Saturday, March 16, 2013

Review - Bittersweet Blood - Nina Croft - 5 Stars

Title: Bittersweet Blood (The Order)
Author: Nina Croft
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR/thriller combo
Length: Novel - 246 pgs
Reviewed by Douglas C. Meeks


Tara Collins just wants to be normal. Everyone else wants her dead.

Tara’s eccentric aunt raised her to be fearful of the world and follow the rules. But after her aunt’s death, Tara is ready to take control and experience life for the first time. But she quickly discovers that everything she’s been told is a web of lies. Determined to solve the mystery of who she is truly, she hires private investigator to help her uncover the truth.

Christian Roth is more than your average PI. A vampire and ex-demon hunter, Christian lives among the humans, trying to be “normal.” But recently, things seem to be falling apart. There’s a crazed demon hell-bent on revenge hunting him down, and a fae assassin on the loose with an unknown target. And the Order he abandoned desperately needs his help.

As the secrets of Tara’s past collide with the problems in Christian’s present, she finds herself fighting her attraction to the dark and mysterious investigator. Falling in love does not fit into her plans at all, but Tara soon learns that some rules are meant to be broken.




Tara has led a very sheltered life, unknown to her there was a very good reason for that and a good part of the book’s plot is figuring out the “why” that goes with that story.

Christian is the ex-Order hunter that crosses paths with Tara and he ends up with the job of keeping her alive when Fae and demons are both hunting her and seem to wish her very dead.

The story is very good, the vampire rich guy and the girl with hidden secrets is a well worn plot device but that does not mean it is not entertaining (hence the “well worn”) and this is no exception.

The author gives us a very good Urban Fantasy world in which to plot this paranormal vampire romance but with several twists that make the book much more enjoyable.

This book has all the requisite things you need to make this a good story, the mystery of “who is she” the hidden plot of why so many entities seem to want her dead and least we forget, the hunky vampire.

Throw in some really good secondary characters and some past misdeeds combined with the old ‘MINE” love story and it is paranormal entertainment we all have enjoyed and keep asking for more. While this looks to be the first book of a series, it can be read as a standalone novel with no regrets, I think the author meant it that way, it really is good and the fact that it is complete adds to my enjoyment.

I give this 4.5 Stars and highly recommend it for it’s entertainment value mostly, you will like the story and you will be glad you read it. What more do you want?

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