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Series: Scarlet #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 19th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Retellings, YA Romance
The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.Amazon •
Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.
Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language, Mild Sexual Content
“I’m just a thief. I stole your nobles- they will never put their trust in you again, even if Richard never comes home. I stole your power, because without them, you are just a spoiled child with very few lands. And I stole your mother, because she just likes me better than you. I told you when you took my fingers that you would regret this, John. Everything I have taken, you let me steal.”
Scarlet has been an amazing character to follow since the beginning of the Scarlet trilogy. She’s strong and independent, but throughout the series she’s also learned to lean on other’s for support and that, dear readers, is strong character development over time.
In this particular novel Rob’s character isn’t very prominent- which is a shame because I love Gaughen’s Robin Hood. He’s healed more from the broken man we left him in the second book, but just lacks spark that brings his character to life.
The character that does take front and center is Allan a Dell, and the minstrel deserves his standing ovation! What highlighted his character was a knight traveling with Scarlet named David. There’s endless witty banter and David’s reactions to Allan’s antics only spurs the minstrel to continue.
The romance was the same slow burning lava as the first two books- finally cranked up a few notches towards the end. In fact, the majority of this book is made up of romance. The action was taken down considerably which did not work for the book at all. The ending was rushed way too much and was disappointing considering this climax was supposed to be the end-all for the trilogy.
Overall, Lion Heart was an okay ending to a nice series.