Author: A.C Gaughen.
Published: February 11th 2014 by Walker Childrens.
Sort: Scarlet #1.
Part 1. Scarlet.
Source: I won a copy from Christina - A reader of fictions.
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.
First off, we have the kick-ass Scarlet. This girl has a special place in my heart. 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 – a thing I don’t do often.
But there is of course more to this story than romance. Luckily for us, Gaughen knows how to write an engaging plot. Things are going to get complicated when Guy says he will ask for an annulment if Scarlet pretends to be the noblewoman she actually is. There is a tournament for the new sheriff and Guy wants to show her off, because Prince John promised him the job.
Guy seriously creeps me out in this story. He was scary in Scarlet, but he is even worse here. The only thing is, Gaughen gave him more depth and complexity. There were almost moments I felt sorry for him – and it was weird, because the next moment he would beat Scarlet for her ‘obedience’ and I would hate his guts. The same for Prince John and his arrogant, cocky look on the world.
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. I must applaud for the way Gaughen handled this, because my oh my, I definitely didn’t see it coming. It makes me even more anxious for the next book and I already know it’s going to be painful. The best way to describe this book: