Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Pocket on May 25, 2010
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
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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.
When the first book ended with Gin determined to retire from the killing business, you knew it wouldn’t last. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a series if all Gin did was make barbeque, no matter how good it sounds. In this book, Gin’s slightly softer side is revealed as her case revolves around helping an old friend of Fletcher’s with a currently and deadly problem.
I enjoyed Gin’s character and her antics. She’s sassy and straight forward and knows her mind. She’s a fun UF heroine who is a pleasant to watch work.
One thing I did notice about this book that I didn’t enjoy was the amount of repetition in it. There seemed like a lot of things were repeated over and over until I just wanted to scream. I’m not stupid, I don’t need the same details spelled out for me repeatedly.
As a series book, I was surprised that there wasn’t more that happened. The book felt very focused on the current story, with only a few events happening that will carry over into the next book.
As an audiobook, this was very satisfying. With the same narrator as the first book, my thoughts are the same. This is a great voice for Gin, and is very easy to listen to.
Overall, I liked seeing a nice-girl side to Gin, and this story was quite fun. There some intriguing developments near the end of the story on the romance side, and I can’t wait to continue the series.