Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Academy - Thief by C. L. Stone (The Scarab Beetle Series, #1)

by C.L. Stone

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Academy - Book 1
Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Publisher: Arcato Publishing
ISBN: 9781496017222
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance-Intrigue
Print Length: 420 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.
Warning: This is a new adult series. Readers of the other Academy series may need some caution as this series will contain mature sexual and violent situations and themes.

Thief (The Scarab Beetle #1)My Review
The Academy - Thief by C. L. Stone
My Rating: 4 Stars

Who’s team good guy and who’s team bad guy? This is the question Kayli must answer for herself as she finds herself caught between two opposing sides in a desperate attempt to stop illegal drug trafficking. Is it possible both sides are trying to accomplish the same goal? A young pickpocket, down on her luck, supporting her brilliant younger brother and her drunken, defeated father, Kayli is caught in a sting that was designed to force her hand into an undercover mission that may or may not put her in the middle of serious danger.

Several handsome young men are part of the secretive Academy, and they need Kayli’s expertise at pickpocketing to achieve their mission. The more time Kayli spends with these men, the more she realizes she needs them, wants to be a part of them and even the prickliest of the group seems attracted to her, too.

C. L. Stone has a wonderfully creative mind that is showcased well in this remarkable cornerstone for a new series. Her characters give off a loyalty vibe that is amazing, although I was disappointed at how easily the heroine went from the arms and lips of one man to the arms and lips of another. Each encounter is an earth shattering event for her and she knows it, is it because she has been so unloved and unwanted for so long? C. L. Stone ramps up the tension with mystery, intrigue and a little potential spice here and there.

I received this review copy from Arcato Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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