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Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes SamanthSamantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samantha increasingly uneasy. In fact, many in the group seem like they are not being completely open about the project including David Ayala, the mysterious and moody photographer for whose attention the two women find themselves competing. After several strange accidents and numerous appearances by an unknown man, Samantha discovers the truth: not everyone on the team is in Mexico to create a stellar advertising pitch. When her sleuthing leads to her abduction, she is brought to the pyramids of Teotihuacán and comes face-to-face with the venomous evil of the South American crime boss known as “The Serpent.” Now Samantha must not only fight for her life, but she must also discover if she can trust the man she’s come to love....

Title : Venom
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ISBN : 9781608611423
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Venom Reviews

  • Kimmy
    2018-12-17 12:54

    I don't know what some of the other readers are reading, but I don't think it's the same book. I loved "Sam" and wanted to be her the entire time. I don't think I would have done anything differently and don't think I'm overly naive or whiny because of it. I think I also have that annoying voice that gets to me when I'm trying to be confident. Those parts really made me laugh at times. And the love interest (I won't do a spoiler) was a hunk! The perfect combination of dark and mysterious. No wonder she got a little goofy over him at times.All of the characters were really diverse too and I didn't get them mixed up as I read. The "villains" (because there were more than one) were sufficiently villainous but they had their motivations--in fact I ended up feeling sorry for one and hated another more by the end. And I really didn't anticipate the ending because I thought I had it all figured out, but didn't know the half of it.And the LDS aspect of it was nice because it addressed issues that face members in their daily lives but it seemed a natural part of the story and I could really feel Sam's dilemma at times.And now I want to go to Mexico because the author's descriptions were so vivid and real that I felt like I had a travel guide if I ever want to go. To be honest, I thought it was kind of a run down country that didn't have much historical value. Was I ever wrong! Great job! I really hope there's a follow up because I want to read more about Sam and the messes she keeps getting herself into.

  • Steve
    2018-12-10 09:49

    Venom, by KC Grant is a thrilling adventure set at the epicenter of colliding Mexican cultures. Mystery, suspense, betrayal and love: Venom will keep your heart, mind and fingers frantic as you race through to the final, satisfying page.I’ll mention briefly that as a guy, I like to see people get shot and watch things blow up. I know…I’m a cliché, what can I say. I’m not always as interested in reading about the emotional angst a character is feeling and I want the action to pop and grab me from the start. Venom starts a tad slow for my liking but the characters and backstory really start to come alive. Samantha is a likable and a bit peculiar but the set up at the beginning of the book is critical to the overall success KC achieves in helping us to care about the heroine. So, if it starts a little bit slow, hang in there. You’ll be glad you did.I love the Mexican setting. Setting is much more than just where action takes place, it is often the heart of the story. Think of Hogwarts or in my new book Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island, the setting becomes another character that seems to live and breathe. KC’s vivid description of Mexico and its competing cultures really add depth to the story. Add to that plenty of mystery and intrigue wrapped into a plot that will keep you guessing about the bad guys and you’ve got an interesting and exciting read.

  • Stacy
    2018-12-05 05:11

    I had never read anything by this author before. It was pretty good for LDS fiction. Not too sappy, good mystery, happy ending. I listened to this on CD, and it was entertaining and kept my interest.

  • Rhea Bingham
    2018-12-15 05:59

    I've been to Mexico and the author was dead on. Makes me want to go back!

