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
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.
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.
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 am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
I love MacLean's books and this is no exception. From start to finish the story flows smoothly filled with interesting and humuros characters. So far I have been happy with her books. Looking forward to future releases!
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.
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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