Crazed by Edie Harris

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 8th November 2015
Crazed by Edie HarrisCrazed by Edie Harris
Series: Blood Money #3
Published by Carina Press on January 11th 2016
Pages: 204
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four-stars

Casey Faraday was a soldier before he was a spy, but family always came first, no matter what.
When a member of the Faraday clan is snatched off the streets and dragged halfway across the world, it’s Casey who follows the kidnappers’ trail to South America. Thrust into the heart of the cartel he barely escaped during an undercover assignment four years earlier, he’s unprepared for the shock awaiting him on Colombian soil.
Ilda Almeida—the only woman to ever tempt Casey into madness, the beautiful wife he’d mourned for years—is very much alive. And keeping a secret that will forever change life as he knows it.
Casey can’t control his hands—or his heart—around Ilda, but neither can he abandon his rescue mission. When cartel violence turns the jungle into a bloodbath, he can only protect one family: his.

Casey Faraday’s undercover stint in Colombia 4 years ago had far-reaching consequences, the circumstances of which he hadn’t fully realised until he returns to Colombia in search of his kidnapped younger brother: a wife whom he’d thought long dead but isn’t and a daughter that he never knew he had. For Casey, what started as a mission to rescue Adam Faraday becomes something so much more than he ever thought it would be and in this high-stakes game of bartering and deception, he knows he has so much more to lose than he’d initially thought.

Casey’s and Ilda’s story admittedly wasn’t as interesting (to me) as Beth’s and Vick’s had been, but I found ‘Crazed’ thoroughly absorbing for the larger dynamic of the Faraday family and their dealings: high-powered international deals mingling with shady mafia enforcement, corruption and weapons trading…in essence, everything that screams Mission Impossible or the Bond or Bourne series. Edie Harris’s books are told as individual but interconnected action film sequences, with the romance written into each individual scene rather than a single story woven around two people coming together. Her characters cede their control – if that’s even the right term – to the action, carried along by some overarching grand plan that spills over from book to book.

Events of the past play an indelible role (so jumping straight into book 3 might not be too good an idea) and Ms. Harris’s plots and fantastic writing require at least, some sort of intelligence on the reader’s part in piecing the connections and characters together, which I love – even if it sort of panders to my own (fragile) ego. It’s what keeps me coming back, after all.

four-stars

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