Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A. C. Gaughen (Teen Fantasy/Adventure)

ImageScarlet’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. 

Stars: 2.5/5

It took me over a month to finish this book, that should tell you something. I only finished now because it’s an Advanced Readers Copy and I only had it for a few more days. The beginning of this book is SO SLOW! I couldn’t keep focused on it, my attention constantly wandered and even the boring things would distract me from reading it. It’s not until the last 5 chapters that the book takes off. I love Scarlet, she is an amazing heroine, but if it weren’t for how awesome she is I wouldn’t have continued reading the book at all. The only thing that really pissed me off is how 90% of the men in this book have absolutely no qualms about hitting or torturing a girl, especially her husband. He is the epitome of domestic abuse. He is constantly saying things like “if you would just behave I wouldn’t have to hit you” it really really pissed me off, sure Scarlet fights back… some. There are very few men’s fist in the book that Scarlet’s face doesn’t connect with. The end was good enough to leave me wanting to read the third installment, but it wasn’t good enough to make this book worth 3 stars, if it weren’t for the last few chapters this book would probably only rated a 1.5 star rating. 

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