Aside from a brief fling with Harlequin novels the summer I turned 16, I haven't been a big Romance reader. Recently however, I did a webinar for Booklist, and because I am dedicated to my job, I read many of the 33 titles that were discussed. I came away with a very real appreciation for Sarah MacLean's books.
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is the third in her four-part series, Rule of Scoundrels, about a group of four friends who own the most prestigious gambling hell (a fun new term I learned) in London. This book focuses on Temple, The Killer Duke, the brawn behind the club. He was banished from society after he was thought to have caused the disappearance and possible murder of his future stepmother, Mara Lowe.
12 years later, she reappears desperately in need of Temple's help. He is the only person who can forgive the debts her brother has accrued...an even exchange, money for absolution.
As you can imagine, Temple is MAD, but there is a fine line between hate and love and these wonderfully strong characters dance back and forth until the conclusion.
Two thumbs up. Snag an egalley!