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400 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published May 5, 2010
“Isn’t that your cook from the Pork Pit? The one who was working when Jake McAllister tried to rob you?”
“Yeah,” I replied. “She moonlights as a badass, just like me.”
Gin has put aside her assassin cloak, or knife in her case ;-), trying to live a normal life. However life of a retired assassin is quite boring. But then two punks try to rob her barbecue restaurant, and of course one of them is the son of Jonah McAllister, a very successful lawyer, and one of Mab Monroe’s top lieutenants. Mab Monroe who basically runs their town, and who is a powerful fire elemental. But Gin doesn’t scare easily, and she refuses to let others bully her. So she makes a charge against Jonah’s son, and puts herself on Jonah McAllister’s radar.
And if that’s not enough, her restaurant is fired upon, but it seems that Gin was not the target. They were meant for Victoria Fox, the granddaughter of an old friend of her former handler. And so Gin agrees to help protect Victoria and her grandfather against an evil coalmining tycoon, who wants his land, and is prepared to threaten and kill for it.
So once again, Gin is doing what she does best – taking out the bad guys.
I love Gin, and how kick-ass she is. The way she is able to put aside her emotions and pain when she needs to be logical to get out of tough situations is simply amazing. And I love learning more about her past and how she became an assassin. Her life has not been easy, but instead of being weak, she fights with everything she has to survive. I have wondered since the previous book if maybe Gin is more powerful than she thought she was, and finally by the end of this book I had my answer. I cannot wait to see what more she is capable of.
Gin crosses paths with the powerful fire elemental Mab Monroe more and more, and I can’t wait to see how the final confrontation between these two are going to play out.
Finally things with the awful Detective Caine comes to an end, and I can’t express how happy I am about that. The fact that he would have preferred her to die, so that he would finally be rid of his obsession/craving for her, just made me want to stab him. What an ass.
“You could just run over him,” I said. “He’s already dead, and it’s not like you haven’t done it before.”
“Yeah, but I don’t want bloody bits of dwarf stuck in my wheels for the next two weeks.” Finn sniffed. “This is an Aston Martin, Gin. You don’t run over dead bodies in an Aston Martin.”
“Tell that to James Bond.”
As always, the banter between Gin and Finn had me laughing out loud. I just love their friendship. And Sophia and Jo-Jo are wonderful additions to Gin’s team.
“But let’s slow down, shall we?” Grayson said. “As I said before, I’ve always had a thing for sassy brunettes. I’ve decided I rather like you, Gin. You interest me. And no one’s done that in a very long time.”
Then there is a new hottie, Owen Grayson, on the horizon. And what an interesting man he seems to be. I can’t wait to see what will happen between these two. He is definitely a more worthy love interest for Gin than Dovonan Caine!
I must say I am really loving this series, despite the repetitive descriptions the author uses, which irritated the hell out of me. But the overall plot and characters are so interesting, that you can’t help being captivated.
A must read for all who loves a good UF, with a kick-ass female heroine, who is as bloodthirsty and violent as an assassin should be :-D
"You're running away because your morals are more important to you than anything else, including what you could have with me."
"You turned your back on me at the mine because you were glad I was dead," I said. "Because the choice to be with me had been taken out of your hands, and your precious morals were still intact. And then I popped up again, still alive. And you were right back to square one. That's the real truth, isn't it?"
Owen Grayson shrugged. "I don't know what Detective Donovan Caine thinks or wants, but I consider him to be an enormous fool." "Why's that?" He stared at me. "Because he's down there looking for Dawson, and I'm up here with you."
"I have to confess I was quite surprised when you strolled into the ballroom tonight," Grayson began. "I hadn't expected to see you here, especially not wearing that cheap blond wig." "Don't care for blondes, do you?" I sniped. "Sassy brunettes are more my style." He grinned.