Web of Lies, by Jennifer Estep
Gin Blanco, a.k.a. the “Spider,” has retired from her profession as an assassin to run her former mentor’s BBQ restaurant. So when two delinquents decide to rob the wrong eatery, Gin shows restraint. But when college student Violet Fox asks for help protecting her grandfather from an evil businessman trying to bully them out of their land, Gin decides to come out of retirement temporarily.
Gin is once again faced with tough circumstances. All of her enemies seem to be working for the incredibly powerful Mab Monroe, who may or may not have something to do with her family’s death. Then, there’s Detective Donovan Caine who, despite his attraction for Gin, can’t overcome his hang-up with her “former” profession. I’m not sure why she’s so hung up on him. I don’t see the attraction or chemistry. But we do get to see that Gin does have a sensitive side, despite her ruthless behavior towards the “bad guys.”
Web of Lies is a fantastic sequel in every respect. The characters have been established, yet Estep does a great job of giving enough background for new readers yet not too much to bore current fans. This second installment is even more steamy, suspenseful, and full of mystery and adventure. Packed with pulse-pounding action and suspense, this urban fantasy truly delivers. Don’t miss this urban fantasy series with unique worldbuilding and a complex heroine. I’m certainly caught in Estep’s web, and look forward to Gin’s next adventure.
Web of Lies releases from Pocket Books on May 25, 2010.