Web Of Lies
by Jennifer Estep
Paperback: 432 pages
Available: May 25, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.
I’m Gin Blanco.
You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.
Reviewed by: Sophia (FV)
Since this is the second book in an ongoing series it is possible there will be mild spoilers if you have not read the first book in the series.
Quick Rundown: Gin has now retired as an assassin and owns the Pork Pit, the restaurant she inherited from her mentor, Fletcher Lane. Life has settled down until the Pork Pit is robbed by a couple of young, dangerous punks. Gin foils the robbery but it turns out one of the punks has a powerful father with connections that could cause Gin all kinds of trouble. Also, a mysterious customer has come in search of The Tin Man, AKA Fletcher Lane. She’s seeking his help but doesn’t realize Fletcher is dead. When a sniper takes a shot at this mysterious girl in the restaurant, Gin decides to help her and her grandfather who was an old friend of Fletcher’s.
Impressions after the first chapter: We start of right in the middle of a robbery and Gin is as badass as ever. Don’t mess.
The Heroes: Detective Donovan Caine is still wrestling with his feelings for Gin and his conscience. He’s in a constant state of emotional conflict when it comes to Gin. I’m still not on team Donovan Caine, and wish he would either come to terms with his feelings or move on. But there’s a new stud on the scene and he’s got eyes for Gin. Owen Grayson is the brother of one of the girls that was in Pork Pit when it was robbed and he is grateful to Gin for protecting his sister. He’d like to show his gratitude in more ways than one and he’s not wrestling with those pesky moral issues.
The Heroine: Gin, although she is technically retired, is still the assassin with a heart. She learns more about her mentor and the kind of man he was and has an opportunity to carry on his legacy by helping out an old friend. She still finds herself attracted to Detective Caine seems to be holding on to a shred of hope they can be together. However, there might be a spark where Owen Grayson is concerned.
What worked: As with the first book in the series, I loved that Gin is badass to the core. She’ll slit a giant’s throat in a heartbeat but she doesn’t kill unjustly.
[…] opened his mouth to scream. I left the knife where it was in his heart, clamped my hand over his fat lips, and yanked him forward so the blood gushing out of his chest would fall into the bathtub and not spatter onto the tile floor. And so we stood there, seesawing back and forth over the tub, […] trying to jerk away, and me pulling him closer, my hands digging into his face.
She is also fiercely loyal to those she considers family and would do anything to protect them. In this book we get to look a little deeper into Gin’s past and where she comes from making her an even more appealing character. I’m looking forward to learning more about the long lost sister Bria.
What didn’t work: Again, I never got on board with the romance between Gin and Donovan Caine. I’m intrigued to see how things will play out now that Owen Grayson has his sights set on Gin.
Final conclusion: I adore this series for it’s unique setting, action, suspense and mystery but most of all for it’s amazing heroine Gin. This series is well on it’s way to becoming a favorite of mine.
I didn’t know what bothered me more. The fact Mab Monroe had considered taking me up on my fake offer to fuck her or the fact I’d left the Fire elemental in her own bathroom with a dead body in the tub. Either way, things were starting to get out of hand.
Books in the series:
- Spider’s Bite
- Web Of Lies
- Venom (September 28, 2010)
- Tangled Threads (May 2011)
- Untitled (October 2011)
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Check back tomorrow morning for my review of Venom and then later in the afternoon for a guest post and a giveaway from Jennifer Estep.