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Venom in the Veins

(Elemental Assassin #17)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,757 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Blood might be thicker than water, but venom is stronger than just about anything …

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Jennifer Estep
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The problem with a smash hit is there is a lot of pressure put on writers to keep churning out stories.
17 Books.
Has Gin Blanco strapped on the water-skis and jumped that shark?
Probably not yet.
The books are still entertaining enough but honestly I'm reading them out of habit more than enthusiasm.

I've been saying this for a few years...

There are characters in the Elemental Assassin world who can carry their own series.

I'd be first in line to buy Book One of the Sophia Deveraux series. Bria an
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥
Narration by Lauren Fortgang: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥½
Writing: ♥♥♥♥½

This is one of my favorite series. I enjoy the assassin/great cook Gin Blanco and her cohorts. Since the author revealed that Gin’s family were involved with the illuminati-ish group “The Circle”, I’ve been waiting to see which one of Gin’s parents is still alive. That didn’t occur in this book but I know the deceased savant Fletcher knew which one of Gin’s parents was into shady business and I can’t wait for him to reve
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

VENOM IN THE VEINS is book seventeen in the Elemental Assassin series. If you haven’t read this series yet and you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy, I would highly suggest checking this series out. It’s filled with action and suspense, as well as an amazing lead named Gin Blanco.

This book continues her journey as the Spider. As an assassin and the queen of the Ashland underworld, Gin has got a lot on her plate. As expected, another threat arises and in this installment, Estep delivers yet another
If you are an urban fantasy fan, Jennifer Estep is a must read and Gin and the Elemental Assassin series is an absolutely must read.

Venom in the Veins was an enjoyable addition to the Elemental Assassin series but had a slow start, with it picking up about 1/4th of the way in. I have to admit that it is reminiscent to a few earlier installments and I did check to see if I had the wrong book thinking I was accidentally re-reading an earlier edition. No I wasn't and yes, it wouldn't be the first t
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Gin Blanco, restauranteur and Ashland’s latest boss of its underworld, is shocked when Stuart Mosley, Finn’s boss, and Gin’s friend, is assaulted and almost kidnapped. Between parties and date night with Owen, Gin’s investigation a new player in town who has a bone to pick with Gin. Vampire Alanna Eaton has come back to Ashland to buy back the family estate and pay Gin back for the murder of her mother, Amelia. A member of T
Tony Hisgett
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review, paranormal
One of the features of the last three or four books has been Gin’s incompetence. She is supposed to be the best at what she does, but the author seems to have forgotten this. At the start of this book she is trying to stop a thug, but surprisingly this Giant is actually quicker and more skilled than her, she misses him with her knife twice, he then picks her up and slams her into the roof of a car.
Her first fight with Alanna was an even bigger disaster, with her being totally outclassed, it see
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I've become attached to Gin and all the characters in this series... this one did not disappoint! Looking forward to the next installment!
Douglas Meeks
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well we are up to book #17 now and I am still enjoying the violent little assassin who loves to cook (WARNING: Don't read this book if you are hungry). I have to say that the basics of these books are pretty much becoming formulaic but only in a very general way in the relationship with the bad guys/gals and final battle BUT the introduction of The Circle and the enigma that is Hugh Tucker have breathed life back into this series and added a hint of mystery to a lot of things.

One of the most fru
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
A few weeks have passed since Gin’s confrontation with the Doll Maker, so of course, it’s time for things to go sideways in Ashland again. This time, someone is targeting her friend, and Finn’s boss, Stewart Mosley. And everything appears to be tied to the upcoming auction of Mab Monroe’s possessions and a person of interest who has her eye set on making sure things are just right.

Venom in the Veins is the seventeenth book in the Elemental Assassin series. The cast of characters has grown, and
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: z2018
The plot was too simple and obvious which made it tedious to read. I made it to the 17th book in the series, and now it's time for me to drop it.
Jen Davis
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sliding in to an Elemental Assassin book for me is like donning a comfortable old sweater at the beginning of fall. It’s pleasant and familiar. Not really flashy or new, but that’s not why I pick it up. I know what to expect and I like it.

As this installment begins, Gin still searching for answers about the mysterious Circle. But more pressing right now is the fact that someone seems to be targeting Finn’s boss at the bank, Moseley. He is attacked early in the book and Gin is convinced it has so
Under the Covers Book Blog

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

VENOM IN THE VEINS is book seventeen in the Elemental Assassin series. If you haven’t read this series yet and you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy, I would highly suggest checking this series out. It’s filled with action and suspense, as well as an amazing lead named Gin Blanco.

