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.
Oh, I am loving this series! Gaughen manages to create characters that you both love and hate at the same time. After the end of the first book there is no way I would have thought I’d be sympathetic to Lord Gisbourne, but more depth was given to his character in this book. Of course, even as I found myself sympathizing with him, I found myself declaring how evil he was! That, to me, is a sign of good writing.
As sequels go, I thought this book was every bit as good as the first. More secrets came out, as did more of the story of Robin Hood as we know it — for example, the archery tournament. And the ending! Oh MY!! Can’t wait to read the final book in the series (publish date is May 2015). Why oh why do I start these trilogies before all three are published?? You’d think I’d learn my lesson.
And Kudos to Gaughen for having a character respect the sanction of marriage and creating a main character who refuses to be an adulterous even when she’s in love with a man whom is not her husband.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Yes!
Would I recommend this to teens? Yes. My daughter actually read the first book and was chomping at the bit to have me finish this one so she could read it.
5 of 5 stars.