I’ve got this thing about women who kick ass and take names. Women who are simultaneously strong and vulnerable, brilliant but fallible, multifaceted and all too human. Women who are completely capable of handling their business without assistance–and probably yours, too–but who make mistakes, because it is our mistakes that make us.
The heroine of RIPPED, Chandler McCallister, has made a lot of mistakes in her 29 years. She traded her military uniform for undercover work in the Russian mob and, as the saying goes, “fell in with a bad crowd.” Her journey toward redemption is chock-full of pitfalls and missteps, but throughout it all, she never loses the core of who she is: an incredibly loyal, fiercely protective, bonafide badass babe.
Chandler’s toughness and capability in handling whatever problems life throws at her is a huge part of why hero Tobias Faraday surrenders his heart into her keeping. He knows she’ll fight to the death to keep that heart in one piece; just as Chandler knows that if she falters in the heat of battle, Tobias will have her back. In fact, he makes exactly that promise to her in RIPPED.
There are several badass babes in entertainment right now whose characterization I find exceptionally inspiring, but my top three at the moment are Elizabeth Keen (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Catherine Chandler (CW’s “Beauty & the Beast”), and Sarah Manning (BBC America’s “Orphan Black”). I love Sarah–and all the clones, really–for how organically she reacts to and takes action against the negative forces trying to control her life. Catherine is amazing because she’s a hand-to-hand combat rockstar who’s never afraid to take a few hits. And Elizabeth…oh, Lizzie. From start to finish, her fight scenes feel real, and while she’s been the victim of some pretty shady circumstances, she always comes out swinging–and spitting; the girl’s got a mean mouth on her when cornered and frustrated. Plus there’s the whole husband-is-a-sociopathic-spy-who-is-madly-in-love-with-her subplot, which makes me happy.
Personally, I aspire to be a badass babe, but my right hook needs some work. Maybe Chandler can train me, once she’s done taking names.
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 threat—to 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
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Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago.