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

Posted February 11, 2014 by Kaitlynn in 5 stars, A.C. Gaughen, historical, review, series / 5 Comments

book cover of Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Title: Lady Thief (Scarlet #2)
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Release date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Walker
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Reading level: YA

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.

Lady Thief, the sequel to Scarlet, was everything I could have hoped for and more. Scarlet would have worked fine as a standalone but I’m so glad there is more to this story because things only got better with this second installment.
Scarlet’s identity is now common knowledge and her marriage to Lord Gisbourne isn’t something she can hide from anymore. Robin and Scarlet’s relationship is at stake but they are willing to do anything for each other. The best option for them is if Robin is appointed the new Sheriff of Nottingham. Prince John and Lord Gisbourne are not going to let that happen though. Not only is their relationship on the line, their lives might be too. Stakes are high and their romance is only the start of problems.
Scarlet is not quite as fierce as she was at the beginning of the first book. Things have not gone well for her ever since Lord Gisbourne reentered the picture. He is a cruel, evil person who takes pleasure in the pain of others, especially Scarlet and Robin. Robin and the gang will do whatever it takes to save Scarlet but they have other things at stake now that they can’t risk. It really is up to Scarlet and Robin to fix things, not just for themselves but for all the people of Nottingham.
Things took a turn for the scary in Lady Thief. I wasn’t sure if A.C. Gaughen was really gonna go there but she did. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you didn’t believe Lord Gisbourne and Prince John were cruel and malicious people after reading Scarlet, you will definitely believe it after reading Lady Thief.
A.C. Gaughen does not mess around. My emotions were all over the place throughout Lady Thief. There were times when I was terrified, times when I was ecstatic, and times when I was absolutely heartbroken. I thought I was going to make it all the way through the book without any tears but that was definitely not the case. Be prepared for tears.
Overall, Lady Thief does not suffer from the second book syndrome. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the final book in the trilogy.
What others are saying about Lady Thief:
Christina Reads YA’s review:A fantastic character cast, fiery heroine, and beautiful writing and voice fill the pages of this empowering retelling of Robin Hood.” 

Anna Reads’ review:And the sequel was no different. Lady Thief was exciting, heart-wrenching and surprising.”

Queen Ella Bee Reads’ review:Bottom line post all of this gushing: If you haven’t started this series yet you are doing all of the wrong things.” 

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5 responses to “Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen

  1. I agree Scarlet would have worked as a standalone but I loved the characters and the writing so much I’m so happy there’s a sequel. Glad to hear it’s just as good as the first.

  2. Christina Kit.

    The first one was so original, with a girl in Robin’s band of thieves, and I loved her backstory and connections to the Lord.

    I’m happy she and Robin are together still, even though she’s in the castle and dealing with all the feuds and dangers there. Lots of high stakes in this series!!

    Lovely review 🙂

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