Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)

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Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)
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Release Date
February 05, 2013
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Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.

No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.

Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

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Perfect Scoundrels
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3.0
There’s something so intensely likable about this series, in spite of its complete wackiness. It took me a while to warm up to Perfect Scoundrels, but by the end I was totally immersed in the zany, hilarious world of cons and thieves Ally Carter has created. Possibly, this is the best installment in the series, technicality-wise (it’s not my personal favorite, however).

After Uncommon Criminals, I was really looking forward to this book for a lot of reasons. But the main reason was the absolutely sizzling chemistry between main characters Kat and Hale. I’d been assured that this third book had heavy emphasis on their relationship, so I was fully prepared for swoons. Sadly, I was mostly disappointed on that front. Perfect Scoundrels employed that oh-so-annoying trick where the couple finds relationship to be a bumpy ride and drama ensues. I really hate when that happens. And even when Kat and Hale got back on track, I failed to feel the connection between them like I had before. Don’t get me wrong—they’re still an awesome couple, but it wasn’t the same for me.

Other than that, though, this was a really good book. The Heist Society series is so fun, and this was no different. Things were perhaps a bit more serious, since this time around Hale is personally affected by the con, but I still laughed during certain scenes. Like the scene where Uncle Felix pretends to be crazy and runs around naked? Yep. Much giggling.

So…yeah. If you liked Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals, there’s a very good chance you’ll like Perfect Scoundrels as well. (And if you have read the first two books, go read them, then come back.) Unrealistic, implausible and silly as this series may be, it addictive and loads of fun. As long as you’re able to hang your Serious Hat at the door, I definitely recommend this book and its prequels.
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Review: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)
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Plot 
 
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5.0
When I first read the synopsis, I was like OMG, Kat and Hale are going to be leaving each other!?! Then I read it again and again to make sure I have a reasonable assumption. Then I thought, no. It can't be possible because Ally Carter is writing this and she is usually is not the kind of author who splits couples like these apart. (Other than Josh and Cammie, but that is a different story).

This book, Perfect Scoundrels, is really more focused on Hale's life than Kat's lifestyle of stealing. There isn't a big heist where the ending is just... mindblowing unlike the previous two books. It is rather disappointing compared to Heist Society and the-second-book-I-can-not-name.

The writing is, as usual, smooth and comforting. I like its slow and fast pace. I like the Kale (or should it be Kate) scenes. They are as always to die for.

Kat is smart with heist, but she is horrible with boys. She is a good character I enjoy reading about. She is one of the few badass characters like Scarlet from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (you can read my review of this book). I can imagine her carrying a gun and loading it calmly while Interpol is after her. Just like Scarlet.

“'If you don’t mind my saying, Mr. Hale. She’s a keeper.'He pointed in Kat’s direction.”

Hale, the main topic of this book. Hale is a little distant from Kat. He is spacing out in the beginning of the book. However, Kat and Hale renew their boyfriend/girlfriend status in a closet. (Literally) Hale is the stressful one in this book, Perfect Scoundrels. He had just inherited his Grandmother Hale's share of Hale's family company. He is not the owner of the company until he reaches a certain age. The lawyer of his grandmother will retain control of the company. Hale is having trouble believing it, but then he realizes that Grandmother Hale loved him out of all of the Hale family. He truly believes that Grandmother Hale gave him the share. But is it true or a trick?

The Bishop Family of Heist and Thief. As usual, this family is as tight as an ant family (Are ants close to each other?). They would never betray one another. Family drama rings high in humor. Watch the ups and downs of the family's morale. And one will perish in this book. But who is it?

The Bishop Family comes together to pull off this ultimate deception.

The clients... The old lady that tipped Kat off. The butler's sister. Grandmother Hale promised her a life that has been financially taken care of. But the will didn't mention her. Not even an implied sentence.

The jerk who switched the wills... He is a jerk. A money hungry jerk. He is someone who is after a new invention of Hale's Company. Kat caught him almost right away.

This book was similar to a game of cat and a mouse. LOL! KAT and a mouse. (See what I did there?) But is brilliant to my standards. Low for Ally Carter's usual standards.

SPOILERS

1) Hale truly did inherited the corporation.
2) Uncle Eddie died.
3) The lawyer was the jerk.
4) Hale's first name is SCOOTER!!!
5) We get to meet Hale's money-hungry family.

END SPOILERS

This book's rating is a five out of five.

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