No Good Duke Goes Unpunished books –

A Rogue RuinedHe 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 AbsolutionA Lady ReturnedMara 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 KillerA Scandal RevealedIt S A Fine Trade, Until Temple Realizes That The Lady And Her Past Are 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

10 thoughts on “No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

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    Warning a whole lot of rage ahead I am absolutely livid with anger.Absolution Revenge Retribution You ve got to be fucking kidding me I am fuming with fury This book was a waste of my time Revenge What fucking revenge This is a poor excuse of a love story, with two of the most addle brained fucking excuse of a human being I have ever met There is the main character, an irredeemable bitch of a woman, the sort who darkens the name of womanhood, the Love is never having to say you re sorry type of fucking bullshit What the fuck does that even MEAN When a person is wrong, they apologize When a person knowingly, willingly destroys a person s life, they should apologize They should fucking grovel, they should beg for forgiveness, they should not be able to fucking barter for forgiveness, spouting defiant fucking sorry ass excuses while being dragged unwillingly every fucking step of the way I have zero sympathy for the main character in this book.This is the sorriest fucking excuse of a revenge novel that I have ever read The whole thing is a fucking mating dance.There is a way of exacting retribution, and it is nowhere to be found in this book You could search over this book with a fine tooth comb You could examine every inch with the most powerful of electron microscope, but the point is that there s nary a iota of revenge exacting in this novel It is a cookie cutter romance novel with the slightest hint of wrongdoing and a promise of revenge and nothing than that.The Summary Let s keep the summary short so I can get on with my rant 12 years ago, 16 year old heiress Mara disappeared The bad news is that the future Duke of Lamont was accused of her murder He was naked In a bed that was not his own.And he was covered in blood. His memory of the night before is completely gone He cannot remember a single thing Without a body, he cannot be convicted, but his name and his family name has been dragged through the mud He may be a Duke in title, but he and his family s name is blacklisted Society will never, ever accept him He was sent into exile by his father A promising young man with his life ahead of him, sent into the streets He adopted the name Temple, he begins fighting as a boxer, and made his reputation as the Killer Duke 12 years later, he has made his own fortune, but society will never forget that he is a killer But then Mara appears, with a deal She will clear her name.He just wants his revenge Does Temple fucking go for the throat Hang her out to dry for the years of torment he has caused her Does Temple get his retribution Only if retribution is a fucking synonym for falling in love I hate, hate, HATE people who make false accusations People who bear false witness on the stand who cause an innocent person to be imprisoned for decades People who falsely accuse another of rape People who falsely accuse another of defamation The sight of the newly freed as they see their families again, the knowledge of the years of their lives lost due to a false accusation, all the pain and misery that they must have undergone in prison it just breaks my heart.Fucking cow.I Destroyed Your Life Now What A false accusation destroys lives A false accusation destroys a person Have you ever been falsely accused of something you have not done It is not pleasant I have I have never, ever felt so much anger and helplessness and frustration as when I had been falsely accused of something I did not do.I have a very limited amount of sympathy for someone who willingly destroys someone s life Spare me your fucking excuses, you monster of a woman Yeah, the heroine has a sad backstory, wah wah wah Boo fucking hoo Cry me a motherfucking river, because gues what I don t give a fucking crap Play me your very tiniest of violins because I have had it up to here with your fucking bullshit, you miserable excuse for a woman.Mara is the type of woman who give womanhood a bad reputation She shirks her duties She makes wrongs and sticks her fucking head in the sand for 12 years 12 FUCKING YEARS From the beginning of this book, Mara has an uphill battle to fight for my approval She never, ever once comes close to winning over my heart.I m So Sorry I Ruined Your Life, Would You Like Some More The main character is set up to be a sympathetic anti heroine Mara is not sympathetic I never, ever once felt anything for her but complete, utter loathing She committed a wrong, and she ended up making a man pay for it not with his life, but his reputation, his dignity, without his heritage, a disgrace to his family name She has taken everything from him She is a fucking cunt She is a self righteous twat She deserve to be ostracized from society Were this medieval times, Mara deserves to be pilloried with rotten eggs and fruit thrown at her, and I would gladly chuck a putrid basket of rotten papaya, a few coconuts, and several bricks shaped as fruits at her self professedly saintly fucking head.Fucking trollop.This is Mara s fucking version of repaying all the bad, bad things she s ever done.Mara Waaaaaah WAAAAAH I am so sorry that I ve ruined your life I am so sorry that for the past 12 years, I ve let you lived with a blank memory of the night in which you ve killed me I am so sorry about what happened that night that I won t fucking tell you anything about what happened, leaving you in complete, utter anguish, leaving you to torment yourself with doubt until the very end She should tell him.The whole story.The money, the debt, the reason she d run She should lay herself at his feet and give him the chance to forgive her To believe her To believe in her. Yes, the very fucking end, after which I will give you Ze Grand Reveal, which is as exciting a secret as the fact that I fart 15 times a day under my petticoats.I m so sorry that I won t even fucking TELL YOU TO YOUR FUCKING FACE that I m sorry Do you regret your actions She met his eyes Do you wish the truth Or a platitude I m so fucking sorry, I really am I m so sorry that due to society false conviction of you as a killer which was my fault in the first place , you were ostracized and branded the Killer Duke I m so sorry that I will equate the fact that I lived for 12 years, fucking scot free fully in knowledge that I ve destroyed an innocent man, because I TOTALLY