It’s been a year since Francesca Fairholm met the rest of the Osiris team and the company heads, her two half brothers Nero and Lex. As they groom her for leadership, it’s all Frankie can do to keep her cynical sarcasm in check as she starts training two new Strikers, avoids the romantic advances of Spark Dawson, and does her best to pry a little family history from her cold, distant Aunt Alexa.
With the pressure of her secret dual life building and her mother acting strangely, Frankie’s sanity is pushed to the brink when she makes a grisly discovery that shakes the young Striker to her core. Despite her cousins’ fear that her panic attacks signal a full mental breakdown, Frankie is positive she’s not crazy. Finding clarity in her personal investigation into Osiris’s origins, she uncovers more about the company than she would rather know.
As her life starts to unravel, things get deadly and, before she knows it, she’s facing down an old target’s pissed-off widow, an unstoppable mercenary, and the one thing she’s most terrified of admitting to herself.
It’s possible the whole situation won’t explode in her face. Yeah, like Frankie has that kind of luck.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book is a roller-coaster ride of epic proportions. It’s fast-paced and high octane from page one and the plot twists come at breakneck speed. I likened it to a literary pretzel, with all of the twists and turns that take Frankie Fairholm on an unforgettable wild ride. Uncontrollably Wasted picks up where Elegantly Wasted takes off and drops the reader right back into the topsy-turvy contract killing world of Osiris. It has everything that readers have come to expect from Vescio, including high stakes and witty dialogue.
Frankie and her equally flawed cousins Kat and Addi are badass chicks who are never far from trouble. What makes them such engaging characters is how they stick together, even in the darkest of situations and how they prove that blood is thicker than water. There’s a great sense of familial obligation in this novel that tests Frankie’s will and drives her towards danger at every turn. The bad guys might get the best of her, but by god they won’t touch her family. We see great growth of character in Frankie and her cousins and questions left lingering from book one are answered. I dare you to not be totally wrapped up in the secrets of this family (and trust me- EVERYONE has secrets).
I loved how we get deeper into Frankie’s psyche in this second novel of the series and start to see how she’s affected by the whirlwind of crime she’s bought into. She loves her job as a contract killer, but there are bigger questions for her to grapple with here. Can a person who kills for money really love another and get involved in romantic entanglements? I won’t spoil the fun for you- you’ll just have to read to find out.
Uncontrollably Wasted is nonstop action, full of blood and gore, yet tempered with quieter moments of reflection. There’s even a little romance thrown in for good measure. Vescio flawlessly weaves references from pop culture to Shakespeare in a completely engrossing novel. It’s dark and sarcastic, but in the best possible way. You won’t be able to put it down.