So...wow. This installment was no joke! Salina Dubois strolls into Ashland like a hurricane straight out of your worst nightmare. She is all southern belle sweet on the outside, but chic packs a serious mental health cray-zay punch. Not only is she mentally unstable, but she's a powerful water elemental and she has an intimate past with Owen that she is bound and determined to rekindle. Though, I am unsure if she ever thought it ended. I mean, chic is out there. The sad thing is, Owen fell under her manipulative spell many years ago and still harbors a soft spot for her, despite her dangerous ways. This puts Gin in quite a predicament, given that Salina needs to be dealt with, if you know what I mean.Salina was an insanely awesome villain. The kind that you simultaneously feel empathy for and want to strangle. She was definitely molded by her environment and experiences, which were traumatic and tragic. She was in a dark place for a very long time, and the grief and anger turned her into a monster. It was hard for me to dislike Saline 100%. I saw so much of Gin in Salina, and it made my heart hurt. I know very well how much your experiences shape who you are, and I felt Salina got the shaft. Even Gin felt fer Salina in some moments...For a moment, I almost felt sorry for her. Then the bitch blasted me with her water magic, and I got over it.Ha. Nothing like a good dose of water magic to wake you up! Half the time I was really sad for Salina's situation, but the other half I was all...KAPOOYA! KAPOOYA! She was indeed a monster with little to nope of rehabilitation.Salina was a master manipulator, and she had Owen twisted around her dainty little fingers. Gin steps back and gives Owen space to come to his own conclusions about Salina. Gin was quite sensitive to his history with the water elemental, but she may have needed to get out the trout for a few good #troutslaps. The #troutslap can be more effective at times, depending on how far gone a person is. #justsayin. Salina makes her quest a wee bit personal for Gin's liking, and when Gin realizes that a major line has been crossed, the elemental shit hits the fan.This book has all kinds of sads, for a variety of characters. Gin has to make a seriously tough decision in this book, despite the painful consequences. She takes on a lot of heartache to keep the people she loves safe and protected. I think that regardless of the situation and the people involved, Gin is going to remain loyal to her code and do what needs to be done to keep herself and her people safe. The end of the book was sorrowful and somber, and I really hope that our beloved characters have some relief and resolution in Deadly Sting.P.S. I REALLY want one of those shirts regarding Gin and the Pork Pit that people wore in this book!!Favorite QuotesI eat haughty, arrogant, manipulative, self-important bitches like you for breakfast, sugar. And then I go back for seconds.