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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

107) Kiss of Venom by Jennifer Estep

The Blurb :

Owen Grayson is bound and determined to get Gin back...if her enemies don’t get her first.When you have a history of dating an assassin, a night out on the town can turn deadly—fast. Owen Grayson is still wracked with guilt over the end of his love affair with Gin Blanco, and there aren’t enough gin and tonics in all of Ashland to ease his heartache. But when Gin happens to show up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone.

Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. This could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life—if Owen can survive

My Thoughts :

The Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep is one of my favourite reads.  Oh wait...I have said this before.  Have you guys finally read them all yet?  Well this one is a novella and I managed to read book #9, Heart of Venom and then realise this one, #8.5 in the series, had already been released.  So I read them out of order but it didn't matter at all.  Well in a way it did but this short story definitely doesn't give anything away about Heart of Venom.

What makes this short story special?  It is a story about Owen, told from his perspective and it also shows how much he really loves Gin.  It is a nice way to see how totally and utterly mad he is about her and why he did what he did in book #8.  There are interesting insights into the guy who may be the only person to actually hurt the tough hard as nails assassin.  You will want to check this out.

However much I am in awe of this series and love getting new episodes in the Elemental Assassin story there is something I have to say about this novella.  If I ever had to pick a worst book in the series it may just have to be this one.  Now it wasn't horrible and I gave it four stars over on Goodreads but it wasn't Gin and it wasn't amazing.  It was a great read but not my favourite.  Usually I love everything about Gin's stories and hang on every word but Kiss of Venom wasn't like that for me and it didn't make me go wow.

On saying that you have to remember how brilliant this series is and that this is a must read story.  If you are looking forward to the release of Heart of Venom in August then you need to read this novella and get prepared for what is to come.  Check it out and don't miss out on a chance to get to know Owen a bit better than you did before.

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