Tangled Threads by J. Estep

Tangled ThreadsReading Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep was like having Christmas in April. The fact that it’s Christmas in Ashland, where Tangled Threads takes place, merely enhanced that feeling.

I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.

But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling . . . or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead. . . .

Granted, blood and violence aren’t associated with spreading Christmas cheer, but Gin is forgoing the Scrooge route and doing her latest assassination work “pro-f***ing-bono.” For those who are new to the series, I won’t give away Gin’s reasons why she went pro-bono, but despite her tough exterior, Gin is really a marshmallow at heart.

When I call Gin a fluffball, I don’t mean she is one of those characters who rolls over and hides when times get tough. Just the opposite in fact. Gin rushes out into the middle of the battles and kicks butt better than everyone else. Though she is on the receiving end of a few butt kickings herself, but she’s always able to walk, or hobble, away in the end.  However, Gin is a marshmallow at heart because no matter what the situation is, she will try her hardest to save innocent bystanders, children or someone who Gin may feel indebted to. She’s like a superhero, saving the innocents and killing the villains.

Tangled Threads is, in my opinion, the best Gin Blanco novel so far. Not only are there lots of epic battle scenes, but Gin is forced to confront her feelings for the sexy, oh so yummy, Owen Grayson and her conflicted emotions over how to admit her secret job to her baby sister. The mix of fighting and dealing with emotions, create a fast plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seat for the entire ride.

Read Order:
Spider’s Bite
Web of Lies
Tangled Threads

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