KNOW HOW YOU FEEL I understand that you are angry The words seemed to call to him, and he came toward her, glass still in hand, stalking her backward, across the too small room You understand, do you Yes You understand what it is to have lost my name She did, rather But she knew better than to say it.He pressed on To have lost my title, my land, my life Yes, I am so fucking sorry I am so sorry that I will extort money out of you in order for me to do what s right and prove to the world that you are innocent I shall tell the truth Come forward with proof of my birth And you shall forgive my brother s debt I think it s a fair trade A fair trade for destroying my life I am so fucking sorry for all the wrongs that I ve done to you that I will threaten to escape once again, leaving you fully aware this time that I am alive, but knowing you cannot prove it unless I am here I disappeared once before I can do it again I am so very sorry for drugging you the night that I faked my death, leaving you covered in blood He interrupted her thoughts You drugged me I am ever so fucking sorry that I drugged you, so sorry that I will express my remorse by DRUGGING YOU AGAIN Goddammit he said, his glass falling from his hand as he lunged toward her, missing his mark, catching himself on the edge of the chair You did itagain I am so sorry that your name is ruined in society that I will rectify my error by completely battering your fucking name into the ground I will publicly challenge you to a boxing duel in front of a full house Surely that will do the trick She was ringside and through the ropes in seconds, and the moment she stood there, in the uneven sawdust, the room began to quiet.She took a deep breath and spoke, letting her voice run loud and clear in the enormous room I, too, have a debt with The Fallen Angel, Duke So tell me Will you accept my challenge Because of course, fighting me will completely fucking clear your bloody name in society Why Because if you beat me, you will be known as a fucking woman beater And if you let me win, you will be known in society as a boxer who fucking lost to a woman I will let you have your revenge by putting you in a situation in which you cannot fucking possibly win.I am so fucking sorry that I feel that my life has been destroyed by men, so that I will take it out on a man who has been completely innocent of doing anything to me Temple had been collateral damage. I will acknowledge my wrongdoing internally while doing everything possible to defy the man whom I have wronged I am so sorry that I was a completely fucking stupid cunt I never meant to hurt you She paused, her gaze flickering over his shoulder to the mirror where the women had watched the fight It never occurred to me that you would suffer He didn t say anything Didn t have to The idea that her actions would have no consequences for him was pure idiocy. I am so sorry that yet again, I will extort money out of you for making love to me I don t care what your reasons are, or how well you ve fabricated them I am done How much was this worth This afternoon The words were a blow He couldn t believe she would ask to be paid for. I m so fucking sorry that I destroyed your life and stabbed you in the back that I will allow my brother to literally stab you The knife landed hard and deep in Temple s chest, blood blooming from it like a perverse blossom. Some people are emotional vampires They suck the happiness, the hope, the life out of everyone and everything they touch Mara is one of them She is a despicable excuse of a human being She fills me with anger and hate There was not a single moment in this book in which I felt a minute substance of sympathy for her Mara does not deserve a happily ever after, and the fact that she gets one makes me sick to my stomach.Fucking tramp.Retribution is a Synonym for Love Oh, Temple Dear, dear angry Temple He is so filled with hate, so filled with righteous anger I don t blame him I have the utmost sympathy for him until he attempts to get revenge.The key word is attempt Because his way of exacting revenge is the equivalent of tickling a little kitten under its chin very, very hard.Oh, but it s a HARD tickle Therefore it s acceptable ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WHERE IS THE RAGE WHERE IS THE ANGER Temple gets MAD Only he doesn t He gets ANGRY Until he sniffs Mara s hair He is FURIOUS Until he sees how lovely Mara is He is IRATE Until he feels bad about Mara and the fact that she has really harsh, dry hands because she hasn t been able to lead the life of a lady IN THE 12 YEARS THAT SHE LET PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT HE WAS A MURDERER.ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME SERIOUSLY, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME HOW THE FUCK IS THIS ANY SORT OF REVENGE Mara drugs him OH NO PEOPLE THINK I M A MURDERER I LOST MY NAME, MY FORTUNE, MY REPUTATION She s back Oh, how lovely and untouched by time she looks It s almost as if I didn t fucking kill her OH SHIT SHE DRUGGED ME AGAIN Why, that clever, cunning girl Oh, look, she wants to extort money out of me But that s alright, she s got a fucking orphanage to feed.Her brother fucking stabbed me She may have been in on it But she s so lovely her, with her pretty, soft hair and her strange, irresistible eyes and her strength beyond measure Thoughts that did not make him question just why she had done what she d done so many years ago. Strength beyond measure Sure She s got so much backbone, so much strength that she never shows it in any way besides living the kind of hard life that 95% of non wealthy women live for the rest of their drudge filled life Never mind that she s not forced to be a whore, because really, it takes so much fucking strength to fucking run an orphanage A fishmonger A tailor A maid No such work for our fucking saint of a false speaker, Mara.STRONG BULLSHIT Temple puts fucking Mara on a pedestal when she does not deserve it He completely forgets about retribution and starts waxing on and off about her beauty and strength every fucking moment All thoughts of retribution and revenge goes out the fucking window Seriously, fuck that shit Oh, she tried to kill him Noooooo, noooooo she wouldn t I mean, what evidence is there that Mara might want to hurt him OH, WAIT, THE FACT THAT SHE LET PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT HE KILLED HER 12 YEARS AGO And yet Temple shook his head She hadn t tried to kill him He couldn t believe it He wouldn t. Oh fucking Temple, fucking Temple, you fucking birdbrain Take your fucking brain out of its penis, remove your fucking balls and hand it to Mara already, you fucking doormat You fucking sorry excuse of a man.

