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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Venom by Jennifer Estep


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.

About the Author

By night, Jennifer Estep is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fun, sexy fantasy idea.Jennifer currently writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The star of the series is Gin Blanco, an assassin who can control the elements of ice and stone when she’s not too busy running her barbecue restaurant, the Pork Pit. Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance books, which feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love. Titles in the Berkley series include Karma Girl (May 2007), Hot Mama (November 2007), and Jinx (September 2008).
By day, Jennifer is an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper with a broad range of journalism and media experience. She's also a certifiable fangirl and an authority on fantasy literature and culture. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.
Jennifer's books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications. For more information, visit her Web site at


  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439148015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148013


I can't even begin to describe how much I adore this book!  I read it so quickly and really didn't want it to end.  There are supposed to be five books in this series and I have read two.  Yes, I ordered Web of Lies and got it two days after I received Venom, which was 30 days after I ordered it.  It didn't make any difference though.  I am going back to read Web of Lies right now. This is one tightly plotted book and you will fall in love with all of the characters.

Gin is recovering from her loss of Donovan Caine and finds that he is replaced by Gin's long lost sister, Bria.  The first 50 pages of the book recap the first two stories, so I wasn't at a complete loss getting up to speed.  She sets her sights on cleaning up Ashland and getting revenge on Mab Malone who killed her mother and older sister.  This storyline would make a fabulous graphic novel.  She also learns several secrets about her past and you get little glimpses of what made her into what she is today.

The real heavy of the story is Elliot Slater, a giant who causes Gin all kinds of grief and also a lot of information.  Gin is becoming stronger both mentally and physically.  Of course, Slate gets what is coming to him.  There is a lot of violence and lust in this one.  The lust comes in the form of a new hottie, Owen Grayson.  I see a wonderful future for Gin now that she has met her match.  There are lots more details, but you will have to read this one to get them.  Just awesome!  If you enjoy Jennifer Rardin or Kelly Gay or will also adore this series. 

    1 comment:

    1. Well, I'm definitely intrigued! Will have to give this (and Web of Lies) a look.


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