Review: Nice Guys Bite



New York Times bestseller Jennifer Estep continues her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series with a novella starring Silvio Sanchez, the vampire assistant of Gin Blanco, as he goes on a holiday date that turns out to be more deadly than romantic.

Working for Gin Blanco (aka the Spider, the assassin who runs the Ashland underworld) doesn’t leave much time for romance, especially with Gin’s holiday party planning in full swing. But when he catches the eye of a charming gentleman, Silvio finds himself going out for coffee.

All’s fair in love and war, though. Just as Silvio is starting to enjoy himself, he realizes he’s being watched. His nice guy date doesn’t sense the danger, and Silvio wants to keep it that way (and, well, keep the guy alive) so Silvio ends the date early—only to be abducted by some villainous giants.

Will Silvio survive the night and make it back to the Pork Pit in time for Gin’s holiday party? Only if he decks the hall with bodies…


Warning! Mild spoilers below.


Vampire Silvio Sanchez is the assistant to Gin Blanco aka “The Spider” assassin who owns the Pork Pit, a barbecue joint, in town and is the head of the Ashland underworld. Before Gin’s holiday party begins, Silvio heads off to his date with Martin Mahoney who has caught the attention of Silvio. While the date goes really well, Silvio soon finds himself kidnapped along with Martin by enemies who want information on Gin. If that was not bad enough, Silvio soon learns the hard way that not everything is as it seems to be.

Have to say, when I heard Jennifer Estep was writing a novella from Silvo’s point of view, I was not very excited. Truth be told, I wanted another Finn or Owen novella instead.

However, after reading Nice Guys Bite, it was very interesting to see what goes on in the mind of Silvio. It was also great to learn a bit more of his past even though it was a bit sad and shows us another side of Silvio we do not usually see.

Overall, Nice Guys Bite was an enjoyable novella to read especially during the holiday season which is also here.





*I received Nice Guys Bite from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*


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