Review: Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, Book 1)Review by Zita

SYNOPSIS: My name is Gin Blanco. They call me the Spider — the most feared assassin in the South (and a part-time cook at the Pork Pit BBQ joint.) As a Stone elemental, I can hear the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet and feel the vibrations of the soaring mountains above me, though I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

After a ruthless Air elemental double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way. I may look hot in a miniskirt, but I’m still one of the bad guys. Which is why I’m in trouble when irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine agrees to help. The last thing a coldhearted killer needs when she’s battling a magic more powerful than her own is a sexy distraction … especially when he wants her dead just as much as the enemy.

REVIEW: Spectacular. This is a well-written, fast-paced, thrill-a-minute story that will pull you in and drag you along until you turn the last page. Ms. Estep has created an interesting world and peopled it with believable characters. Even though the main protagonist is an assassin, you have no trouble emphasizing with Gin and the life she leads. Her interactions with Detective Caine are all the more interesting because she understands why he struggles against the attraction between them. What I like most about Gin, however, is that she stays true to her own code, even though it’s not exactly legal or moral. Her own set of ethics are strong and steady throughout the story and I can’t help but admire that. I am very impressed by this first in the Elemental Assassin’s series by Ms. Estep and look forward to joining Gin in her upcoming adventures.