Publisher: Arcato Publishing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Kayli Winchester is still recovering from her last adventure and is out hunting for her missing brother, Wil, when Ethan Murdock calls, asking for help. Billions of dollars have gone missing and Kayli is the perfect person to find them – as one of the few people Ethan trusts. Only one problem: The team is led by Blake Coaltar.
Kayli negotiates her way into a co-lead position, but for the Academy guys, that might not be good enough. The Academy doesn’t trust Blake and the last thing they want is for her to get mixed up with him. The guys can't persuade the willful Kayli to abandon the cause. They give her five days to convince them they should stay in this job. If she can’t, the boys want her to walk away.
Kayli goes undercover and becomes the hot topic around some of the most wealthy and powerful CEOs in Charleston. Now she has to prove she’s a secret investor for old Mr. Murdock from before he disappeared, and convince them all she’s the real deal. She dives into her assignment head-first, but one uncovered complication after another threatens the mission.
No matter how close to the chest Kayli plays her hand, secrets have a way of being discovered, and Axel, Corey, Brandon, Marc and Raven aren't going to like the truth she’s keeping from them. Being forced to work together for a week with an enemy may tear them all apart, leaving Kayli with nothing. It might be up to Blake Coaltar to save them from each other.
Yes! Now we're getting somewhere. I fell into absolute love with The Academy series, and when C.L. Stone came out with this more New Adult spin-off series, I was super excited. I've devoured every single word from each of the books. I love all of the characters. Kayli is bad ass, smart and brave, and the guys are just, well, sigh.
I had gotten to a point in the last book where I wanted to see some deeper development of the relationships in the story, and this book definitely delivered. I felt like we broke some new ground and made some big strides in the right direction of the inevitable.
This book also had a lot of great external conflict in it, a wonderful, suspenseful mission, and a lot of wonderful, unexpected moments that I was super stoked to read. I can't figure out, for example, which of these guys I like the best, and therein lies Kayli's romantic dilemma also. Who should she choose? Should she choose at all?
I liked seeing Kayli take the lead a bit in this story. I mean, she's been involved in some missions in past books, but this one was all her. There was a moment when she established herself in front of the guys as something more than how they'd always viewed her, and that scene, while hysterical to read, was so well done and empowering for her.
This author knows how to hook you on her characters and to make you love them. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here!!