  • J. Morgan
    2018-12-01 13:09

    “Venom” by K. C. Grant is a different type of suspense / mystery—in a good way. I think the term “slow burn” is a good way to describe the feel of the book, but that doesn’t mean it was boring. For me, a “slow burn” takes time to build up the suspense, like a pot of boiling water. And just like said pot, once the water does get to a full boil, it is quite turbulent.So, if it takes its time to develop, then what happens in the meantime? Grant uses this to develop her characters so when the spam hits the fan, you honestly care about what happens.The story centers around Samantha Evans, a woman in her mid-twenties who is working at an entry level position at a big advertising firm. She seems to be going nowhere fast, until opportunity knocks. The company is sending a team to Mexico City to work on a campaign. Samantha speaks Spanish fluently thanks to an LDS mission she served to California. Because of her knowledge of the language, she gets the chance to go with the group as an assistant / translator.Grant does a wonderful job creating the unique and definable characters that go on this trip. As a single woman, Samantha finds herself getting attention from a couple of the men on the trip—one she appreciates and one she doesn’t. But it’s not cut and dried. Just as Samantha starts to figure out these men, they do things that make her doubt their intentions.During the two week trip, Samantha comes to realize the people aren’t who they pretend to be—each for their own reasons. She discovers she is involved in much more than an advertising campaign.One aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the insight to Mexico and its culture. We learn it through Samantha’s eyes, so we discover things as she does. It adds a level of depth that many books lack.Did I enjoy this book? Yes, yes I did. Very much so, in fact. It’s written very well with enough detail to be interesting, but not bogged down. I came to like, or despise, the characters over time—I made a real connection with them. For me, this is more of a character story set in a mystery / suspense setting.Who would like this book? It’s a clean read with no bad language, sex scenes and very little violence. It’s geared more to an LDS (Mormon) audience as there are many references that non-members may not fully understand or appreciate.

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2018-12-02 10:48

    Samantha Evans is floundering. She feels like she doesn't live up to her families expectations. She moved away from her home and family in Utah to accept a job in an advertising firm in California. She is alone and trying to navigate her way in life.When an opportunity comes to travel to Mexico on a work project, she finds a way to go. She doesn't fit in with the group and once again is in the beautiful country of Mexico and feeling alone.Unfortunately, she beings to notice that not everyone seems to be focused on the job and there is more going on than the surface reveals. She begins to put two and two together and faces conflict and being abducted.She wonders who can she trust, she is hoping that it is Dave, the handsome Mexican photographer hired to capture the beauty of Mexico.I liked Sam. She is a solid lead character with a good head on her shoulders. She tries to make the best of every situation and keep a positive outlook. I liked the inner turmoil she has in her attraction to Dave.The description of Mexico and ancient buildings makes me wish that I could see them in person. It sounds fascinating. I loved the capturing of the spirit of the Mexican culture. K.C. Grant has done a great job at bringing to life who the majority of Mexican people are, instead of the bad things that we hear more about in the news.

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2018-11-23 08:43

    One of the things I loved most about this book was the beautiful descriptions of the different areas of Mexico. I really felt like I could picture the beauty in my head and it's someplace I'd love to go one day. On Goodreads, the author says, "I wanted to portray the beauty and culture that is today's Mexico, with just a few sinister undertones." I think she accomplished that goal.Having said that, there were many times I felt like the story was dragging. The sinister undertones were there but they were mild. I guess it just felt like it took awhile to get anywhere. I wasn't on the edge of my seat.I think the character, Samantha, is a very good example of moral integrity. She also thinks before she speaks which is always an admirable quality to me. This was a good book. It was easy to read and enjoyable. LDS Fiction/Suspense

  • Margot
    2018-12-03 13:03

    The good stuff: the author knows her Mexico stuff. The setting is portrayed in clear detail. I had no trouble picturing anything and had complete trust that the author was telling me like it is.The main characters were interesting and well developed.The mystery is cool–there’s a nice twist I didn’t see coming.Overall I enjoyed the book. I will complain that the beginning is pretty slow, and sometimes, all that lovely Mexican description kills the pace. I have to admit, the cover and title had me expecting a different type of book. This is definitely a romantic suspense novel, heavy on the romance.

  • E.A.
    2018-12-08 12:47

    This was one of the books that my mother-in-law let me borrow. I hadn't read anything by K.C. Grant before and I enjoyed it. The book is an interesting mystery but what I really liked was the character of Sam herself. She was someone that I really felt like I could relate to and I was cheering her on through the whole thing. I will be curious to read what else the author has to offer.

  • Lora
    2018-12-18 09:46

    I just took a vacation to Mexico City and saw lots of sights through this book! It is such a fun read, I read it in a day (and all night, I didn't want to put it down.) I appreciate a great book where a character is portrayed very evil without any rough language, and K. C. Grant is good at it! She keeps the plot interesting and moving, but the overall tone light. I am a big fan!

