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Posted April 22, 2014
Excellent Paranormal Historical Romance
The first volume in Bennett's new Roaring Twenties series is exciting, sensuous, and filled with historical details. Aida and Magnusson are terrific characters, and I love the unusual circumstances under which they meet. The secondary characters are just as interesting; I could see an entire series based around just Velma.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Highly recommended to fans of Kelley Armstrong, Libba Bray, and Robin Owens. -- lyradora
Posted March 27, 2014
Although, I really like paranormal books, I tend to lean towards
Although, I really like paranormal books, I tend to lean towards the vampires and werewolves. I haven’t read lot of the ghosts/mediums/necromancer type books, because its’ hard for me to picture a ghost or someone trying to communicate with a ghost and find it believable. Yes, I am aware that nothing paranormal is real, but its easier to conjure vampires and werewolves who are portrayed as living characters, than it is for me to picture a corporeal form of a ghost. Considering this, I was pleasantly surprised by Bennett’s characters and “non-characters”-I guess you’d call them? She did such an excellent job rendering the environment and feelings one might feel in the ghostly situations, that not being able to accept the ghost itself, didn’t matter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Coincidentally, it didn’t matter anyway, the romantic element more than made up for it in this storyline. Aida Palmer is the petite, sultry spirit medium, who has managed to overcome a difficult past and has been able to survive and flourish in a time period where successful single ladies are not the norm. Winter Magnussun is a powerful bootlegger, who is quite a bit more than meets the eye. His initial description of both is physical characteristics and his social power (along with some later, more erotic depictions) immediately connects the persona to the name “Magnussun”. So much so, that every time I read his name, there is one, specific, very elaborate descriptive picture that is seared into my brain. When you get to it, I imagine you will agree, and you will most likely enjoy all it entails. Their chemistry is phenomenal, and does not leave much to be desired. Happy reading!
HEAT Rating: Steamy/Sizzling
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
Posted February 5, 2014
This is without a doubt a must read if you enjoy Historical Roma
This is without a doubt a must read if you enjoy Historical Romance with a dash of Paranormal. It's the perfect blend of intriguing characters, history, suspense and a dash of sexy romance. The setting of 1920 San Francisco is far from the dark cities we usually see in this genre and lends a delightful feel to the history of the story. The heroine and hero are not your usual alpa heroes and their romance is just as unconventional, but somehow works. The characters feel very real, are well developed and definitely entertain. The immersion in Chinese History is fabulous and the author introduces you to the roaring 20's and its details without overwhelming. I found the story unfolding In my mind in such vivid detail due to Ms. Bennett's descriptive writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Bitter Spirits is a well-written, fast paced and fascinating storyline that kept me reading right up until the very end. There are some dark moments, especially when we learn what Aida had to endure as a child. The pace of this novel is well done. The flow of the book makes it hard to put the book down and the slow build of the relationship makes the romance easier to relate to.I look forward to reading more from Jenn Bennett.
Posted January 29, 2014
Jenn Bennett's first foray into Paranormal Romance is sure to be
Jenn Bennett's first foray into Paranormal Romance is sure to be an instant hit! Bitter Spirits is the first book in the Roaring Twentie's series featuring a lush historical landscape and multi-faceted characters. Urban Fantasy fans have long loved Bennett's Arcadia Bell series and will definitely be impressed with Bitter Spirits. Bennett's voice is strong and full of mystique and magic in this novel that will allow readers to journey back to 1927, San Franciso and the Prohibition Era. The paranormal aspects of the book only heighten the allure. A fantastic new series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What I liked:
In short, I liked every single word of this book. Jenn Bennett writes a brilliant and intelligent novel with an incredible setting and characters who live up to the readers expectations. Bennett writes with passion for her subject, her setting and her characters and it can be felt by reader on every page. This is more than a novel, it is perhaps better described as an expression of the author's creativity. I was wowed continually as I read it and I can't recommend it enough.
Paranormal Romance is a genre that is receiving so much attention right now, that it is difficult to sort the wheat from the chafe, so to speak. There are a lot of writers who are just jumping on the band wagon and throwing books out there, that do not possess anything close the quality of this one. Bennett makes the reader believe in ghosts to such a degree that they will find themselves wanting to know more about them in the real world. Her writing is intuitive and riveting. Readers will not want to put this one down!
