Review: Kiss of Venom (Elemental Assassin #8.5) by Jennifer Estep

Kiss of Venom Book Cover Kiss of Venom
Elemental Assassin #8.5
Jennifer Estep
Urban Fantasy
Pocket Star
July 22nd 2013


The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella—from the hero’s point of view! Owen Grayson is bound and determined to get Gin back...if her enemies don’t get her first.

When you have a history of dating an assassin, a night out on the town can turn deadly—fast. Owen Grayson is still wracked with guilt over the end of his love affair with Gin Blanco, and there aren’t enough gin and tonics in all of Ashland to ease his heartache. But when Gin happens to show up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone. Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. This could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life—if Owen can survive...


Kiss of Venom should be read after Deadly Sting and before Heart of Venom.

Here we get Owen’s POV.

Fans of the series might be angry with Owen after the events of Widow’s Web. I know I’m upset with him and how he treated Gin. Not cool.

In Kiss of Venom he does some soul searching. We see what a mess he’s made with Gin. How much guilt, pain, and anger he’s caring around; because of his ex-finance, Salina, and the events that took places in Widow’s Web. Guilt is the main thing he feels. Guilt for not protecting his loved ones. Guilt for blindly trusting Salina. Guilt for treating Gin the same way Donovan did. And, he wouldn’t feel all this if he still didn’t love Gin, but he also doesn’t know how to move on and fix things.

We also get to see Owen reconnect with Phillip. They go out on the town to celebrate Phillips recover from the events in Deadly Sting. They also team up to give Gin one night of peace; because as we know, the bad guys are still out to kill Gin.

Kiss of Venom was an enjoyable read. It’s a short and fast read. Their’s action, humor, and we get to see Gin through Owen’s eyes. Fans will enjoy this novella and insight into Owen.

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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I remember when this one came out and how it was so great to get Owen’s POV. And how things started moving forward from here. YEA!!

Anne - Books of My Heart

uh oh. You’re catching up to where I am in the series. I haven’t read this novella, along with some others. I don’t like Owen. I have read book 9. If I’m going to read along with you I better get this one read. Wonderful review!

Melanie Simmons

I did like some of these novellas from the other character’s POVs.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I have the first book on audio. I will be finishing up the Dresden Files this month, then I have to decide which series on my backlist to start.


It’s nice for the fans of the series

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review Angela!!! Great cover too! Shared on my socials!!💖💋

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

I loved getting Owen’s POV after how angry he made me. I felt a little better after reading this. It never should have happened, but if he can make it up to her I’m more than willing to see him try. I really enjoy Phillip. I think he’s funny. Great review!