Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
My name is Gin, and I kill people.
They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.
Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this cold hearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.
I was fortunate enough to win this one on one of Ms. Estep's blog giveaways. I hadn't read anything by her before and I am glad I remedied that. This book rocked. I loved that even though bad shit happened to Gin that she wasn't so jaded that she killed whomever came down the pike. She had standards and would even do jobs pro bono just because certain folks needed killing like Detective Caine's partner. I didn't think Gin was as badass as she portrays herself. Yes she's a survivor but then again she's had to be. And Detective Caine is a good guy but dang sometimes you have to have shades of gray. I hope in subsequent books that he loosens the hell up for something other than a quick wham bam thank ya ma'am.
This book is fantastic and rocks from start to finish. It is an action pack adreanal rush inducing read from first page to last. And it leaves you wanting more more more.
I give this one a 5 stars.