Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep

Venom in the Veins
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author

Blood might be thicker than water, but venom is stronger than just about anything …

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.

I have made no secret that the Elemental Assassins series is one of my must read series. I love Gin, I love the world, I love the characters and I love the storylines. Having said that, I am not as excited about the books as I once was. I still love Gin, the world and the characters, but the storylines need some freshness injected into them. It seems like we are just continuing on the Gin vs old enemies/old enemies children bandwagon and I really want something new.

Although it started on the slower side, VENOM IN THE VEINS was filled with the usual action and mystery that is always involved in a Gin Blanco story. As usual her cast of family and friends help her into and out of trouble as Gin kicks the bad guys butts.

When the sad day comes that Jennifer Estep decides to retire Gin Blanco I really hope we will get one final story that shows her happily ever after because she suffers more than anyone and I just want to see her married with babies at the end of all the pain she endures.

The ending of VENOM IN THE VEINS actually gives me some hope that we will get something new in book 18. We finally get some pretty huge news about who the head of the circle is. I don't want to give away spoilers, but I will say that my heart about dropped thinking that the person was actually someone else. I can't NOT read Gin when she is available so bring on more.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.