Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Review: Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) By: A.C. Gaughen

Book Description:
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.
My Thoughts:
This whole series is amazing. I am so impressed with how this author has taken a well known, beloved story and switched it in an amazing way to keep it real, and still have the legend there and yet make it her own. I am loving this series.

I read Scarlet (book 1) a few years ago. I had completely fallen in love with the idea of the story and was bummed when I found out it was to be a series. A few years later after I had completely forgotten about this book, I see on Netgalley this book, I was like...WHAAAT!!??? no way! AND I was granted access to it! WIN WIN!

If you haven't read book 1 (Scarlet) then just go get it now, cause you won't regret it, I was so impressed and amazed at the twists and turns that A.C. Gaughen took to make this new and excited! Robin Hood is such a beloved story. Anyway...

Lady Thief-we follow Scarlet as we continue with the story of her and Robin Hood, and things took a turn for the scary in this 2nd book. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you thought Lord Gisbourne and Prince John were cruel and malicious characters in Scarlet, pffft well they just show you how horrible they are in this one. Movies and other adaptations made Prince John look like an indignant, spoiled child and that's about it. In this one, not only did A.C. Gaughen do a phenomenal job of keeping that persona but adding malicious, cruel, unfeeling, lust for blood in his character as well and make him REALLY seem like a scary person. And Gisbourne, just a man who sufferers from " little man syndrome" add cruel, low life with nothing that he desires but what he thinks is owed him as we does whatever he will to get what he wants-power and honor to his name.

Through those 2 characters with a Robin Hood suffering from PTS and Scarlet sacrificing herself for the good of those she loves and you've got a ROCKIN story. Oh, it didn't end in book 1 and I'm not sure if it has ended here but MAN it makes for a GREAT story.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone just because I was impressed with the authors twist on the general story.

Violence: heavy (PG-13 beating on women, fight scenes, a little torture)
Sexual Content: moderate (some kissing, some innuendos)
Language: mild (I think)
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate (PG some scenes where alcohol is present)

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