This book continues her journey as the Spide
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe I missed this book when it was first released, but there is a silver lining to procrastination – or not paying attention. Now I don’t have to wait very long before Sharpest Sting because it is scheduled to be released in October. 😉

To be honest, I probably should done a quick re-read of Snared before I read Venom in the Veins. After all, it had been 2 years since I finished the last book in the Elemental Assassin series. The author threw in enough memories and recaps that it was e
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*Genre* Urban Fantasy
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Venom in the Veins is the 17th installment in author Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. After Finnigan Lane's boss, Stuart Mosley, is the apparent victim of a mugging and attempted kidnapping, Gin, who sees circle plots everywhere these days, believes there is more to this incident than meets the eye test. Gin may be paranoid when it comes to the Circle, but she's been right too many times to keep track. Could the Circle, inclu
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read
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Bambi Unbridled

Venom in the Veins is the 17th installment of Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. This is a series that triggers my grabby hands when a new book is coming out - I just can't wait to set my eyes on the next installment. But I'm warning you - don't read these if you are trying to diet! There is enough discussion of delicious southern comfort food to make your mouth water and having you running out to your local BBQ joint.

Our heroine, Gin Blanco a/k/a The Spider, is continuing to investiga
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
★ ★ ★ 1/2 Bumped up because I heart this series. 3.5 because it felt really really short with no buildup, and totes called the ending.
Tanya Davis
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally read the Elemental Assassin series in ebook, but I had to use up a few Audible credits, so I grabbed it in audio. I do love it in audio! It just so happened that I was finishing up with another review audio, so I jumped into Venom In The Veins before going back to my audio binge series. Perfect timing. I am a huge fan of this series. There is so much to love!

Gin is still trying to find out as much as she can about the Circle and who the mysterious Mason could be. Gin and Finn are hopi
4 Stars... This one brought the creep factor with a cannibalistic vampire!!! Once again Gin must face down her past in order to protect those she loves while continuing to uncover the mystery of the Circle... With a surprise twist at the end, this book certainly keeps the reader's interest... I will say, this far into the series, I have noticed a pattern to the author's writing that is not necessarily a negative but perhaps brings a bit of predictability to each read.. I continue to enjoy this s ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Well, thank god this book didn’t start on a failed mission. So there’s that.

UF is not a romance based story. I get that and appreciate it. However, if you introduce a romantic relationship into the story, as an author, you open doors to expectations. Gin and Owen, whom I adore, relationship is weird. Two grown people who are past the dating stage and are in love. They are adults with no responsibilities to minors. Yet, they don’t spend many nights together. It’s strange to me. Frankly, I’m surp
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was a bit better than the last book but I still feel like all of the awesome side characters have been watered down, we don't get to see much personality and engagement in the story. Some more things come to light this story and it would have been appropriate to see some sister bonding or something. I love Owen and really miss him actually being part of the story line - again not much personality.
I did enjoy the plot, I still enjoy the flashbacks Gin has to her past and it's about
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Assassins
5 🌟

Happy to see Gin and company again. Glad to know more of her past as the Spider. Good to know more information about the Circle. How many people in Ashland are part of the Circle? Shocking to learn the identity of the leader of the Circle. Gin's uncle Mason. Does he know that Gin is his niece? Does he care?

Can't wait to read more Elemental Assassin novels!!!
Y. Layla Shabazz
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good but too short.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe we are up top book 17 and it’s just as much a page turner as the rest. A lot of action and some shocking secrets come to light. Another great installment!
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Thoughts: Loved being back in Gin and Gangs world. This did not disappoint. Was not my favorite villain but I am excited about the move forward in the overall story. As always the action was top notch and so was the snark!

Audio Thoughts: As always Lauren Fortgang nailed the narration! :) I can't imagine anyone else bringing this group alive. Also just gon
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☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I really enjoyed this novel! There was absolutely nothing I didn't like about this book! Absolutely recommend.
keikii Eats Books
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
66 points/100 (3.5 stars/5).

Someone from Gin's past has come back, and she is trying to kill someone Gin knows. Will this blast from the past find a way to shoehorn The Circle into it?

This new Elemental Assassin installment was exactly like an Elemental Assassin installment. This reads like every single other Elemental Assassin novel I've read for the past 6 years. While it isn't exactly a horrible thing that this book is exactly like every other one in the series (I did enjoy myself up until th
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Mosley, Finn's boss, is almost abducted by muggers, Gin and Finn are in the right place at the right time. Someone is after Mosley and Gin wants to know who. At an auction of Mab Monroe's estate at the Eaton mansion, Gin gets a pretty good idea who may be involved, especially after certain details are revealed about how Mosley is involved in the care taking of the Eaton Mansion. Before the auction begins, Gin is suddenly thrust back into the past when when she comes face-to-face with an ene ...more
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Our favorite assassin is back in the 17th book in Elemental Assassin series. Gin Blanco, The Spider, is just a few weeks removed from her confrontation with The Doll Maker, but that doesn’t mean she can rest easy. Ashland is cesspool of bad guys and villains out to do her and her friends harm. This time it’s Stuart Mosley, Finn’s boss at First Trust, who is the target and Gin is determined to find out why. Of course it all has t
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and lo

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Elemental Assassin (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4)
  • Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)
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  • Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)
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