Silvio Sanchez takes his job as Gin Blanco’s assistant seriously. After surviving the Ashland underworld for years under a sadistic, power-hungry boss who quite literally sucked the life out of his enemies, he’s enjoying working for someone who protects those she considers her friends and family. Silvio spends most of his time glued to his phone and tablet, managing Gin’s schedule and keeping up with the who’s who in the Ashland crime world. He has no time for romance and no intention of getting some nice, normal guy involved in his less than legal life. But coffee with a handsome college professor should be okay, right?
I like these little short stories set in between the full-length Elemental Assassin novels, first Finn and now Silvio. They offer a nice Spider fix while taking a small step away to focus on other characters. Finn’s story was set after the events of Bitter Bite and Silvio’s after the old west style shoot out in Unraveled. With only mild prodding from his boss, Silvio finally says yes to a coffee date with the handsome college professor Martin Mahoney. He even puts his phone and tablet away in order to enjoy the conversation. But it’s not long before he realizes he’s being followed and then finds himself and his date victims of a kidnapping. Now he’s got to figure out a way to protect his boss and his date, and hopefully make Gin’s holiday party on time.
I enjoyed getting to know Silvio a bit more, I liked getting into his head and discovering that he has his own badass talents and strengths. This short novella only wetted my appetite and now I neeeeed to know more about the buttoned up, organized, fiction writing vampire who has proclaimed himself protector of the assassin better known as The Spider. Hopefully, Ms. Estep will delve a bit deeper into his character in the future. Final Grade-B
Christmas might be for children, but I was safe with Gin and the rest of my friends now, and I was determined to make this one of the best holidays that I’d ever had, blood, bodies, betrayal, barbecue, and all.