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. – Goodreads
Thanks to twitter I have lucked out in finding friends who “get” me. One of these friends is Erica and although she works for a publishing house most of our talks include Lisa Frank and Aaron Rodger’s face. No really, we have an email exchange with very little book talk. It’s nice. You would think a librarian and a book marketer would talk more about books. You’d be mistaken. However Lady Thief is one of the few books I remember her discussing. To be honest, there are a few more which you will see throughout the next year. But she is one of the reasons that I devoured the first book and then had a small moment because IT ENDED AND HOW COULD THAT HAPPEN. And then I went to ALA and there were ARCs and I was thrilled because MY HEART COULD GO ON.
But oh, ho, ho, how it couldn’t. Because Gaughen. MY HEART SHALL NOT GO ON. She took that knife and made it burn again. If I cried at books, I would have cried at this. Lady Thief starts off right were Scarlet ends. Scarlet is married to the evil man, Lord Gisbourne, and Rob is suffering some major PTSD and Scarlet can’t pull him through it. And she’s trying, but she herself is only so strong. Although married to Gisbourne, her heart clearly belongs with Rob, even Gisbourne knows this.
Gisbourne knows this so well he holds an annulment over her head, essentially threatening sex which would equal said annulment not happening. I told you! He is a lovely human being and Scarlet is, she refuses to commit adultery. So, while Scarlet runs back and forth between Gisbourne’s house and Rob’s location because she knows, she is to be with Rob. She feels complete with Rob. But, there is something more important than the heart and that is rumors start to spread through Nottingham. Prince John is coming to appoint a new sheriff, and the word on the street is that it will be Lord Gisbourne. When Gisbourne asks to meet with Robin Hood, Scarlet accompanies him, because lets be real, she trusts no one. Gisbourne has an excellent proposition for Scarlet (and Rob.) If she will play the part of his wife while the Prince is in town, then Gisbourne will grant her an annulment.
We know he is up to something, because we know he’s an ass and he’s always up to something but at the same time Scarlet it desperate to be free. Will Gisbourne grant Scarlet her freedom? And that is essiently the novel, will Gisbourne let her free? Will Rob work with his friends and “family” and figure out his PTSD? WILL THERE BE THE HAPPY ENDING?!
Let me say this, Gaughen packs a punch with the ending. The last paragraph gave me all the feelings I didn’t know and set it up in a genius way for the third book. I cannot wait.