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

Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2)Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen

Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Page Count: 304
Published by: Walker Childrens
Source: eArc received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

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Want to know why you should read Lady Thief? Because it's insanely awesome!!!

Scarlet was SO good as a stand alone, and I'm very happy that it was turned into a trilogy. I can't get enough of this story and these characters. Each moment I spend with these books is more exciting than the last.

Scarlet is such a great character. She is so fierce, determined, and extremely loyal. Being strong willed definitely worked in her favor in this book, as a lot of things happen to her. A weaker character would never have survived. She has such a strong sense of right and wrong, and she is always willing to stand up for her beliefs and fight for those she loves.

I love the dashing and charming Robin, and I so badly wanted more moments with him. He really took a back seat in this story as everything is happening to Scarlet. He was so tortured and suffered immensely without Scarlet by his side. They did have a few swoony moments and some stolen kisses along the way, but I still longed for more of these two. When they were apart all I could do was wait anxiously for them to reunite.

Gisbourne played a bigger part this time around, and I came to understand him better while learning more about what made him the way he is. I loved that his character was given more depth, but that still didn't make me like him. We all know Gisbourne is bad, right? Not just bad, but really, really BAD. Knowing this, I kept waiting and wanting him to show the slightest sign of humanity. Compassion? Anything? Gah, I feel like such a dork because I just wanted him to have a moment, just one teensy tiny moment where he showed he had a heart and a soul. What was I thinking?!?

Lady Thief has over the top action with tons of new information coming at you almost rapid fire. This was a terrifically fast paced story with so many twists and turns. There were quite a few surprises for me and a few holy crap moments. There were also happy, euphoric moments interspersed with tons of angst, so be prepared! Scarlet and Robin go through a lot of pain and suffering and it was just so hard to read about.

Overall, Lady Thief was a thrilling sequel with so many shocking surprises and twists. It was packed full of action and danger. My emotions were all over the place because the story had so many ups and downs. Scarlet and Robin have so many obstacles to overcome on the road to happiness, and there are so many things STILL keeping them apart. Oh my, that ending? It just about killed me. Seriously ridiculous and pure evil by the author. I don't know how I'm supposed to wait for the next book!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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  1. I agree with everything you wrote in your review...I absolutely loved Lady Thief. I actually thought it was better than Scarlet, which is unusual for a second book in a trilogy. Love love love Scar and Robin, they were so perfect together, but they could not catch a break. So many quotable lines from Robin! And yes, that ending. It. Killed. Me. The author is an evil genius, that's for sure. Great review! ~Pam

    1. Thank you. I was really worried about Lady Thief too, but only because Scarlet was meant as a stand alone until the author got a deal for more books. But I shouldn't have worried because the second book was just awesome. With an ending like THAT, I can't wait to read the next book!

  2. Didn't Scarlet win a book shimmy award? I feel like that plus this glowing review makes me want to read the series. I think I'll wait until they're all published, but I'm definitely adding them to my tbr!

    1. Oh yes, you should definitely read this series! I can understand waiting for the series is complete before reading. I hate waiting too!


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