Jul 23, 2013

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Review: Kiss of Venom by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #8.5)

kissofvenom4 star

Urban Fantasy
July 22 2013
80 pages
Pocket Star

Yummy Man – Owen Grayson

From Goodreads –
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…


Kiss of Venom is a new novella set in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series.  What makes this novella so special is that it’s not told from Gin’s point of view as the other books in the series are – it’s told from Owen’s perspective.  As far as timing goes, Kiss of Venom takes place after Deadly Sting.

That’s right people; you get to see what is going through Owen’s head and how exactly he feels about what’s been going on with Gin.

You don’t get a lot of new info in this book but you do get a good recap of what’s been going on since Gin and Owen met.  I liked seeing how he is aware of Gin’s reality and how he wants to help her.  I liked seeing how much he knows he messed up and how he is willing to do what it takes to make things up to those he cares about.  And I liked seeing Owen with Phillip.  Their friendship has been rekindled and I can see how these two were once best friends.

This is a very short story and Jennifer manages to write an interesting story in such a short page count.  She does a decent job letting us see what is inside Owen’s head.  As I mentioned, there wasn’t anything new there but the depth of Owen’s feelings and regrets is well established.  Fans of the series should enjoy this one.

4 stars


  1. Great review. Just another reminder of a series that I need to check out…when I hopefully have some extra time. 😛 😉

  2. I need to read this one.

  3. I look forward to reading this one myself Julie 🙂 Thanks for the nice review!

  4. Deanna – One day, you will 😉

    Bookaholic Cat – 🙂

    aurian – Enjoy it!

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