Review: Venom (Elemental Assassin #3) by Jennifer Estep

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Elemental Assassin #3
Jennifer Estep
Urban Fantasy
Pocket Books
September 28th 2010


What kind of assassin works pro bono?

It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most.

To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker—Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists.

At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life.


What can I say except that I’ve got a new favorite Urban Fantasy series.

Venom was action-packed, exciting, suspenseful, mysterious, and full of family. The plot thickens and their is no rest for Gin and gang.

Gin – She’s kick-ass. I love her character. I like digging deeper into her family history and learning more. In, Venom,Gin is starting to dream more about the day her family died. We learn a little bit more about that night, the night her life ended. Fletcher, her adoptive father, was up to something when he gave Gin that folder on her family; because we get a SURPRISE visit from someone in Gin’s past. I have to say I love the new addition and can’t wait to see how that plays out.

Gin and the gang have their hands full in helping Rosyln with a stalker problem. Gin has no problem planning a way to kill the giant, Elliot Slater, Mab Monroe’s head of security. It’s time to see Mab and her gang of evil minions get what’s been coming to them. I have to say the big bang and stick it to you too Mab was superb and well done.

Now our love interest, Owen Grayson. I have to say I’m loving were this is going. It’s slow, steady, and building up to something. It’s not like the relationship with the Detective – Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am. This one feels like it will have depth and something more too it.

Venom is thrilling, action-packed and full of character growth. We get some startling truths and an ending that’s unforgettable. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.

Rated: 5 Stars

Note: This series needs to be read in order.

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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.

12 comments on “Review: Venom (Elemental Assassin #3) by Jennifer Estep

  1. Oh yea! I’m glad you are still enjoying this one. I love when Gin meets Owen for the first time. They go through a LOT together over the next dozen (plus!) books.
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    • I’ve finished book 5 and still loving the series. I like Owen. He’s good for Gin and he seams to understand her and who she is, which I like. I can’t wait to learn more about him and see what’s next for those in this series.

  2. I came across the first back on one of my shelves! Glad I didn’t buy it again. I have plans to get into this series after the busy holidays. Thanks for the great review.
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    • I wish I could keep track of my Kindle and Nook books better, so I don’t buy them again. I’ve bought the same book on both devices before and just laugh when I do… I hope you enjoy. I’m having a blast with the Elemental Assassin series. I’ve been using my library for the books which is great, but I did buy Venom in the Veins which book 17 (^_^) when it was on sale, but I’m only on book 6 now, so I have a ways to go.

  3. Excellent review and book introduction!! Shared on all my socials!!

    • Glad you enjoyed the review!

  4. I have enjoyed this series but I am behind. And I just haven’t taken to Owen. *shrugs* I’ll have to catch back up, I’m at book 10. I love the food; I want to eat at the Pork Pit! So glad you are loving it. Anne – Books of My Heart
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    • LOL I like the Pork Pit too and get hungry overtime I read a scene in the place. Sorry Owen isn’t winning you over. I like him so far and feel he’s good for Gin, now I’ve only read up to book 5 and no novellas yet. So I have a way’s to go to get caught up, but I’ll get their.

  5. I’ve only read book 1 but need to read the others
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    • I’m trying to pick up a book once a month from my library for this series. So far I’ve read up to book 5 and still am in love. Thank’s for visiting.

  6. Haha! Love your reference to the ex! This series has me sitting on the edge of my seat with every book. I’m always waiting for something to take Gin down, but she always surprises me. I’m glad to see you are loving it!
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    • Ah yes the ex… ^_^ that line total fits what he had with Gin. I’m the same way with Gin. You think she done for and then she surprises you with her resourcefulness, will, or something. Total hooked on this series and loving it.