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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

(The Rules of Scoundrels #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  17,886 ratings  ·  1,677 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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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Avon
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
Pint-Sized Vehemence
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, without a doubt, loathed the character of Mara. Her attitude and personality pissed
Sarah MacLean
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, historical, romance
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).
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals
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
♡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

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
Fani *loves angst*
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
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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) ...more
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
The first half of the book was great. Felt al the damn feelings. Then things got stupid real quick. It was soooo drawn out and so repetitive. Unnecessary.
ETA: I'm not entirely sure WTF I was smoking when I initially reviewed this and gave it a 3 stars nor how I found the heroine Mara "redeemable" in the end after everything she did. I know this because it's been a few years since I read this and my lip still curls every time I see this book pop up in my feed so yeah the bad after taste is still there. I was going to edit down my review or delete the whole thing but clearly I felt a certain way about it to write all this mess below so I'll leave i ...more
Mary - Buried Under Romance
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.

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!
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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, Tem
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
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
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another good read. It sort of dragged for the first half but I really enjoyed the second half of the book.

I never knew Tom Hardy played Heathcliff!

He woke with a splitting head and a hard cock.

Hard to beat an opening line like that (excuse the pun)!

For a fleeting moment, she wondered how those fingers would feel on her own cheek. And then she realized she was vaguely jealous of a pig.

"Would you like it if I used my mouth?"

Now, what man is going to turn down that offer?

He swore, h
Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars. I liked it. Not loving it like I did with her first series though.
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
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review posted on Got Fiction? Books


“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
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Lesa Divine
Interesting start. 2.5 🌟
Duke finds himself being accused of murdering a lady.
But this dead lady's body hasn't come up.
He's tarnish from his own social society.

Running a gambling house he makes his living in fighting.

But soon a mysterious lady shows up wanting his help and she's willing to tell the world who she is.

Wasn't happy with this couple. Mara was a stubborn woman. She didn't know what she wanted.
Temple the Duke kept finding himself deeper in trouble with Mara.
Just okay... No spark no con
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know whether I'm being overly generous with my stars, or I'm really easy to please these days, but I sure am loving these Sarah MacLean books! I can't seem to get enough... so I'm moving on to book 4, Chase's book! Dying to get the scoop on this one! ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah MacLean Fans, Romance
4 Rogue, Duke, Sarah MacLean Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
I happened onto the Author Sarah McLean when I first started reading romance. She had been doing her Rules series and I was so taken by her style and cheekiness. She did things in her historical's which took my breath away. I felt all of the thrill and excitement of a current relationship but in a very different time period than my own.

Her women were inventive, intelligent, able to work within the structure of the times, yet groundbreaking i
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a rage inducing book. I don’t know how this got published and got good ratings. Why the f$ck did the author romanticize false accusations that ruined a man’s life?? Geez my blood is boiling.
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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I don't know why I've waited so long to read this book??!!!

I loved it! It was a strait, good historical romance! :)

At the beginning I didn't like the heroine, Mara, but at the end I loved her! First she appeared as an egoistical, spoilt rich girl who riuned lives just because things were not done her way, but at the end I came to understand the whys and I forgave her, just like the hero, William, aka Temple, did.

It is such a wonderful love story that we live from both their POVs.

The writing is
Sarah MacLean is a consistently readable author (however, she’s not, as I found re-readable). Her stories are fluffy and light and full of drama and grand gestures and corny soliloquies. If that’s your brand of romance, MacLean is the place to go. But readable as her books are, MacLean’s brand of romance isn’t my brand of romance, typically. When you add into the fact that No Good Duke Goes Unpunished features an absolute heinous, HEINOUS, female lead…I say eh. The book is compulsively readable, ...more
It really pains me to give anything by Sarah MacLean less than 4 stars, but this book just wasn’t for me. I bought this book without reading what it was about because I have read all her other books and loved them. And after One good Earl deserves a lover I was even looking forward to Temple’s story, to find out why everyone thought he was “the killer Duke”. But, and I’m really sorry to say this, I absolutely loathed the “heroine” and, at times, was actually hoping Temple would just commit the m ...more
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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. A romance columnist and co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates, her work in support of

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