Tuesday, August 17, 2010

WEB OF LIES by Jennifer Estep

An Elemental Assassin Book #2
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date published: June 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4391-4799-3
Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by: Self-purchase

Gin Blanco is retired from being the assassin Spider and is happy to run the Pork Pit BBQ restaurant and take an occasional college course when her former life hits her smack in the face. First some two-bit morons try to rob her business, then shots were fired at the place this time not at her but at a customer named Violet Fox, who just happened to know of Fletcher’s Assassin name. Gin is drawn into the Fox’s case and in the process finds out more than she ever imagined about her past and her future.

WEB OF LIES picks up after SPIDER'S BITE left off. Gin is retired from being an assassin or trying to be anyways, found out her handler and surrogate father, Fletcher, knew all about her and her past and now she is drawn to a family who knew Fletcher’s assassin name. Who said retirement was boring? Ms. Estep delivers another wonderful adventure for assassin Gin Blanco and this time her past comes into contact with her present. Action packed from the beginning, Ms. Estep delivers one thrill after another as the reader furiously flips the pages to see what happens next for Gin and her friends. Tight writing, multi-dimensional characters, action and a few twists you definitely don’t see coming will leave you racing to see what happens next.

Meet retired assassin, Gin Blanco, or somewhat retired in this case, after she is drawn into a case that has her fighting not just the bad guys but also her past as well. Past and present collide as she finds herself trying to figure out what Fletcher wanted her to know about the night her family was murdered and in the process, Gin finds out things about herself that shock her to the core as well. Secrets, desires and more abound as she races to stop the bad guys and lives to see another day.

I love, love, love Gin. She is feisty, independent and patient-a perfect trait in the assassin business. What I really enjoyed in this second book, was seeing her past become clearer and some clues to the riddle Fletcher left her be solved as new ones crop up. We also have some familiar faces from book one back-Finn, Gin’s Surrogate brother and now her handler, Donovan Caine, the hot detective who melts Gin’s heart and a few others who made me smile with delight. The sparks fly between Gin and Donovan that had me sighing in pleasure at times while other times I wanted to smack Donovan on his butt for being so pig-headed. The secondary characters moved the story moving smoothly and I enjoyed knowing more about all of them in this latest installment.

WEB OF LIES is one wonderful story that will keep you entertained till the very end. I found myself laughing, sighing and at times, rooting for Gin to survive to see another day. If you haven’t picked of this or SPIDER'S BITE, I highly recommend you run to grab them. I know I am now very eager to read the next Gin adventure hopefully coming soon. Ms. Estep is a talented author who continues to grow with each of her books. I now have Ms. Estep on my permanent buying list and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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