Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review: Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin, Book 7) by Jennifer Estep

I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique.

About Widow's Web:

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.

Book Details:

Series: Elemental Assassin (Book 7)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (August 21, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1451651775
ISBN-13: 978-1451651775

My Review:

Everyone has secrets and Gin knows this the best. When a slinky, sexy elemental shows up in Ashland to reclaim her family's lost empire, among other things, Gin automatically smells trouble. Only, she doesn't know how much trouble until she recognizes Salina as the young girl that Gin witnessed watching her father's murder at the hands of Ashland's finest underworld bosses.

When Phillip Kincaid, underworld shark and owner of the casino riverboat The Delta Queen, hires her to cater an event Gin's alarms are on full alert. With so many people still gunning for her, Gin trusts no one. To her surprise, Gin is on scene as more of a protection to Philip and his guests, and it's a good thing she was there. A water elemental asserts some authority and attempts to murder from afar. Now it's up to Gin to protect the town from another nasty creature.

Except, this nasty creature isn't just here to reclaim her family's empire - she's here to claim the man that she left behind many years ago.

Salina had previously accused Phillip of a heinous crime leaving town and Owen behind. When Salina shows back up in Ashland, the entire atmosphere shifts and almost no one is happy to see her. Phillip moves into Gin's corner, looking for protection; Eva becomes a neurotic mess; and Owen becomes distant. When Gin discovers the past that Phillip, Eva, Owen, and Salina share, she's not sure what to think, especially when she sees first hand how Owen looks at Salina.

Gin really impresses me in this book. Is she jealous of Salina and her effect on Owen? Yes, but she is still able to remain objective. When she learns the truth behind Salina's accusations, Gin knows what she has to do to keep her family and city safe - kill Salina. Yet, out of respect for Owen, she takes a step back, hoping that, after learning the truth and seeing Salina in action, Owen will do the right thing.

What bothered me the most about Owen was his blindsided devotion to a psychopath, even after seeing the real Salina, and finding out what she had done. He still defended her knowing who she hurt or murdered and what she lied about. His total lack of honorable character also shows through when he turns his back on Gin. I felt so bad for Gin during Owen's horrible judgement calls throughout the entire novel.

Widow's Web is another fantastic installment of the Elemental Assassin series. The entire series so far has pulled me in and kept me engaged from the very beginning. These are the types of books that have me longing for the next one. They are written with vivid descriptions and genuine feelings, allowing the reader to become totally immersed in this world. The world building continues along with revelations that come up regarding Owen, Eva, Phillip and the past that they share.

My review copy was courtesy of my local library, where I take full advantage of our interlibrary loan program. If my library doesn't have the books I want, they will have them sent from a library in Michigan at absolutely no cost to me.

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