  • Lori
    2018-11-27 11:05

    A fun read with twist and turns.

  • Deborah
    2018-12-05 05:11

    Venom by K.C. Grant was a wonderful surprise when I read it. I was instantly caught up in the crazy life of Abby Sinclair.Here is the back of the book blurb:"Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samantha increasingly uneasy. In fact, may in the group seem like they are not being completely open about the project--including David Ayala, the mysterious and moody photographer for whose attention the two women find themselves competing. After several strange accidents and numerous appearances by an unknown man, Samantha discovers the truth: not everyone on the team is in Mexico to create a stellar advertising pitch. When her sleuthing leads to her abduction, she is brought to the pyramids of Teotihuacan and comes face to face with the venomous evil of the South American crime boss known as 'The Serpent.' Now Samantha must not only fight for her life, but she must also discover if she can trust the man she's come to love."Venom captured my interest and I kept wondering how were we going to be going to the depths of Mexico when Abby was just pretty much a gofer. A gofer who gets her credit card hacked. But quickly that changes and things take a turn for the more intriguing. As I read questions kept popping up and I kept reading so I could find the answers. I loved Abby, and her determination to not let herself become undone in the midst of turmoil, danger and uncertainty. She fights to do what is right and leans on her beliefs to help her find the comfort she needs while she is in unfamiliar circumstances. I felt K.C. Grant brought her characters to life and wrote a tight story line that flowed amazingly. I liked that Abby grew in the midst of her trials and found that she was smarter and more observant than those with her realized. I thought the other characters fascinating and kept trying to figure them out, where they the good guys or the bad guys? I loved the strong handsome men who were also a part of the story line, and the villainous boss you loved to hate for so many reasons. To tell the truth it was really refreshing to read a story that was written extremely well. In addition the author wove information about Mexico City into the story line, and for the most part if felt part of the story, and it helped bring that part of the world to life, and the history that came with it. I found my heart racing at parts, my heart breaking for Abby at times and my heart thrilled when the end revealed all the intricate secrets. Venom is definitely on my recommend list. It not only was clean and a book that could be given to my teenage kids and I wouldn't need to worry. I loved the creativity and the vibrance of the story. Not to mention the hang on for the roller coaster ride as the story quickly heats up and unexpected chances are taken.

  • Donna Weaver
    2018-11-28 04:54

    Book Description: Samantha Evans is determined to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of advertising. Newly hired by a prestigious ad agency, she volunteers to work on location in Mexico City as a personal assistant to the beautiful and driven creative director Katrina Edwards. At first the association seems promising. But Ms. Edwards seems preoccupied in a way that makes Samantha increasingly uneasy. In fact, many in the group seem like they are not being completely open about the project, including David Ayala, the mysterious and moody photographer for whose attention the two women find themselves competing. After several strange accidents and numerous appearances by an unknown man, Samantha discovers the truth: not everyone on the team is in Mexico to create a stellar advertising pitch. When her sleuthing leads to her abduction, she is brought to the pyramids of Teotihuacan and comes face-to-face with the venomous evil of the South American crime boss known as The Serpent. Now Samantha must not only fight for her life, but she must also discover if she can trust the man she's come to love.Samantha learns some important things about herself in this story, including whether or not she's got the disposition (or venomous lack of scruples--pun intended) to succeed in her chosen field. Her natural curiosity and interest in people lead her to notice things going on around her, and she discovers that something's not quite right. While she struggles to find her place in the group--with a boss determined to put her down at every opportunity--she also deals with news about her father's cancer diagnosis and surgery.If you've never traveled around the Mexico City area and wondered about some great places to visit, this book will help you make a list. Should I ever get to make a trip to Mexico, I would love to visit the sites in the book and compare them with Samantha's experiences. I would hope my trip would turn out less eventful, since Samantha's was full of mystery and intrigue, to say nothing of a fight for her life.And a dang cute guy.

