I loved Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished and stayed up late into the night reading it. For twelve long years William Harrow has been stripped of his rightful place in the world. He is called Temple by his friends and The Killer Duke by everyone else. Even Temple doesn’t know what he is guilty of: he cannot remember a thing about the night he allegedly killed Miss Mara Lowe. So when Mara shows up in his life, alive and well, it is an incredible relief. It is also enraging – Mara is responsible for ruining his life and could have fixed everything for him at any time. She has decided to do so now, but only for a price. Mara really ought to be very unsympathetic. She has done Temple wrong – really seriously wrong – and to add insult to injury she is now trying to shake the man down for money.
A story must have a conflict and in romance that conflict must be resolved in such a way that the reader is rooting for the happy ending. Original, interesting conflicts can be hard to find in romance. Ms. MacLean has delivered exactly that and she makes it work. I wanted Mara and Temple to work out their issues and find their happily-ever-after through every page of the novel. Mara’s actions are explained satisfactorily. Moreover Temple is no victim – in many ways his struggles have forced him to become the wonderful man that he is. It would be a stretch to say Mara did him a favor, but his success took the edge off her bad behavior for me. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is original, sexy, romantic and sweet. I can’t recommend this novel more.