Review: Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassins #2)
May 25th 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Kick Ass Chick – Gin Blanco
“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.”
“Freeze! Nobody move! This is a robbery!”
I’ll tell you one thing. Jennifer Estep is very good at writing opening lines that grab you from the get go. And Gin’s nonchalant attitude towards the people coming into her restaurant and shouting said lines is the reason you keep reading. I like Gin. She’s a strong and likable character. Even though she is supposedly retired as an assassin, she can’t help but get involved in ‘certain situations’ in order to help and protect innocent friends. And a character like that leaves many doors open for future story lines — and thank goodness for that.
“Web of Lies” is the second book in the Elemental Assassin series. It is filled with fun characters. Other than Gin, I really really enjoy Finn. He is very funny and the brotherly chemistry between he and Gin is very well written. I also think Sophia is quite comical with her one sound replies to anything asked. She made me giggle while reading this book and the first one too. Donovan Caine was not in this book as much as I thought he would be. That’s probably a good thing because when he did appear on the page, I wanted to take the stick out of his ass myself and beat him with it! Okay, so you’re torn between being a good cop and being with the woman who makes you hot… get over it already! Thank goodness for Owen Grayson. Now there’s a guy with potential! He has a yummy factor to him that makes you hope to see a lot of him in the next book. *fingers crossed*
The only thing that I don’t quite like about these books is that they are quite descriptive and the same descriptions tend to be recurring throughout the book. (I am not one to enjoy a lot of explanation. If I’m told a certain detail once, I’ll remember it and I don’t feel the need to be reminded of it over and over in one book. But that’s my impasse.) It’s a very small thing really considering how good the stories are and how I really want to know what’s coming next.
And I do want to know. As with the first book in the series, this installment ended with just the right mix of closure and cliff-hanger. You are happy with how this book’s evil do-er meets his demise, yet you are left wondering how Gin will defeat the next one. To find out the answer to that question, we only have to wait until September 28th. That’s when “Venom”, the third part in the ‘Elemental Assassin’ series, is coming to a bookstore near you.
(One quick last tidbit. Gin loves to cook. You watch her put together quite a few recipes throughout the books. If you visit Jennifer Estep’s web site and scroll down an bit, you will find Gin’s recipes. I thought that was a cute little aside.)
Giggle worthy quote:
“You could just run over him,” I said. “He’s already dead, and it’s not like you haven’t done it before.”
“Yeah, but I don’t want bloody bits of dwarf stuck in my wheels for the next two weeks.” Finn sniffed. “This is an Aston Martin, Gin. You don’t run over dead bodies in an Aston Marten.”