Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Edie Harris
Series: Blood Money #1
Heroine/Hero: Beth Faraday/Raleigh Vick
Genre: MF Contemporary
Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Blamed started off very intriguing: there’s a hit out on Beth, a former assassin just trying to live a normal life. It’s obvious very early on that the story is going to be a bit outrageous and over the top. I did try the sample first which was filled with ads at the very beginning and the story not starting until 35% into the sample! Very unfair of the publisher to do this in my opinion because I didn’t get a chance to read enough of a sample to gauge whether or not this was something I wanted to continue reading or not. After I already had already committed myself to reviewing the book, I quickly realized I was no longer enjoying it.
The relationship between Beth and Vick was just too unbelievable, and then for her not to even know who he was! And it’s probably my fault attempting to read this when it was quite obvious from the blurb that this was a reunited lovers trope, but since she didn’t know who he was at first, I was hoping she had only loved him from afar and never knew what he looked like. However, that was not the case.
THEN picture this: there are assassins trying to kill Beth. KILL HER DEAD WITH GUNS! And she knows this! So what does she do the next day after it’s obvious that they’ve found her and know who she is? SHE GOES TO WORK AT A MUSEUM!! Absolutely no sense of urgency to get away and stop the assassins. Instead, she takes her former lover to work with her, shows him off, and then has sex with him! AT WORK!!
I didn’t make it much farther after that…giving up at 50%. There were too many characters being introduced and I couldn’t keep up with all of their names…some even had multiple names. And the plot had just gotten too complicated and and confusing.
I also, wasn’t liking the back and forth telling of present day and then scenes from the past.
Not for me.
Overall Impression: I Did Not Finish
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*