I love this urban fantasy series because it combines such remarkably imaginative situations with action, angst, and romance, and the intense violence is over the top yet not nausea-inducing, a tricky line to navigate. One can’t help but getting caught up in the lives of these larger-than-life characters, and I know better than to start one of this author’s books late at night, because I can’t put it down until that last exciting page!
This book starts off with one of those improbable situations that captures the attention (and reminds one of why NOBODY should mess with Gin!) and the activity escalates and expands to involve many of the characters who have become so beloved and integral to the series. I think it would be best to be familiar with the other stories to fully appreciate all of the nuances, but one could probably figure out the basics even if this tale is read as a stand-alone. The remarkable skills that Gin possesses, both physical and magical, and the close-knit bonds between her and those around her are nicely showcased in another exciting installment in a very fun series and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
“Bitter Bite” by Jennifer Estep is part of the ‘Elemental Assassin’ series that features semi-ex-assassin Gin Blanco and her adventures in the not-so-quiet town of Ashland. Continuing after the bombshell revealed in the previous book, this story follows Gin’s search for the truth about the mysterious Deirdre Shaw and her designs on Gin’s brother-of-the-heart, Finnegan (Finn) Lane. Finn’s wholehearted acceptance of the woman causes some hurt feelings, but Deirdre should remember that love and loyalty create unbreakable bonds, no matter how strongly they are tested.
Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That’s the question Gin Blanco asks when a friend’s long-lost relative strolls into town. The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone—and a big problem for Gin. Book fourteen in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”
It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.
It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.