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Nov 1 2014 10:00am

First Look: Edie Harris’s Blamed (November 3, 2014)

Edie Harris
Blamed (Blood Money #1)
Carina Press / November 3, 2014 / $3.99 digital

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.

 

In Blamed, the first book in the Blood Money series, author Edie Harris introduces us to the Faraday family, who has a long history with America, even reaching back to the United State’s origins. A true family of spies, the Faraday empire is known very well around the world today. The heroine of Blamed is  Beth, the youngest Faraday. As a young teen, she became the most talented sniper in the spy game. 10 years later, she is retired and living off the grid in Chicago with a great job and a not so great dating life. Things were quiet until she discovered there was a spy living next door to her; that the spy living next door to her was the spy she has been in love with since she was a teenager; and that he was alive instead of dead by her actions a year ago in Afghanistan. Edie Harris gives us the best of the spy game in Blamed.

Raleigh Vick hasn’t told anyone his real name in 15 years. He revealed this fact to Beth right before he revealed his name. As a covert operative for MI6 he was a master at creating identities, background stories, and disguises. The constant in his life for the past several years has been tracking the fresh and beautiful but deadly Beth Faraday. After things went bad in Afghanistan a year ago he knew that Beth thought he was dead. It took a long time and a new face to recover, but his first assignment back was to observe and report on the activities of Beth Faraday. Then the assignment changed to a kill order, and Vick gave his bosses the literal middle finger.

Beth and Vick must work together to keep Beth alive; the logistics involved in this partnership are almost unlimited. How exactly do two spies learn to trust each other? Why does MI6 want to take her out anyway? Can Beth and Vick pick up where they left off in their odd globe trotting courtship? This slick spy thriller has all the romance and sexual tension the reader wants in a contemporary romantic novel, but Harris excels in creating an intelligent and comprehensible spook story with more than enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. Blamed is full of intrigue, hand to hand combat, and shoot outs. The villains here are smart, twisted, and full of malice. We can’t wait for karma to come back around.

The best thing about this story is that despite an age difference between the two main characters (Vick is nearly a decade older) Beth and Vick are evenly matched professionally and personally. We see them as equals and colleagues in the field; even in a few instances when Vick pulls out his alpha card and she obliges him, we know that she can very well handle herself. Harris proves this to us in the bloody Prologue when Beth saves herself. On a personal level these two have a complicated past and despite that, they are pragmatic about their situation. As spies each knows the other may be holding information close to their chests. However, their feelings for each other are still a significant part of who they are and drives them to make the decisions they ultimately make.

Beth has two older brothers and an older sister who are all very much involved in the family business. We can expect to hear more about the Faraday family through them and their capers, and it is very much something to look forward to. (Tobias Faraday with his chic clothes, polished public persona, and ice king demeanor is an early favorite Faraday.) Until then, the escapades of Beth and Vick will more than suffice.


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Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at missboxyfrown.blogspot.com. She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.

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3 comments
Kareni
1. Kareni
This does sound good! (I only wish it were available in paperback.)
Nicole Leapheart
2. BoxyFrown
I bet they will sell it in paperback eventually, which doesn't help you now I suppose, but its worth the wait! :)
Heather Waters
3. HeatherWaters
This sounds excellent. I'm always looking for more spy-vs.-spy and/or assassins romances.
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