My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The only thing harder than fighting for what’s right…is fighting their feelings for each other.
For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little does anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.
Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart.
I loved this follow up to An Uncertain Choice. I think I actually liked this one better and it can definitely be read as a stand alone.
A play on the fairy tale of Robin Hood, Juliana steals from the rich to provide food and shelter to the poor peasants that have become her family since her uncle took over the rule of her family's land and killed her father. I love her tender and fiercely loyal heart toward her "family". She's smart and fast, and a little headstrong but when it comes down to a choice, she'll lay down her life for those she loves.
Lord Collin is wonderful! A knight in shining armor to be sure! ;) Once he realizes that the Cloaked Bandit is Lady Juliana, he's determined to find out why she's in hiding and convince her that not all nobility is bad. He's honorable, charming, and sweet! And also determined to keep Juliana safe even if he has to give his own life to accomplish that.
This book has it all! Lots of sweet romantic sparks, heart pumping danger, victorious battles, sacrificial love, and a satisfying conclusion with a lead into the next book! Yay! :)
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Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
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