NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED: The Third Rule of Scoundrels is a wickedly wonderful, page-turner with characters that leap off the page and into your dreams long after the story is done.

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 appear. 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.”

Ms. MacLean is a genius when it comes to creating unforgettable characters who are multi-dimensional, not only in the layers of their personality, but in the depths of their hearts as well. Who else could make it possible to like, much less love a character like Mara, who might otherwise be painted a villain for allowing a young man to be accused of a murder he did not commit?

The trick is in crafting the story in such a way that the deed—when finally explained, from their point of view—makes perfect sense and invokes empathy with the readers. A trick Ms. MacLean has mastered and re-mastered with each new book that she writes.

Temple has been a favorite of mine since the Rules for Soundrels series began and I can’t think of a better way to spend my day—hiding away from the chaos of Black Friday—than reading his and Mara’s story. I was entranced, delighted, saddened and then euphoric, all in the space of time that it took to read this book from beginning to end.

Speaking of the end…

I WILL NOT give anything away, but I will say Ms. MacLean is also a master of torture. By providing a HUGE surprise twist in the epilogue—a glimpse into the next Rules for Scoundrels—she has made my desire to possess a time machine more powerful than ever!

If you have not yet read a book by Sarah MacLean, give yourself a gift this holiday season and pick up a copy—any copy—of one of her books and prepare to be amazed. If like me, you have already discovered this wonderfully talented lady’s work, then do yourselves a favor and read them all over again. It’s an experience that is worth repeating over and over again.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.