  • Heather
    2018-11-17 13:06

    Samantha Evans is a young college grad embarking in her first grown-up job in advertising. She’s been with the new company for several months and hasn’t gotten the chance to show off her skills beyond faxing, copying and filing, so when she stumbles on an opportunity to travel to Mexico as assistant/translator for a team working on a tourism ad campaign, she jumps at the chance: and quickly finds herself out of her depths. The woman heading the team hates her almost on sight and snipes at everyone—except for the handsome freelance photographer who makes Samantha catch her breath and lose her train of thought when he smiles.Strange incidents start to happen almost from the first from crumbling walls that threaten to send Samantha on free fall, to a mysterious man who follows them from one historical site to the next. The people on her team behave both hot and cold to her, and she starts to wonder if the trip was a big mistake.Then she stumbles on information she shouldn’t have come across and gets caught in a byplay from which she’s not certain she’ll be able to escape.K.C Grant did a marvelous job of researching the sites and culture of Mexico City, providing a rich world full of color and sound that you can imagine yourself in. Samantha is a smart, quirky character that I enjoyed a lot. The story had a little more travelogue than I would have preferred, and had a bit of a slow start to get to the main conflict, but makes for an interesting read and a well developed character.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-05 04:58

    was more of a mystery than the suspense romance that I go for. It was a little slow to get going, but kept you reading to see what was going to happen to the nosy Samantha. Samantha got a chance at a lifetime to go to New Mexico with a prestigious ad agency as an spanish interpreter. She thought that this was an adventure that she would never forget...it was an adventure, but one that she wasn't expecting. Her group of coworkers turned out to be nothing of what they appeared on the outside, but some more dangerous than she would ever imagine. Seth, the computer graphics guy for the campaign and Kat, the creative director had drug cartel ties and were wanting to step up their involvement in the shipment of drugs from New Mexico to San Diego. Sam was too observant for her own good as she is given clues to see things for what they are. The cameraman is a handsome man, but keeps giving Sam mixed signals with his interest and showing the "boss" too much attention. Lin and Michael are together in their parts of the campaign designs, but there is a connection with lin and David that doesn't go with them having never met.When all is said and done, Lin and David are with the DEA trying to catch the mysterious "serpent" that has ties with the cartel. David reads the BOM and might look into it more. He has an interest to see where things go with sam.

  • Jackie
    2018-11-22 12:04

    After reading a glowing review of this in the local newspaper, I decided I'd give it a go. My main thought: in general, LDS members just don't do fiction very well. That's not to say this book was awful. It just seemed to have that "flavor" I've found in so many of the LDS novels I've read. And It is hard for me to put into words, or perhaps I don't really have the right words to describe it - whatever it is, it just seems, well, "less".Samantha's character was puzzling to me. This was a young woman who had been on a mission - so had been off on her own, dealing with people of another culture. Yet she was just too naive to be believable. I did not find her character particularly likable or sympathetic.The book seemed to be much longer than it needed to be because of all the description of Mexico. In my opinion: overdone, and almost as though the book needed to be a certain length, but the plot was so slim that the only way to lengthen the book was to "pad" it with all the descriptions. Over all, I'm not even sure I'd give this one high marks for effort. Having a passion for something doesn't necessarily mean that you're good at it. And yes, I understand that practicing a craft makes one better at it. Perhaps Ms. Grant's next effort will be better. I might give it a try.

  • Julie
    2018-11-22 13:02

    Want a great romantic suspense to make your toes curl in deliciously suspenseful fright and delight? Then, Venom by K.C. Grant is the book for you.Honestly, I loved this book from start to finish. Samantha is trying to get ahead at her advertising agency and is offered a chance to go to Mexico City to join the team that doing a major ad campaign there. She meets this moody photographer, David Ayala, who seems to have a few secrets to keep, her boss and half the team are acting all weird, and these strange little "accidents" keep happening. It's enough to keep me turning pages, just to see if Samantha's going to survive both physically and emotionally!The majority of the action takes place in Mexico City and the author does a phenomenal job in the setting. I have never been there, yet after reading this book I felt like I had. I was completely immersed in it, and with the way it's woven into the story, it becomes an integral part of it. It just adds that extra oomph to the mystery/suspense. I think that K.C. Grant will fast become an author in the suspense world whose fans are anxiously awaiting her next book so they can snatch it off the shelves. She's just that good. She has two other historicals, (which were also good) but I believe she's found her forte in suspense.*originally reviewed on http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com

