Urban Fantasy Review: The Spider by Jennifer Estep

The Spider (Elemental Assassin, #10)The Spider by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:
 Pocket Books
Format:
 ARC
ISBN: 1451689012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date:  December 24th 201
Number of pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss

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I received this ebook from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

The tenth book in the bestselling and “outstanding” (Romantic Times) Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series finally reveals for the first time the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadliest of assassins.

For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.

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Review:

This is currently one of my favorite series and every time I finish a book it’s the saddest moments because I remember the waiting for the next one is going to be real long. Usually I get an ARc and let me tell you it’s an emotional moment and I love to share the news. Jennifer Estep is my Idol at the moment and her two series are my addictions. I don’t even want to think about saying goodbye to Gin and Gwen.

So I had my doubts about this particular story because it’s set in the past, precisely ten years and Gin is starting to create a name for herself as an assassin. Don’t get me wrong seeing Gin in action is always perfect, but I was thinking about those sidekicks of her that I love, like Bria and Owen. I think is clear for everyone my love for this big family, but now imagine my surprise when I get to see them playing a part in this story? I was so happy to see Xavier again and Owen.

I loved seeing a different Gin, she’s a little insecure, but clearly is still learning her way in this dangerous assassin world. Fletcher was another great surprise in this book, the story for me was made for Gin and her big heart, because the moment she discovered a girl was in harm’s way everything changed. I loved seeing her falling in love, because we can see she’s just human and make mistakes like everyone.

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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 – 
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting
#8.2 – Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks
#8.5 – Kiss of Venom
#9 – Heart of Venom

#10 – The Spider
#11 – Poison Promise

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Urban Fantasy Review: Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin, #9)

The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.
When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point—can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever? Assuming, that is, she survives long enough to find out…

Title: Heart of Venom
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Format: ebook from Edelweiss
ISBN: 1451689004
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: August 27th 2013
Number of pages: 384
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I love Gin and how protective she is of her friends and adoptive family. Everyone is really important to her and whenever someone she knows is in danger we can clearly see how much it affects her and all the hell she makes to save them. This book was intense and I spent a good portion biting my nails and hoping everything would be okay, but the story also brought some good memories and reminders for Gin of her purpose.

Sophia had some misfortune in the past and until today she is haunted by those memories, we can see she tries to hide and doesn’t trust in just anyone, but this book explained what happened all those years ago and also brought the bad guys back. Sophia was rescued by the Tin Man and that is one of the reasons Gin is so close to the Deveraux sisters.

I liked the action in this book, but for me the best part were the memories and Owen coming back. Don’t get me wrong, he was a bastard but this time he’s trying really hard and I believe Gin deserves a nice romance with a guy that understand her demons and her profession.

SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Poison
#0.6 – Web of Deceit
#0.7 –
Spider’s Bargain
#1 – Spider’s Bite
#1.5 – Web of Death
#2 – Web of Lies
#2.5 – Wasted
#3 – Venom
#3.5 – Tangled Dreams
#3.6 – Tangled Schemes
#4 – Tangled Threads
#4.5 – Spider’s Nemesis
#5 – Spider’s Revenge
#5.5 – Thread of Death
#6 – By a Thread
#7 – Widow’s Web
#8 – Deadly Sting
#9 – Heart of Venom
#10 – The Spider (Expected publication: December 24th 2013)

Review: Just One Night, Part 2: Exposed by Kyra Davis

Exposed (Just One Night, Part 2)

Part 2 of the Just One Night series. One passionate night with a stranger turned Kasie’s world upside down, and just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, her fiancé finds out…
You should sleep with a stranger —those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel —a man whose name she never bothered to find out —is her company’s biggest client.
As this unknown man becomes Mr. Dade at the office, and Mr. Dade becomes Robert in the bedroom, Kasie’s passion won’t let her deny him anything he wants. But when her fiancé, Dave, finds out, there’s no telling what he will do to keep her, or what Robert will do to steal her away once and for all.

Title: Exposed
Author:  Kyra Davis
Series: Just One Night
Publisher:  Pocket Star
Format: ebook from Edelweiss
ISBN: 1476713138
Genre: Erotica
Release date: March 18th 2013
Number of pages: 128

 
 
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The first novella showed a woman completely lost trying to find something to hold on. She was scared and afraid of disorder. Everything in her life had to be simple and pretty much perfect. I believe the first novella should had showed how that woman was only running away from the inevitable and how in reality she just wanted to belong to someone and be a little submissive.

I believe Dave was the wrong person since the first novella, but the way he acted on the ending and how he showed no respect for her in this book was completely wrong. He treated her like a whore most of the time and blamed her for the way things changed, but he had some guilt there too.

I like the way she’s is taking charge of her life and fighting for things she desire, but I think the most important thing is how she’s just learning to control her fear. I liked this book so much better than the first, because for once things are looking like they will be good for a change.

Series In Order

#1 – The Stranger
#2 – Exposed

#3 – Binding Agreement

 
The Stranger (Just One Night, #1) Exposed (Just One Night, Part 2) Binding Agreement (Just One Night, Part 3)

Review: The Fetish Box, Part Three: What Remains by Nicole Camden

The Fetish Box, Part Three: What Remains (The Fetish Box, #3)

The breathtaking final installment in the Fetish Box eBook series, where anything is possible…when passion is unleashed, only time will tell what remains…In an attempt to seek out the source of the violence against her friends, Mary takes on a role she’d never imagined she’d play—a role that requires Mary to embrace the darkest parts of her soul.
For the first time in her life, Mary understands who she is and where she belongs. What remains when you take away the sex and fun and adventure…is love. Love for her new friends, love for her lover, and love for the mother she never knew. She’s willing to risk anything—do anything—to keep them safe…

Title: What Remains
Author: Nicole Camden
Series: The Fetish Box
Publisher:  Pocket Star
Format: ebook from Edelweiss
ISBN: 1476728488
Genre: Erotica
Release date: March 25th 2013
Number of pages: 125

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Third and final novella of this series. I don’t think this book needed this breaking. I felt in some moments that it would be better if it were a single novel. I get it why it was done, but some times it was strange.

So now we discover how is terrorizing Mary and how her life after a few weeks. Overall things are good and she settled in a relationship with John. These two are really nice together and Mary demonstrated in this novella that she can be a switch and John is not afraid to let go.

I liked their relationship, even if the first time was a bit strange for me, but now they are practically living together and everything is okay. John is not running for the hill, so that’s a plus.

Max was different since the begin and I was hoping for a better finale. We are left just wondering and I wanted more.

Series in Order

#1 – Open All Night
#2 – What Escapes

#3 – What Remains

The Fetish Box, Part One: Open All Night (The Fetish Box, #1) The Fetish Box, Part Two: What Escapes (The Fetish Box, #2) The Fetish Box, Part Three: What Remains (The Fetish Box, #3)