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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

The Third Rule of Scoundrels
Lu par : Rosalyn Landor
Série : Rules of Scoundrels, Volume 3
Durée : 12 h et 33 min
Catégories : Anglais - Romance, Historical

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RITA Award Winner, Historical Romance, 2014

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

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  • Felicia The Geeky Blogger
  • 05/12/2013

Team Temple!

Listened for fun/Read for Review (Audible/Edelweiss)
Tracking Books Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 5.00

First Thought when Finished: No Good Duke goes Unpunished sealed the deal for me: I need to read more Sarah MacLean!

Book Thoughts: Temple! Temple! Team Temple! If you can't tell I just loved the killer duke to death. He is everything that I expect from my rogueish historical leading men: dastardly, damaged, and a really good friend. I will admit that it took a bit for Mara to prove to me that she was worthy of Temple but boy did she! Her back story was heartbreaking but her gumption was outstanding. Together they made me smile!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Rosalyn Landor/ Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins


Rosalyn is probably one my favorite narrators! I just love her voice and it is perfectly suited for historicals. She just pulls off this series spectacularly well. I totally recommend these on audio!

Final Thoughts: Oh that epilogue *evil grin*

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  • Gale Ann
  • 10/03/2014

Fallen Angels WOW!

What made the experience of listening to No Good Duke Goes Unpunished the most enjoyable?

I really like the hero and heroine. They're gorgeous, good and kind, sexy, attractive -- and so flawed and proud. This was an engaging story from start to finish with well drawn characters, a really interesting storyline, enough steamy sex to keep it interesting and integrated into the plot not just thrown in for the heck of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Temple for his physical attractiveness, kindness, and intelligence. The heroine, Mara, runs a close second. I also really liked Lavender, the piglet, -- a nice touch. I like that I don't feel frustrated with this author about either one or both of them being ninnies about their feelings for each other. Some romance authors take their H/H denial about their feelings too far, causing this reader a high level of frustration for having to deal with what at first seemed to be an attractive, intelligent adult into a seeming half-wit about their mutual attraction. This can result in either a low rating of the story or a return if I can't finish it.

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rosalyn Landor is one the best female historical romance narrator to be found. I look for books she's narrated. Her accents are always so well done, and although there's not a big variation between her male and female characters, I never get confused about the gender. She is five stars for me every time.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I feel good getting in touch with the characters who make this book such an enjoyable story. The scene descriptions make one feel a part of the action. I absolutely fell for Temple. Wow, what a man.

Any additional comments?

This is the third equally entertaining listen in this three (so far) volume series I found the heroes, i.e., "fallen angels,' consistently hot, handsome, sexy, smart and extremely intriguing due to their flaws and strengths and the stories they're in. Pair them with an equally matched heroine, engaging secondary characters; a sense of time and place; and a plot you want to follow to the end through myriad changes and surprises and I'm hooked! I advise reading them in order, but it won't spoil the experience if you don't. I am anxiously awaiting the next volume. PLEASE say there will be another! . This is a credit worthy listen, of course!

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  • harp diva
  • 17/12/2013

Couldn't wait for this to be over!

You know how you wish a good story would never end? Well, this story seemed endless! I couldn't wait for it to be over! The heroine was SO whinny and silly I felt like hitting my head against the wall and shouting: could this woman be any dumber! Really. Don't waste your credit. This book will just make you grind your teeth in anguish!

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  • Catherine
  • 10/10/2014

Infuriating!

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.

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  • The_Book_Queen
  • 11/05/2014

Not My Favorite in The Series, But Still Enjoyable

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3 1/2 Stars!

I listened to this book on Audible, though I do own the ebook as well.

The narrator was lovely, and MacLean's writing style and voice was also lovely.

The story was a bit flat for me. It was simply "okay". I liked it, but nothing really stood out about it after I was done. It was enjoyable while it lasted, but gone as soon as I finished.

I really loved book 2, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. But the spark, wit, and banter that was so heavy in that book was almost completely MIA in this book. I think that was why I was so disappointed in Temple's book. I missed the fun banter that MacLean gave in the last book. In OGEDAL, I marked up a few dozen passages of favorite quotes. In this one, I marked perhaps 2.

Still, I did like reading the "Killer" Duke's story, and I will of course come back for more books by MacLean. I'm curious about Chase's story next.

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  • G Richards
  • 08/12/2016

Loved this series

I have loved this series. Maclean's characters are intriguing and deeply likeable. Landor's narrations are strong and easy to follow. But I have to ask: Can you please re-produce book 4 with Rosalyn Landor narrating? I just can't listen to Justine Eyre's grating, fingers down a chalk board, faux british, vocal scratchings.

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  • anne
  • 17/04/2014

Questionable Heroine

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Made the heroine stronger.

Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

No question - Temple!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not necessarily

Any additional comments?

