- Page Count: 223
- Release Date: March 1, 2016
- My Rating: 1.5 stars
For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little dos 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.
So reading this book was kind of like watching a video game character’s health meter slowly diminish, only I was watching the star count disappear. The beginning was super promising and I thought I was getting a tough heroine in a Robin Hood plot, but that quickly went out the window and was replaced by some middle school instalove. So, so forced and cheesy. I spent the first half of the book rolling my eyes at Collin’s utterly ridiculous narration — like there are only so many ways/times you can say that Juliana is beautiful.
Anyways, Lord Collin says he’ll pay her to stay in his super fancy house for a week because he’s just so smitten with her, and she agrees because she’s so noble and needs the gold for her outlaws. The plot only goes downhill from there. It could’ve been saved, but the characters themselves and their “romance” were just painfully unrealistic and beyond forced. DNF at 60%. The writing style and setting weren’t bad, just the actual content, plot, characters, etc.
I was provided with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.