Monday, February 17, 2014

C. Elizabeth Vescio

Giveaway by C. Elizabeth Vescio and Review by Cloey

Release Date: 8/1/2012
Number of Pages: 248
ISBN-10: 9781938697
ASIN: B008R54B7I
Genre: Action & Adventure, Contemporary

ELEGANTLY WASTED by C. Elizabeth Vescio

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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Frankie's family is a mess no wonder she grew up into a sociopath. Francesca Fairholm is the black sheep of her family but this story doesn’t even end with her issues. The entire family has issues! Appearance is everything in the Fairholm family and money rules and this makes an interesting tension between family members. This is a 5 out of 5 star story that I am looking forward to reading again.

What I liked about Elegantly Wasted was the story telling of C. Elizabeth Vescio. Her story is written in a conversational way – which I enjoy. There were times when I felt like I was listening to a friend telling me about something that happened during her weekend.

The characters are well developed and easy to relate to as well. I especially loved the story of Frankie's 16th birthday and still giggle when I think about that plastic lobster bib...WTH??

I would have liked to read more about other family members just to see if there were any normal people in Frankie's family. And I felt like the book was too short. There are funny scenes in this story – I found myself laughing at parts that should have been serious. But maybe they were written to be funny?

This book should go on your To Be Read list because it is a good story for a long weekend. I found myself liking the contract killer named Frankie and her crazy cousins.


Author C. Elizabeth Vescio likes to play in the dark world of cynicism and death. Her first novel, Elegantly Wasted touched on the demented and humorous side of a delightfully dysfunctional family.

She enjoys cynical debates, cupcakes, making her mother-in-law sew her aprons that she never wears, zombies, the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider. She gathers her life inspirations from Neil Gaiman, Julia Child and Paul Simon. When she isn't out photographing her next project, she's studying color, concept and design or writing stuff down in hopes it makes sense one day... or she's on Pinterest. 

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and three dogs.

Author Links: @CaraVescio | Facebook | Goodreads | Wasted Series Website


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