Speed Date with Gin: HEART OF VENOM by Jennifer Estep

Posted 18 July, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 11 Comments

HEART OF VENOM (Elemental Assassin #9) by Jennifer Estep
Urban Fantasy
384 pages, paperback
Available August 27, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point—can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever? Assuming, that is, she survives long enough to find out…

First Date: I’ll always say yes when Gin comes a-knockin’. Whether it’s a date to eat some of her mouth-watering food (dear lord, I swear I gain about 15 pounds just reading about Gin’s delicious-sounding food) or to accompany her on a much-deserved killing spree (bad guys only, of course), I’m in with Gin. So, when Sophia gets kidnapped by a psychopath and his fire-happy sister and hauled up to a mountain compound to play house, Gin will stop at nothing to get a member of her family back — and rain rightful wrath down upon those who would dare harm a hair on her little goth head.  

Second Date: Lookie who’s back! Owen! But, boy howdy, does that man have a lot to make up for. He’s been a douche-canoe wearing an asshat for two books and for too long. He *seems* like he’s back on board and is making up for lost time with Gin but I don’t know how forgiving I’d be even if the man came crawling back to me. But, obviously, Gin’s a better person than I am. She allows Owen to accompany her on her quest to save Sophia and seems to soften a bit towards him. We’ll see how this all plays out. 

Third Date: Despite way too much recapping for a ninth book in a series (this has been an ongoing issue to me with this series, though. A little recap goes a long way…), HEART OF VENOM has everything I’ve come to love and expect from the Elemental Assassin series: deep connections to family, interesting magic, love and the most bad-assed assassin between two covers. Dates with Gin are like walking a newly-sharpened knife’s edge — one slip and you’re going to lose something very important to you and your future baby-making skills (in other words, be nice to the girl. Bring her flowers. Compliment her. Don’t get in her way when a giant steps out of the shadows to try and assassinate her but do help her move the body to the cooler for Sophia to take care of later.)

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11 Responses to “Speed Date with Gin: HEART OF VENOM by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Oh I am seriously behind on this series! I think I only read the first 2 books and then I stopped. The romance somehow bothered me a little… and I cannot recall if Owen was the guy from the first 2 books (this police guy) or someone I haven’t meet yet..

  2. It’s either not enough recap, or too much recap… I agree that too much can just drag a book down and bore me to death. But this is a series I’ve head lots of good about so I hope that I can read them soon!

  3. I love this series and yes she is way to forgiving of Owen (however, I think that has to do with her self-esteem when blaming herself is concerned). I haven’t read this yet but he better do some heaving crawling, begging, pleading. Now how was Finn? LOL 🙂 (That’s my man) :0

  4. I actually gave up on this series when the problems with Owen started. The whole thing just struck me as a total personality transplant and I didn’t care for it one bit. I’m not a fan of unnecessary angst, and it was just too much for me.
    I’m glad you’re still enjoying it, but I agree, I probably wouldn’t be as forgiving as Gin either.

  5. I cannot wait to read this one. I just finished the novella that happened right before this one. LOVED. 🙂 I’m still hoping that Owen really makes it up to her in a HUGE way. I think that is the way back to our hearts again. LOVE Sophia so I can’t wait. Oh and yea… the Spider does seem to threaten those family jewels quite a bit. Jewel thief? Na, not quite right… LOL

  6. I had the same recap problem with the Mythos Academy books. I know I was reading them in a row, but reading the same stuff over and over again in a lot of detail EACH book got to be a bit much.

    I am curious about these books, though! I wish all these series didn’t have so many books for me to catch up on.

  7. I stopped after reading the first book in this series, but I’ve faithfully read all Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy books. Judging from my experience with those books, recapping is a bit of an issue for her. She tends to spend too much time doing it and I get a little bored and start flipping ahead until there’s something new.

  8. I wanted to start this series but I admit that I can’t worried when they go on for too long. I need to see how fans feel before I dive in.

    Soem series can wear out their welcome.

    It does appear that everyone is still enjoying with the exception of asshat Owen lol

  9. HAHA! I love that you describe Owen as a “douche-canoe wearing an asshat”. Love it! I didn’t realize that there were 9 books in this series. I’ve been wanting to read the first book for a while now. Maybe I should start it soon!

  10. Haha, love this —> “Dates with Gin are like walking a newly-sharpened knife’s edge — one slip and you’re going to lose something very important to you and your future baby-making skills” 😀

    I am just getting more and more angry with myself for being so embarrassingly behind in this series! I need to fix that, asap! Lovely review!