ARC Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlett #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: May 19th 2015
Links: Ebook • Hardcover • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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.

Only the greatest loves can survive great danger. . .

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine needs Scarlet’s help to free him. For a lifelong thief, this newfound allegiance to the crown-her family-is a strange feeling.

Scarlet knows that helping Eleanor will put her and those she loves back in Prince John’s sights. Desperate not to risk anyone’s life but her own, Scarlet formulates a plan to help save the king on her own. But fate-and her heart-won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long. Even if Scarlet and Rob can together stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England, will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

I love this series so much. Scarlet and Rob hold a special place in my heart. After reading and absolutely adoring the first two books in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the third and final book. It’s a bittersweet thing that we’ve come to the end of Scarlet’s incredible story. I honestly never wanted it to end – I could read about Scarlet, Rob, and the rest of the gang forever! I love A.C. Gaughen’s unique writing and the refreshing take on the Robin Hood story. This series is honestly one of the best fairytale retellings I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

As much as I loved the first two books, I’m a bit disappointed in myself that I couldn’t really get into Lion Heart in the beginning. It had been so long since I last read the second book, and it took me a while to remember everyone and to piece everything back together. But it was easy enough to just keep reading and slowly catch up on the story. In Lion Heart, Scarlet takes us readers on one last, final journey – to protect the ones she loves from the evil Prince John and to fight for the man she’s in love with.

Scarlet is such a unique, fascinating heroine that I love with all my heart. She’s a character I look at with such admiration. Despite the ways Prince John has tried to sabotage her and her loved ones, she never stops her stand against him. And not only does she fight for her loved ones, she uses her position of power as the daughter of King Richard to fight on behalf the weak and poor. And no matter how many times Prince John pushes her down, Scarlet always gets back up.

“I am not weak, and i am not broken, and I will not be hurt by you. … I am King Richard’s daughter, and I am lionhearted too.”

I’d forgotten how much I was utterly in love with not only Scarlet, but also Rob. My heart freaking flipped every time Rob appeared by Scarlet’s side, a place he’s absolutely meant to be. Rob and Scarlet both have scars, but together, they can overcome them, support one another, and fight for their future. And, oh, how my heart melted each and every time Rob showed his love and devotion towards Scarlet.

“As long as you love me, I’ll be here, hidden somewhere in your heart.”

I really wish there was more at the end. If there was just a few more chapters, so I could see exactly how the characters ended up, then I would have loved this book perfectly. But I was left hanging, longing for more, even though it was a fairly concrete, solid ending.

I may not have loved this book as much as the first two, but this series overall is without a doubt one of my favorite series of all-time. It’s incredibly well-written, with a fascinating historical plot and characters you grow to love and adore. And seriously, Rob is to die. for.

“I didn’t deserve this–I couldn’t do this–until you, Scarlet. So if there’s something I’m meant for, it’s you.”

I highly, highly recommend this series! I’m so incredibly sad it’s over, but Scarlet’s story is a must read!

4 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: Scarlet series

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen Lady Thief by AC Gaughen Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

#1 ~ Scarlet: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Lady Thief: My Review • Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Lion Heart: Ebook • HardcoverGoodreads


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