Kiss of Venom
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 ...more
-I think I hate Owen more after reading his POV. I wasn't impressed with his weak excuses — they didn't make any sense.
-Apparently, Owen never stopped loving Gin, and he wasn't mad at her, he was just mad at himself for not stepping up and protecting everyone from his psycho ex. Really? What utter bullshit. The way he dumped Gin, ignored her, and looked down at her, showed how much he hated her and blamed her for Salina's death. None of his actions post-Salina's death indicated that he h ...more
While Owen and Phillip are out for a boy's night on the town at Northern Aggression, Gin and Bria show up and Owen can't take his eyes off her. Needing a break, he heads to the bathroom where he overhears a giant and a dwarf talking about killing Gin. Wanting to do whatever he can for her, Owen takes Phillip outside where they lie in wait for the two would be assassins.
It was great getting a short story from Owen's POV. I love that he still wants Gin and is missing her but he is still s ...more
Gin Blanco. The assassin the Spider. The woman I loved—the one I’d betrayed.
A much needed POV from Owen and a definite must read for fans of this series.
After the previous two books I have been very disappointed with Owen, and not understanding why he’s been keeping his distance from Gin. I was actually beginning to think he didn’t really love her. But in this book we are given a much needed insight into his feelings and why he’s been acting the way he has.
After everything that has been...more
But, in my defense, I couldn’t resist. I mean, hello, a book told all in Owen's point of view? How can anyone resist that. And besides, the spoilers that this book held for books six and seven and maybe even eight, I already had some idea of so, why not take the chance and do it anyway right?
Honestly, I can say now that I have read this, it was worth it to read it not only o ...more
"...the really sad thing, the really pathetic thing, the truly unforgiveable thing, was that I knew exactly what kind of stupid ass I w...more
And don't even get me started on Mr.-there- will- be- only- one- Mrs. -Phillip... yada yada, and then chase after, flirt with and ogle everything with boobs. He doesn't deserve Eva. I wanted to cut off his stupid ponytail and stuff it down his throat for most of this book...and it's a short book. Errr
I was hoping this novella would clear things up. Tell us why Owen acted like such a douche canoe in the past 2 books and restore my faith in him. N ...more
I a lot of fans were angry with Owen, even gave him the kiss-off of death. Did I? NO. Yes I was muffed with Owen over his Donovan like behavior in Widow’s Web. But I understood why he felt the way he did. Did I agree with him? To a point, yes.
The reason he gave Gin at the time was that he wasn’t judging her like Donovan had but that he didn’t like that she didn’t even listen to him before she did want she did (trying not to spoil peeps not up to date). And I see how t ...more
I love it when authors write side stories featuring alternate POVs and Estep did a fantastic job with Kiss of Venom. It gives a whole new dimension to both the series and characters and helps understand them better.
I actually find myself liking Owen a lot more now. I’ve always had a hard time figuring him out so it was very nice to get into his head for a while. And seeing Gin in his eyes really is priceless! Actually, this short story is so enlightening ...more
4 Stars! It's all about Owen, his voice, his thoughts...I enjoyed his point of view!
Who doesn't love a man that would kill for her? Owen's been thinking a lot about his life, what he wants, who he wants, and I like the way his mind works. This is a nice little tidbit for fans of the series, and for those of us who love Owen, which is just about everyone! I also enjoyed seeing more of Phillip and hope eventually that he gets his girl too!
With so much regret to mull over, it’s almost a relief when Owen hears a couple of assassins planning to take Gin down. The least he can do is try to keep her night undisturbed.
In some ways, this is exactly the kind of sho ...more
I was excited to get a peek inside the mind of Owen Grayson and even though Kiss of Venom was short it most definitely was also sweet. Unlike many of Jennifer Estep’s loyal fans, I didn’t banish him from my herd of book boyfriend after his actions in Widow’s Web. What can I say? People (and characters) do stupid things for love!
I like how in the opening chapter we first meet-up with Owen at Northern Aggression with Philip and he’s drinking… you guessed it! Gin and tonic. ...more
This short story seems to retcon Owen's douchery in a very artificial way.
I would have liked to see him admit, first, that he should have been more open with Gin about the lingering feelings he had for Salina when she stepped back into his life. Second, I wanted him to admit that he was angry at Gin for (view spoiler)[killing his first great love, raging psycho though she turned out to be (hide spoiler)]. And then I would have liked to see him start the process of getting over it, making amends ...more
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 ...more
This has just made me want to grab the next installment of Gin's adventures, I truly love this series and Jennifer Estep is an abso ...more
I don't know what to say other than I'm glad you've realised that you can get over your guilt, that you do deserve to be with Gin, that you won't let Salina come between you for much longer.
I loved how you beat the crap out of those two, with a little help from Phillip of course, just so Gin wouldn't have another enemy to beat when she got back to her car.
You better win her back properly in the next full length novel!
But - I LOVED getting more of Phillip. I love this guy!
And this one is Owen's relationship fallout with Gin. Owen's rejection of Gin for killing his psychotic ex-girlfriend ...more
This is a novella told from Owen's point of view after the events at Briartop in Deadly Sting. Owen and Phillip Kincaid are having a night put when Owen overhears a plot to kill Gin. The two come up with a plan to protect her without her being aware of the danger.
Owen had still not redeemed himself completely at this point in the storyline. I read the next two books before reading this novella so I did know what was going to happen later.
I enjoyed seeing Owen and Phillip workin ...more
It was nice to get a look inside Owen's ...more
In the immortal words of Mister Burns (The Simpson's)..."Excellent" ::rubbing fingers together::
For those who haven't experienced the Elemental Assassin series yet, may I politely ask you to save this until you are caught up? My reasoning is that everything that happens in Kiss of Venom is tied to the previous installments Widow's Web and Deadly Sting and will undoubtedly lead into Heart of Venom.
You've probably heard from your friends that we have had ...more
I am not sure what I expected but it was not this. I never saw Owen as a pouter or a man who did not go after what he wants even if he screwed up. Instead he sits across a bar brooding and pondering – really beating a dead horse and never once does he step up to the plate and open his mouth. Made him a bit of a coward which sucks.
The ending helped a li ...more
THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES
The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy battling bad guys and righting wron ...more