Book Review

by Jennifer Estep

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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The danger in the newest Elemental Assassin novel comes not from Gin Blanco’s past, but from her lover Owen Grayson’s. Most of the characters in Estep’s riveting series suffer from serious emotional baggage. What makes this ensemble so compelling is their determined struggle to build new lives. Estep has found the perfect recipe for combining kick-butt action and high-stakes danger with emotional resonance.

Gin and Owen’s relationship is progressing nicely, until Owen’s ex, Salina Dubois, sashays back into town. A powerful water elemental, Salina plans to restore her family legacy, which was destroyed when her father was murdered by a now-deceased criminal kingpin. Gin suspects something strange is happening when mysterious casino owner Phillip Kincaid, who has his own ties to both Owen and Salina, hires her and her Pork Pit restaurant to cater a party. During the event Gin ends up saving Kincaid from assassination, but who is targeting him? And Salina may look like a sweet Southern belle, but this devil in a blue dress has her own plans … both for Owen and for the city of Ashland. (POCKET, Aug., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: POCKET

Published: August 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Widow's Web

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 12:24pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Mich M:

In Spiders Bite we met Gin Blanco, cook by day and assassin by night. Over the past six books I have got to know Gin, I've cried with her, laughed with her, cheered as she defeated the bad guys, comiserated with her as she got her heart broke and finally fell in love as she did with Owen Grayson. In By a Thread Gin confronted her past in the form of Donovan Caine her ex-boyfriend, now in Widow's Web it's Owen's turn to confront his past.

Since Owen entered Gin's life it's been apparent that there is more to him than we are yet aware of, with the sudden arrival of Salina we start to unravel his secrets. Unfortunately there seems to be more to Salina and the reasons behind her sudden arrival in Ashland than just her history with Owen. Everyone close to Owen is suspicious but Owen can't see any fault with Salina and is always giving her the benefit of the doubt even when people close to him start getting hurt. Will Gin & Owen's relationship survive or will Salina succeed in driving a wedge between them.

I believe that Jennifer may upset people with this book but I throughly enjoyed it, it was an emotional journey as always and Gin continues to grow and develop as a character, her story has been filled with everything from violence and pain, to love and acceptance from day one and this part of her journey is no different. My heart trully went out to her in this book. Salina's appearance turns Owen back into a scared confused kid, he's a shell of the man I have came to love. I can't wait for the next installment to discover what is next for Gin.

The Elemental Assasin series is one of my all time favourite series and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories with a strong kick-ass female. I award Widow's Web 5 Skulls and Jennifer Estep remains on my auto-buy author list!