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    I have adored and beyond loved everything I ve read by Sarah MacLean, thus far I usually wait on pins and needles for her books to be published and then devour them as quickly as I can When I finish, I predictably find my enthusiasm well satisfied, followed by a bittersweet mix of the glow of an amazing story well told, and separation anxiety This book, unfortunately, did not continue the trend I absolutely, without a doubt, loathed the character of Mara Her attitude and personality pissed me off in a big away, which was a feeling that only deepened and hardened as the novel went on Simply put this woman has no conscience, no empathy, and no ability to love anyone but herself First things first we learn Mara ruined Temple s life twelve years prior to this story, by framing him for her murder Obviously this is something that completely changed the course of his life for the worse, and tanks his reputation and his good name for years after reputation is a big deal in the Regency period, whereupon a man s word was as good as his bond, and his name being smeared impacts absolutely everything socially Things of smaller consequence have ruined people of larger standing Secondly, as the story plays out, we find that Mara comes back into Temple s life with the gall to act like he owes HER something She doesn t come back because she s so wracked with guilt that he s a ruined man, at her hands, and she wants to set it right She didn t reveal herself to him as alive to apologize or try to repent for all the ill she d caused him no, she had other shit on her agenda, shit that had nothing to do with himexcept using him as a method of fixing her current predicament On several occasions, she even has the nerve to get upset with him because he just wasn t playing her game, and wasn t giving her what she wanted She s pissy and argumentative, angry that he s getting in her way of achieving whatever it is her plans are now, and she makes it clear she s only come back for her own continued, ludicrous selfishness Now, yes her ultimate goal is the orphanage for her boys and absolving her brother of his debt, and these might be noble causes.if she had any kind of morals or ethics However, Mara continually shows no growth, no sympathy, no scruples and no principles Just like the situation 12 years before, this stuff happens to be important TO HER, and thus it s perfectly okay to screw over anyone she has to in the process To add insult to injury, Mara had Temple by the short and curlies, and kept dangling information he was lacking about the night he was found in a pool of her blood due to his being drugged and remembering very little after he passed out in front of him, a game that proved profitable for her monetarily He was repeatedly forced to fork over money for every one of those tidbits of explanation, so he could piece together what actually occurred She ALSO kept making hints that she could offer him complete redemption and clear his good name but only if he played by her rules, kept out of her way, and helped her get what she wanted Talk about kicking a man when he s down How utterly narcissistic and controlling can one person be Apparently absolving a man for a crime he didn t commit just isn t worth it unless you can use it as a bribe to get your own ends met again as well Every other page, I wanted to yell at the book You dumb, conniving bitch You deserve all that and You ruined HIS LIFE BEYOND REPAIR You should be licking his BOOTS asking him to forgive you.Thus, gentle reader, Temple is a pawn for a disgusting, manipulative woman, and nothing She didn t deserve him, not even a little bit, and frankly I m a little appalled that he d even fall in love with a woman of no honorable character It s all congratulations on your face, my penis is hard let s give it a go because there s nothing else between them that isn t toxic and ruinous and it s all her fault At the end of the novel, Mara s long awaited remorse that things went further off course than she intended 12 years ago came way, way too late and without enough convincing for me It felt false and had me going, oh, please , without much sympathy It was almost as though Temple was now what she wanted and so she was going to say whatever she had to to win him, just as she does everything else in her life In truth, if she were smarter, she could have done a zillion other things and handled her situation totally differently than FRAMING A MAN FOR HER MURDER AND THEN COMING BACK TO MANIPULATE HIM TO FIX THE NEW SHIT IN HER LIFE But she didn t She got blinded by her own needs back then and through the current story and was okay about screwing others over when her ass was on the line proving she d grown and matured not one whit over the time lapse So my end feeling Mara is a complete, monstrous, unrepentant ASSHOLE Just ugh.

