Friday, May 5, 2023

Heart Stings by Jennifer Estep

Heart Stings. An Elemental Assassin Novella. May 9, 2023.

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep serves up a novella focusing on secondary characters from her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. This action-packed adventure features elemental magic and an enemies-to-lovers romance. Perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, and Faith Hunter.

Heart stings can be the most dangerous wounds of all...

Lorelei Parker has had plenty of “heart stings” in her life—moments that are both happy and sad. With her grandmother’s recent marriage, Lorelei has had far more good times than bad lately.

That all changes when a ruthless Ashland underworld boss starts threatening her, but Lorelei is determined to figure out why the other crime boss is so interested in her thriving business. She vows to use her elemental Ice and metal magic to do whatever it takes to defend herself and her family.

Also in the mix is the mercurial Hugh Tucker. Lorelei doesn’t know what the vampire is up to, or if he’s a friend or an enemy. Tucker might even be something else, something more—if Lorelei can stay alive long enough to figure out whose side he’s really on...

Note: Heart Stings is a 38,000-word novella from the point of view of Lorelei Parker. It takes place after the events of Last Strand, book 19 in the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Heart Stings first appeared in the Dirty Deeds 2 anthology in 2022.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Elemental Assassin series!
For the novella, Unwanted, click HERE.
For book #15, Unraveled, click HERE.
For book #16, Snared, click HERE.
For book #17, Venom in the Veins, click HERE.
For book #18, Sharpest Sting, click HERE.
For book #19, Last Strand, click HERE.


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Heart Stings by Jennifer Estep

Book 19.5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Heart Stings is the 19.5 installment of the Elemental Assassins series. It is important that you read all the installments in order to get a grasp of the world building and the series continuum.

Reading this was like a small gift I didn't expect to receive. It's been so long since I read this series, such a delight to revisit the world. I always end up wanting to start the series from the beginning and do a reread.

Flawlessly picking up where Last Strand left off but with a new voice, Lorelei Parker is our narrator, and it was lovely to read from her point-of-view. A strong, clear voice, protective of her family, Lorelei was easy to relate to for this reader.

Hugh Tucker is an enemy of sorts, but he gets beneath Lorelei's skin in a not-so uncomfortable way, just rankles her to distraction. Their interactions are filled with heat and frustration on both their parts. A strong push-pull romance with a flair of love-hate. Tuck isn't as bad as we've seen him from Gin's point of view, or is he?

Heart Stings was a fun, quick weekend read, thoroughly enjoyable. Since I'm busy, the struggle is real as I fight the desire to reread the series from the beginning.



Author Bio

JENNIFER ESTEP is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer is the author of the Galactic Bonds, Section 47, Elemental Assassin, Crown of Shards, Gargoyle Queen, Mythos Academy, Mythos Academy spinoff, Black Blade, and Bigtime fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and loves all things related to superheroes.

Connect with Jennifer Estep

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Heart Stings. An Elemental Assassin Novella. Enemies To Lovers. Elemental Magic. Secondary Characters. Action-Packed.

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided with a free copy of Heart Stings (Elemental Assassin #19.5) by Jennifer Estep to read and review.

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