Elegantly Wasted

Elegantly Wasted

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by C. Elizabeth Vescio

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"Just because I kill people, doesn't mean I'm a bad person..."

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…  See more details below


"Just because I kill people, doesn't mean I'm a bad person..."

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.

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Elegantly Wasted 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 9 days ago
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite In Elegantly Wasted by C. Elizabeth Vescio, rich girl Francesca “Frankie” Fairholm celebrates her graduation by joining an elite killing force. Fancy that, becoming a trained killer was a preferred future to dealing with hateful relatives who worshipped money and stabbed each other with words for fun. Through ironic twists and turns, Frankie learns that you can’t out run the past or family connections. I was excited to have the opportunity to review Elegantly Wasted. Author C. Elizabeth Vescio’s premise of finding the life of a killer preferable to dealing with family resonated with me. Part of me wanted to know where to sign up. When the pace picked up and Vescio introduced action, I quickly fell into the lives of Frankie and her deadly sidekicks. By the end of the book, I understood the need for the backstory and felt the author had successfully tied all the story lines together. Elegantly Wasted is a showcase for a bad girl who doesn’t make excuses for her behavior. Frankie accepts who she is and makes a conscious decision to use her strengths to her advantage. This characters starts out a bit immature and self-involved, but as she matures, she grows and evolves into a different person. True, she is a killer who actually looks forward to going to work, but even as a killer, she has redeemable characteristics that I learned to embrace.
ReadersFavorite1 9 days ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Elegantly Wasted is a contemporary action novel written by C. Elizabeth Vescio. Francesca Fairholm is a contract killer. In retrospect, she would have to agree that this was a natural outlet for her sociopathic tendencies. There was always a desire to kill certain members of the rich and controlling matriarchy that held her family in an iron grip. While Aunt Bette droned on about Francesca's anti-social bullying, Aunt Greta was the real thorn in Francesca's side. The woman was vile, self-righteous and condescending, and her own sociopathic tendencies had most likely resulted in Uncle Anthony's highly suspect suicide. Aunt Greta was particularly obnoxious at Francesca's high school graduation party, and her comments made Francesca's grudging agreement to attend Dartmouth, the Ivy League School her mother had selected for her, even more galling. Aunt Greta's aggrieved outcry after their verbal sparring fanned the flames of Francesca's rage beyond her control and storming out of the affair seemed the only option. When she got home, there was an envelope on the kitchen counter with her name written on it. Inside was a plane ticket and a mysterious invitation to a whole different life. C. Elizabeth Vescio's dark action thriller, Elegantly Wasted, is deliciously decadent and a joy to read. Francesca's coming of age is long overdue. Her repressed rage seems about to bubble over at the lavish and awful graduation party which was quite obviously little more than an excuse for yet another social function hosted by her mother. As I read the mysterious invitation, I cheered as the feisty sociopath throws caution to the wind and listens to her inner killer. Francesca is not your stereotypical heroine; she's short, has frizzy dark hair, and has little experience with the opposite sex. But don't let the diminutive stature fool you; Francesca packs a mean punch. Vescio's story is clever, disarming and smooth as silk. Her writing is inspired yet comfortable, and reading this story enchanted me and whispered to my dark side. I hope to see more of Francesca and her two cousins and partners-in-crime. Elegantly Wasted is most highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, hurray for new adult contemporary that isn't formulaic as hell!! I love that Frankie doesn't go to college, get piss drunk in an effort to get over her tragically frat-ified high school virginity thief, fall in love with some dark, mysterious, brooding hunk, and get engaged before she earns her MRS degree. I think those are fun reads, don't get me wrong, but when I found out what New Adult "meant," I imagined something beyond American Pie Presents: Beta House. Vescio blows that out of the water--both literally and figuratively. She also accomplishes the not-so-easy task of making a female serial killer a heroine. And a likable one at that. Frankie is just authentic enough for me to suspend my disbelief that a sheltered chick right out of high school could be trained as a contract killer. She's flawed and tangible and funny as hell. And despite the fact that she spends the majority of the book doing VERY bad things, I found myself rooting for her. I felt at times like the pace and structure could have been better executed, but I think that's because Vescio works very hard to avoid infodumping and backstory in a tale that needs a lot of background to be told well. She accomplished this through the use of a lot of flashbacks, which for me got a little confusing at first. This sequencing boggle cleared itself up well before the end, however, and once I got to the heart of the story I couldn't put it down. The love story is definitely not the focus in Elegantly Wasted, though there are some romantical elements to girlie-sigh over. (Can contract killers girlie-sigh? Hmm...) I, personally, wanted more Spark, and from the teaser for Book 2 at the back, it looks like we'll be seeing more of him in the sequel coming this fall so yay! The only other factor I struggled with was a feeling at times that I was drowning in pop culture references, though I suspect that's just as much me as it is the book. I haven't had cable since college (and we won't talk about how long ago that was now) and I'd never heard a Justin Bieber song until 2011 (I worked hard at that .) So I felt like I was on the outside of some inside jokes at times, but not too often. Short story long, pick this one up. ~~Dannie Morin
missriki More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, once I started reading I could not put it down. It was humorous, witty, intriguing. It was intresting to see this family has it's nut cases and family drama with a killer here and there...lol... Can't wait for the next book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be an amazing book; it is witty with some interesting twist. The interactions with the characters is what really drew me into the book. These are conversations that I can see people really having. Very enjoyable.
mmurphy1 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Vescio has such an amazing way with words! I couldn't put the book down for two days straight, and I'm not an avid reader. Great story, awesome plot twists, and excellent characters! One of my favorite books ever!