Book Reviews

Thief by C.L. Stone

My edition: Kindle (Owned)
Pages: 420
Series: The Scarab Beetle #1
Rating: 3 stars

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 on 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.

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.

Review: For many who know me, know I love the Ghost Bird series. I’m also weird and love a good reverse harem story. When I heard of this one I thought I would give it a try. Well now a several months later and a new book out, I decided I needed to reread this series. I did catch a lot of things I didn’t before. Such as I really hate Kayli.

I like the new Academy team but Kayli’s inner dialogue makes me just want to scream. She is the only thing I don’t like about this book. Sadly it is her P.O.V. through out the books. I like the guys as I said but the way she acted was irritating. She’s hot for them one moment then cold for them in the next. She can’t seem to make up her mind and she is a huge B*TCH!! Then her with Blake…


Her and Blake can leave the book and let Marc and the guys contuine on. I am going to keep rereading the books because as much as I hate Kayli, I love the boys. Not as much as I do the Ghost Bird team.

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