Robin in the Hood (Robbin’ Hearts Series Book 1) by Diane J. Reed

Robin in the HoodSynopsis: “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.

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3.5 Stars

This book was free at the time of the posting of this review.

This book was funny in an outlandish way.  It has an edgy sarcastic feel to the writing which I am a fan of in small doses.  It starts out as a belligerent rich teen with daddy issues.  Then she had an ‘aha’ moment that turned her immature butt into the caretaker for her stoke-ridden father.  I was a bit shocked at the depth that was worked into the story. I was all set to dive in and be entertained with the simple but outrageous characters Robin had to deal with. But then she starts to feel on a deeper level.  To Robin’s credit she is extremely adaptive and accepting of these trailer-park folk, just rolling with the punches as surprise after surprise unfolds.

I liked the cute teenager romance, even if it was meant to be portrayed as true love. That part went a little too fast for me and seemed to get serious real quick. It was a believable puppy love to me.  Creek was intense from the very beginning and had more maturity to him than Robin exhibited, but he seemed to wait for her emotions to catch up with his before he made a move which I admired about his character.

The heists were my favorite part.   The intense danger they were in coupled with the unorthodox getaways really sealed my interest in this book.  I loved the trailer park characters, each and every one!  They were all a bunch of misfits that didn’t fit in anywhere else but had hearts that were open and forgiving.  Who ever heard of attack geese! Very funny book.

I would recommend it to others.

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