Audio Review: Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Posted March 16, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 8 Comments

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

Audio Review: Bitter Bite by Jennifer EstepBitter Bite by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #14
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Audible on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
Source: Author
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Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship?

It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.

It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.

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I received a print copy of Bitter Bite for review from Pocket but since I’ve not listened to a Gin adventure since book 7, Widow’s Web but mind you I have the whole series on audio because I love how Fortgang performances Estep’s writing especially her voice for Finn so I decided to wait for the audio. I loved slipping back into this world and characters via Fortgang’s delivery.

**Series Spoiler Head**

I was so excited at the end of the previous installment when it was apparent that we were going to get some long overdue details about a character I’ve been wondering about since the first book in the series, Spider’s Bite. Who is Finn’s mother? What happen to her? Was she and Fletcher married? We get these questions and more answered.

Deidre aka Mama Dee gets her hooks into Finn and of course, he’s the only one not seeing that she is bad news. Gin threatens to kill her if she hurts Finn. All the sugary sweet talk from Mama is just sickening to Gin and finally, Bria is on team “throw Mama from the train”.

Even though Finn’s MIA mother didn’t raise him, it’s easy to see that he takes after her more than Flecther. Speaking of Flecther he is around in flashbacks that we all love to see, leaving clues for Gin and a touching letter to Finn.

While the gang tries to figure out what Deidre is up to there are some connections from Gin’s past that come into play and I can’t wait to see the story arc for the rest of the series. Let’s just say that Bitter Bite earned its name and more than one of our characters feels the bite. Estep keeps cranking out quality characters and stories even at 14 books into the series.


Goodreads Status Updates While Listening:
    3.0% “1 hour in and there’s been references to the Black Blade series and Big Time series.”
 40.0%  “Bullshit! That bitch is lying!”
 40.0%  “That’s right Gin, tell the fucking bitch off!”
 50.0%  “And the little white pills make their trademark appearance.”
 70.0%  “Decoy!!”
 80.0%  “2 hours left in the audio and I’m surprised by the lack of food references.”
 90.0%  “Gin bring a new meaning to ‘blood diamonds'”
 96.0%  “Well now, there’s a turn.”
 99.0%  “There’s the food references. Estep made us wait for them. LOL”

About Lauren Fortgang

Lauren Fortgang lives in New York City where she currently works as an actor and voiceover artist. Born in DE, she alternated between the metropolis of Wilmington and a rural upbringing in a variety of northern California towns. She had early training at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and is a graduate of Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center, where she majored in theater. Her curiosity for finding new niches in the industry has afforded her a broad career spectrum, both in and out of the spotlight as actor, singer, spokesperson audiobook narrator, podcaster, and even costume designer.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in the series, will be released on Oct. 27.

She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. For more information on her books, visit Jennifer’s website at

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: four-stars
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8 responses to “Audio Review: Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

  1. I’m with you – I love this series in audio. This was the first one that I have actually read in a while and I missed the stoic narration. And this one did seem to have much less food – these books always make me crave barbecue and comfort food.

  2. Book #14?!?!? Well, that’s intimidating. I KNOW this series is buried on my TBR as one I wanted to start, with a ton of other UFs… heck, I probably own the first one 🙁 Great review, though, what I COULD read!!! tee, hee!

  3. “Throw Mama from the train”, that’s a good one! I was left with the question that was probably answered in like book 1, but do both parents have to be elemental to have an elemental child? I also don’t remember much about Brian and Gin’s dad, but I’m hoping we’ll get to see more of their family in the next book.