"Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon. I'm Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I'm retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day, when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren't aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox.
"Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, Im beginning to wonder if Im really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I'm a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn't made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man...dead or alive."
©2010 Jennifer Estep (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
“The second chapter of the first-person ‘Elemental Assassin’ series is just as hard-edged and compelling as the first. Gin Blanco is a fascinatingly pragmatic character, whose intricate layers are just beginning to unravel. Estep has truly hit the jackpot with this outstanding series!” (Romantic Times)
Yes.. this is a series I will listen to in the future... again
really enjoyed the voice of this reader
This sequel was very enjoyable. but down.
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Bought on Audible
Audio Rating 4
Story Rating 4
What I Loved: Who doesn't love when a series gets stronger in the 2nd book? This is looking to be a series that consistently builds on the story, characters, and plots from the previous books and keeps you wanting more. Gin is a very impressive leading character. She is tough, smart, a chameleon (though I loved Owen's reaction to her hooker gear), and yet still vulnerable. She truly is a great mix of everything. The storyline was fantastic and I like how the new characters were introduced. You can tell the story still has some ebbing and weaving to do and it will be fun watching it all come to, what I am going to assume, will be one bloody head with Mab.
What I Liked: I love all the side characters. I believe that a good series has great characters that are not in necessarily even in a 1/4 of the book but still make a huge impression on you. Jennifer has managed to do that with several of her characters and I can't wait to see what they get up too in future books (Yes, Finn I am talking about you, JoJo, and Sophie)!
Complaints: Donovan Caine--just don't like him.
Audio Specific Review: The story was narrated by Lauren Fortgang and she does an excellent job. There were only a few voices that I thought were a little off but overall it was a fantastic job.
Why I gave it a 4: This was a fantastic continuation to the story of Gin Blanco.
Who I would recommend this too: Urban Fantasy Fans
I love a good series. I bought the 1st book when Audible had sale on many 1st books of series. I just thought I'd give it a try. Now after reading the 2nd book, I'm officially hooked. I love the way the author ends each story with something to look forward to in the next book. I'm on to book 3 now!
Web of lies builds on the promise of the first Elemental Assassin novel. Gin is an attractive, well drawn character, and the other minor characters are also well drawn, adding dimension to the story. Lots of action, great descriptions of the world in which it takes place - so good that you feel like you know it! What really makes this series is the outstanding narration Lauren Fortgang brings Gin to life - the right accent, right intonation and believable voices for the other characters. I love this series!
KEEPS THE EXCITEMENT GOING AND KEEPS ME LONGING FOR MORE. IT IS WELL WRITEN AND VERY INTERESTING.
Jennifer Estep must have done a writing course where she was told that no noun should stand alone. Therefore all eyes had to have a colour e.g. my grey eyes, his blue eyes etc, every time! When she ran out of colours she resorted to further description eg cornflour blue eyes and don't get me started on other parts of the body. The story wasn't too bad and the narration was good I suppose but the adjective thing irritated me so much that I couldn't get past it. I did finish the book, however, so decided not to return it. It was a close call, though.
I didn't want to stop once i started, but then when it was over, i thought "why did i every think that was a good idea?" Okay so the elemental assassin series is fun -- the characters are really likeable, and the pacing and story lines pretty addictive, but the writing and dialogue are just horrible. Extensive, nearly verbatim repetition of random exposition, patent clue-dropping for the next book, and ultra lame, "coathanger in a leather jacket" type cardboard love interest. Please, Jennifer Estep -- get a better editor, and respect your audience more. One million times worse writing than the first book. On the plus side, Lauren Fortgang is a fantastic narrator.
It's a good story with characters that have depth and are interesting. I could use a little more romance but we can hope that's on the horizon. I'll be sure and get the rest of the books in this series. As for the narrator I enjoyed her low key approach very much. It seemed to fit the main character very well and he did fairly good job of the voices of the men.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Okay series, but the repeated descriptions were about to drive me nuts. “My gray eyes” if I have to hear those words again I might puke. In the first 45 minutes I heard about them a minimum of six times. Unfortunately I bought the whole series up to book six on a sale and now I’m regretting that, I learned my lesson with that one. Not completely a horrible story but again I couldn’t bond with any of the characters, although I did like it better than the first book. I will try to continue on with the next book and see how it goes since I already purchased them. Narrator okay but a little slow for the listening.
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