Author: Edie Harris

Crazed by Edie Harris

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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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.


Ripped by Edie Harris

Ripped by Edie HarrisRipped by Edie Harris
Series: Blood Money, #2
Published by Carina Press on May 18th 2015
Pages: 268
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Attorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister’s torture, he’s out for blood.
The key to Tobias’s revenge is the disavowed British spy he’s kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.
Posing as Chandler’s boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won’t kill Tobias. Not in theory.
As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threat—to their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.

As far as Tobias Faraday is concerned, his mission of vengeance can only go one way – with the disavowed British spy Chandler Mcallister – whom he holds responsible for the brutal torture of his sister in Blamed – leading the way into the Russian trafficking ring and back into her nightmare. Chandler only asks one thing in return: that she gets to attend her twin’s wedding and because Tobias refuses to leave her side, he finds himself going along as her pretend significant other.

There is a ton of suspense, a lot of intrigue and some steamy scenes, but I did feel like I needed to play a little catch up the moment we plunged into the action. I definitely liked seeing Beth and Vick again but the standout gem here is the coolly enigmatic Tobias, whose whose icy but arrogant exterior and immense self-control (and self-imposed celibacy) have for many years, helped placed the world at his feet. Why exactly he found himself so affected by Chandler is still a little beyond me despite Harris’s admirable effort in trying to unravel this hard and single-minded woman hell-bent on protecting the only family that she knows.

Blood Money is certainly a series I’d keep watching out for; through Beth and now Tobias, we see the cracks appearing in the burden the Faraday children have had to carry as they grew up. It is Tobias’s regret that they’ve all taken a path they’d chosen all those years ago and it has been more than hinted that each of the Faraday children will have to somehow claw their way to their own HEA. Right now, I’m trusting Edie Harris to bring that to fruition with, hopefully, a cast of characters as memorable as Tobias, Beth and Vick.


Blamed by Edie Harris

Blamed by Edie HarrisBlamed by Edie Harris
Series: Blood Money #1
Published by Carina Press on November 3rd 2014
Pages: 368
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Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.
That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgivable. She’s worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business.
But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.
As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies—MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she’s ever loved. And the one she thought she’d killed in the desert.

Beth Faraday’s new life rudely comes to a halt when she learns that a hit has been placed on her, and in a series of not-entirely-believable coincidences, finds out that a man she thought she killed has been a neighbour for the past 6 months. Raleigh Vick however, still isn’t all he seems, and the secrets he carries despite his convincing her that he has quit MI6, bring her back to a past that she’d rather not revisit. With flashbacks peppering the chapters, we learn of Vick’s and Beth’s long history together and the depth of their utter devotion to each other that Edie Harris so emphatically writes into those years.

I loved Ms. Harris’s portrayal of Beth’s strength of character, her confidence in her feelings for Vick as well as her writing of Vick’s unwavering love for her. If Beth is monumental enough to be a heroine who struggles for redemption of her actions, it is equally atypical of a hero to be so hung up on the heroine (and vice versa) for a decade – and staying faithful to the idea of her. In what might be construed as obsession, I prefer to think of extreme loyalty and devotion, qualities that very few characters I know can match, which clearly makes Vick’s final betrayal all the much harder to take. Yet in those moments, we’re also privy to his anguish and the fear of being truly redundant to her without the identities he’d built himself around for so long. The element of unpredictability however, was ever present and I enjoyed the complexity of character that both Beth and Vick seemed to show right up to the very end. 

With sleek and occasionally poetic prose, ‘Blamed’ unfurls in a series of passionate, steamy sensuality, non-stop action and continuing intrigue and it’s already leaving me in tatters for the sequel. Tobias Faraday in particular, grew in such stature that I’m now aching for his and Chandler’s story even more…if that’s even possible.