Today I am pleased to be a part of C. Elizabeth Vescio’s Lovely and Lethal Blog Tour for her novel ELEGANTLY WASTED. I’m happy to share with you today a synopsis of the book as well as my own review.
About ELEGANTLY WASTED:
On the eve of her high school graduation, proper socialite Francesca “Frankie” Fairholm rebelled against her elitist and controlling family to pursue the dark lifestyle of a contract killer for the enigmatic Osiris Corporation. Years later, with her training complete, she believes she’s doomed to the life of a sociopathic lone gun until a botched hit brings two unlikely allies, her cousins Addison and Katharine.
Using Katharine’s etiquette school, Elegance, Inc., as a front, the trio weave through Frankie’s dark underworld, carrying out contracts, drinking too much wine, and trying not to get each other killed.
Trouble follows the team home when the death of the cruel Fairholm matriarch reveals more than they ever wanted to know about their family. As the funeral preparations play out, the trio begin to realize there is much more to their employer than meets the eye and their family connections run deeper than they ever imagined.
MISS RIKI’S REVIEW:
I loved this book! I love that it is fresh, original, fast-paced, quirky and so much fun. Frankie Fairholm is the perfect main character with a sassy attitude and a foul mouth to boot. She may be an outcast in her own family, but she finds her place working for the enigmatic Osiris Corporation and damn, is she good at it. She is all cynicism and deft sarcasm and is thoroughly likable. I loved the relationship between Frankie and her two cousins Katherine and Addison. It’s a love-hate family dynamic that anyone can relate to and although they could not be more different from one another, their love comes through. They really shine coming from a family where appearances are everything and nobody really likes one another.
I especially enjoyed all of the pop culture references in the book. I found them to make the book very modern and edgy. Since I am a born and bred Arizona girl I also appreciated the true-to-life descriptions of life in the Valley of the Sun. Since nothing exciting really happens in my hometown in reality it was fun to take a fictional trip where everything is exciting and nothing is what it seems.
The plot is fast-paced and always exciting and the dialogue is witty and smart. The bickering that goes on between the girls is realistic and funny. When I say funny, I mean laugh-out-loud hysterical. Vescio has a great conversational writing style and her wit shines through in every scene. As a reader I am invested in these characters and cannot wait for the next book to come out. This is a family that I want to follow and can only imagine that their escapades get bigger and better in the future.
My only complaint a bout the book has nothing to do with the writing, but with the formatting. I read the e-book version and found the formatting to be distracting. The paragraphs are not set apart from one another, leading to a sort of run-on look to the story on the pages. Thankfully the story is so engaging that I was able to put the formatting woes behind me and just enjoy.
If you’re looking for a book that has mystery, intrigue, drama, and humor, get your hands on ELEGANTLY WASTED. I highly recommend it!
Cara lives in Las Vegas with her husband, John and their three genetically altered dogs all of which have personal vendettas for the guy who cleans the pool.