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Review: Liar by C.L. Stone


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. Shes 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.


I have been waiting as patiently as possible for the release of Liar, the second book in C.L Stones series, The Scarab Beetle. I was extremely excited and grateful to be on the receiving end of an early copy, I almost cried and as expected, C.L. Stone did anything but disappoint.

In this thrilling second book, Kayli, the main character, begins to question everything about her situation. She has a seed planted into her mind that maybe the Academy is not as ‘good’ as it is made out to be. Her internal battle rages on throughout the book, influencing all of her decisions. She shows her analytical side as well as her dare devil one when planning out a rescue mission and the covert mission she assigned to herself, to keep her younger brother away from the academy.

As if this isn’t enough to keep Kayli mentally and physically busy, she is also battling the emotions she feels for one, two, three, four, five extremely attractive Academy men. She knows that having feeling and acting on those feelings with all of them is wrong, but she never stops doing it. Not even the threat of the Academy being a criminal organization can stop the pull she has for these men.

The actions in Liar was the perfect amount. Extremely entertaining, but there was not an over load that sometimes gets in the way of more important aspects of a novel. Kayli really stepped completely out of her fragile shell in this book and became essentially, part of the team. That transformation was great to read through and I loved that she was included with the boys and treated in a way that was fair. She was looked after, but trusted to complete the missions she was given.

Seriously though, I love all of the men, expect maybe Axel for Kayli because I had the first impression that he was much older than her and I cannot get that out of my mind when he is being intimate with her. Anyway, I feel so bad for Kayli, how is she to choose? I do have my favorite, Raven, but I could see the plot twisting in the future towards any one of the men.

There is nothing to complain about with Lair. It is a fast paced book complete with action, romance and attractive spies. It has just come out and I am antsy to keep reading this intriguing, unique story that C.L Stone has crafted.

Reviewed by Rachel Keane

Publication date: 8/10/2014
Series: The Scarab Beetle Series , #2

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