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I Belong

Review: Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep

Widow's Web (7) by Jennifer EstepTitle: Widow’s Web

Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Elemental Assassin Series (Book 7)

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Format: Paperback, 364 Pages

ISBN-10: 1451651775 (Pocket After Dark)

ISBN-13: 978-1451651775 (Pocket After Dark)

Reviewed by: Sheila


I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back, she thinks he’s hers for the taking. Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

Quick & Dirty: Gin Blanco versus a water elemental intent on stealing her lover and her life.

Opening SentenceBreaking into the building was easy.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Gin Blanco, the notorious assassin Spider, has basically been ousted.  Now every two-bit-wannabe-bad-guy out there that wants to make a name for himself thinks that makes Gin ripe for the picking.  Whatever.  All of that, however, takes a back seat in Widow’s Web.  Owen’s ex is in town and causing trouble for Gin, both in her love life and outside of it, and it’s pissing her off.  So what do you say to an old fashioned girl fight between a Water Elemental and Ice/Stone one?  Who is going to end up swimming with the fishes?

Salina Dubois is every woman’s nightmare.  She is beautiful and charismatic and can manipulate others with the greatest of ease.  That being said, she’s crazier than a fruitcake but is really good at hiding it.  It takes most of the book to figure out Salina’s master plan and even then, I felt sorry for her.  The horrors and suffering that she endured I wouldn’t wish on an enemy.  While I may feel bad about her past, it does not excuse her present actions.  Salina’s character chose to let hate rule her emotions and she will live with the consequences.

Owen is definitely in the spot light this time around.  His past involving the known crime lord, Phillip Kincaid, is revealed as well as his once betrothal to Salina.  Wow.  Owen is a great character that seems to balance out Gin’s more reckless nature.  I am happy to learn more about her sexy lover and his time on the streets.  All the qualities that attract Gin are the same that complicate their reactions to Salina entering back into Ashland.  Will his protective nature and kind heart be his undoing?

Gin gets put in a tough spot in this book.  She loves Owen and trusts him, but doesn’t trust his ex-fiancé. Gin would just kill her and be done with it, but not without serious repercussions with Owen.  How far will Gin let Salina play her games before she’s willing to intervene?

Phillip Kincaid is also given a greater presence in Widow’s Web.  His past dealings with Salina are, shall we say, complicated.  His personal feelings about her have prompted him to take a more proactive approach to her return.  He clues Gin in to all the things that Owen wasn’t aware of, then turns around and manipulates her into doing what he wants.  While I dislike the way he goes about it, his heart seems to be in the right place.  I like that Phillip is a bad guy with good qualities.  It will make him a much more interesting character in books to come.  Plus, I’ve always had a thing for bad boys!

I must say that I approve of the direction Elemental Assassins is going in.  While I may hope for a happily ever after and quiet retirement for Gin, I don’t think that would be a life she’d be content to lead.  Gin is not the kind of character that is alright with living on the side lines.  Her future seems to be painted in pain, but it will be one in which she remains true to herself and her ideals.  Good luck, Gin.  No matter what, I will be rooting for you.

Notable Scene:

“But my car,” Finn muttered.  “Why do we always have to wreck my car?”

“It’s not like you don’t have another Escalade in your fleet.  You’ll barely notice the scratches on this one,” I said, attempting to soothe his ruffled feathers.

“Hmph,” he harrumphed in my ear.  “Believe, I’ll notice.  I just think that you like destroying my cars on purpose.  First, you get my Aston Martin all scratched up and beat to hell, and now you want me to ram my Escalade through an iron gate.  It’s unseemly, I tell you. Unseemly.”

I rolled my eyes.  “Oh, yes.  You caught me.  I confess.  My sole purpose in life is to gleefully, willfully, manically destroy all of your precious chrome babies.”

“I knew it!”

Elemental Assassin Series:

1. Spider’s Bite

2. Web of Lies

3. Venom

4. Tangled Threads

5. Spider’s Revenge

5.5 Thread of Death

6. By A Thread

7. Widow’s Web

8. Deadly Sting (March 26, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster/Pocket After Dark Books graciously provided me with a copy of Widow’s WebNo goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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