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352 pages, Hardcover
First published April 7, 2015
”Playa Hermosa was different. It was like another world. One where the old rules don’t apply.”Grace and her brother Parker have their new targets; the Fairchild family. The Fairchilds are rumored to have bars of gold hidden somewhere on the estate, and Grace’s parents are determined to find it. Grace doesn’t expect anything unusual this time, since it’s just another assignment. What she doesn’t expect is how attached she would get to Logan Fairchild or the rest of his group of friends. Can Grace get the job done without sacrificing those she’s become close to?
”I knew what it meant to be surrounded by liars. To be one It meant that your instincts were honed to see deceit in others. That you believed everyone was riddled with dishonesty. That you were trained to look for all the little tics people performed- most of them involuntary- when they weren’t telling the truth.”Grace is trusting to the point of being extremely naïve about the whole situation. As in to say, if you told her to jump off a roof, she’d probably do it. She was a likable enough character, but I just wanted to smack her sometimes to get her to realize that what she was doing was so far from the norm.
”Parker was different. He called our parents by their first names unless we were working. Sometimes it seemed like he did it on principle. Like he was trying to prove that while he lived and worked with them, they couldn’t make him love them.”He’s saving enough of his share of the money so he can get the heck out of there. He’s also super protective of Grace and won’t leave till she does. But for all his honorable traits, he could be pretty stupid as well. I mean come on, you’re so pissed off that your little sis is going out with a guy AS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT . Yup, makes a whole lot of sense buddy.
”For them, the con was all about the con. It was the challenge they loved. The danger.”They make Conrad and Victoria Grayson from Revenge look like the perfect nuclear family. From making their teenage daughter seduce an innocent boy to find out where the money is to figuring out that this whole “robbing” thing is the way to make money without really working, to basically putting their children through every dangerous situation imaginable just so they can get rich quick is inconceivable. Not to mention the fact that they’re willing to abandon them as well once the job is done. Great. Just great.
We knew what we were doing. Knew the risks. But Logan and his family were good. Maybe the first really good people I’d ever met. They loved one another, sacrificed for one another. Not because they didn’t have anyone else, but because that’s what love is.””Made him horribly vanilla in the process, but still a nice kid. He doesn’t particularly like the group of friends he hangs out with, who were all equally vanilla like in status (except for Rachel, who was the perfect characterization of a book bee-yotch). Once he sets eyes on Grace, all bets are off.
”’I can’t explain it, but it’s like as soon as I saw you, I just knew.Dude, just admit it to yourself and everyone. YOU HAVE A CASE OF INSTALOVE. Go to your corner and stay there. The relationship was sweet while it lasted, though. That is to say, if you were being seduced by a girl whose only goal was to get your family’s gold for her family and run like hell with it off into the sunset….
‘That I wanted you, of course.’”
"Now I started to feel the truth of it. Of me. Not the part I played in this job or in the last one, but who I really was. Like acknowledging things about myself out loud somehow made them—and me–more real. It was exhilarating, confirmation that there was something underneath the Grace who lied and stole. But it was terrifying, too. What if the real Grace didn't want to stay undercover anymore?"
"But Playa Hermosa was different. It was like another world. One where the old rules didn't apply. Like the exotic birds on the peninsula, we were suddenly all on our own. Except it didn't feel like that right away. In the beginning, it was business as usual. Plot the con, get into character, work our way in, stick together."