Book Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Poison Promise by Jennifer EstepTitle: Poison Promise
Series: Elemental Assassin, Book 11
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: July 22, 2014 by Pocket Books

Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

Why I Read this Book: This is one of my auto-read series. I’m usually not one to read series 5+ books long but this is one series I can’t stop reading.

What I Liked: Gin is still the smart assassin we met in the first book, if not smarter. She’s good at using dual-purposed, smart tactics and is very thorough with her work. She’s not perfect but she does not make careless mistakes.

There was quite a bit of foreshadowing going on, not only for this book but for what’s to come in the next book, Black Widow (that title!!) as well.

New characters are introduced in Poison Promise, a few of which will definitely be in the next book. Some good, some not so good. There are new villains for Gin, and the residents of Ashland, to worry about. And Gin gains a new employee, which I thought was interesting. I think this person is a good fit, as they have many resources.

We finally find out who the mysterious M.M. Monroe is and there is a good backstory associated with this character. And when it rains, it pours!

What I Didn’t Like: The books are a bit formulaic but the author has a way of holding my interest with intricate plotting and the introduction of new characters. There is a very interesting scene at the end of Poison Promise that leaves me excited for the next book to come.

Memorable Moment:

”The Grim Reaper has come knocking on your door, and I’m here to make sure that he doesn’t go away disappointed.”

Overall Impression: Even though I know what to expect with the Elemental Assassin books, I’m still excited to read the next one.

Brianna’s Rating:
4 1/2 Frogs

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Brianna’s reviews for other books in this series:
Spider’s Bite, Book 1
Web of Lies, Book 2
Venom, Book 3
Tangled Threads, Book 4
Spider’s Revenge, Book 5
By A Thread, Book 6
Widow’s Web, Book 7
Deadly Sting, Book 8
Heart of Venom, Book 9
The Spider, Book 10

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  1. This is on my list real soon. I can't believe I haven't read/listened yet. Great review.

    1. Let me know what you think when you read it. I'm ready for the next book in the series. Thankfully it comes out in just a few months :)


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