Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)

by Jennifer Estep

Follow Gin Blanco, a kick-butt female assassin who moonlights at a BBQ joint in Tennessee, as she searches for the person who double-crossed her in this heart-pounding and fresh paranormal romance series.

After Gin’s family was murdered by a Fire elemental when she was thirteen, she lived on the streets and eventually became an assassin to survive. Now, Gin is assigned to rub out an Ashland businessman, but it turns out to be a trap. After Gin’s handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed her and why. Only one thing is for sure—Gin has no qualms about killing her way to the top of the conspiracy.

Reviewed by Amanda on

4 of 5 stars

Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/10/14/review-spiders-bite-by-jennifer-estep/

I won’t lie. I love hard-edged female characters, and Gin is exactly that. But really, could you expect anything less from an assassin? Even though Gin is an assassin, she has principles and lives by her own rules. She’s an extremely likable assassin. And she cooks! Have I ever mentioned how much I love food?

Given that I loved Gin, it’s no surprise that I really liked Spider’s Bite even with the minimal world building that left me intrigued and wanting more. Spider’s Bite felt like a very small bite, as though we’re sampling Gin’s world before we dive in. It took a few chapters to really get into Spider’s Bite, but once I got going, it was very difficult to put down.

Now, Gin’s romance isn’t exactly ideal (though her romantic interest is pretty hot) but considering who Gin is, it works. Well, it perhaps “fits” is a better word than “work.” It fits. I’m interested to see how this romance plays out in future books, because it promises to be a difficult romance.

Other than the constant references to Gin’s gray eyes which almost got on my nerves, Spider’s Bite is a fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The side characters were also fantastically written, and I can’t wait to see more of them, as well.

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