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    4 redeeming stars Review completed December 2, 2013For the last twelve years Temple William Harrow, Marquess of Chapin and heir to the dukedom of Lamont had lived with the conviction that he killed Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding with his father After that fateful night Mara disappeared without trace But then quite unexpectedly Mara appears at Temple s townhouse, hale and hearty A myriad of emotions hits him As a matter of fact, he didn t only feel relief when he knew that she was alive If anything, Temple felt angry, betrayed and bitter After all, she d stolen a major part of his life when she set him up so long ago Temple wants to know what happened that fateful night at Whitefawn However, Mara is not willing to tell him anything if Temple won t accept a trade Even though Temple s reputation had been destroyed twelve years ago, he was one of the wealthiest men in London And Mara needs money view spoiler for the MacIntyre Home for Boys hide spoiler

  4. says:

    As ever, I m a terrible judge But I like Temple And Mara And Lavender You ll learn about Lavender when you read the book xo

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    2 IT BREAKS MY HEART TO WRITE THIS stars.I love Sarah MacLean, and I really wanted to like this, but the story was a big WTF Words actionsOh right a guy hell bent on revenge and can only see his hate for this woman, buys her a new wardrobe and fusses over non stop WTF Oh, how evil NOT Selfish actions I love youSo for a lady feeling guilty of framing the Duke for murder and causing him so much pain, she proves it by causing pain and then pain And then everyone lives happily ever after WTF When pigs fly yes, they even had a pet pig in this story This was a bummer as I had been enjoying this series, but I am not calling it quits On the plus side, Sarah MacLean is such a great writer she nearly had me buying this concocted story Her writing is solid, it is just the absurd story line that I couldn t take.

