by A.C. Gaughen
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Scarlet's true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet's love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet's past even she isn't yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman-a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin's cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet's tale will have readers talking once again.
I have a confession. *deep breath* Lady Thief has become my favorite retelling of Robin Hood. Ever. I’m so sorry movies I’ve watched countless times, but this book was absolutely perfect. But the funny thing is, I started out oh so cautious. I was beyond nervous that the love triangle would make a reappearance, but thankfully it’s long gone. In its place are far more sinister things to try to keep Rob and Scar apart, like torturous nightmares and a deranged husband. Those only added to the list of reasons why I fell so hard for this book. And here are the rest –
✮ A brave, almost fearless heroine!
“Hurt me if you want, but I’ve felt pain. I know what pain is. And it’s less than love, than loyalty, than hope. You can make me cry, or scream, or whatever else. All that will mean is that I feel the pain, that I’m still alive. And as long as I’m living I can promise I’m not afraid of you, Gisbourne. I’m afraid of sitting quiet while the people that are meant to protect others do their best to hurt them. I’m afraid of people like you and Prince John going by unchecked. That’s what I’m afraid of. I’m stronger than your damn pain, and I do not give up.”
As I said in the first book’s review, it’s a breath of fresh air that Rob, aka Robin Hood, is with a woman that’s his equal! Scarlet was resourceful, clever, and put herself out there not only to give the townspeople a better life but also to try and give her and Rob a happily ever after. Her heart and mind always led her on the path to protect others. Even knowing that she could be the one who had to suffer the consequences.
✮ A book boyfriend that is a true hero.
“These schemes may benefit the people, Scarlet, but I fight for you.” His hands squeezed my waist a little bit, and it made my blood run fast. “I will always fight for you.”
No matter the horrors that Rob had to face, he always fell back into that hero position. Whether he was the shadow that appeared to help Scar in a situation to protect a child or by trying to win a title against men in power, he was a true hero. But the way he tried to protect and love Scar shined the brightest to me. It quickened my heartbeat and made me want to curl into a happy little ball. I desperately wanted more of those moments.
✮ Side characters who warm your heart with their friendship and loyalty. John, Mulch and a few new characters that were introduced added the support and commodore that Rob and Scar deserved. It helped knowing that they had others, besides one another, to help them along the way. And at times they offered lightheartedness and smiles that were much needed.
✮ Villains who earned their name and then some.
I twisted the gold band on my finger, hating it anew. My time had run out, and my husband were returning to Nottinghamshire.
I thought I only had to be concerned about Gisbourne, but I was dead wrong. We met an even more sinister man than him. And between the two of them, I was constantly fearful for Scar and everyone else’s safety! They didn’t hold back when their wrath was palpable. Just look to the next point to learn more……
✮ Peril that will gut you like Scarlet’s knife.
“Don’t die, Scar. He doesn’t come back from this if you die.” – Much to Scar
I wasn’t prepared. Not at all. Even after learning about the board that was used on Rob, I still didn’t believe things could escalate to the level that they did. After the scenes had passed, I stared at my kindle in horror. Yes, nauseating horror rolled around inside of me. I’m still in shock that some things happened! But I’m also in awe that Lady Thief was that intense.
✮ Mystery that appears as tiny little drops of clues that I wanted to crush together to discover the truth.
There were quite a few mysteries in Lady Thief, and I loved every moment of trying to figure them out. Whether it was the motives of the new characters we met or even the old ones we knew so well, there was always something to analyze. And I have to say I knew it in regards to Scar!! And that is all, muahaha.
His arms began to loosen, but I fast whispered, “Kiss me, Rob.”
For Scar and Rob, it seems as though no amount of good can ever come into their lives without the bad. And after that ending, I’m desperate to see what will happen next. But till then, just know that Lady Thief was cry worthy, sigh inducing, thrilling, horrifying and epic. Now I’m off to the final book, and I’m beyond nervous!
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Lady Thief #2
Lion Heart #3