Series: Elemental Assassin #8.5
Published by Pocket Star on July 22nd
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella—from the hero’s point of view! Owen Grayson is bound and determined to get Gin back...if her enemies don’t get her first.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 up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone. Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. This could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life—if Owen can survive...
FINALLY we get Owen’s POV.
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 that would make him feel pissy. BUT if that was the only reason, I feel like he should have gotten over it faster than he did.
In Kiss of Venom we get to see that Owen did some long soul-searching and he did get over and that was not his only reason. Not even the main reason. What was his reason? Guilt, plain and simple. He felt so guilty for letting that ho bag that will not be named, hurt his loved ones. Guilt for blindly trusting her. Guilt over treating Gin the same way Donovan did after the promised her he wouldn’t.
I feel like Estep did a great job showing us Owen’s side of the story. And I loved seeing him and Philip recount on their boys’ night out. The novella is a short and fast read but Estep managed to add all the elements I’ve come to love from the series. There was action and humor (thanks in large part to Philip, he can give Finn a run for his money). And I also like that we got to see Gin through Owen’s eyes.
Kiss of Venom is a must read for Elemental Assassin fans that need that insight into Owen’s thoughts on his douchery behavior about events that took place in Widow’s Web.
Oh and Owen…. I can’t see what you’re up to. You left us with a mystery for a future plot that I hope Estep shows us soon.