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.
©2013 Sarah Trabucchi (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I really like the hero and heroine. They're gorgeous, good and kind, sexy, attractive -- and so flawed and proud. This was an engaging story from start to finish with well drawn characters, a really interesting storyline, enough steamy sex to keep it interesting and integrated into the plot not just thrown in for the heck of it.
Temple for his physical attractiveness, kindness, and intelligence. The heroine, Mara, runs a close second. I also really liked Lavender, the piglet, -- a nice touch. I like that I don't feel frustrated with this author about either one or both of them being ninnies about their feelings for each other. Some romance authors take their H/H denial about their feelings too far, causing this reader a high level of frustration for having to deal with what at first seemed to be an attractive, intelligent adult into a seeming half-wit about their mutual attraction. This can result in either a low rating of the story or a return if I can't finish it.
Rosalyn Landor is one the best female historical romance narrator to be found. I look for books she's narrated. Her accents are always so well done, and although there's not a big variation between her male and female characters, I never get confused about the gender. She is five stars for me every time.
I feel good getting in touch with the characters who make this book such an enjoyable story. The scene descriptions make one feel a part of the action. I absolutely fell for Temple. Wow, what a man.
This is the third equally entertaining listen in this three (so far) volume series I found the heroes, i.e., "fallen angels,' consistently hot, handsome, sexy, smart and extremely intriguing due to their flaws and strengths and the stories they're in. Pair them with an equally matched heroine, engaging secondary characters; a sense of time and place; and a plot you want to follow to the end through myriad changes and surprises and I'm hooked! I advise reading them in order, but it won't spoil the experience if you don't. I am anxiously awaiting the next volume. PLEASE say there will be another! . This is a credit worthy listen, of course!
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Listened for fun/Read for Review (Audible/Edelweiss)
Tracking Books Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 5.00
First Thought when Finished: No Good Duke goes Unpunished sealed the deal for me: I need to read more Sarah MacLean!
Book Thoughts: Temple! Temple! Team Temple! If you can't tell I just loved the killer duke to death. He is everything that I expect from my rogueish historical leading men: dastardly, damaged, and a really good friend. I will admit that it took a bit for Mara to prove to me that she was worthy of Temple but boy did she! Her back story was heartbreaking but her gumption was outstanding. Together they made me smile!
Narrated By Rosalyn Landor/ Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Rosalyn is probably one my favorite narrators! I just love her voice and it is perfectly suited for historicals. She just pulls off this series spectacularly well. I totally recommend these on audio!
Final Thoughts: Oh that epilogue *evil grin*
You know how you wish a good story would never end? Well, this story seemed endless! I couldn't wait for it to be over! The heroine was SO whinny and silly I felt like hitting my head against the wall and shouting: could this woman be any dumber! Really. Don't waste your credit. This book will just make you grind your teeth in anguish!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I read some reviews after reading No Good Duke and I don't agree with the notion that Mara is a horrible heroine because she drugs Temple.
When Mara first reveals who she is, Temple is one shocked, angry dude - one shocked, angry, large, very muscular man named The Killer Duke who beats men up for a living and who has a reputation for never losing a fight. She had a knife and laudanum with her when she approached Temple. He took her knife and told her,
“You might as well sit. You’re not going anywhere.”
Unease threaded through her at the words. “What does that mean?”
“It means that you turned up outside my door, Miss Lowe. And I have no intention of letting you escape again.”
I totally understand Mara feeling threatened by that statement. She uses the only weapon she has and doses Temple with laudanum, leaving him a note that says, “I had hoped it would not come to this, but I will not be intimidated, and I will not be strong-armed.” I wonder what else she was supposed to do when Temple threatened to keep her against her will.
Mara’s a very literal woman - that’s simply how she understands the world, and it’s a common enough character trait in fiction. Early on Temple tells Mara, “Nothing you could say will make me forgive.” It makes so much sense that Mara believes him, she takes him at his word, and doesn’t even try to tell him what her motivations are/were.
Mara’s father was abusive, beating her and her brother for infractions. If that were my childhood, I suspect I’d be very slow to trust - as Mara is slow to trust Temple. Yes, this is one of those, “If they’d only talk to each other, this mess would be cleared up” stories. But I found the reasons for not talking understandable - frustrating, yes, but understandable.
And when she does fulfill her promise, I thought Mara's courage was impressive.
Like others, I couldn't put this book down. I thought the characters were believable, the plot riveting, the setting unique. Like others, I also found the end over-worked. Overall: very enjoyable.
Rosalyn Landor is a favourite narrator and she was outstanding with the delivery of the story
3 1/2 Stars!
I listened to this book on Audible, though I do own the ebook as well.
The narrator was lovely, and MacLean's writing style and voice was also lovely.
The story was a bit flat for me. It was simply "okay". I liked it, but nothing really stood out about it after I was done. It was enjoyable while it lasted, but gone as soon as I finished.
I really loved book 2, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. But the spark, wit, and banter that was so heavy in that book was almost completely MIA in this book. I think that was why I was so disappointed in Temple's book. I missed the fun banter that MacLean gave in the last book. In OGEDAL, I marked up a few dozen passages of favorite quotes. In this one, I marked perhaps 2.
Still, I did like reading the "Killer" Duke's story, and I will of course come back for more books by MacLean. I'm curious about Chase's story next.
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Made the heroine stronger.
No question - Temple!!
At first I wanted to return the book because I thought the heroine was so weak and lacked a sense of responsibility. She redeemed herself eventually, but it was too long in coming.
No. However, I did enjoyed A Rogue by Any Other Name.
Rosalyn Landor is the best. I love her voice.
I have not read the print version but Landor does such a great job, I'd bet the audio is better!
When the heroine approaches Temple in the streets at night.
Very consistent. Good stuff! Male voices are not much differentiated among the minor characters, though….except for children.
All moments when the characters were torn between current attraction and past resentment.
I might have liked the heroine's reason for tricking Temple to be justified/explained a little sooner. It was hard to like her…what she had done seemed unforgivable and an indication that she was not a good person.
Yes! I love Temple! Actually, I love most all of the characters in these books. They come alive and the author was able to make me feel invested. In my opinion, of all of the owners of the Angel - Temple is - the most special.
She did a wonderful job with the story - I loved the tone, pace, and voices. None of it felt forced or fake. It only added to the story. She made Mara feel stronger than when I simply read the book. She put different inflection in Temple's words that made them hit harder (which is perfect for Temple). All-in-all it added a depth and richness that is lovely.
The characters stayed strong throughout. It was a good closing to the heroes and heroines I have come to love. I wanted Georgianna and Duncan together from the start. I also wanted to know what crime Duncan committed (stealing something) when he was younger. The author did a great job of suspense building there! This story and the three previous did a great job of making my commute to and from home less stressful!
But like the first three books... the author is very repetitive-throughout the entire book. She is constantly reminding us of why the couple can't be together and what their greatest personal fears are (by constantly repeating their thoughts). The story is REALLY good but you could cut the length by about a 1/3 if you deleted all the repetition.
Also, this story has a different narrator than the first three. She was a good narrator. It's just after three books, you know the characters and their voices. So on this last book it was sometimes confusing who was talking (as all the characters from the previous books are in it). And the characters felt "off" somehow because their voices didn't match what I was used to. Again it is a good story, good series, but lots of repetition.
"An excellent read that you can't put down"
It's an excellent read if you read the book and I just loved listening to it again and again. Must listen to it if you're a fan of romance genre.
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