Oh, this is going to be a hard review for me to write. Why? Because I want to say so much but I can't or I'll spoil parts of this book. It's one of those you just want to talk about because of what happens. Rest assured, I will not spoil anything for you. There might be a small spoiler for the last book, but I'll even try to keep those to a minimum.
As you know, at the end of the first book, Gin is looking forward to retirement. She is haunted by the file Fletcher has left her and she is bored, even though she loves to cook and has made her life as the Pork Pit's owner. Events happen in her life, as Gin's life will never be static and she gets thrown into one problem after another. At first, I'd say that everything she had to deal with would be too much for one book, but even those things that don't fit neatly together seem to fit enough in the end you aren't left feeling as though it didn't get enough attention. Gin is still her feisty self and still has the same attitude about life in general. There are also some hot scenes as there were in the first book. All of this action, sex, and mystery as there was in the first one with just enough surprise thrown in the end makes this book a great second book in the series. This book can also be read as a stand-alone because she provides enough background to have the book make sense. It is also not a cliff-hanger, but provides you with enough mystery that you are going to clamor for the 3rd book shortly after you read this one.
I recommend this book and this series highly. I gave this book 5 stars.
I liked this sequel better than the first book. Gin Blanco, who is secretly the assassin called the Spider, has retired from her dark profession and is now running the Pork Pit, the restaurant her foster father Fletcher had left her. But though she does not look for trouble, it comes to her anyway, and curiosity makes her agree to help an old friend of Fletcher's who is being bullied into selling his land to the mining mogul dwarf Tobias Dawson. It's a more engaging story and with the characters firmly established, they are developing more in this second book. Estep has also toned down her penchant for repeating phrases that was so annoying in the first book, although she still does it to some extent, as we see the familiar "Mmm" for her love/lust interest Donovan Caine several times once again. But it had a playful feel to it, as if the author acknowledged her reviewers' criticisms and threw those in just to poke fun at them and herself as well. This story I felt was more solid than the first, definitely more enjoyable, and I will be looking for the third book to see where Estep takes this.
The 2nd of what will be at least a 4 book series... I sucked them up like CANDY! A very refreshing author and characters, I didn't predict the stories like I usually do. Estep is good at bringing you up to speed if you missed her other books, but start with the first one.. the 4th isn't due out until next year! YUMMY Elemental Assassin series (although I skip pages when it gets too violent like with Laurel K Hamilton books.)If I didn't have to skip a few pages, I'd have given it 5 stars.
I'm so tired fo vampires and werewolves, here are some new super power guys... LOVE IT.
Excellent second book in the series. Ms Estep does an excellent job of expanding her characters and creating more of their background so you understand them. Plot was excellent. She adds a bit of humor in too. Looking forward to book 3.