Review: Kiss of Venom by Jennifer Estep


Kiss of Venom
Author: Jennifer Estep

Rating: B+, 3.5 Stars

What I’m Talking About:

Taking place shortly after the events in the previous book, Deadly Sting, Kiss of Venom is told from the first person POV of Owen Grayson, the once lover of heroine Gin Blanco. It was very different reading the story from Owen’s perspective, when for so long we only “hear” what Gin thinks. But this was a much-needed story for those fans of the series who are “team Owen.”

The novella immediately lets the reader in on Owen’s true feelings about Gin killing his once love, Selina Debouis (Widow’s Web) and the subsequent actions and events (Deadly Sting). And WOW is Owen consumed with guilt. So much so that it dragged on for chapter after chapter! And I *almost* wanted to forgive him for his behavior towards Gin in those prior two stories. It was valuable insight, even if it did go on a bit long.

But this is Ashland and life doesn’t stay calm for long. Owen and newly reunited BFF Phillip Kincaid work to foil an assassination attempt on Gin. It was wonderful to watch Owen and Phillip working together to bring down the bad guys. I enjoyed their banter and easy-going nature – even through Owen’s guilt. I am so glad these two have rekindled their friendship.

Finally, in the finale of the story, I enjoy Owen’s self-reflection. He experiences an important revelation, and I look forward to seeing how it plays out in the upcoming title, Heart of Venom. The time he spends working in his forge is wonderfully described – something we don’t see usually. It was fascinating to read how he uses his magic and body to shape the metal.

Overall Kiss of Venom is an enjoyable novella – definitely a must read for Elemental Assassin fans. It is a wonderful insight into Owen’s mind and heart. While I enjoyed learning about his true inner feelings, after a few chapters it did start to drag and become repetitive. I missed the quick-natured action found in the series, but the action scenes with Owen and Phillip were fantastic. And in the end, I am so thankful that Ms. Estep wrote this novella so that we could all see the truth behind Owen’s actions and inactions.

3.5 stars: Liked it – recommend (B+)


About the Book:

The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella—from the hero’s point of view! Owen Grayson is bound and determined to get Gin back…if her enemies don’t get her first.When you have a history of dating an assassin, a night out on the town can turn deadly—fast. Owen Grayson is still wracked with guilt over the end of his love affair with Gin Blanco, and there aren’t enough gin and tonics in all of Ashland to ease his heartache. But when Gin happens to show up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone. Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. This could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life—if Owen can survive…

Release Date: July 22, 2013
Pocket Star
Elemental Assassin #8.5
ISBN: #978-1476754413
Urban Fantasy, Novella
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds

Purchase Info:
Kiss of Venom (Book 8.5)

Reviews in the Series:
Spider’s Revenge (Book 5)
Thread of Death (Book 5.5)
By a Thread (Book 6)
Widow’s Web (Book 7)
Deadly Sting (Book 8)

8 Responses to “Review: Kiss of Venom by Jennifer Estep”

  1. I loved getting Owen’s POV and getting more Phillip. I want to see more of him in the future.

  2. ocdreader says:

    I need to get back on track with this series! I am only caught up through book 3 or 4…so behind!
    Can I also say that I LOVE that you moved to wordpress? Your other blog took way toooooo long to load so I could never come over there to say hi, I had to read all your posts in my emails. So thank you!!

    • Twimom227 says:

      First – I only started reading this book with Novella 5.5 – but I can tell you that since that point, the books have all been fabulous! Hurry up and read!

      Second – thank you so much for the feedback. Having faster load times was one of the reasons I wanted to move. Glad it is working out for you! Welcome back!

  3. I was glad to see that it was guilt holding Owen back and not resentment towards Gin. I can’t wait to see how things progress in Heart of Venom!

  4. I loved that we finally got into Owen’s head. This was a great little tidbit to hold us over until today! Today when the new book came out! Yeah!!

    • Twimom227 says:

      I completely agree. I liked reading the books back-to-back… then I didn’t have to wait for the “conclusion.” I hope you enjoy HEART OF VENOM!


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