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I’ve been barreling through this series like a woman on a mission. I know that I say this in every review that I write for Jennifer Estep’s books but it really is worth repeating: these books are the bomb! The writing is out-of-this-world outstanding, Lauren Fortgang’s narration is mesmerizing and the characters… Oh. My. God! I ♥ Gin, Owen, Finn, Sophia & Jo-Jo! In this installment we have the showdown to end all showdowns; I’m talking assassin vs. assassin. I mean no disrespect to the athletes I’m about to reference but the fight sequence between Gin and LaFleur puts MMA fighters to shame! In Tangled Threads emotions run sky high, the trademark action is kicked-up an extra notch and the secret that comes out about Flether Lane is just… wow. This book is a masterpiece, plain and simple!
I’m going to try my hardest to avoid spoilers but when you’re reviewing the fourth book in a series it becomes incredibly challenging so please excuse me if I goof. The build-up to the inevitable fight-to-the-death between Gin and LaFleur is incredible. If you’re not a nail bitter, you will be by the end of this novel. McAllister enlists Elektra to kill Blanco without realizing that she’s the Spider. As a result, the hired gun repeatedly pops in to case her mark which left me in a perpetual state of “is this it? The. Fight?” Of course not! You still have 150 pages left to read you silly girl (Yes, I talk to myself when I read)! Although, you never know with Estep; she’s good at keeping her readers guessing. To say that the plot of this novel is suspenseful would be an understatement.
Owen Grayson is the perfect match for Gin, he really is. His elemental power complements her own, he pushes her to succeed even though doing so means upping her body count and he’s just so darned thoughtful. I was thrilled to see Blanco finally take the plunge and embrace her feelings for him. She deserves to be happy and shouldn’t let a douchebag like Donovan stand in her way. Also (not that I’m taking notes or anything *wink-wink*) the sex between Owen and Gin is WAY hotter because it’s not just about physical attraction. I’m just a little fearful that their match made in heaven is too good to be true and that something (a.k.a. Cain) is going to rear its ugly head and mess it all up. I think that there’s enough action in this series to make romantic drama unnecessary but I’m not discounting the possibility just yet.
Gin is the shining center of the Elemental Assassin series’ universe; I absolutely adore her as a character. Blanco's patience and ability to take advantage of her nemesis' mistakes are remarkable and skillfully integrated. I like the way that she keeps track of time and of LaFleur’s blunders in her head. A number of new developments occur with regards to Bria Coolidge and her relationship with Gin. I understand that she’s a cop and follows a strict moral code as a result but this is her sister we’re talking about! At least Christmas has a way of bringing families together. All is not forgiven but at least they now have a starting point. Lauren Fortgang impressed me once again with her skills as a narrator and I particularly enjoyed her Russian accent.
Tangled Threads is better than chocolate and that’s not a claim I make lightly!
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I don't usually write review, almost never but this book frustrated me so much, I have to share my thoughts. The book is slightly shorter than the others in the series and half of it was repeat materials. I do appreciate author is trying to recap events giving readers a bit of background, from her last book(s) in the series but too much time spent explaining stuffs from before to the point of abusing the reader patience make me feel cheated. If a reader is that lost that need to be reminding of every single little detail about character and event, then he/she should move on to another series or go back to the previous books as after all, this is a book belong to a series. My other complaint is Gin, the main character was constantly talk about how tough and deadly she is pushing arrogant and when the actual fight happen, she is barely able to handle one or two supposedly just minions, bodyguard. How will she able to go up against the lethal assassin or the big boss when she's so weak? I feel as if the writer doesn't read her own work; either that or she doesn't know how to play up the character strength and weakness for us reader to make it clear that Gin is a strong, unique fighter but she is not quite in the big, bad guy league yet. An assassin with her status can't whine about how hard to take out a giant, for example. Her threats seemed empty when the fight sound too off balance, this has ruined the plot, the story and the book for me. The series has potential and I was enjoying my reads but I can say this is my last book. Patricia Briggs and Ilone Andrews are so much better at what Jennifer Estep is trying to do with her main character.
Nice continuation of the overall storyline however it basically follows the same basic outline as the previous books which might bore some readers/listeners.
Frankly, I was disappointed with the first fight in this book because Gin announces herself to her enemies before attacking them which seemed very unlikely given the situation and the fact that shes an assassin. Jennifer goes on and on about how Gin slips from shadow to shadow silently ... and then she gives up her chance for a surprise attack on purpose - not very likely or wise. But it sort of fits to the pattern. Gin seems to have a death wish and only succeeds with luck and the convenient late minute thought and action that saves her in the end.
And once more Jennifer Estep does not disappoints. I absolutely loved the book, Its nice to see a series that gets better with every book. Action , romance everything that I really like in a book ,and Lauren Gortgang did again a great job bringing Gin to life.
One of my favorite series and definitely recommended to everybody that likes action , a kick ass heroine that does not play around, and not forget about romance ...... perfect :)
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Our gal from the Pork Pit is back with all of her friends. This book is action packed and some significant secrets are finally shared between characters. I think what is best about this book is that Gin is finally starting to understand that love isn???t conditional. Love is. All of the revelations exposed in this installment as well as the action packed plot make this book a joy to read. But Lauren Fortgang does such a great job with the Appalachian accent that it makes this book a sensational experience. So, brew some chicory coffee; make yourself a sandwich; grab a piece of pie; sit back and enjoy.
As always, Jennifer Estep has brought the bad to Ashland. The big bad is here to kill Gin. But honestly, what is Mab thinking? She obviously isn't, because there is no way she can kill the Spider. This book brings to light all those people that love Gin and accept her for who she is. I love the intensity and the drama.
Assassin Gin Blanco finds herself in a fantastic web. Does she or doesn't she confess who she is to her sister? Will her heart ever melt for Owen? How will she survive a super power of an elemental? And will a shocking revelation rock her world or will she overcome? All of these questions and more are addressed in the edition of the Spider's tale. Many adventures, plenty of blood shed, and some steamy intimate scenes makes this story interesting and captivating.
I just don't get the negative reviews that I glanced at before buying this book in spite of them. I found story great, the timeline consistent, the narrator wonderful. Since my dad came from the mountains of North Carolina, I find her accent soothing and charming. I was so sucked into this crime filled fantasy that is filled with giants, dwarves, vampires and magic, that I listened to the entire series over the last couple of weeks. Totally wonderful!
Author just repeated way too much or first 3 books. I understand she wants readers that pick up book 4 to not be lost by what happened in the first 3 books. But it just become too much a repeat of the other books. I'm done with the series.