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 loved Pippa and Cross' story and fell in love with the "Killer Duke". However I hated his story it's drawn out and try as I might, I could not like the heroine. I hope the next and final story can redeem this series. The Duke deserved better.
My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move
I can't compare the audio and print versions since I have not read this book but the audio is great. I love this book for its story, romance and flow.
I absolute love Temple. The big man with the big heart.
Rosalyn Landor is a great narrator. She gives such personality to each character that you never have to guess or wait for them to be identified.
The most moving moment of the book for me is Temple's time at the home with the boys.
Can't wait to listen to the final book.
I bought this book because I absolutely LOVE Rosalyn Landor. She is one of my favorite narrators. However, half way into the book, I found myself skipping ahead bit by bit. I agree with some of the other reviews..to much left unexplained and the story simply dragged on and on and on. I'll have to listen to other books by the author. One irritating book does not make a bad author. I'll hope for better.
I had such high hopes for the next book in this series and although the storyline was very promising, there were too many unexplained issues. There is no mention of how or why Temple was presumed to be the "Killer Duke" when there was a lot of blood, but no body. There is nothing at all mentioned about what or how he would have disposed of the body. No rumors of throwing it off a cliff with him staggering back to her bed chamber or chopping it up (I know that's gruesome) - nothing. This book doesn't address the "body" in one sentence which just doesn't make sense. I would have expected to see that the ton rumored that he did something with the body - but there was nothing.
Also, what happened to Temple's fathers previous 3 wives??? Mara was to be his 4th wife. Maybe Temple's father was the real "Killer Duke" and the ton could have said that the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Something!
I also didn't understand how Mara could ask or force Temple to pay her to be with him when he really and truly held all the cards (so to speak). I listened to the paragraphs in the book where Temple and Mara discussed their bargain several times and I simply never understood how she could ask Temple to pay her or why he agreed to these outrageous terms. He could have just marched her out into society without any explanation to her or anyone else, but instead he ended up having to pay her to be with him??? Very confusing.
I would have really liked this book if these few issues could have been explained. I did like the story of him being a boxer and I liked the interactions between the two characters, but there are several issues with this book that I just cannot understand.
The tip we've received to the beginning of Chase's story sounds very intriguing. I hope Ms. McLean puts a bit more thought into Chase's story because it will be tough to pull it off and make convincing after all of the interactions between Chase and the other three scoundrels.
Can one truly let bygones be bygones? It wont be as easy for me but somehow the hero in this book can. So even though the heroin destroys his life and for 12 years he is shunned not only by his family but by aristocracy, he manages to let love conquer all. The hero also had to chase the heroin continuously to have her give in to the love. That is the only part of the book I wish Sarah MacLean had addressed. It is too unlikely so instead she should have had the chasing reversed. Regardless, I truly enjoyed the book and this minor issue correction would have just been the icing on the cake. But yes! I still recommend this book.
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
Yes. I love Sarah but this is not her best. Became so bored with the book.
Never could one book do that.
Yes, cause she is not the reason book got boring.
Temple, needs a better more strong woman, than someone who whines alot.
This is a great series! Loved it. Strong Heroine and Hero. Great story and plot, lots of witty dialogue, hot and steamy sex. All the ingredients for a great book. A must read or listen series. I read along on my kindle.
Read/Listen to them all:
A Rogue by any Other Name- The Rules of Scoundrels Book 1
One Good Earl Deserves Another- The Rules of Scoundrels Book 2
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished- The Rules of Scoundrels Book 3
I am so looking forward to Book 4!
The narration is decent enough.
Credit Worthy? Yes all of them are!
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