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    Temple s book is here It s no secret how much I love The Rules of Scoundrels series It s one of my utmost favorite historical romance series to date Sarah MacLean truly excels at writing original, seductive, and emotionally driven stories with clever and bold characters, steamy sexual tension, and passionate loves scenes If you ve been waiting on pins and needles like I have for Temple s book, it was well worth the wait This might be the darkest in the series so far, but absolutely brilliant.Temple has been on my radar since the first book in this series I knew he would steal my heart, he s so beautifully damaged and utterly sexy with his bad ass alpha ways I love that big ole brute of a man For years he s lived with the guilt and shame of Mara s death His bitterness at Mara s deception not only consumed him but hurt him in a way that he couldn t see himself ever forgiving her He didn t want to hear Mara s pleas or make any bargains with her He wanted revenge What he didn t expect is to fall for this beautiful and spit fire of a woman, who stood her ground against him and put his emotions through the wringer Will he let go of his chance for absolution for the woman he loves Mara was not an easy character to like at first I loathed her for what she did to Temple and she came across as unapologetic at first As Mara s back story is revealed, MacLean changes my mind as I start to empathize with her I admire her strength and determination And I love her quick wit and compassion The fact that she persevered and survived such a hard life tugged on my heart strings She truly never meant to hurt Temple and wanted him to forgive her, but she also understood that may not be possible So she accepted Temple s terms with grace and courage The things she sacrifices for Temple by the end truly made her a redeemable heroine in my eyes Their electrifying attraction for each other was not so easily accepted There is blazing anger, regrets, vengeful thoughts, heartache, fears, doubts, and guilt which made for a very complicated romance But it also made for a very clever sparring match It was very entertaining to watch them outwit and outplay each other time and again The sexual tension between them was always simmering on the surface as they duke it out and then crash into each other with smoldering, fiery kisses He kissed her again and again, his hands coming to cup her face and hold her still as he claimed her with lips and tongue and teeth until the whole world had disappeared and there was nothing but her And him And this moment And the way they matched.The way she saw him The way he saw her When they finally do see each other truly and admit to themselves they have fallen in love, they both get redemption and forgiveness and love It wasn t hard for me to root for Mara and Temple s happy ending These two highly flawed and deeply layered characters richly deserved happiness Absolutely I loved everything about this book The writing is exceptional The emotions are tumultuous The love story is beautiful I always love revisiting with the other fallen men in this series that I ve fallen in lust with And now I m anxiously awaiting the next book Chase is the last Scoundrel to find love in this series and I m dying to know all of this mysterious man s secrets.

