The sequel to TRUST ME, I’M LYING
Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha’s golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.
Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.
Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities . . . If Julep doesn’t watch her back, it’s her funeral. No lie.
Mary Elizabeth Summer doesn’t hold back in the gripping second book following grifter Julep Dupree. She throws us into the complicated life of the sixteen-year-old who has already been through a lifetime of complications. She has taken down a mob boss, had her sort-of-boyfriend shot dead in front of her and her father imprisoned. What else could Mary Elizabeth Summer put her through; turns out a lot.
TRUST ME, I’M TROUBLE begins with Julep dealing with her part in Tyler’s death and the confusion of her growing feelings for Dani. The introduction of Julep’s attraction for Dani is at first subtle, allowing the reader to feel the bond strengthening before Julep herself admits to what is happening. Dani is only a few years older, but with a wealth of life experience, she tries to discourage Julep, but her own devotion is felt by the reader none the less.
The complicated plot is surprisingly easy to follow with several surprises littered throughout to keep you guessing and wanting more. The addition of ‘the blue fairy’ reference was inspired, I immediately drew comparisons between Julep and Pinocchio, not that it helped me uncover any of the twists before each one hit me square in the face.
Having her usual crew there to assist fills in where you might question what could believably be achieved by a sixteen-year-old, even a fierce heroine like Julep. But her inability to see the various ‘bad guys’ that have surrounded her until they are in her face trying to kill her reminds you of her true fragility.
Mary Elizabeth is a gifted wordsmith and has strengthened my attachment to Julep with this intriguing open ended second instalment. I do love a good series, however, when the end has more questions than the beginning, I feel a little miffed. Julep had already lost so much, did you really need to take even more from her?
All I can say is that book three cannot come fast enough. Nice work Mary Elizabeth, I’m hooked, and you will be too.
Would have scored 5 stars, however too much of an open ending for me, even for a series.
Rebecca is a writer, mother, crafter and cake maker. With three children and a full time job, many of the characters bouncing around in her brain will just have to wait to have their stories told. You can find her tweeting here.