Book 1 in the Thieves and Lovers series.
Falcon Montague has been dubbed
many things in his long, immortal life. Robin Hood, Prince
of Thieves, murderer, hero. But never had his soul been so
deeply branded by a woman. On a late-night raid, he
overhears the murder plot of the mistress of Wyngate Hall,
the breathtaking beauty Lady Salena Tremayne. But after
snatching her from her chambers to remove her to safety,
Falcon soon finds Salena to be the thief. of his heart.
Lady Salena Tremayne has heard the rumors about the
dangerous outlaw Robin Hood. Though it's said he steals from
the rich to give to the poor, she isn't quite sure what her
handsome captor intends to do with her. Kidnapped by the
masked bandit, she finds herself woven into his web of
eroticism in which she must guard her heart with her life.
But her fight, she soon discovers, may be a futile one.
Wielding erotic powers, Falcon and his cohort in crime,
Little John, captivate her mind, body and soul.
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The next arrow hit dead center
through Sheldon's raised hand. His screech of pain carried
over the moan of the wind. Falcon heard Salena's wince and
knew without looking that tears poured over her high
"Take what's left of your men and be gone, Tremayne," Falcon
warned. "And take with you the comforting thought that my
Merry Men are always accurate with their intended targets."
Sweat beaded over Sheldon's high forehead. He broke off the
arrow and yanked the wooden length from his hand with a
grunt. Blood spewed forth, dribbling over the white hide of
"You'll pay for this, Robin Hood. With your life."
"If only my immortal life were that fragile." Falcon mumbled
"Speak up, thief!" Sheldon roared, his horse prancing
beneath his trembling body.
"I said, be gone with you—you and all your casualties. And I
suggest you all tend to those wounds before fever sets in."
Little John and Beau sauntered forward, fresh arrows aimed
square at Sheldon.
Sheldon eyed them, his breath coming in ragged gasps as he
held his bleeding hand. His gaze moved to scan his injured
excuse for an army. "So," he said to his men, "we ride
now...but we'll soon be bringing reinforcements. And the
lowly bandit will pay for his mistakes, for kidnapping Lady
Salena and harming us all. That I promise with my life."
The unconscious one on the ground began to stir. He looked
about, wincing when he touched the knot on his head and drew
his hand back to find sticky blood upon his fingertips.
"Get up! We ride. Locate your mount and return to the inn."
With that, he spun his horse around and sailed through the
woods. The two who still remained seated, followed leaving
the small man alone on the ground. When they disappeared
into the thick foliage, the serf dragged himself up from the
"Y-you're...Robin Hood?" the man squeaked. His mousy-brown
hair matched his dull brown eyes. The sallow face was one
riddled with either illness or fear—Falcon wasn't sure
which. He was dressed in the rags of a less-than-valued
servant. And his bony frame spoke of one too many missed
"Aye, the Prince of Thieves." Little John spoke before
Falcon could reply. As he walked across the clearing, his
massive, muscle-packed body moved with all the grace and
agility of a man of Beau's thinner stature. John's
midnight-black hair swung in long strands around his wide
shoulders. "And you're mighty lucky his good, kind heart
chose to spare your life and leave you with naught but an
annoying lump upon your head."
At the compliment, Salena stiffened behind him, a squeal
attempting to erupt from her throat.
Little John turned toward Falcon and stalked to Warrior's
side. He looked up, his misty-blue eyes trained upon Salena.
"It seems the beautiful lady disagrees with my description
of you, Robin, eh?"
Falcon smiled tightly. "Why, I suppose I will let the lady
tell you herself." He turned and snared her damning eyes
with his own. "You may speak now, Lady Salena. And, as
usual, you've permission to move your body as long as you
don't attempt escape."
"Good?" she screeched, her gaze snapping down to lash out at
John. "Kind-hearted?" Her unladylike snort accompanied
tears. "Well, Mr. Whoever-the-hell-you-are-giant, I beg to
differ. Try brute. Try thief of the king's coffers. Try
amorous, conceited rogue, for the love of almighty God!"
