Summary (from GoodReads): Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?
W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?
There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.
Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.
When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?
The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.
Thoughts: Double Crossed is my first time trying a between the novels short story that have recently become so popular. Mostly, I tried it because A) I love Ally Carter, B) I was curious about the crossover, and C) it was free. What did I think? I still love Ally Carter. The crossover worked great. And I may actually spend $0.99 in the future for the right between the novels story (maybe). I'll certainly try more of the free ones.
Double Crossed is shorter than I expected it to be. The majority of the e-book is promotional material for Heist Society. This is great, because if you enjoy Double Crossed, you will definitely want to check out (and eventually buy) Heist Society. But I was already a fan, so I would preferred more space for the story. And had I paid money for the story, I would have been incredibly annoyed about it.
The story itself included my favorite features from both series. The characters are funny, smart, and daring. Their skills approach a legendary status. The story is fast paced with many twists and turns, even for such a short piece. One thing that I was worried about before reading, was that Carter might try a little romance between Macey and Hale. Luckily, she firmly established that Hale is taken. In another life (one without Kat), they would be great for each other, but as it stands... it was nice of Hale to apologize for not flirting with her.
Moments I Loved: Macey and Hale both realize that something bad is about to happen and shove their mothers into elevators just before the entire charity event is taken hostage.
WTF Moments: Hale qualifies a statement made by Macey: his family only owns a little phone company. (Probably my favorite moment.)
Overall: If you aren't sure if you will like Carter's style, this book will give you a realistic sample of her stories. I thought the crossover worked exceptionally well and I will definitely be reading any future crossover stories.
Double Crossed gets a FakeSteph rating of...