Series: Elemental Assassin #2
Also in this series: Spider's Bite, Venom
Also by this author: Spider's Bite, Venom, Cold Burn of Magic, Tangled Threads
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2010-05-25
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon. I'm Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.
The first book in this series was good but I knew that Gin could tell us more about herself and show us her true emotions given time. I went into this book wanting some more emotion and of course I was up for more romance.
This book started with a powerful opening just like the first book did. Estep just loves to throw you right into an action scene in this series and I find it so funny the way Gin reacts to all of these situations. While I enjoyed all of the action in this series I have to say this book was all about personal growth to me. I loved watching Gin open up to the reader and we got to see just how much she was hurting and what she was feeling. I have to say I love the Detective and I wish he would pull his head out of his ass because I don’t think he knows how much he emotionally messed up Gin with his determination to not fall for her. I did enjoy watching these two butt heads in this one because romance isn’t always easy and I like that Estep didn’t completely change the Detective just to make him fall over for Gin. It was hard to read their romance but it was worth it in my eyes. Along with the Detective I have to say I’m very interested in this new character of Owen. He worries me a little bit though because he seems like he is from the elite crowd and that may mean bad things for Gin if he gets to close to her.
Aside from the characters I liked that this one was all about doing a job for a friend and that her purpose for assassinating someone felt real and personal. I feel in the first book she was just out there to do her job as the Spider but it was more personal in this one which I loved. I also loved that we were able to see more of Gin’s limits. In the first book she seemed to be the best assassin in the world and that nothing could touch her. I felt she had to really pull out all the stops in this book to get away with the kill. I also loved that it was bloody and bruised her and yet opened her up to her magical strength in the end.
Overall, this one was better in my eyes than the first book. My only complaint would once again be the repetition of the events in this book. We once again had to hear about Fletcher and his murder a lot and many things were just on repeat throughout the book, as if the reader would forget something that had only happened about 50 pages prior.
My name is Jennifer Estep, and I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series; the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy; the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series; and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.