh right... a guy hell bent on revenge and can only see his hate for this woman, buys her a new wardrobe and fusses over non stop?? WTF? Oh, how evil!! (NOT!)

Selfish actions =/= I love you

So for a lady feeling guilty of framing the Duke for murder and causing him so much pain, she proves it by causing more pain and then more pain?

And then everyone
Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
What an amazing book. Sarah MacLean’s eloquent, powerful language reverberated within my heart; it transformed sympathy to empathy, thoughts and feelings to a canvas of emotions, and even when I hated the heroine, I understood her perfectly. It takes an astounding raw talent to center a hero who had been hurt so much by the heroine, inspiring in the readers a dislike for the heroine, yet make her just as lovable as he in the end, a wonderfully moving ending of a perfectly matched couple.

2 What the heck was that STARS!

Major flaw= stubborn arse Heroine!

The good thing about this is that I really liked William Harrow, Duke of Lamont aka "Temple" aka "the killer duke."

I felt this story did not do him ANY justice. I felt the plotline involving Mara was utterly ridiculous. I felt her means in NO WAY justified the end. Mara possessed so *many* unreedeming qualities. She was stubborn for way too long and her remorse came too late for me.

I usually LOVE this author... BUT I have to say it
I reached the middle of the book, when I realized there's no point in my reading any further. Even if I could eventually forgive the heroine's actions in the past, I simply can't forgive what she does now: dangling the truth -to which he's absolutely entitled to- in front of Temple like a carrot, effectively using him once more. Instead, she should be on her knees, begging his forgiveness for ruining his life. However, it's always been about what Mara needs, about her problems, her life, her wan ...more
The heroine is so fundamentally unlikable, so selfish and self-absorbed, so willing to heap current abuse on top of past abuse, that by the time the author tries to give her some redeeming features, it's too late. There should be some quiet little wallflower who stood by Temple through it all who now finally stands up and makes him realise that Mara is still using him and that she's the one who has really always had his best interests at heart. Something, anything, other than expecting us to bel ...more
5+ Stars!

Have you ever read a book and enjoyed it so much you hated for it to end? That's exactly how I felt about this book. Sarah MacLean is a master storyteller and readers who have been highly anticipating Temple's story will not be disappointed. I loved it all and highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys this genre. It's one of my favorite reads this year and definitely a keeper!
Stacia (the 2010 club)

Revenge. Retribution. Redemption.

Temple is a broken man. Accused of a crime he didn't commit, he adopts the alter-ego of a brawler in order to own the image he didn't create for himself.

Mara is a woman drowning in regret. She is unable to let her hidden truth out, but needs to find a way to pay her debts before she is pulled underneath for good.

Even though No Good Duke was a pretty standard historical romance, there were still a few moments which managed to stand out. The story started with a vi
3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because there's no amount of groveling and penance that could ever make me forgive what Mara did to Temple - no matter how great Ms. MacLean's writing is)
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

4 "love forgives all" stars

Sarah MacLean’s Rule of Scoundrels series are some of my very favorite stories ever. I’ve loved each and every one, and am always left dying for more! This third installment, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, is Temple’s story, one I’ve been waiting for for what seems like forever! I knew it’d be awesome, and I was right.

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, Te
♥ Melody

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Oh Sarah MacLean what happened? :( I really don't know how to go about rating this one. I feel like I need to break it down because of my half-crazed ranting status updates which seemed to scare readers off. Was this a favorite? Hhhhell NO. But MacLean still managed to weave a beautifully complicated story with hardships, angst and love intertwined. Repetitive in some areas as usual yes but still angsty and slow burning.

...*sigh* Oh Temple
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My lovely brooding sexy giant.

This summed h
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I really liked the first two books in this series, and I was greatly looking forward to Temple's story. But after starting it, I became worried. I read the prologue, and the first thing I thought was, "Please, please don't let the girl who framed him for murder be the heroine..."

Because I could already see where this was going. And I could see that Temple was going to look like the biggest idiot on the planet before it was over. He truly believes he murdered someone and just has no memory of it
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but this one just didn't hold my attention. For one, I didn't really like Mara for most of the book. She seemed to be so unapologetic about her role in ruining Temple's life. In the beginning she was positively dismissive about what her little scheme had done to his life. She seemed to think that just because he was a Duke it didn't matter that he'd been disowned by his family, thrown out on the streets and had the whole of society turn their ...more
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Carol Storm
I totally respect that this is a RITA award winner. Really! It's just like in my favorite flying ace movie, THE BLUE MAX, when George Peppard is talking all about how he just has to shoot down 20 planes and win "The Blue Max." "It's the only medal worth having," he gravely intones. "People respect it." And the jaded aristocrat he's fated to destroy looks at him with sardonic humor and says, "The medal or the man?"

