Lady Thief by A.C Gaughen
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Walker Childrens
~Rating: 4/5 stars~
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 loved it almost as much as the first, but not as much.
Lady Thief was a fast paced, emotion filled adventure that left me completely breathless. I don’t think I have ever read a sequel that was just so much more amazing than the first. And Scarlet was so amazing that it was hard to top, but this one does it.
He let me down and his mouth left mine. His forehead touched mine, and I couldn’t bring my eyes to open just yet.
“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.”
So Scarlet and Robin are back. Only problem, is Gisbourne and this time he’s got the Prince with him. Now with the seat for sheriff of Nottingham on the line, along with the future of every one in the county, our heroes are going to have to see just how much they are willing to sacrifice.
Scarlet has married Guy Gisbourne but is still deeply in love with Robin Hood. I just love that their love is so deep and meaningful but in those times, one didn’t disgrace in front of Gods eyes. Nothing could ever happen between them, until their marriage is annulled. Here is where the twists, turns and mystery comes in. Gisborne creates a way out for Lady Marian(Scar) that gives her only one choice. Do anything that Gisborne says and show everyone that she is his wife. When a tournament offers Robin a chance to become Sheriff everything soon gets thrown out and war is brewing.
“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.”
Scarlet is such an amazing, kick-ass character. She’s fierce, strong, brave, independent and snarky. Scarlet knows what she wants and she will do anything to achieve that, but in the mean time, she is desperate for love. Her romance with Robin is hard, with her being married to Guy. I liked seeing their struggle and how they both want to be together. And guys, I ship them so hard! I can’t get enough of their short moments of happiness. They are so adorable together and I was constantly swooning~
Discovering more about Scarlet and the tension over the tournament was interesting, but when we were nearing the end something heart-shattering happened. I still can’t believe it. What a heartbreaking ending! Just when you think that these characters will catch a break and have a moment of happiness the world comes and takes it all from them.
There was action, drama, deceit, passion, love and hate and a whole bunch of other stuff and I loved it! Not to mention the huge plot twist. There was that same great writing that got me hooked with Scarlet and I can not wait to read the end of this series. I’m hoping for a happily ever after. I highly recommend it!
A.C Gaughen is the author of the Scarlet Series: Scarlet, Lady Thief, and Lion Heart. She serves the Director of Girls’ Leadership for the nonprofit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston Area. She has a Master Degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Masters in education at Harvard University.