ARC Review: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

Posted November 26, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 7 Comments

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ARC Review: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
by Sarah MacLean

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: 26 November 2013
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #3
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

 

Sarah MacLean has crafted a book full of complicated and tangled emotions~ Under the Covers

We are now on the third book in Sarah MacLean’s fantastic Rules of Scoundrels series and the time has come for Temple to have his story told. Temple was cast out of society and the charmed life he enjoyed twelve years ago for a crime he can’t remember committing; murdering his father’s very young fiancee Miss Mara Lowe. Now known as the Killer Duke he helps run the Fallen Angel with his friends and never expects to get his old life back. That is until the very woman he thought he had murdered turns up on his doorstep with a desperate proposition. 

I have been intrigued by Temple since the beginning of the series, his mysterious and shady background and his big body and rough good looks drew me like a moth to a flame. Now I know all about him my fascination hasn’t ended, he was a great hero, his broad shoulders carried the book really well, he had the right mixture of tough, tragic and vulnerable to set us ladies swooning. But, it wasn’t just Temple that made the book worth reading, Mara was a fantastic heroine, smart, strong and kind it was hard not to like her despite some of the ill-fated decisions she made in the past.

Together Mara and Temple made No Good Duke Goes Unpunished sizzle, the sexual chemistry between them was apparent from their first meeting and the suspense between them continued to build as the book went on; this made for a very sensuous book even though nothing was really consummated till very near the end. It wasn’t just sexual tension straining Mara and Temple’s relationship with their complicated past they battled feelings of guilt and anger whilst trying to struggle their way to redemption, both in the eyes of society and themselves.

But, although I did enjoy reading this book it didn’t contain some of the levity that is normally present in Sarah MacLean’s books, this suited  the story in No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, but I did miss it. This was definitely a more serious affair then the other books she has written.

Sarah MacLean has crafted a book full of complicated and tangled emotions and really puts her characters through the wringer pulling out a host of feelings from forgiveness and anger, to love and loyalty and we are with them every step of the way. This was a fantastic read and demonstrates some of the reasons why Sarah MacLean is one of my favourite historical romance authors.

* ARC provided by publisher

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About Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Amy R

I enjoy historical romances and I haven’t read any Sarah MacLean so I will need to add her to my authors to check out list. Does she have any stand-alones?

Elizabeth
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She is very good…you will enjoy yourself!

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Elizabeth

Hmmmm levity is one of the things I enjoy about her stories so thanks for letting me know this is more on the serious side suzanne

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Timitra

That’s a nice shade of green…Thanks for the great review Suz.

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Wonderful gown on the cover 🙂
Another great historical romance,thanks for the great review Suz! 🙂

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Tessa F

I haven’t read any of Sarah MacLean’s book. The covers are so pretty and I will get to her books eventually.

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Aly P

I am reading it now and your review really helps when I wanna kick both Temple and Mara :))