Welcome to the first ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN Series Read-Along discussion! Today we are going to discuss the first book in the series - Spider’s Bite. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THIS BOOK! If you have read further on in the series, please refrain from commenting on any details from any of the other books. Let’s keep this discussion solely on the characters and events that take place in Spider’s Bite.
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"Don't worry, detective. I'll let you be the good cop. I'm so much better at being the bad guy anyway."
Donovan Caine naked, water droplets sliding down his lean body, his muscles clenching and relaxing as he washes himself. Mmm. Nice image. Despite our earlier confrontation, I still found the detective extremely sexy. He'd be even more attractive if he'd lose the righteous anger and the stick up his ass. But no man was perfect.
“Maybe I find him...interesting. Attractive in an uptight sort of way. But that won't keep me from killing him if he does something stupid—like try to double-cross us. That is something that’s nonnegotiable, no matter how much fuck potential he might have.”
But really, it had been too late as soon the client had contacted Fletcher. Because I was the Spider. I always followed through. And I never, ever missed.
“Despite our differences, I’m attracted to you, detective. Something about you fascinates me. I want you like I haven’t wanted anybody in a long time. I think you feel the same way about me.”
For a moment, I thought he wouldn't answer. But he did. “I do want you.”
His voice was low, tight, strained. The confession cost him. It was all he could do to keep from reaching for me. Good thing I had no qualms about making the first move.
I stepped into his arms and put my hands on his shoulders. Then I raised my head and gazed into his hazel eyes. “So, why don’t we do something about it?”
“I should be arresting you, turning you in for your crimes, not wondering if I have enough juice left in me for round three.”
“You’re an assassin, everything that’s wrong with this city, everything I hate. I should kill you right here, right now. Do the city, the world, a favor. But I can’t. I can’t kill you. I feel something for you. Lust, gratitude, curiosity, I don’t know what the fuck it is, but it won’t let me kill you, no matter what you’ve done. So what does that make me?”
“A good man,” I said in a soft voice.
Caine shook his head. “No. It just makes me stupid.” He threw down his gun and walked away.
“I suppose this is good-by then,” I said.
“It is. Don’t let me catch you again,” he said in a hard tone. “I won’t be so generous next time.”
There was that confidence again. One of many things I found so appealing about the detective. I tipped my head. “Don’t worry, detective. I’m the Spider. I know how to stay hidden in the shadows, remember?”
- What drew you to this book, this series? What were your expectations going in?
- Now having read the book, what’s your impression of Gin? What do you think of Gin’s world, of her being an assassin?
- Spider’s Bite is told in 1st person narrative from Gin’s point-of-view. How do you feel about this type of narration?
- What’s your take on the secondary characters like Fletcher, Finn, Mab Monroe, and the Deveraux sisters?
- The attraction and the chemistry between Gin and Donovan it’s smoking hot. It’s there and it’s so intense, they can’t fight it. But Donovan has conflicting feelings. On the one hand, he wants Gin. He lusts for her. On the other hand, his morals won’t let him get involved with an assassin, particularly the assassin who killed his partner (though he doesn’t know the reason why – you can read about what went down for yourself in the free short story Spider’s Bargain) and the very assassin whom he should be arresting and not lusting after. Do you think they have a chance? Or do you think Donovan will be able to walk away from the brief interlude they had and go after her for killing his partner like he said he would?
- What do you think is next for Gin? Things got resolved in this book and there are 7+ more books to go. What do you want to see happen with these characters?
- What do you think about Gin’s flashbacks regarding what happened to her family? What are your theories about what happened to them? How many Fire Elementals have we met so far?