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Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samanth ...more
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Published January 2012 by Covenant Communications
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Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what some of the other readers are reading, but I don't think it's the same book. I loved "Sam" and wanted to be her the entire time. I don't think I would have done anything differently and don't think I'm overly naive or whiny because of it. I think I also have that annoying voice that gets to me when I'm trying to be confident. Those parts really made me laugh at times. And the love interest (I won't do a spoiler) was a hunk! The perfect combination of dark and mysterious. No won ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Venom, by KC Grant is a thrilling adventure set at the epicenter of colliding Mexican cultures. Mystery, suspense, betrayal and love: Venom will keep your heart, mind and fingers frantic as you race through to the final, satisfying page.

I’ll mention briefly that as a guy, I like to see people get shot and watch things blow up. I know…I’m a cliché, what can I say. I’m not always as interested in reading about the emotional angst a character is feeling and I want the action to pop and grab me from
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had never read anything by this author before. It was pretty good for LDS fiction. Not too sappy, good mystery, happy ending. I listened to this on CD, and it was entertaining and kept my interest.
Rhea Bingham
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been to Mexico and the author was dead on. Makes me want to go back!
J. Morgan
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Venom” by K. C. Grant is a different type of suspense / mystery—in a good way. I think the term “slow burn” is a good way to describe the feel of the book, but that doesn’t mean it was boring. For me, a “slow burn” takes time to build up the suspense, like a pot of boiling water. And just like said pot, once the water does get to a full boil, it is quite turbulent.

So, if it takes its time to develop, then what happens in the meantime? Grant uses this to develop her characters so when the spam h
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Samantha Evans is floundering. She feels like she doesn't live up to her families expectations. She moved away from her home and family in Utah to accept a job in an advertising firm in California. She is alone and trying to navigate her way in life.

When an opportunity comes to travel to Mexico on a work project, she finds a way to go. She doesn't fit in with the group and once again is in the beautiful country of Mexico and feeling alone.

Unfortunately, she beings to notice that not everyone see
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
One of the things I loved most about this book was the beautiful descriptions of the different areas of Mexico. I really felt like I could picture the beauty in my head and it's someplace I'd love to go one day. On Goodreads, the author says, "I wanted to portray the beauty and culture that is today's Mexico, with just a few sinister undertones." I think she accomplished that goal.

Having said that, there were many times I felt like the story was dragging. The sinister undertones were there but t
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
The good stuff: the author knows her Mexico stuff. The setting is portrayed in clear detail. I had no trouble picturing anything and had complete trust that the author was telling me like it is.

The main characters were interesting and well developed.

The mystery is cool–there’s a nice twist I didn’t see coming.

Overall I enjoyed the book. I will complain that the beginning is pretty slow, and sometimes, all that lovely Mexican description kills the pace. I have to admit, the cover and title had me
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This was one of the books that my mother-in-law let me borrow. I hadn't read anything by K.C. Grant before and I enjoyed it. The book is an interesting mystery but what I really liked was the character of Sam herself. She was someone that I really felt like I could relate to and I was cheering her on through the whole thing. I will be curious to read what else the author has to offer.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just took a vacation to Mexico City and saw lots of sights through this book! It is such a fun read, I read it in a day (and all night, I didn't want to put it down.) I appreciate a great book where a character is portrayed very evil without any rough language, and K. C. Grant is good at it! She keeps the plot interesting and moving, but the overall tone light. I am a big fan!
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A fun read with twist and turns.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
For me, this was suspenseful and mysterious. Returned Spanish-speaking missionary, Samantha Evans has a great opportunity to assist the company's advertising crew in Mexico. The feel of her story felt suspicious because of the lack of inclusion in her group's work. Because of that, Samantha is allowed to wander and see what the others don't. I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the Mexican ruins. I would like to see them someday.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The main characters constant back and forth with her “inner voice” was just weird. Other than that it was a good story and exciting enough to keep me engaged. Worth the read.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Venom by K.C. Grant was a wonderful surprise when I read it. I was instantly caught up in the crazy life of Abby Sinclair.
Here is the back of the book blurb:
"Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preocc
Donna Weaver
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book Description:
Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samantha increasingly uneasy. In fact, many in the group seem like they are not being completely open about the pr
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Samantha Evans is a young college grad embarking in her first grown-up job in advertising. She’s been with the new company for several months and hasn’t gotten the chance to show off her skills beyond faxing, copying and filing, so when she stumbles on an opportunity to travel to Mexico as assistant/translator for a team working on a tourism ad campaign, she jumps at the chance: and quickly finds herself out of her depths. The woman heading the team hates her almost on sight and snipes at everyo ...more
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Want a great romantic suspense to make your toes curl in deliciously suspenseful fright and delight? Then, Venom by K.C. Grant is the book for you.

