Gregori "Max" Romanovin and his grandmother are stopped by highwaymen on their way to a house party. Max knows that there is something "off" about the highwaymen and is determined to figure out what it is. He soon learns that the leader of the thieves is a young widow named Murian.
Lady Murian was kicked out of her home after her husband's death. With no where else to go, she and her retainers made a life for themselves in the forest. She and the others steal from the guests of the man who stole her home just to survive. When Max finds out that she is the one that robbed him, they find that they have a common enemy. Max and his men begin helping Murian and her people fix up their village while trying to figure out a plan to solve both their problems.
Neither one is looking for anything permanent, but after spending so much time together they are drawn to each other. Can they vanquish their enemy and find a love they didn't know they wanted?
I've read other Robin Hood re-makes, but I don't think any of them have had a woman as "Robin." Hawkins did an awesome job reversing the rolls with her latest book.
I loved, loved, loved Max!!! He is definitely the type of guy to make a lady swoon!! Who wouldn't love a guy that sees something that needs fixed and rolls up his sleeves and gets busy doing it. The fact that he was a royal prince and didn't see anything wrong with it, made it that much better.
Max's grandmother, Grand Duchess Natasha Nikolaevna, is just as feisty as ever. She is up to her old tricks too. Love that woman!!
Murian is also a character I really liked. She is kicked out of her home and has no where to go. She and her friends make the best of a horrible situation. Most women of her station would have not known what to do. Murian took charge and helped her people survive.
Definitely one of my favorite books by Hawkins and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
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