Title: Kiss of Venom
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Novella
Source: E-book borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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…
(This is a novella in the Elemental Assassin series, after Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, Thread of Death (novella), By A Thread, Widow’s Web, and Deadly Sting.)
After the last book, I was starting to worry that maybe we wouldn’t see much of Owen anymore. Thankfully, though, he’s the narrator of this novella, so the reader gets a chance to see his side of the conflict with Gin and get some insight into what might happen in the future.
I liked the opportunity to understand Owen’s perspective a bit better, though I honestly found him a bit whiny in Kiss of Venom. Based on what he was thinking about Gin, it was just plain old frustrating that he didn’t try to speak to her directly. Why feel so guilty and yet allow her to keep thinking that you’re angry with her? It didn’t really make much sense.
The action scenes were fun, though. It was kind of nice to get to see a fight where Gin didn’t completely take over with her knives to sort things out. And by the end of the novella, I had enjoyed the interlude from seeing all the constant attacks from Gin’s perspective in the last three books.