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    What an amazing book Sarah MacLean s eloquent, powerful language reverberated within my heart it transformed sympathy to empathy, thoughts and feelings to a canvas of emotions, and even when I hated the heroine, I understood her perfectly It takes an astounding raw talent to center a hero who had been hurt so much by the heroine, inspiring in the readers a dislike for the heroine, yet make her just as lovable as he in the end, a wonderfully moving ending of a perfectly matched couple William Harrow, heir to the Duke of Lamont, had awoken naked and in a bed of blood on the wedding date of his father s fourth marriage His stepmother to be, heiress Mara Lowe, had disappeared without a trace, and he was presumed to be her killer From that day onward, he became The Killer Duke, and soon, Temple Temple was the champion gladiator, the guardian at the Fallen Angel, a gambling club formed by four fallen gentlemen to fleece the greedy of their wealth, the losers last chance at redemption, of winning back their debts And through blood and sweat, he never lost for twelve years, because in his bones he believed in redemption least of all He did not look down on others weakness, but that thing called hope which caused them to challenge him again and again, to only be crushed down because Temple symbolized violence in its truest form elemental, focused, and holiness in its purity of heart It was all that he had left of himself after that fateful day, the manifestation of unmitigated self misery Fate overtook his world that day, when he was accused of taking a life, and now he works through taking the livelihoods of other men.On the eve of her wedding, Mara planned a reckless escape and never looked back She took on the role of Mrs MacIntyre, widowed proprietress of an orphanage But when her brother gambled away their funds, she needed to reclaim her money for the orphanage To resurface in twelve years, she sought the only person with whom she can bargain Temple Her truth for canceling her brother s debt But Temple is looking for than that he wants retribution He hadn t killed herThe realization remained a shock.He hadn t known All those years he d lived with the idea that he might have been a killer All those years She d stolen them from him To live with the idea that one is a killer is a frightening thing, and to do so for years is even Mara did not give a thought to Temple during her foolish escape She claims to feel no remorse due to her self interest Her selfishness made me question whether I can like her for causing Temple so much misery, or appreciate that she did what she believed was right, because she is imperfect, as are all of us Her conviction and determination are admirable, but are they worthy of praise when they have ruined another I could not understand how given her compassion for the poor and needy that she did not care as a happy lord was relegated into a fighter of the underworld It is true that Mara chose the path that benefited her, which trapped an innocent man in the darkness However, the pieces of her puzzle slowly merges together to reveal the depth of complexity of her character that of someone so perfectly imperfect who, armed with immature confidence, had simply made a vast mistake That was when I realized this tale, while focusing on Temple, has a deeper layer of intricacy centered on Mara s redemption As Mara strove to keep her secrets, she was caught between remorse and fear, fear of letting anyone in, of knowing her heart Her independence and steely determination drew Temple in Even when he planned for retribution, Temple fell in love with her, and sacrificed himself yet again He unknowingly protected her once, and knowingly did so again yet his inward gentleness only caused himself grief as Mara s secrets and untrusting heart endangered him This is where the book has been neatly juxtaposed while Temple had only been the victim in the first half, his sacrifice for Mara awakened in her a protectiveness towards him, which turned her into his protector in the second half This seamlessly balanced reversal of roles carried with it a viseral, heartwrenching love that blossomed between Temple and Mara, two of the most unlikeliest characters you ll ever meet because of what Mara did , and there is no word but beautiful to describe their connection.By the end of the book, Sarah MacLean proved to be a true storyteller as Temple s faith was restored, along with Mara s trust The belief that fighting for a purpose was strength, not a weakness Hope was no longer a danger, nor was trust Instead, both were strands that unified his claim on love, and solidified Mara s need for him in her life The gentle giant was protected by the very same woman who sent him to hell On that journey, Temple realized that inwardly, a part of him was fallen to begin with, and through Mara s reflective journey, she came to see atonement as doing her best to love the man who, in spite of all odds, fell in love with her Is there anything to be said of this book other than that Sarah MacLean s skillful pen brilliantly perfected a love story to rival the ages I think not But if you do doubt, pick this up and be warned that you ll be immersed in the story for hours Beginning from the first book in the series, Sarah MacLean had started to leave subtle clues regarding the founder of the Fallen Angel, Chase By this book, the clues have become obvious to the discriminating readers But only in the epilogue is Chase s identity revealedwhich is, without a doubt, a revelation I was left plagued by questions, which will finally be answered in the 2014, with the highly anticipated release of Chase s book that will explain how everything came together Review copy received from the published via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewOriginally published on Buried Under Romance