  • Alyson
    2018-11-21 07:53

    My mom gave me a few books to read when she was in town after Christmas, including this one. Recently, when all but my two youngest boys were gone on a scout camp out, I decided to sit down and spend the evening reading a book. This was a good choice. I read it all in one night. (The dishes waited patiently for me until the next morning). I was surprised that I liked this book as well as I did. I have never been a fan of books about drug lords. This book introduced sites in Mexico that I've never even heard of and gave me a greater appreciation of the Mexican culture. It never felt too contrived either, the plot flowed smoothly. I even liked how the main characters didn't end of "happily ever after." There is potential. I liked the realism of it all. It was a great way to spend an evening!

  • Jeffrey Olsen
    2018-11-21 07:57

    The book is a good, clean story about finding one's way in the world. With that being said, it does start rather slow, but picks up considerably the last third of the book. At times, the heroine's conscience talks to her and I found that confusing and intrusive. There were also a couple story lines that may not have been all that necessary, such as her father's medical concerns and the theft of her credit card info at the beginning. Lastly, there were some very lovely descriptions of Mexico and some of its landmarks. It is clear the author loves the people and beauty of the area around Mexico City. Makes me want to pay a visit there someday.

  • Sheila
    2018-11-21 08:58

    K.C. weaves a mystery that is very difficult for the reader to unravel. With so many people suspect, you also have a hard time figuring out who the bad guys really are. It takes awhile to get into the intrigue, but you learn so much about the history of Mexico and its people. With the author's colorful writing, this country and it's beauties, and the gray areas, are brought to life. To read the rest of my review of Venom, please go to my blog:http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot....

  • K.C.
    2018-12-16 06:08

    I know this is a departure from my previous work and so I'm anxious for feedback! In this modern setting, I wanted to portray the beauty and culture that is today's Mexico, with just a few sinister undertones. After all, it's a suspense novel! But I didn't want to make it too dark--in fact, a lot of parts will probably make you laugh. Can I make a new category of "comedic" suspense with a dash of romance and some great travel tips?

  • Suzana
    2018-11-26 07:10

    What a fun read. Full of adventure, suspense and intrigue. Samantha is a lot braver than me that's for sure. I thought I had things figured out by the end of the book, but not completely which was great. I really don't like to have things completely figured out. To me that's no fun. I am curious to see if there's another book letting us know what happens with Samantha and her family.

  • Todd Grant
    2018-12-16 05:43

    My wife got it at the library and finished reading it so I gave it a try. I was surprised I liked it! I'm not usually in LDS fiction. I didn't think the main character was too overly girly and I thought the plot was sufficiently complex.

  • Stacy
    2018-12-08 13:09

    This book is very slow moving until the last few pages. I am listening to the audio. The first 4 out of the 6 discs are mainly a travelogue set in Mexico City. There is practically no action until halfway through the 5th disc.

  • Lachell
    2018-12-02 07:46

    Another audio book choice for our cross country trip and this was enjoyed much more than the other mystery we listened to. The main character seemed more real and the plot more probable. The book kept us entertained and engaged to the end.

  • James Biser
    2018-12-09 12:12

    This was an entertaining story. The main character is a returned missionary who goes on a business trip with her work to Mexico City. She discovers a crime and seems to fall in love while she is trying to find peace in a strange city and deal with the fact that her father (in Utah) has cancer.

  • Annissa
    2018-11-19 10:11

    I really wanted to like this book, but had a hard time connecting to the story until chapter 13. It felt more like a travel & food guide than a novel. Finally the last few chapters had a story line but the characters felt disconnected and the story fell flat in my opinion.

  • Ann Marie
    2018-11-18 11:46

    Okay book - very slow though. I think the author went on a mission to Mexico City or something - very descriptive and favorable - quite interesting actually - but not much to do with story.

  • Cheri
    2018-11-17 11:50

    This story was slow in places, with too much detail of Mexico and the tourist attractions there. The ending was good.

  • Rebekah
    2018-11-29 06:06

    This book took a while to get into, but it turned out really well. I enjoyed the fact that the main character is LDS, and holds to her faith, against all odds!