Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, may have retired from the
assassin business a few months ago, but killing is in her
blood. The Stone and Ice elemental may have stopped
assassinating for a fee, but she has her own target that
she's out to get-- Fire elemental Mab Monroe, the woman who
killed her mother and older sister. In order to get to Mab,
Gin has to be smart and not make herself a target, and
that's how she finds herself taking a beating from Mab's
goons. When the cops show up after the show, Gin is shocked
to find out the detective who replaced her one time lover,
Donovan Caine, is none other than Bria Coolidge, the baby
sister she thought dead.
When Gin's foster brother, Finnigan Lane, pulls her into a
problem his vampire friend Rosyln is having with Mab's top
goon, Elliot Slater, Gin knows she can't walk away from her
and ends up offering to help. Especially since Gin is racked
with guilt because she is the one who inadvertently caused
Rosyln to come to Elliot's attention. In an attempt to get
to Slater, Gin follows him, only to discover he's out to
kill her sister. Now with more reason than ever to get rid
of Slater, Gin hatches a plan that'll either spark the
beginning of what she hopes will be Mab's downfall or crush
Gin's plans before she even gets started. With a long lost
sister she doesn't know what to do about and a new love
interest, Gin has a lot of live for, but she may not get the
Where was the professional assassin when my counselor was
telling me about career choices? I want to go back and say I
want to be Gin Blanco when I grow up. This chick is the awe
in awesome. Is there anything she can't do?
Jennifer Estep once again takes us to the edge of action and
beyond in VENOM, the third book in the Elemental Assassin
series. The stakes are much higher this time around as Gin
knows exactly who is responsible for destroying her family
and she's out to get her. This book starts off in high speed
and things stay that way well past the end and into the
teaser we get from book four.
In VENOM, we learn exactly why Mab Monroe targeted Gin's
family. We also get some more of the oh-so-delicious Owen
Grayson. Did I ever say I liked Donovan Caine? If so, I take
it back. I am definitely Team Owen after this book. Though
romance is no where near the focus of this book, what little
we get is a scorcher. Waiting for Tangled Thread,
the next book in the series, is excruciatingly hard. I can't
wait to see how Gin breaks it to Bria that they are sisters.
This series kicked off with a
bang and the action hasn't let up since. Gin is a compelling
and complicated character whose story is only made better by
the lovable band of merry misfits she calls her family.
Definitely, by far, the best fantasy series I've read this
year. Do yourself a favor, even if you don't read fantasy,
and pick up this series. You won't be sorry you did.
They call me the Spider.
I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not
busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in
Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from
the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations
of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic
also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I
don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to.
Call it professional pride.
Now that a ruthless Air
elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm
out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my
way -- good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the
bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly
rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The
last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a
magic more powerful than my own is a sexy
distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as
much as the enemy.