Honestly, I loved this book from start to finish. Samantha is trying to get ahead at her advertising agency and is offered a chance to go to Mexico City to join the team that doing a major ad campaign there. She meets this moody photographer, David Ayala, who seems to have a few secrets to keep, her boss and half the team are acting all weird, and the
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
was more of a mystery than the suspense romance that I go for. It was a little slow to get going, but kept you reading to see what was going to happen to the nosy Samantha. Samantha got a chance at a lifetime to go to New Mexico with a prestigious ad agency as an spanish interpreter. She thought that this was an adventure that she would never was an adventure, but one that she wasn't expecting. Her group of coworkers turned out to be nothing of what they appeared on the outside, but ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
After reading a glowing review of this in the local newspaper, I decided I'd give it a go. My main thought: in general, LDS members just don't do fiction very well. That's not to say this book was awful. It just seemed to have that "flavor" I've found in so many of the LDS novels I've read. And It is hard for me to put into words, or perhaps I don't really have the right words to describe it - whatever it is, it just seems, well, "less".

Samantha's character was puzzling to me. This was a young w
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
My mom gave me a few books to read when she was in town after Christmas, including this one. Recently, when all but my two youngest boys were gone on a scout camp out, I decided to sit down and spend the evening reading a book. This was a good choice. I read it all in one night. (The dishes waited patiently for me until the next morning).

I was surprised that I liked this book as well as I did. I have never been a fan of books about drug lords. This book introduced sites in Mexico that I've neve
Jeffrey Olsen
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
The book is a good, clean story about finding one's way in the world. With that being said, it does start rather slow, but picks up considerably the last third of the book. At times, the heroine's conscience talks to her and I found that confusing and intrusive. There were also a couple story lines that may not have been all that necessary, such as her father's medical concerns and the theft of her credit card info at the beginning. Lastly, there were some very lovely descriptions of Mexico and ...more
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
K.C. weaves a mystery that is very difficult for the reader to unravel. With so many people suspect, you also have a hard time figuring out who the bad guys really are. It takes awhile to get into the intrigue, but you learn so much about the history of Mexico and its people. With the author's colorful writing, this country and it's beauties, and the gray areas, are brought to life.

To read the rest of my review of Venom, please go to my blog:
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I know this is a departure from my previous work and so I'm anxious for feedback! In this modern setting, I wanted to portray the beauty and culture that is today's Mexico, with just a few sinister undertones. After all, it's a suspense novel! But I didn't want to make it too dark--in fact, a lot of parts will probably make you laugh. Can I make a new category of "comedic" suspense with a dash of romance and some great travel tips?
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a fun read. Full of adventure, suspense and intrigue. Samantha is a lot braver than me that's for sure. I thought I had things figured out by the end of the book, but not completely which was great. I really don't like to have things completely figured out. To me that's no fun. I am curious to see if there's another book letting us know what happens with Samantha and her family.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is very slow moving until the last few pages. I am listening to the audio. The first 4 out of the 6 discs are mainly a travelogue set in Mexico City. There is practically no action until halfway through the 5th disc.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but had a hard time connecting to the story until chapter 13. It felt more like a travel & food guide than a novel. Finally the last few chapters had a story line but the characters felt disconnected and the story fell flat in my opinion. ...more
Todd Grant
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
My wife got it at the library and finished reading it so I gave it a try. I was surprised I liked it! I'm not usually in LDS fiction. I didn't think the main character was too overly girly and I thought the plot was sufficiently complex.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Another audio book choice for our cross country trip and this was enjoyed much more than the other mystery we listened to. The main character seemed more real and the plot more probable. The book kept us entertained and engaged to the end.
James Biser
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining story. The main character is a returned missionary who goes on a business trip with her work to Mexico City. She discovers a crime and seems to fall in love while she is trying to find peace in a strange city and deal with the fact that her father (in Utah) has cancer.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lds-fiction, mystery
I liked the mystery, but I pretty much had it pegged. It was a good first attmept from her BOM fiction.
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K.C. Grant loves to write! From bad poetry at the age of seven to not-too-much-later attempts at a novel where the main character was a talkative red-haired girl (yes, that wasn't very creative) she has loved to create stories. In her adult career, she has written for family oriented magazines like BackHome, Parents and Kids, The Washington Family and LDSLiving. She was so excited about the releas ...more

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