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    I reached the middle of the book, when I realized there s no point in my reading any further Even if I could eventually forgive the heroine s actions in the past, I simply can t forgive what she does now dangling the truth to which he s absolutely entitled to in front of Temple like a carrot, effectively using him once Instead, she should be on her knees, begging his forgiveness for ruining his life However, it s always been about what Mara needs, about her problems, her life, her wants and wishes, but never who she hurts trying to achieve her goals And if the actions of a sixteen year old girl can be excused, the ones of a twenty eight year old woman can t ignorance is not her alibi any, nor is the obliviousness of how utterly completely she ruined an innocent young man s life once In my opinion, were she a decent person, she would feel obligated to help him restore his name after realizing exactly what she did to him Temple deserves to know the complete truth and if, after telling him everything, he sees fit to help her, then so be it if not, she made her own bed and she d better get used sleeping on it, instead of carrying her mess into other people s lives.This is the second book of Sarah MacLean s that I failed to finish Though her writing, especially in this one, is above average, her dialogues witty and her heroes multilayered, I can t seem to stand her heroines Which means this is probably the last book of hers I m going to try But I can see why she s so popular, as her stories are interesting and fresh and emotional and well written, standing out in a genre that has, in my humble opinion, been declining for a while now.

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    I really liked the first two books in this series, and I was greatly looking forward to Temple s story But after starting it, I became worried I read the prologue, and the first thing I thought was, Please, please don t let the girl who framed him for murder be the heroine Because I could already see where this was going And I could see that Temple was going to look like the biggest idiot on the planet before it was over He truly believes he murdered someone and just has no memory of it He passed out after imbibing a drink prepared by someone else, then wakes up in a bed with blood in it Is there no blood anywhere else No cast off No drag marks No blood on the door handles He managed to murder a young girl and dispose of her body in a house full of servants and wedding guests without anyone seeing or hearing anything While he was in the midst of a blackout I might mention, blackouts were not something he d experienced before, and there s no indication he s experienced one since Even without Temple s assertions that he had no memory of the night s events, any halfway intelligent traffic cop should be able to pick apart the inconsistencies To top it off, he s not only a big enough idiot to believe he did it, he s also deficient enough to fall in love with the unrepentant thunder cunt who ruined his life This could have been so much better The heroine should have been someone else entirely Someone who helps Temple Someone with a conscience Someone who actually deserves his affection Not some selfish, spoiled little bitch who ruined his life and then comes back to rub his face in it This entire premise is ridiculous Maclean s idea of a worthy heroine is insulting to mankind in general I don t care how many good works one performs in the years following a betrayal like that, you can t come close to making up for what you did, especially when you attempt to continue the vile manipulation of an innocent man whom you wronged 12 years she sits on her ass and lets everyone believe an innocent man a man who s never done anything to her at all is guilty of her murder And I m supposed to sympathize I can t read this one I just can t Sarah Maclean should be ashamed of herself for this awful bullshit.

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    The heroine is so fundamentally unlikable, so selfish and self absorbed, so willing to heap current abuse on top of past abuse, that by the time the author tries to give her some redeeming features, it s too late There should be some quiet little wallflower who stood by Temple through it all who now finally stands up and makes him realise that Mara is still using him and that she s the one who has really always had his best interests at heart Something, anything, other than expecting us to believe that the hero cannot see what an unrepentant dick the heroine is I simply do not understand how Mara got to be anything other than the bad guy in this book As for the orphan story line The plot moppets are such an obvious ploy that it makes my head hurt especially since it doesn t work The she learns about Temple and The Fallen Angel, the obvious it is that the smart thing to do is to just tell him about the funds for the orphanage being part of what Kit gambled away Of course he or one of the other owners of the club would return the money or use their own rescue network to set the kids up elsewhere The fact that she runs an orphanage at all speaks very clearly to the shallowness of her character She s doing it to make herself feel better about her crime, not to atone for her sins When she found out about what her actions had done to Temple, she could have easily allowed herself to be spotted in another city and then use her famed disappearing powers to escape She could have written a letter exonerating him and just be seen posting it in a town she was only visiting for the day She could have gone to the papers and demanded that her location be kept secret She could have grown a conscience and told the truth upfront to Temple, been revealed, and then the book could have begun Maybe we can understand that, as a child, she made a mistake and it spiraled out of control as lies often do, but it really burns me that she never faces the consequences of her actions as an adult.