Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet, #3
published on May 19th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
young adult | fantasy | historical | retellings | romance

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Goodreads | Scarlet review | Lady Thief 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.

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?


*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*


*This review is spoiler-free for the entire trilogy.*

If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, then you’re missing out. Or maybe you have started the trilogy but didn’t like the first book? Maybe you loved the first two and are just excited for this one? Either way, you have to keep going because this book is the best in the trilogy, hands down.

There was a perfect balance of interesting elements in this book, from politics to romance to action–there’s never a dull moment while reading (especially during the last half… holy shit).

Scarlet is still the badass heroine from the first two books. She already sounds pretty perfect, but I can honestly say that she grew and matured even more as a character. She has such a strong personality, and extremely passionate and loving. Scarlet’s kind of woman who loves her man, her friends, and her country. I fully respect her for that.

Speaking of loving her man, Scarlet is one of those women who take the lead in a relationship, which I think is incredibly cute and awesome. The romance between her and Rob is just fantastic and ship-worthy as a whole. These two trust each other so wholeheartedly, and they bring each other up instead of push each other down. So many swoony moments between these two in this book, and my cheeks just hurt from smiling and my eyes hurt from crying. It’s that kind of romance.

Like I said earlier, this story has a balanced plot as well, which will keep your eyes glued to the pages. There may not be a kick-butt action scene in every page, but even the political parts of this book will intrigue you. And in every page, you can see how there’s not a single character who isn’t involved. Every single cast member has a role to play, and I love them all to bits.

Basically, this book was fantastic. Please get it.

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book edition: advance reader’s edition


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23 thoughts on “Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

  1. Great review, Aimee! I can’t wait to get my hands on this, and on physical copies of the whole series – I think I’m due a re-read when that happens :)


  2. Loved your review!
    Okay, so. I’m reading this series now, because I got approved for Lion Heart on NG :P
    I liked the first book but I was expecting more. What really bothered me from the start was the love triangle. It was pretty much ridiculous, too much drama and we all knew how it would have ended. However now I’m reading the second one and HO-LY SHIT. I’m really starting to dig this retelling!!! *-*


    1. Hooray, Frannie! :) It was the same with me in book one (I only gave it 3 stars). The love triangle was crazy annoying there, I know! It gets better though, I promise. :)


  3. Gah. I haven’t read the second book. At this point, I might have to re-read the first because I don’t remember much about it. I think I’ll buy the audio if it’s available.


  4. Okay, as THRILLED as I am that you loved the book, I’m terrified to read this one! I have series-ending-phobia xD I think after Ruin and Rising I’m leery of anything that ends lol. But I’ve purchased my copy, and I’ll have it back in my hands after a friend takes it to get it signed for me by mid-June, so I have a month to prepare I suppose ;)


  5. YEAAAAH! So glad you enjoyed it. I know a couple of people felt let down by the ending, but I have high hopes! The first two books in the series were truly epic. And the ship – oh, the ship! <3

    Lovely review!


  6. I lovvved SCARLET, but never read the other two. I’m so glad the romance continues to be as epic as it was in book one, and that Scarlet is just as strong and wonderful as she should be! Lovely review, Aimee!


  7. I just finished the first book! The love triangle about killed me, but now that that’s over I’m super excited for the remaining two books. I love Scarlet’s voice, and I’m ready to ship Rob/Scar like no one’s business. :) Glad to hear this was your favorite, Aimee!


  8. The cover is so pretty o.O I still haven’t read this series, I don’t know what I’m waiting for. I think I will pick it up over this weekend, it does amazing though. I skimmed your review since I haven’t read it, although I’m not sure about the love triangle :( they mostly annoy me so bad. Lovely review as always <3


    1. Yes! And the girl on the cover is so gorgeous. :) My review is spoiler-free. :) There’s no love triangle in this one–only in the first book.


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