What kind of assassin works pro bono?It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker–Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life.
Let me just say that Ms. Estep has a great cast of characters. All well rounded and each personality stands out clearly in my mind. I have my favorites, but can I just say how excited I am that Donovan Caine is no longer around? Good riddance Caine, I won’t be missing you and please, don’t come back because we have Owen Grayson now. *sigh* Owen. There is a scene that just wretched my cold little heart in to a big pile of goo pushing me further on to team Grayson, as if I needed anymore of reason than I was shown prior. He’s one hot, sexy beast and utterly perfect for Ms. Blanco and in Venom you’ll see exactly why I think so.
I’m absolutely dieing here to tell you everything that happens, but instead, let me just tell you some of the questions that I had: What exactly is Sopia Deveraux doing with those bodies? Does she have any magic? Why did Mab Monroe kill Gins family? Why was she after Bia?
All of these and more will be answered through a page turning, action pact plot. Ms. Estep sure knows how to deliver a fantastic story and awesome fighting scenes. As you can see, I completely enjoyed Venom more than Web of Lies, but some of the quirks that bothered me in the series first two novels are still present and I can only contribute this to the rapid succession in which all three novels were released. And while Venom might be left with a bit of a cliff hanger, it only increases my appetite for this series and makes me want Tangled Threads that much more.
Spider’s Bite-January 26, 2010 My Review