Review: Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin #2) by Jennifer Estep

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Elemental Assassin #2
Jennifer Estep
Urban Fantasy
Pocket Books
May 25th 2010


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, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m 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.


You could just run over him, I said. “He’s already dead, and it’s not like you haven’t done it before.”
“Yeah, but I don’t want bloody bits of dwarf stuck in my wheels for the next two weeks.” Finn sniffed “This is an Aston Martin, Gin. You don’t run over dead bodies in an Aston Martin.”
“Tell that to James Bond.”
Finn shot me a dirty look as he pulled out onto the street. Pg 100 from Web of Lies

Another suburb installment in the Elemental Assassins series. It’s packed full of suspense, action, snark, unforgettable characters, & mystery.

Web of Lies packs a punch. Fletcher, her adaptive father, left her a parting gift when he passed away and this gift had some important and unexpected information on her family’s murder. Besides learning more about Gin and seeing her adoptive family we get to see Gin at work helping the little guy. Tobias Dawson was a nasty character and seeing Gin deal with that issue; just unforgettable.

Gin I adore her. She’s a kick-ass women. We see so many different sides of her. I don’t always step into the heroine’s shoes, but with this series it’s not hard not to.

Now the only thing I didn’t care for and I saw this coming in book one, Spider’s Bite, was Detective Donovan Caine. He’s a douchebag. The only thing they had going was the scorching sexual chemistry. I couldn’t see any long term potential for them, so it was no surprise he left. I felt bad and sad for Blanco about the way she was treated and how it all blew up, but I’m glad Caine is gone. He wasn’t right for Gin. Now I’m very intrigued with the introduction of Owen Grayson. Now, him I can’t wait to see more of. There’s just something about him that makes go, oh ya!

What can I say. After two extraordinary installments I think it’s safe to say that the Elemental Assassin series is a must read for Urban Fantasy fans. I’m hooked and I had a wonderful time reading Web of Lies and can’t wait to pick up the next book.

Rated: 5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & 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.

10 comments on “Review: Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin #2) by Jennifer Estep

  1. Donovan Caine was an ass. I didn’t like him. This series is addictive!
    Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict recently posted…Review ~ Consumed by Suzanne Wright @suz_wright @TantorAudioMy Profile

    • I agree with you on Caine and the series!!! ^_^

  2. I’m not a fan of Donovan Caine either. I’m going to love revisiting this series through your reviews. It is has been so long, I don’t remember much of the early books.
    Melanie Simmons recently posted…Deadly Assessments Audiobook by Drew Hayes (REVIEW)My Profile

    • I’m happy to revisit the series for you. It’s a fun series and I’m hooked. Caine totally dislike him and so glad he’s gone.

  3. Fabulous review angela!!! You did a fabulous job!!! Love this cover and it sounds good too!! Shared on all my socials!!??

    • I love the covers for the book sin this series. They so work. Glad you enjoyed my review and thank you for visiting.

  4. I really need to read this one too!
    Melliane recently posted…La Forêt des Ténèbres de Cassandra O’DonnellMy Profile

    • It’s a great series at least as far as I’ve gotten… I’m having a blast.

  5. I need to get back to this series. I’m much farther along but not up-to-date.

    Great review! I am not a fan of Owen either. I have romance issues with this series. LOL
    Northwoman recently posted…The Seeker by Elizabeth HunterMy Profile

    • WHAT?? Not a fan of Owen… I like him. I’m not far in the series so I’ve got a why’s to go before being caught up, but what I’ve read I’ve liked. Thank’s for visiting.