This sequel to Kiss Me Kill Me picks up Scarlett's story right where it left off. Just as compelling and suspenseful as the first in the series, Kisses and Lies continues the whodunit and provides a sense of closure. There is a brief recap of the first book provided, but readers will most likely want to read this series in order. Scarlett's trip to Dan's family castle in Scotland has her in dangerous situations, not particularly welcomed, and ultimately almost killed. Family secrets lead to the discovery of Dan's murderer, leaving his parents shattered. A violent death takes place, though in self-defense. Language is relatively mild (b-tch, d-ck, bullsh-t, cr-p, b-stard) and underage drinking, teen smoking, and one instance of cocaine use take place. Nude photos of teen girls are discovered and are clues to the murder mystery. Popular, wealthy, and mean girls continue to be a presence in this series. Scarlett remains a plucky, courageous, and resourceful character who must fend for herself in almost all situations. Luckily, her friendship with Taylor is a close and supportive one, since her family members are distant and cold. The end of this story leads into the next one, introducing a new complication for Scarlett to deal with. Fans of this series will be eager to read Kiss in the Dark.