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Book Review: Thief by C.L Stone (The Scarab Beetle Series #1)

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.

Published: February 2014

Genre: Teen & YA, Romance

My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

Another review for a series by C.L Stone here. Her books are just too damn good to not talk about. Now, this book is set in the Academy world, so if you have read The Ghost Bird Series, or even just my review about it, then this series is just like that. Though it may be set in the same universe, it is its own story with a whole new set of equally hot, though slightly older, Academy boys. If you loved The Ghost Bird, you will go crazy over The Scarab Beetle.

I was hunting a thief, and I found a beautiful wreck.

Thief jumps right into the action with a chase scene and a wonderful introduction of the characters *cough* Axel *cough*. The Academy is monitoring one of the wealthiest men in the city and they need Kayli's help to complete their job and save another town. Kayli is just trying to get by in life and provide for her brother by stealing and pickpocketing so she can buy food and pay the rent on their hotel apartment, since her father drinks away what money they do have. I was hooked from the very first page, and couldn't stop reading even if I wanted to.

I hated pickpocketing. I hated feeling like a thief.

Although both series are set in the same universe, this series is unique in its own way. Thief is fascinating, thrilling, and an absolute must-read. The plot moves along at a nice pace and leaves you wanting more. I love how well the characters are written and developed, and although it is set in the same world as The Ghost Bird series, both storylines are different and set apart from each other, with some tiny crossovers.

Geeks don’t get girlfriends. We die old and alone.

Overall, Thief is an action-packed romance with lots of twists and turns, and is full of intrigue and mystery. Get ready to fall in love with a new group of Academy boys. I highly recommend this series for fans of slow-burning reverse harem, romances with a whole lot of action. Thief is a more mature series with adult situations.

My Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

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Disclaimer: cover and blurb taken from Goodreads

Note: This is book one of a series

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