on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Urban
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Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That’s the question Gin Blanco asks when a friend’s long-lost relative strolls into town. The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone—and a big problem for Gin. Book fourteen in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”
It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.
It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.
4 Stars! A good read but missing some of that “WOW” factor!
I love the Elemental Assassin series and have been in it from the beginning. I anxiously wait for each release and my expectations are always high. Jennifer Estep usually meets or exceeds them, but Bitter Bite didn’t quite work for me as the other books in the series have.
If I had to put my finger on what was missing I would say it was due to Deidre’s, Finn’s mother, elemental aspect. Part of what I look forward to is finding out what horrific power the evil entity possesses and she had an elemental power we’ve seen already. The author has come up with some great gruesome villainous abilities in the past, and while Deidre was powerful, she was somewhat boring.
My heart broke for Finn when he finds out his mother is still alive and then realizes how cruel and heartless she is. But, he’s surrounded by people who love and would do anything for him. Even his father, Fletcher, who still takes care of those he loves from the grave. I miss that man with every book that’s released. I wish there was some magic that could bring him back to life!
All the familiar characters were involved in the plot including the always efficient Silvio, who is fast becoming one of my favorites. He wriggled his way into Gin’s life, made himself her personal assistant and has proved to be invaluable. He’s a subtlety fun character and I loved that he, along with Bria and Owen, became a part of Gin’s team in her quest to save Finn. It was the highlight of the story!
Speaking of Owen…his relationship with Gin needs to be brought up to the next level…they spend way too much time apart! I know this is Urban Fantasy, not a full on romance, but the romantic factor is there and I need more. Owen’s been a part of the series for a long time now and I expect more from him and Gin as a couple. They overcame a bad situation a while back and are in a solid relationship, so let’s move things along…please!
All in all a good read with some surprises along the way and interesting things looming on the horizon.
*A copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*