HEART OF VENOM (Elemental Assassin #9) by Jennifer Estep
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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