"And for the lady," Falcon mumbled, "try thorny rosebud."
Beau and John both roared their agreement.
"Who are these men?" Her voice held an edge of fear with
that of haughtiness.
"Ah, forgive my terrible manners. Beau, Little John, meet
Lady Salena Tremayne, future Duchess of Oxford. Lady Salena,
may I present Beauregard Fitzhugh, my highly trusted scout,
and John Lawton—or Little John as he's known in these
parts—my occasional bodyguard and...brother."
Her stare moved with contempt from Beau's boyish, pretty
face to John's manly, handsome features that never failed to
stop a lady's heart—and now was no exception, it seemed.
"Brother?" she hissed out, her lip curled in derision. "Ha!
You're as different as night and day...with the exception of
your thieving talents, apparently."
Little John removed his woodsman's hat and bowed graciously.
"Madam. Pleased to make your breathtaking acquaintance." He
straightened and set his hat back upon his head, taming the
fluttering of his long billowing hair. Already, Falcon knew
what was going through his friend's mind. And though it sent
a stab of jealousy raging through his system, he could feel
his body harden at the thought of what would come, as it
always did with the two of them.
Salena made no indication of his overt charms affecting her.
She narrowed her eyes and speared Falcon with the sharp
emotion within them. "Please tell me these men will not be
riding with us, Montague."
"Hmm." Falcon stroked his whiskered jaw. "I'm not too sure.
Beau? John? Are you returning to camp or are you riding out
on another skirmish?"
"I'd planned to venture into London to visit my ma," Beau
said as he secured the bow across his back. "John and I just
happened upon one another shortly before we heard the
John slung his longbow over his shoulder and crossed his
thick arms over his chest. "And I was in pursuit of you,
Robin—er, um, Falcon. It seems you've been delayed by a good
night or so."
Falcon flicked a look at Salena. The tears were now dried on
her cheeks. She sent him a scathing look, but did not reply.
"Well, the wench is the reason for my delay." As Falcon
spoke, Warrior bent his head and began to chew on a lone
patch of soggy, dead grass. A chilly breeze rustled his
mane, carrying with it the aroma of the early morning rain
mixed with soil...and her enticing scent.
"During the planned raid of her manor, I became witness to a
murder plot...which included the lady here as the target."
John chuckled. "So you thought to rescue her from her dire
"You're all fools if you believe such bloody lies from this
thief!" Salena snarled.
Beau merely drew out a hunk of dried venison from his
codpiece, tore off a strip for himself and offered the
remainder to Falcon. He accepted, passing a portion to
Salena. She stared at the food in her palm, seeming as
dumfounded as if the spell remained upon her voice. But her
eyes rose when John stepped up to Warrior so that his chest
pressed against her right leg. He spoke with a calm note,
though anger simmered in the depths of his sparkling eyes.
"My brother does not lie, nor is he a common thief, milady.
I'd advise you to heed my words and remember them well."
"Brother, ha! I see you lie as well, giant. You're no more
brothers than myself and this unfortunate serf here."
John's gaze never left her. "Kinship goes beyond blood, Lady
"Oh? How so?"
"You see, as brothers, we share everything. From the food
offered now within your palm, to the fruits of our
labors...to our women.
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"...fantastic, sexy, and
smart!!! I loved how you developed Robin Hood and placed an
entirely new spin on a widely known character. Keep it up!
EXCELLENT BOOK!!!" ~ Kerensa Wilson, reader
"This is such a great story that is so well thought out! Ms.
Ladley does a phenomenal job of combining the various Robin
Hood legends into a seamless love story. As always, Ms.
Ladley creates a cast of characters that come to life in a
rich world. A Wanton's Thief is a delightful read with a
strong man and a strong woman butting heads until they get
what they need, not necessarily what they want. Again, this
was a great read and I highly recommend it to all." ~ Serena
for Fallen Angel Reviews
5/5 Steaming Cups!
