Lord Of Thieves By Ingela F. Hyatt
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Release Date: October 2010
Book Genre: Historical Romance
Source and Purchase: Awe-Struck Publishing (link to purchase HERE) and The Romance Reviews (link to purchase HERE)
She is destined to hang...
Accused of murdering her husband, Lady Merrion de Beaufey is fated for the gallows, when the infamous outlaw--Robyn Hode--rescues her from a deadly hail of arrows. Unable to remember the night her husband died, Merrion races to discover the truth before Robyn realizes he's protecting a murderess. But there is something irresistible about the seductive outlaw... Can she trust him with her darkest secret?
Only he can save her...
Lord Roberte de Montichet has returned to England for one reason--to avenge his father's death, and clear his family name. Disguised as Robyn Hode, he rescues a woman escaping a band of murdering knights, only to discover it is none other than Lady Merrion--the woman who nearly destroyed him years earlier. Roberte yearns to succumb to the passion burning between them, but dare he trust her? Or will she betray him yet again?
When I first was told about this book I jumped at the chance to read a reimagined version of Robin Hood. I have always loved the tale and was eager to read Ingela's take on this great story. Roberte de Montichet a.k.a. Robyn Hode and Merrion de Beaufey were two people destined to be together. They meet by chance in the King's Royal Garden and for some reason, unbeknowncst to them, they felt an instant and binding connection to each other. After just one kiss Roberte vows to claim Merrion for his very own. But, as in all versions of Robin Hood, Roberte and Merrion were forever kept apart by circumstances beyond either of their control. Merrion, by being forced to marry another by King John. and poor Roberte because he feels his love betrayed him, which in turn, sends him headlong into the Crusades. Now, six years later, fate has seen to it that Roberte and Merrion's paths should cross and forever change their future. Roberte is now an outlaw and goes by the name Robyn Hode Lord Of Thieves a.k.a. The Wolfshead and Merrion is on the run from Guy de Gisbourne and Otho la Lache Sheriff Of Nottingham, as well as, the hangman's noose for the crime of murdering her husband on their wedding night. The events that unfold from this point on have me riveted. Merrion couldn't understand why she felt so connected to Robyn and he couldn't seem to get past her earlier betrayal of him. It made for some dynamic moments. The whole will he forgive her, will she discover who he is, kept me on the edge of my seat. Not to mention all the drama between Robyn and Guy de Gisbourne. I even found at times I was saying OMG or OMG, no not now (lol). I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to spoil this read for anyone else. This has to be one of my favorite re-telling's of Robin Hood. A book has to be really incredible for me to give it a rating off my scale but this was one of those books. On a scale from 1-10 I give this book a SUPER SIZED 20. I just can't say enough about how much I LOVED and enjoyed reading this book. If you love Historical Romances, love reading about two connected souls, love fairy tales, or just plan love any kind of Robin Hood story this book is so for you. I urge anyone 18+ to pick up this book and discover their own Sherwood Forest.