So in our world, the RITA award is "The Blue Max." And this book won the RITA award
I wavered back and forth on what to rate this book. I LOVE Sarah MacClean. Love her books, love this series. However, I wasn't sure if this book rated four stars for me.

Temple is a great character - his life was ruined when he woke up in the bed of his father's fiancé covered in blood. And she was no where to be found so he was thought to have killed her. He has no memory of that night. So the "Killer Duke" turned to a life of street fighting until he became an owner of the infamous (well in th
Laura the Highland Hussy
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“He woke with a splitting head and a hard cock.”

18 year old William Harrow, Marquess of Chapin, heir to the Duke of Lamont, woke up with a headache, no memory of the night before, and an empty bed covered in blood. His father’s bride-to-be was missing, and he was found in her bed. Alone. Covered in blood.

12 years later, he is no longer that boy, he is Temple. He is one of the 4 owners of the Angel gaming club, and wealthy as can be. He may be known as the K
Wow. This book. This author. I adore her. Something about the way Sarah MacLean spins a tale keeps me engrossed for every page and wanting more...yesterday. This romance is a bit darker than previous books but it was delicious all the same! I love Temple. He was dark, moody and torn to pieces on the inside but a solid mass on the outside and no one was let in...until Mara returned from the dead. Mara had her reasons for doing what she did and I liked her fire and passion and thought she was a pe ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Sheryl marked it as to-read
UPDATE - 16/09/13

SSSSSQQQQQQUUUUUUUEEEEEEAAAL!!!! Look what I JUST got my hands on!!!!!!!! OMFG!!!! I am so happy right now... I have been DYING to read Temple's story... *SIGH* Thank you Edelweiss :D

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!! I'm sooooooooooooooo EXCITED for Temple's story..... seriously i credit Sarah MacLean for bringing me back to the historical romance genre... her books are THE BOMB!!!! CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!!!!
This is going to be the best birthday gift ever!!!


I want it now!

Me gusta esta autora y, desde luego recomiendo la novela, porque es una de mis imprescindibles y sé que sus historias me gustan y me entretienen.
Esta empezó muy bien, el argumento es novedoso y los personajes tenían muy buena pinta.
A medida que he ido avanzando se ha ido desinflando. Mara me ha caído bastante mal, no entiendo el planteamiento de víctima cuando realmente se pasó tres pueblos. Temple no defrauda, ya tenía pinta de oso achuchable y durante toda la novela mantiene el estatus, el pro
The third in the Fallen Angel series by Sarah MacLean, the story of Temple, (William Harrow, the Duke of Lamont) and Mara Lowe was good, but not as good as the first two. The primary reason I say this is that I just could not like Mara. After what she did to Temple twelve years prior, I felt that she was just too shrewish, too calculating and too, well, downright mean to believe. After all, she singlehandedly ruined Temple's life with one misguided attempt to escape marriage to his father. While ...more
The third addition to Sarah MacLean's The Rules of Scoundrels series. Mara Lowe was believed dead and killed by the Killer Duke aka Temple. But Temple has no memory of that night and left his aristocracy upbringing and lives among the depraved. Now he makes his living fighting and running a gambling den. Then the day comes when Mara Lowe rises from the dead and is willing to redeem his reputation in exchange for the debt her brother accrued.

It wasn't bad but it lacked something. That something t
Didn't enjoy this story. I love all of SM's books but this story just didn't work for me. Mara was weak in so many ways...really, she couldn't suck it up years ago and fix a mans life that she ruined? Then she finds him and has the gull to have pride. She was just all wrong and not likable. SM tried to giv he redeeming qualities with the orphan boys but it was just to contrived. She sucked. I would hav liked another heroine who saw Temple for who he was brought him to the light and stuck it to M ...more
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This might be the best historical romance I’ve read in 2013. I wasn’t sure how MacLean could redeem Mara. She had ruined Temple – emotionally, socially – and I wasn’t sure how she could make me like her, or how she’d get Temple to not only accept her apology, but accept her into his bed again.

He’s been accused (and judged guilty) in the death of his fiancé on the eve of their wedding. With no memory of what happened, he’s had to accept the possibility and shame, and accepts that he must be singl
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Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career
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Other Books in the Series

The Rules of Scoundrels (4 books)
  • A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)
  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)
  • Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #4)
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1) A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1) Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love By Numbers, #3) One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2) Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (Love By Numbers, #2)

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“I love your laugh. I want to hear it every day. I want to be through all this darkness and devastation. I want happiness now. I want our due. I want what we’ve deserved from the beginning.” He paused and stared deep into her eyes, willing her to understand how much he loved her. “I want you.” 8 likes
“What did you do to her?”

There were a thousand things he’d done.

I didn’t believe her.
I didn’t trust her.
I didn’t show her how much I loved her.
I didn’t protect her.

He settled on: “I made a mistake.”
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