I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique.
Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.
Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.
Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.
I have read quite a few reviews that think this book is really bad. I do not really agree with that. I have also read quite a few reviews that say Owen is an asshole. I do not agree with that either. He is incredibly stupid but not an asshole.
Having said that, personally I do think that this was one of the weaker, if not the weakest, book in the series so far and I have to admit that Owen had a lot to do with that.
Gin is back in Ashton fending of low-life coming to The Pork Pit thinking that they can take her out. Actually this starts to become laughable now. These idiots must have a dedicated queue at the gates of hell by now given how many she has disposed of. I would have thought that we would either run out or they would learn what a bad idea this is.
Anyway, things start to heat up when Salina turns up and Owen’s brain turns into mush. As I said, Owen is not an asshole but really really stupid. In the beginning it might be somewhat understandable but after Gin and another two of Owen’s old acquaintances have proven what a despicable character Salina is he still behaves very stupidly. Kindly but stupidly. This entire business with Owen and Salina and the impact it has on Gin’s and Owen’s relationship is really not very fun and drags the book down. Some people seem to think that their relationship is ruined but, quite frankly, I do not understand where people get these die-hard judgments from? It might be ruined but I think that is far from clear from the book. Actually, I think there were several indices that it might not be.
Otherwise the book was not too unlike previous books. There was a good fight somewhere around the middle as there always is and Gin got fairly much clobbered as usual. This time the fight was forced on here though instead of the usual amateurish first attempt to kill her target as we have been treated with in most of the other books. This is one thing that starts, or maybe I should say continues, to bug me though. Gin is supposedly sooo powerful, or at least being told that, and have taken out the most powerful fire elemental born in 500 years but yet she is always weaker, often a lot, than her main opponents. It would be nice to read about Gin giving the baddies a surprise and slapping them around for once.
In the end the baddies are taken down as usual even though the ending is not entirely a happy one due to this unnecessary mess the author have created between Gin and Owen. I definitely did not like that part. Otherwise the book is an enjoyable one in much the same style as previous books in the series and Gin also made a new friend that could be quite interesting in future books.