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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah Maclean

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.

This book had me at war with myself.  I wanted to rush through it.  I want to stop reading because I didn’t want to finish too quickly.  I didn’t know what to do. Whenever I would put the book down, the light would glimmer off the jade dress on the cover and mesmerize me.  My solution? To give in and read the book in one sitting; after all I don’t need to be that alert in my cubicle every day do I? 

I promised myself I’d take the time to slowly reread it again this summer while lounging in the warmth of the sun and daydreaming about the Behemoth Temple and his chiselled muscles and fighting physique.  Mara is a resourceful young woman who I couldn’t help but admire and with every interaction between these two I became more and more invested in their relationship. 

This is a must read -- full of heart and heat.  I have came to the series late, but I’m looking forward to not only reading the next in line but going back and making myself familiar to the other two stories in the Rules of Scoundrels series.

Sarah Maclean

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