Title: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Third Rule of Scoundrels)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon, 2013
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
I surely liked this book, but with a few reservations. I hate to judge a book on the author’s previous hits but this is not the best of the series. That said, I still think that Sarah MacLean writes rings around most other authors in the genre and this book is still a very good read.
The romance was slow developing and the chemistry between the H/h was certainly sizzling. But it left me wondering “why?”. Yes, she wanted to make amends but only if he gave her something, that being her brother’s gaming loss forgiven. It was a bit confusing but she also wanted money from Temple. He wanted revenge in the form of outing her to the Ton and humiliating her. Neither of these reasons seemed to justify the sizzling attraction between the two.
And yet…the story kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. Would these two actually fall in love in spite of all the reasons against that result? What did actually happen on that fateful night? Why did she become foster mother to all those orphans?
Yes, I do recommend this as a good read. And I will be in line to read Chase’s story in the next book.