At first I wanted to return the book because I thought the heroine was so weak and lacked a sense of responsibility. She redeemed herself eventually, but it was too long in coming.

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  • Veronica
  • 25/01/2014

Was disappointed.

Would you try another book from Sarah MacLean and/or Rosalyn Landor?

No. However, I did enjoyed A Rogue by Any Other Name.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rosalyn Landor?

Rosalyn Landor is the best. I love her voice.

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  • Kimberly
  • 19/12/2013

Refreshing Plot! Risky character development.

Would you consider the audio edition of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but Landor does such a great job, I'd bet the audio is better!

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished?

When the heroine approaches Temple in the streets at night.

Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Very consistent. Good stuff! Male voices are not much differentiated among the minor characters, though….except for children.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All moments when the characters were torn between current attraction and past resentment.

Any additional comments?

I might have liked the heroine's reason for tricking Temple to be justified/explained a little sooner. It was hard to like her…what she had done seemed unforgivable and an indication that she was not a good person.

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  • Lia
  • 01/01/2015

Good Installment To The Series

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

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  • Susi
  • 05/12/2013

Sarah Mc Lean goes Fifty Shades of Grey....

Ich hatte den ersten Band bei Audible gekauft und habe mich sehr gefreut als ich sah, dass es jetzt schon den dritten gibt. Von dieser Freude ist nichts geblieben, leider.
Warnung: Spoiler des ersten Kapitels!

* Die Story ist völlig unglaubwürdig. Eine Frau will einen Mann nicht heiraten. Sie schleppt deshalb seinen Sohn in ihr Bett, gibt ihm Laudanum zu trinken, kippt ihm Blut über, flüchtet und gründet ein Waisenhaus für aristokratische Jungs.
Besagter Sohn wird des Mordes verdächtigt und ist fürderhin Außenseiter. Jeden Abend steigt er im "Fallen Angel" in den Boxring und schlägt Aristokraten zu Matsch - es gibt die Möglichkeit, verlorene Werte durch das Boxen wieder zu erringen.
Der Bruder der unwilligen Braut ist schwer verschuldet und verspielt auch den letzten Cent der Waisenhaus-Besitztümer.
Und was macht die Braut? Sie geht zum Sohn und schlägt ihm einen Handel vor: Er darf sie runieren wenn er ihr das verspielte Geld wiedergibt.
Und dann nimmt die Romanze ihren Lauf. Und wie schwer sich die Autorin damit tut, aus solchen Voraussetzungen eine Liebesgeschichte zu stricken kann man sich ja vorstellen.

* Offensichtlich hatte die Autorin keine rechte Vorstellung der beiden Personen und ihrer Geschichte, und das merkt man. Die Story ist lahm, schleppt sich ewig dahin und wird von immer gleichen Sätzen wiederbelebt obwohl sie in meinen Augen schon längst in die Hände von Dexter gehörte - vielleicht hätte er Sinn darin erkennen können?

* Die Hauptdarstellerin ist so was von unsympathisch, dass ich eigentlich echt nix von ihr, ihrer Arroganz, Blödheit und Blindheit hören wollte. Schlecht, weil sie natürlich ununterbrochen vorkommt....

* Die Geschichte schreit vor inhaltlichen Mängeln, unglaubwürdigen Details und Löchern. Diverse Handlungsstränge werde ewig aufgeblasen und verschwinden im Nichts, wichtige Informationen werden verschwiegen, vergessen oder sind faktisch falsch.

* Die anderen Mitglieder des Clubs kommen viel zu wenig vor, und sie sind auch nicht gerade sympathisch...

* Die Erzählweise ist billig ,billig, billig. 69 mal kommt das Wort Hate vor - auf 360 Seiten!(Love 100 mal, der Vollständigkeit halber, und ja, nur um nachzuzählen habe ich mir die Kindleversion gekauft.) He hated this, she hated that... Immer die gleichen Satzstrukturen, und bei allen "erotischen" Stellen das schlimmste Geblubbere, bestehend aus inkohärenten Satzelementen, Platitüden, und Unsinnigkeiten. (She had seen it because she had been looking at him - ehrlich wahr?!)

* und ganz schlimm: MacLean versucht sich an zuckerwattesüßen Sado-Maso-Episoden. Ouuuu, ein Seil, und sie muss sich mit beiden Händen daran festhalten! Und sich dabei im Spiegel anschauen! Und oooooh, sie sagt ihm dass er Kontrolle über sie hat woraufhin er sich ihr ausliefert indem sie ihm eine Augenbinde umlegen darf. Und schon gehts ab....die Jungfrau, die gleich seine männliche Perfektion erkennt und sich ihr widmet...naja...wer sowas verkraftet ohne ununterbrochen böse zu kommentieren, der hat ein großes Lob verdient.


(Und außerdem: warum es den zweiten Band nicht auf Audible gibt, ist ein Rätsel dass sich mir nicht erschließt)

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