Ripped, the second book in the Blood Money series by Edie Harris, left readers in a daze when Adam, beloved youngest brother of the Faraday clan, was kidnapped right off the street in the epilogue. Adam! They took Adam. sob Crazed is Casey’s story and thankfully picks up immediately where book two left readers hanging.
With Adam missing and no ransom note, the Faraday siblings and their significant others quickly realize that he must have been taken for other purposes. After acquiring camera footage from the area where he was kidnapped, they pretty quickly come to the conclusion that the Marin Cartel is involved. Having been embedded with the cartel four years earlier
when he was with the CIA, Casey is the natural choice to go in and locate his brother’s whereabouts. What no one, not even his family, knows is that when he left Colombia last he left his heart behind with his dead wife. Casey has no desire to step foot in the town where the last memory he has is searching through the surrounding countryside while the church where they married only hours before burned to the ground. But he’ll do it to save his brother.
When Ilda Almeida is given instructions to meet a man in the local hotel and to get him an in with Pipe, the head of the Marin Cartel, she has no idea that it’ll be her supposedly deceased husband who opens the door. The man she remembers as Casi clearly is someone else altogether, but her love for him is still alive even after all these years.
I loved this book, it’s probably my favorite of the series so far. It’s filled with ‘aha’ and ‘omg’ moments and even a few ‘I can’t believe they are doing this right now’ scenes. Not to say that I didn’t enjoy the first or the second book, I totally did, but it seems like everything that has led up to this point is working its way to something big as the series progresses. There is a lot going on, and with every new development I have to remind myself of all the players and what all happened in the previous installments, but it’s a wild ride that I love.
Crazed is told in present day, but also with a series of flashback memories from both Ilda and Casey’s POV. Their history is complicated, especially since Ilda had no idea Casey was working undercover four years ago. They met, fell in love and married in secret, then it all came crashing down. Each thought the other had died during a fire/gun battle between rival cartels and members of a task force rescuing hostages. Neither has really moved on, although Casey immediately quit the CIA and came fully into the Farady fold while Ilda… well I’m not going to get into what Ilda has been doing because that would be a huge spoiler and I wouldn’t do that to you guys. Just trust me when I say there is A LOT of angst, indecision, and grief. As well as plenty of sexytimes at completely inappropriate moments. Who knew Casey was so forceful or had such a dirty, dirty mouth. 🙂
I had a few frustrating moments when I wasn’t sure what would happen or why certain characters made the choices they did. Ilda certainly surprised me a time or two. Casey was obviously all in as soon as he realized his wife was still alive, but I’m not sure he exactly realized what that meant until the very end. This couple was crazy in love and stuck in a crazy situation that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what in the world would come next. With two more books in the series, I KNEW some plot threads would be left dangling and picked up in the fourth book, and I was right. Don’t worry, there is an HEA, but if you’re expecting all your questions to be answered you’ll end up disappointed. Something huge is coming, you can feel it with every conversation the Faradays have about past events and how they seem to all connect in some way.
Adam makes appearances throughout and if you didn’t love him before, you are guaranteed to fall hard this time around. He’s pretty awesome. In fact, the whole family shows up at some point throughout and I think one of my favorite things about this series is despite their differences and occasional difficult or volatile history they always manage to come together in whatever way the need to in order to protect their own.
Once again the epilogue left me with that OMG I WANT THIS NOW feeling. The wait for the fourth book in the series, Thrilled, which has a release date of October 17th, is going to be so, so hard. Final Grade- B+
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“Ask me for anything, Ilda, and I’ll give it. That’s how this works.”
Frowning, she finally looked up at him. “How what works?”