"Ms. Ladley takes the Robin Hood legend in a whole new
direction. The story has a generous amount of humor thrown
into the mix. The sexual scenes are extremely hot. What
woman would not want to be the filling in a sandwich between
Robin Hood and Little John? I seriously hope this book is
the beginning of a series. I would love to find out what
happens to Little John now that Robin Hood has Salena." ~
Candy for Coffee Time Romance
"A WANTON'S THIEF by Titania Ladley is a delicious tale of
Robin Hood from a whole new perspective. The love scenes are
alive with emotion and flaming hot sexual tension. Ms.
Ladley has struck gold yet again with her unique ability to
create rich, vibrant plots and intricate characters that
leave the reader begging for her next offering. In fact, I
would like to take a moment to beg her to write Little
John's story soon! Thank you Ms. Ladley for allowing us to
again enter the luscious world that resides in your mind." ~
Keely Skillman for eCataRomance Reviews
"The writing style is beautiful. The use of a ménage was
creative and one's feeling for the other two came across as
genuine.it flows well and it is easy to get caught up in
this wonderful book that I will read again!" ~ Anya Khan for
Just Erotic Romance Reviews
"Titania Ladley has added a most original spin to the old
tale of Robin Hood... The attraction between Falcon and
Salena is absolutely blistering as he sets out to woo her to
his bed and his heart. The menage scenes are erotic and all
that a reader could want. This is definitely a great start
to what I hope will be a continuing saga as I am sure the
readers will soon be clamoring for John's story. A Wanton's
Thief is a worthy addition to any collection, a definite
keeper that will be read again and again." ~ Raashema for
"This is a very good book -
interesting twist on 'Robin Hood'; I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Very good read with good sex scenes. Can I borrow 'Little
John'?" ~ Celeste H., Amazon
"Ms. Ladley is a gifted author that tells a tale that
everyone knows but with a charming spin on it all, makes
this reader wanting more when the last page is read. Now
this reviewer is asking if John will find his mate and if
kidnapping is going to be the norm!! Read A Wanton's Thief
and find out what happens when the Prince of Thieves meets
the Thief of Hearts!" ~ Dawn for Love Romances
"Sensually alluring while being a great story, A WANTON'S
THIEF is a story that fans of medieval times and paranormal
stories will love, I certainly did." ~ Sheryl for
"A paranormal twist to an old favorite, A Wanton's Thief
gives us a delicious look at Falcon Montague, the immortal
Robin Hood.tantalizing fairytale with an adult twist will
have readers aching and squirming through every delightful
tryst. I found that the ménage was carried out in such a
sweet although hedonistic fashion that I was in total bliss
when I realized it wouldn't be a onetime escapade. Good
story for anyone wanting to read something to commence the
juices to flowing." ~ Rachel for Enchanted In Romance
4/5 Blue Ribbons!
"Like many others, I have read and heard much about Robin
Hood, and Titania Ladley offers up a wonderful new twist on
an old tale. A WANTON'S THIEF offered me a wonderful escape
from the ordinary and transported me into a world filled
with adventure, the magic of love and merry men. I was
easily caught up in Falcon and Salena's story and the
intense scenes between them. This was the first of Ms.
Ladley's books that I've read and I'll definitely be adding
her works to my wishlist." ~ Xtal for Romance Junkies
"I loved this book.. The story
flows nicely, and kept me reeled in to the end. Cold shower,
anyone? M/M/F action." ~ Cycosfireball, B&N
"Great book! I will never think
about Robin Hood or "Little" John the same again. Hot."
"Sexy, fun read with a nice
twist upon the Robin Hood legend... The hunky guys in the
book are pretty drool worthy...:)" ~ CPS, Amazon
"A mischievous THIEF that is
sure to steal the hearts of many, A WANTON'S THIEF by
Titania Ladley should not be missed!" ~ Courtney Michelle
for Romance Reviews Today
"A Wanton's Thief was a great read. The characters were
richly developed, and the adept way that Ms. Ladley
incorporated paranormal elements to an age-old story was
wonderful. I must admit that as a woman I have read more
than one romance, but I had never come across Ms. Ladley
prior to this novel. Rest assured, from this time forward, I
will eagerly await each new release from this talented
author." ~ Sue for Novelspot