Series: The Scarab Beetle Series #2
Publisher: Arcato Publishing on August 11, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge
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Worse than a thief, is a liar.
Kayli Winchester can finally let go of her thieving past and for once walk on the right side of the law. She’s had enough of the hustle and is determined to become the good girl.
But her brother, Wil, is still missing. On the hunt for him, she discovers something worse than a missing sibling: Marc, Raven, Axel, Corey and Brandon. These aren’t just scoundrels with hearts of gold. They’re flat out criminals. But they’re criminals who need her.
In a ruse to draw them away from her brother and learn more about this so-called Academy, Kayli joins them on a mission to Florida in search of a missing little girl. Kayli will do anything to make sure her brother is safe. She’ll find their leader. She’ll discover their intentions. She’ll infiltrate their ranks. And if they try to threaten her brother or herself, she’ll burn them all.
But when these five hot Academy teammates all contend for her heart, her resistance starts to crumble.
Maybe she wasn’t meant to be the good girl, anyway.
Check out my review of Thief (The Scarab Beetle Series #1)
I absolutely adored Book One, Thief, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next for Kayli and the boys.
Liar wasn’t quite as action packed as book one, but it definitely was as interesting and engaging. There was definitely a lot of action in this installment–this time, set in Florida on a supposedly easy mission gone complicated. This book also had a lot more emotional drama than book one–Kayli is getting deeper into the works of the Academy, but the return of our favorite billionaire playboy, Blake, brings some doubts to the surface, turning Kayli’s life into one big mystery.
Kayli got a bit annoying at times in this novel. She let the doubt that Blake implanted into her mind manifest and it made her do some stupid things. But other than that, she was just as tough and fearless as always. She is becoming more and more of an Academy girl and I am interested to see what happens in the next installment with Kayli in regards to the Academy.
Like in the previous novels, we have our six boys: Axel, Corey, Brandon, Blake, Raven, and Marc. Going into this book, I was firmly on the side of the Academy boys and anti-Blake, but the events in this novel definitely put Blake closer to my liking-side. And now, I’m torn. I want to say I’m team Axel…but I’m also Team Corey…and Blake…and Marc…and Raven…and Brandon. See the problem here? That same problem really weighed on Kayli in this book. We are starting to see all the boys fall for her, and her fall for all the boys. Things are definitely getting interesting in the romance department and I’m hoping that some things get pushed into the light in book three–I want to see how this team (and Blake) handles it, and if it will be in a similar way to the boys in the Ghostbird series (the YA companion series).
There is a ton of sexual tension in this installment, a lot more than the previous book. Something has happened with pretty every guy and I loved seeing Kayli with all of them. They’re so different and they all complement her personality well. But I think that the romance situation is just going to get a lot more complicated with the next book and I can’t wait!
Liar was a fabulously action-filled novel that pulled me in from page one; more emotionally/romantically-heavy than book one, I can’t wait to see what happens with Kayli and the boys.