Spider's Trap by Jennifer EstepTitle:  Spider’s Trap
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Release Date:  July 28, 2015
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Source:  ebook provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches.

Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld – by default, not by choice – a lot more punches are being thrown my way. 

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all.

My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death… (Goodreads)

My Review:

Spider’s Trap is a little bit different from the other books in the series as Gin is now head of the underworld. Guess that’s what happens when you take out the previous boss. Poor Gin!

While being the underworld head honcho might sound glamorous, it’s anything but. As Gin finds out when she has to mediate a dispute between two crime bosses.

She’s bored out of her mind listening to them complain about one another, until someone tries to kill her.

That’s one way to break up a boring meeting!

As a top-notch assassin known as the Spider, Gin is used to people trying to kill her. What she isn’t used to is when her family and friends are threatened.

To Gin, that’s unacceptable!

And so begins another awesome adventure with Gin and the gang!

Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors and Gin Blanco is one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines!

I love seeing how Gin has grown over the course of this series, gradually expanding her circle of friends and allowing herself to actually care for others.

The only downside is that opening her heart means risking that someone might get hurt.

Love that Gin uses cooking to relax and enjoys feeding her loved ones so much. This let’s us see her in an entirely different light from hardcore assassin or Underworld Boss.

Cooking is a large part of Gin’s life, including her “real” job of running a BBQ restaurant. How she finds the time I’ve never figured out, but love this part of her life!

This is another fast-paced, interesting story with a few flashbacks thrown in for good measure.

While I think it could be read as a stand-alone story, it would probably be a richer reading experience if the series was read in order.


Elemental Assassin reviews:

Unwanted (#14.5)
Bitter Bite (#14)
Poison Promise (#11)
The Spider (#10)
Heart of Venom (#9)
By a Thread (#6)
Spider’s Revenge (#5)
Spider’s Bite (#1)


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