The Academy - Thief (The Scarab Beetle Series #1)

The Academy - Thief (The Scarab Beetle Series #1)

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by C. L. Stone
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781496017222
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/26/2014
Series:
C. L. Stone's Academy Series
Pages:
442
Sales rank:
517,182
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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C. L. Stone once lived in Charleston, SC, and currently lives among Cajuns. She writes about cute boys and uncomfortable situations, usually mixed together.

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The Academy - Thief 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a amazing book. I still like the academy with Sang. This one is better in a way. More mystery. Can't wait till book two.
BlossomK More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book after reading Stone's five other Academy series books with the main character Sang. Those are YA and SO good. I love them and sped through them so fast. So then I decided to try this new series which is also similar in that it deals with this kind of secret service called The Academy, but with a different cast of characters. However in this book the main character Kaylie is a lot more out spoken than Sang, she is 18, starts out getting caught pickpocketing to save her and her brother because she can't get a job anywhere else and they can barely get by because of their drunk father. Kaylie is 18 or 19 or so, and is caught be these Academy boys, but instead of getting her in trouble, they need her pickpocketing skills for a mission they've been given. She is suckered in because she loves the thrill and she is attracted to, well, all of the guys basically. I'm curious how this series will unravel, because I don't want it to go in the completely same direction the other series is. But I am enjoying it and I find it assuming, even if some of it is a little over-the-top. It's a very quick read and I enjoy these characters and being in Kaylie's head. Also, it's fun that C. L. Stone took this series to the next level in content nature, meaning this is definitely for the New Adult audience (those who want to read something about the nature of older teens/those in their twenties. It means the violence is a little greater, the characters a little more forward, and everything is a little sexier. It's fun, and if you are looking for something fun AND you like love triangles (or in this case...more) you'll enjoy this book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For mature readers. Typos occasionally throughout the series but nothing major.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New guys and new adventures I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened to enjoy the characters and story. It had just the right amount of suspense and adventure that had me holding my breath at certain instances, along with a nice dash of humor. It is refreshing knowing the heroine is surrounded by many handsome male protectors who understand the word "no!" So happy that the author held back on graphic love sessions, which sometimes I feel authors mask it as fillers, because they ran out of ideas. A well written book doesn't really require frequent love scenes! I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoiler alert I thought the concept was interesting until Kayli went around letting just about every guy in the book kiss her. I understand she's only 18 and going through a tough spot in life, but I just didn't find her character redeeming enough to buy the next book. She's extremely immature. Since Kayli is attracted to no less than 3 guys at the end of the book, you know there won't be any sort of satisfactory relationship or character development any time soon. Pass.
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This book is a definite read!
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Premise of the book is excellent. You really get a feel for all her characters and want to know more about each of them. A little too much romantic interest, but I'm excited to see where Kylie ends up!
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Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions as part of their book blast in return for a fair and honest review. I'll start with Kayli - she's a pickpocket with a conscience. She only takes from people that can defend themselves (no little old ladies) and even then will only take some money before making sure the wallet is found and returned to the owners. So when she is trapped after failing to make her 'mark', she panics and runs. This is a theme for Kayli which you will have to get used to reading about because she does it quite a bit. As for the guys, well, they're quite a team. We have Axel who's the boss although everyone takes orders and directions from Marc, the blue/green eyed one. Then there's Raven, the 'professional' Russian as he calls himself. The twins, Brandon with the sad eyes and Corey, the cute nerd. There is also Kevin but he only really gets a mention at the start and end of the book. Now I went into this book blind as I haven't read anything by C.L. Stone before and know nothing about her other Academy series. Now that I've finished this book, I will admit to now wanting to read the other books, if only to give myself a better idea of who or what the Academy is. Because I don't really know, most of plot line involving Blake Coaltar was spent completely alongside Kayli as I also had no idea of what was happening, why they were checking him out etc. The one thing I will say that is both a positive and negative thing is that Kayli liplocks with pretty much everyone. I think the only two out of the team that she hasn't kissed is Kevin (because he wasn't there) and Corey. She even kisses the guy that she was supposed to be watching and thinks might be a bad guy. So there's no insta-love which is positive but I was also getting whiplash from her going from to the other so quickly. On the whole, this book was really enjoyable with some brilliant humorous parts. The plot was twisty and the pace was steady. I think if you have read any of C.L. Stone's work before, particularly the other Academy series, you will love this one.
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I liked the first Academy series better, there was more mystery to it that keeps you wanting to read more. The character's here are not as engaging as the first series and I don't find the female character interesting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kind of novel this author has always wanted to write with the teasing Sang. Beautiful people with brawn but no brains
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is liar who doesn't value her fans. I used to be a loyal supporter of the Ghost Bird series but this author showed her ass & true colors to her fans on her website. She is a true snake!!!! A snake who will never receive another dime from me again!!!