Monday, July 21, 2014

Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed (Robbin' Hearts #1)

Robin in the Hood
by Diane J. Reed

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Robbin' Hearts - Book 1
Publication Date: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books, LLC
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 300 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

“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 work-a-holic dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke at his law office, and she learns the brutal truth—
They’re broke.
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 where she encounters Creek, a bad-boy in crime who first steals her money and then steals her heart. The two of them embark on a round of increasingly dangerous heists to provide for their motley trailer park neighbors. But what Robin hadn’t counted on is the way these hardscrabble people begin to embrace her and become the first real family she’s ever known. And along the way, worldly-wise Creek teaches her how to develop a genuine relationship with her dad based on the hard truths of their lives instead of his past lies. As Robin and Creek’s criminal journey forces them to make gut-wrenching choices, they soon begin to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and true love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy.

Robin in the Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1)My Review
Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed
My Rating: 5 Stars

Can an emotionally neglected, self-centered little rich girl find happiness and purpose among a ragtag community of misfits who live “off the grid” of the “normal” world? Get ready for a unique trip into a world filled with humor, quirky characters, loyalty, trust, love and more secrets than you can divine in a crystal ball. Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed is another sparkly gem in the world of books that took me by surprise from page one!

Robin is the clich├ęd little rich girl, from her elite credit cards to an exclusive boarding school, but what she needs is to feel loved. When her father’s carefully built empire comes crashing down and he suffers a stroke, suddenly they are on the run and all signs point toward Turtle Shores, a rundown trailer park filled with some of the most unique and crazy characters Robin has ever looked down her nose at. Then along comes Creek, a modern day Robin Hood who looks out for everyone in this unusual “family” and there is magic in their touch.

As Robin learns to recognize what “family” means and sees how this group watches out for each other, she morphs from a tightly closed, cocoon into a shimmering butterfly, spreading its wings to help those around her. But are there secrets to be unveiled that will further rock her world? Will she learn more about the mother she hardly knew? What about her father’s past? Who is she? What is her destiny?

Diane J. Reed has put her own magical stamp on this touching, yet fast-paced coming of age tale! If you don’t fall in love with the entire gang at Turtle Shores and the adventures and magic that permeates each page, you may need to check if you are breathing! Ms. Reed has set a high bar for herself to surpass with her sense of timing, her ability to bring her world to life and the overall feel of excitement and adventure that Robin in the Hood simply oozes from every well-planned twist. Need a fresh read that fills the need for romance, fantasy and good old-fashioned enjoyment? It’s all here!


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