Attorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister's torture, he's out for blood.
The key to Tobias's revenge is the disavowed British spy he's kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.
Posing as Chandler's boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won't kill Tobias. Not in theory.
As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threatto their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.
Book two of the Blood Money series
About the Author
Edie Harris is the author of cinematic, compelling, James Bond-esque romantic suspense. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. During the day, she does corporate things and subsists on caffeine and pastries. Her nights, however, belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago. www.edieharris.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was instantly taken in with Chandler McAllister’s hardened spy persona and sense of humor as she’s being held against her will by the Faradays. Caught up in her own survival, she’s cut herself off emotionally to protect herself against the big, bad Tobias Faraday, her “keeper.” I loved the fact this spy can hold her own against a major player in the business and is known throughout the industry as the “Macgyver” of spies. What I didn’t expect was her commitment to her twin sister Pippa. Despite everything she’s being asked to do and what she’s done, Chandler is determined to be at her sister’s wedding. Because her sister has no one else. And Tobias accepts playing her boyfriend for the event. I loved the hero’s raw, primal, beast-like urges he succumbs to when it comes to our heroine. So controlled to the point she refers to him as the “Ice King”, he’s completely lost with her and doesn’t know how to handle it. I specifically admired the way he’s taken with her as she does her nitty-gritty job [killing] instead of running away or being disgusted with her. They’re a perfect match for one another. The romance was executed with perfect timing and detail. The sensual scenes are well-thought out and teasing until both the reader and the characters just can’t take it anymore. The only qualms I had about the story were not knowing what happens to a few of the characters after they’re “dealt with,” and that the majority of the story, while building up to the climax in Russia, took place at a wedding in England. 4 stars.
The first book in this series, Blamed, I read and reviewed back in December. I was taken with the idea of a female assassin from family of spies. The book more than met any expectations that I had and left me wanting more from the Faraday family. So I was thrilled to see that Tobias, Beth's older brother, had the next book in the series. This book continues the story line from the first book, as Tobias tracks down those who kidnapped and tortured his sister. He is willing to use anyone and everything to get the vengeance he needs for Beth. He doesn't take into his reaction to Chandler though. When we met Chandler in the first book, she was a very unsympathetic character. But after spending some time in her head, with her memories, I have changed my tune, and so does Tobias. I don't think it's too spoilery to say that there is a HEA. Since the story is all about them getting to that point. But there was this quote by Tobias that literally brought tears to my eyes that I have to share: “You were never supposed to be mine. But you are. Chandler, you’re mine.” His hand lifted, hovered next to her cheek until the heat from his palm scorched her skin but never made contact. “You’re no one’s property, but my heart... it recognizes you. It knows you. It claims you. It needs you so goddamn much that it has decided it can’t go on beating without you there to shock it back to life every second of every day.” Finally he cupped her jaw, and they both visibly shuddered. “Please keep me alive, Chandler." I mean, come on, how was I supposed to NOT shed a tear with a statement like that. Especially after spending the entire book getting to know Tobias. The placement and timing of this quote in the book, did me in. Ring the bell, stick a fork in me, I'm done. I was hooked in this book from the beginning and had no wimpy issues with Chandler like I did with Beth. Also, although Tobias was a bit of a hard ass... okay, way more than a bit, I liked him throughout the book. We learn more about the Faraday family, as well as the Quinn cousins in this book and I can't wait to find out more that has been hinted for book 3, Crazed. I am giving this book 5 stars. Thanks to Carina Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Tobias realized he was different from the rest of his family of 7. With him, family is never the enemy. He was 32. He graduated Harvard Law School at 21. Tobias felt there was a wrongness in him his siblings didn't possess. Polnoch' Pulya was a market arms organization known across the world. It's known as the most lethal of such organizations. Nash almost killed Tobias's baby sister Beth through torture. Chandler McCallister was in Tobias's way to the people who almost killed Beth. Chandler called Tobias "Toby" and he wasn't the type you gave a nickname to. Tobias worked with the movers and shakers and policy-makers on Capital Hill. Chandler was rather famous for being able to make make-shift weapons seemingly out of nothing. She herself says she's a self-serving person, but when given, she does keep her word. Chandler says she will take Tobias to Moscow and get him inside the Polnoch' Pulya. She will even try to get him back out. Nash was dead, but Beth had been tortured for 4 days before she was rescued. Nash was Chandler's long-time field partner. The Russians are demanding Beth's head for her part in the death of Polnoch' Pulya's leader. I found Chandler to be mentally and physically tough, having no choice in her line of work, but really it started as a young girl. Chandler is smart. The only one she care's about is her twin Pip, who is all she has. She would do anything to keep her sister safe and happy. Chander's not proud of what she's done, but she is loyal and she keeps her word. She grows in this story, even learning to love outside of her sister. I found Tobias to be a man above men. He is a genius. He loves his family and will do anything to keep them safe and make sure they feel safe, but Tobias has never had times for relationships except for with family and employees. He is honorable, loyal and sticks to his word. He is also physically and mentally strong. He also is able to grow and find love. The story was slow in some spots, but altogether a good story and plot. I would recommend it.
I love this series. The family story of the Faraday family builds with each successive book. The excerpts at the end of each book, claiming to be the Faraday story, gives insight that will be further explained in the next installment. At the end of Book 1, we learn that the original Faraday left England after a 1754 fire in Wolverhampton. In Ripped, we have Tobias Faraday, Beth’s brother from Blamed and Chandler McAllister, an MI6 spy. Tobias wants revenge on the people responsible for Beth’s torture. Chandler agrees to help, but on one condition; she wants attend her sister’s wedding in Wolverhampton (I told you the stories at the end were important). They head to the estate, fall in love, and eventually go to Russia to complete their revenge. Some bloodshed was involved. And Beth’s escape in Blamed is, sort of, explained in Ripped. The excerpt at the end of Book 2 tells the story of a Faraday relative who runs off with a free man in 1864. I have to wait until October to see how this is weaved into the story-line. A couple of favorite lines: Oh, God, he was taking notes on how to be a good boyfriend. Beth’s heart melted a little. “My heart …. it recognizes you. It knows you. It claims you. It needs you to so ******* much that it has decided it can’t go on beating without you there to shock it back to life every second of every day.” Sigh. I love Toby