Review: Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep ★★★★

Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book four in the Elemental Assassin series
Publication Date: May 2011
ISBN: 9781439192634
Page Count: 384
My Review ★★★★

Summary

I'd rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.

But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson's front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn't shy away from my past -- or my present. And right now I have a bull's-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there's a fifty-fifty chance one of us won't survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur -- or die trying -- because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I'm her long-lost sibling . . . or that I'm the murderer she's been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn't know just might get us both dead. . . .

REVIEW

First off, how gorgeous is that cover? I want those biceps!

I am a big fan of this series. Although it's quite different from my other favourite series. Most of my top series tend to have more humour and have more complicated, twisting plot lines, like Kate Daniels, Horngate witches and Cassie Palmer for example. This one is a little simpler, slower and moodier, but just as absorbing. I do sometimes wish for some lighter moments within the series, but Gin is an assassin, so I can always forgive her for not being a laugh a minute like some of my other leading ladies. It would be a little inappropriate, no?

The characters are well written once again (especially yummy Owen). The world-building is great, and the ongoing story arc is keeping me gripped with the whole long-lost sibling/arch enemy thing that's going on. But I just found the big finale action sequence slightly lacking this time and there were some slow sections to the story, so only 4 stars this time.

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