Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep
Published April 26, 2011 by Pocket Books
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Now in Tangled Threads, Gin is facing something she hasn't ever faced before: a budding relationship that is based not just on animal attraction but also on trust, respect and... love?
As the war between the Spider and Mab Monroe heats up (literally!), Gin is surrounded by death and destruction. She is NOT someone you want to cross paths with, and she will do anything to protect those she cares about. This includes her foster brother Finn, her paramour Owen and his sister Eva, her baby sister Bria, the vampire madame Roslyn and her giant boyfriend Xavier, and the dwarf sisters Jo-Jo and Sophia. You can be sure that if you make it into Gin's limited sphere, she would lay down her life for you. And this is demonstrated many times over the course of the series with many close calls.
Mab Monroe sends an Electrical Elemental, Elektra LaFleur, after The Spider. While she is trying to root out the Spider's identity, she is also going after Gin Blanco, restaurant owner, for the murder of her new lover's son. The only solution? The Spider needs to put Elektra down for good. Gin's unique powers with both Stone and Ice magic make her a formidable opponent.
I loved the fast paced action in this book. By the time you are done reading the last word on the last page, you feel a bit like you've run a marathon! Gin is a bloody good assasin. She doesn't shy away from getting a little dirty (blood washes out, right?) and she doesn't hesitate to kill when it's necessary. She's not the touchy-feely type, but she does convey her love for others, in her own way. Gin is a complex character that continues to surprise and fascinate me. I look forward to seeing her relationship with Owen develop further and for a relationship with her sister Bria to be established.
Look for more of Gin's unique skills in the upcoming book, Spider's Revenge, coming in September 2011!