Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books, LLC
Published: October 1st, 2012
Page count: 300 pages
Source: From YA Bound Book tours in exchange of an honest review
“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?”
But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…
Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:
Her stepmom has skipped the country.
And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt.
Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.
Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…
*The Reader's Review*
I'm doing everything backwards! I should have reviewed this book first before the tour of the second book in the series, but I did not for lack of time. I'm so sorry about that. Anyway, Robin in the Hood is a fun read and a loveable book many will enjoy. I've read many reviews about it and I'm glad to see that it's not only me who loves this book and its sequel. Diane J. Reed is quite the storyteller!
You can probably guess just by the title that Robin in the Hood follows a bit the lines of the classical, Robin Hood. This book is about how Robin turns into a thief out of necessity to help out her dad flee a life of debt, and upon stumbling to a run-down trailer park called Turtle Shores, she joins Creek, a heart-of-gold thief, on a quest to help out the awesome community in which they live.
To be honest, at first I thought I wasn't going to like this book. The main character sounded extremely shallow and a bit silly for my taste. But after going through the first couple of chapters and when she lands on Turtle Shores, Robin started to slow down her "rich" attitude and I finally got to see a different personality which was much more to my liking.
The people of Turtle Shores are so adorable! I just want to hug them and squish them with all my strength. They're weirdly fascinating and with all the magical vibes going around them, they drew me in like a moth to light. Creek, of course, was one of my favorites. He's the mysterious type I just can't get enough of and I liked digging deep into his soul to find out about his past. He has them well hidden though because despite Robin's best efforts, not much was found. Hopefully in the third book (he's still clouded in mystery in the sequel :( ).
The romance that blooms between Robin and Creek had me smiling throughout the whole book. It's just the kind that you like to read about, the type that makes you feel the butterflies and wish it would go on forever (in the sequel it's to die for, you're going to love it too!).
Overall, Robin in the Hood is a great adventurous book that basically has everything you are looking for. And, because I already know what happens in the next book in the series (Check out my review of Stone of Thieves), I can tell you that it gets BETTER. ;)