Thursday, January 6, 2011

Review: Web of Lies

Reviewed by Jen
Let me begin by saying, Donovan Caine is a weenie-toad.  Now that I have that off my chest…

Web of Lies picks up about 2 months after Spider’s Bite left off. Gin has retired from her life as an assassin and is now running the BBQ restaurant her foster-father Fletcher had left her in his will.  Things are going smoothly (maybe a little too smoothly) when a punk kid, wielding fire magic, and one of his friends tries to hold up the Pork Pit. He threatens a young co-ed customer and Gin can see murder in his eyes. She subdues him. When the police comes she finds out that he is the son of a prominent lawyer and right-hand to Mab Monroe, the woman who rules the city.  Despite the trouble that could mean for Gin, she presses charges.

In the meantime, a young woman named Violet comes to the restaurant looking for Fletcher. It turns out, Violet’s grandfather and Fletcher had been old friends. Now the head of a powerful mining company, Tobias Dawson, is trying to bully her grandfather for his land & is targeting Violet to get to him.  Gin decides to help, by going after Tobias herself.

While all this drama is going on, Gin is dealing with her feelings for Detective Caine. They hooked up briefly in the last book and are thrown together by the events in this story. But he still can’t over Gin’s past. I really rooted for these two all through Spider’s Bite, but he has hurt Gin too much.  He doesn’t deserve her. And now I find myself rooting for Owen Grayson, the powerful brother to the co-ed Gin saved at the beginning of the book. He doesn’t look down on Gin and seems to see her worth.  Caine can take a long walk off a short pier.

I really enjoyed this book and I really love this series. There is plenty of action and character development. Not to mention the undercurrent storyline of what happened to Gin’s family and the mystery of her missing sister. Can’t wait to jump into the next installment. 5 stars.

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