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. (via Goodreads)
This is the second book of the Elemental Assassins series, check out my review of the first book, Spider’s Bite, here!
So, even though Gin made some changes in her life at the end of the first book (I’m being vague to avoid spoilers), she still gets sucked into trouble very early on in this book. She ends up feeling obligated to help the friends of a friend out of a territory dispute with a very dangerous and powerful dwarf. As she does so, she finds out some things about her own magic that surprise her – and will definitely surprise you!
We get more time with the side characters, JoJo and Sophia, who I absolutely love. Basically I love just about everyone in the series. The exception being Detective Donovan. Man…I hate that guy. Estep makes their chemistry jump off the pages, and there is definitely something between him and Gin…but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a complete moron. Still waiting for him to jump off that cliff…
The good news is an addition to the party: Owen Grayson. Yes, please. I hope Gin takes a nice long look in his direction. He is a much better fit for her, and I really hope that relationship develops. A lot. And soon.
Overall, this book is a great addition to the series, the action and character development don’t lag at all!