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Thursday, January 23, 2014


Rules of Scoundrels Book Three
Sarah MacLean
ISBN# 978-0-06-206854-5
December 2013
Historical Romance

This third installment features the Duke of Lamont, William Harrow. Known as the Killer Duke, he fled his life as he knew it when he woke up in a bed covered in blood and Mara Lowe missing on the night before her wedding to his father. Accused of murder and no memory of what actually happened, he went to the gaming life, became the wealthy and powerful man named Temple. Then, twelve years later, she shows up unexpectedly in the streets offering him absolution.

Mara Lowe is desperate. Desperate enough to come out and let everyone know she isn't dead. Her brother, Christopher, owes a large mound of debt to the Killer Duke and his gaming hall. So she offers him a choice - forgive Christopher's debts and she will come out of hiding and clear Temple's name. Once the shock wears off, Temple is determined to get to the bottom of her secrets. There's more to Mara's story than meets the eye, and in the end, it is a dangerous game of life, death and love.

Sarah MacLean shows time and again why her historical novels are stories of romance. Even though there is a plot here, it's more about the hearts and minds of the characters and why they do what they do. I loved Temple from earlier books and couldn't wait for his story, which did not disappoint. Mara was a tough lady, but still had a few flaws that made her believable. The previous two books are necessary to read before this one, but I loved Cross's story and do suggest reading the series to get the full grasp of Temple's character. This book will grip you til the end.
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Reviewed by: Jennifer Jones
Rating: 4