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Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin, Book 1)

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Jenn reviews Jennifer Estep’s Spider’s Bite

About the Book

Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin, Book 1); Jennifer Estep
Adult; Fantasy Romance; 436 Pages

Pocket Books (January 9, 2010)

Follow Gin Blanco, a kick-butt female assassin who moonlights at a BBQ joint in Tennessee, as she searches for the person who double-crossed her in this heart-pounding and fresh paranormal romance series.

After Gin’s family was murdered by a Fire elemental when she was thirteen, she lived on the streets and eventually became an assassin to survive. Now, Gin is assigned to rub out an Ashland businessman, but it turns out to be a trap. After Gin’s handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed her and why. Only one thing is for sure—Gin has no qualms about killing her way to the top of the conspiracy.

About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of the following series:

THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES
The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy battling bad guys and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

THE CROWN OF SHARDS SERIES
The books focus on Everleigh Blair, a member of the royal family who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena.

THE MYTHOS ACADEMY SPINOFF SERIES
The books focus on Rory Forseti, a 17-year-old Spartan girl who attends the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy. Rory’s parents were Reapers, which makes her the most hated girl at school. But with a new group of Reapers and mythological monsters on the rise, Rory is the only one who can save her academy.

THE MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES
The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

THE BIGTIME SERIES
The books take place in Bigtime, New York, a city that’s full of heroic superheroes, evil ubervillains, and other fun, zany, larger-than-life characters. Each book focuses on a different heroine as she navigates through the city’s heroes and villains and their various battles.

THE BLACK BLADE SERIES
The books focus on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families—or mobs—who control much of the town. But when she saves a member of the Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the two most powerful Families in town.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at www.JenniferEstep.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter, and sign up for her newsletter on her website: http://www.jenniferestep.com/contact-jennifer/newsletter/.

Happy reading, everyone!

Jenn’s Review

Elemental magic, assassins, and double-crossing clientele merge in Jennifer Estep’s Spider’s Bite.

Gin is a Stone Elemental who draws her magic from her surroundings. She’s also one of the most feared assassins in Ashland – when she isn’t working as a waitress at The Pork Pit.

When a job goes horribly wrong, she’ll have to team up with her nemesis, Detective Donovan Caine to solve the mystery surrounding the death and torture of her handler and his son.

This story is categorized as romance, but I didn’t pick up much of a romantic vibe. The plot has a lot to offer in terms of urban fantasy and paranormal suspense – with a hefty dose of action and mystery. And while the story does have a romance element on a slow simmer, it lacks the satisfaction of the couple ending up together.

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The Art of Inheriting Secrets

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Jenn reviews Barbara O’Neal’s The Art of Inheriting Secrets.

About the Book

The Art of Inheriting Secrets;
Barbara O’Neal
Adult; Mystery; 363 Pages

Lake Union Publishing (July 17, 2018)

When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.

One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her. As Olivia begins digging into her mother’s past, she discovers that the peeling wallpaper, debris-laden halls, and ceiling-high Elizabethan windows covered in lush green vines hide unimaginable secrets.

Although personal problems and her life back home beckon, Olivia finds herself falling for the charming English village and its residents. But before she can decide what Rosemere’s and her own future hold, Olivia must first untangle the secrets of her past.

About the Author

Barbara O’Neal is the author of eleven novels of women’s fiction, including How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her award-winning books have been published in more than a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.

Jenn’s Review

In a life full of books and stories, every once in awhile, a book comes along that pulls you in, makes reality fall away, and haunts you long after you read that final paragraph. The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal is one of those rare finds.

Olivia Shaw has had a horrible year. She’s lost so much, and when she discovers letters from a solicitor in England regarding the estate, she discovers a whole other side of her mother, including an English Manor, a title, and a decades-old mystery.

Olivia’s mother has left her a treasure hunt and a mountain of difficult decisions. Her ex-boyfriend has a vendetta, but as she begins to own her title and the responsibility that comes with it, she discovers new friends, support, and love.

Rosemere is a mess and St. Ives Cross is an obstacle course she must manage. Can she save her mother’s legacy and put the ghosts of the past to rest?

This is a slow, deep read, interlaced with love, memories, and challenges. Sympathetic characters and richly imagined landscapes line the pages. Definitely a keeper!

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Southern Spirits

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Jenn reviews cozy mystery, Southern Spirits, by Angie Fox

About the Book

Southern Spirits; Angie Fox
Adult; Mystery; 256 Pages

Angie Fox (January 13, 2015)

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon, Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed paranormal mystery and romance. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going upstairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books.

Angie is best known for her Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for her Accidental Demon Slayer books. She lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.

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Jenn’s Review

I love a good paranormal romance, and couldn’t wait to dive into Southern Spirits, by Angie Fox. Sadly, this tale left me on the fence in regards to the rest of the series (The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries).

Verity Long has a problem: She’s lost everything, and is in the process of selling her grandmother’s estate when she accidentally unleashes the ghost of a long-dead gangster. Now, not only does she need to come up with some serious cash, find a new place to live, and try to start her life over in the aftermath of leaving her fiance, she needs to find a way to lay the gangster to rest.

When her former fiance’s brother, Ellis, discovers that Verity has a talent for seeing and communicating with ghosts, he hires her to rid his new project property of the restless spirits that are setting back his renovations, time and time again. 

This book had me rolling in laughter, page after page. The interplay between characters is entertaining, and the characters themselves pop off the page, in this first-person POV story. The mystery that winds through the plot is engaging and kept me guessing right up to the end. That said, the romantic aspect of the story left me feeling less than impressed. As friendships go, Verity and Ellis are at odds from the get-go, as Ellis only knows what happened at the wedding, where Verity stood his brother up at the altar. What he didn’t know was Verity’s reason for jilting her ex, and even when she reveals her motives to Ellis, she doesn’t tell him the whole truth. The pair form a believable friendship, but the romance didn’t sizzle for me. What love interest there was in the story felt rushed and bland – the story focuses almost exclusively on Verity’s character arc, with limited interaction between hero and heroine.

Perhaps Ms. Fox continues building this relationship in subsequent novels, but for me, this one just didn’t have enough pop to continue to the next book. Definitely, an adult read, and well-written, but if you’re looking for a love story, this probably isn’t it.

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