Review: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Sarah MacLean

The Rules of Scoundrels #3

Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 26-Nov-2016
Date Started: 9-Jan-2019
Date Finished: 11-Jan-2019
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Source: Library


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 have certainly been on a Sarah MacLean kick because her books have yet to disappoint. While not my favorite of the series (I adored Cross’s book), this book was superb. The theme of forgiveness and letting go of revenge starkly stood out to me.

The gist of the story is Temple is falsely accused of Mara’s death twelve years prior. Then she has the audacity to reappear and shake of Temple’s life to save her orphanage. The full spectrum of emotions ensue, they live happily ever after.

Mara is a great character as she is strong, selfless, but has also been desperate at times. Temple is a vastly misunderstood character causing him to have a gruff personality. Their emotional development was perfectly executed in this novel.

Overall this was a very addictive, easy-to-read novel that I completely recommend. I do suggest new readers start at the begining of the series as they all have overlapping characters and take place consecutively.

About the Author

“New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.”


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