Thursday, March 7, 2013

REVIEW: Bittersweet Blood (The Order #1) by Nina Croft

Title/Series: Bittersweet Blood | The Order #1
Author: Nina Croft
Publisher: Entangled Edge
Published: February 17th 2013
Format: eBook | Pages: 300
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!

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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.

My reading interests are normally more geared toward the Young Adult and New Adult categories. That's not to say that I never branch out, like now. I received an email from NetGalley about Entangled Edge, a new branch of the Entangled publishing team, and there were a few books suggested. Bittersweet Blood being one of them. The description had me very interested so I sent in a request. The world of vampires is very intriguing to me. I've generally stayed in the very tame and shallow end of the vampire world. And this was definitely not that. This was darker, more sensual. And highly addicting.

Christian Roth.  When I say that name in my head, it's even said with a sigh in there. He is everything you could possibly want a vampire to be. Tall, pale, moves like a predator and oh so sexy. Well, if you're into 500 year old guys with fangs. (Yes, please!) Tara is great too. Going from being sheltered and controlled, in a loving protective sort of way, to being thrown into a world of the supernatural and paranormal all she wants is a normal life. But as they uncover who she really is, normal just doesn't seem possible.

This book was so good. I couldn't put it down. It had a little bit of everything. Vampires, demons, fae, werewolves, shifters, hellhounds. I mean it was paranormal reader heaven. There were times it left me breathless, sometimes with surprised shock, sometimes with laughter, sometimes from the anticipation of the dangerous situation and of course sometimes from the very passionate encounters between Tara and Christian. A bit more descriptive than I'm used to, so it was kind of like...whoa *fans self*. But it was written tastefully.

As my first time reading a book by Nina Croft, I very much enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of her work in the future!

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