The 1920's Prohibition Era is not a setting that I would expect for paranormal romance. Actually, it is not one I was very familiar with until reading this book. I had of course the cursory knowledge we get from history class, but that doesn't begin to convey the rich history and beauty that is described so effortlessly in this book. Bitter Spirits takes setting to a whole new level. Bennett's descriptions of everything from the dress and customs to the speakeasies and the bootlegging industry was flawless. The reader is basically immersed in the culture of the time and almost becomes a part of the setting themselves. It was amazing!
Winter is a man with a commanding presence, an alpha in every sense of the word, but he is flawed and real. Bennett brings his character to life with such resonance that readers will be hard put not to fall for him instantly. Who could blame Aida, he is quite a man. Aida was a sharp and world wise character who had a gift for spirits. She was sassy and resourceful and definitely held her own next to a strong male lead. Both characters were so much more than two dimensional. They had fire and depth and showed strength and vulnerability. Bennett has created a couple who were meant for each other and the reader will know it from their very first meeting, though the author is cognizant to keep readers off balance and wondering until the end.
What I didn't like:
Absolutely nothing! I loved this book!
If you have even the barest inkling that you might be interested in reading a paranormal romance, this is a great book to start with. Fans of the genre will be in awe as well. Bitter Spirits is a smart, highly detailed novel, with an unusual setting and a fiery romance. This book sizzles in more ways than one. You gotta read it!
Posted January 19, 2014
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book
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~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
You may be shocked to know that Bitter Spirits, the first in the Roaring Twenties series is my first book by Jenn Bennett. My first reaction after finishing this book was, how on earth have I missed out on Bennett’s work in the past?
BITTER SPIRITS follows the likes of Kristen Callihan and Bec McMaster as she takes paranormal elements and places them into historical settings. The big difference between Bennett’s book is the time frame in which she chose to set her scene – it’s San Francisco and yup, you guessed it, it’s the roaring twenties! Bennett opted for ghosts and magic in this series and let me tell you, it’s a wonderful combination. Wholly unique and incredibly creative, BITTER SPIRITS completely lured me in and refused to release me from its grips until the very last page.
Aida Palmer is a unique character. As a spirit medium who is able to summon the dead, her personality really shines through in the narrative. Just from reading the opening chapter, I grew to love Aida’s fierce personality.
However, there was one character that I ended up liking more – Winter Maggnusson. Ah, Winter. You can call him a bootlegger, he doesn’t mind. But put on a hex on him and you’ve got one unhappy hero. Responsible for banishing the ghosts, Aida and Winter must now undergo a journey to find the curseworkers that will bring them together more than they have ever expected.
Other than the original idea for this series and the fabulous characters, there is also another thing readers need to take into account. Jenn Bennett’s authorial voice is fun, upbeat, and very, very enjoyable to read. There is a perfect balance of humor and heart, mixed in with great sexual tension and action scenes. I found that I enjoyed her voice so much that I began to recommend this title to fellow readers even before I had finished this book! I hoped that showed how well invested I became in this new-to-me author.
Kickstarting what is sure to be an explosive series, Jenn Bennett thrills and excites with BITTER SPIRITS. I can’t wait to discover more of this unique world.
Posted January 15, 2014
Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett is the first book in her new Roar
Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett is the first book in her new Roaring Twenties series. As you can tell from the series title, this takes place in San Francisco, during the prohibition era. We meet our heroine, Aida, who works in a speakeasy, as a medium. Aida can summon the dead or send them away. It is because of this ability, she meet our hero, Winter, who is a hulk of a man, & in trouble. Aida’s boss, Velma, has magic ability, and calls in Aida to help Winter, who is being besieged by ghosts, as well as having been poisoned by magic. Between the two of them, they manage to help Winter; but not before Aida begins to feel the attraction to this huge, scarred, but otherwise gorgeous man.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Winter, who is a bootlegger and rich, can’t get Aida out of his head, and in short time the two of them find themselves in a hot, steamy relationship, which both agree will be with no commitments. Though their attraction to each other was strong, both have their own private issues and the romance was a nice slow to build. The first half of the book was mostly the attraction between them, which they acted on quite often, with off the wall sexual chemistry. The other side of the story was the paranormal storyline of who was using magic to hurt Winter, which eventually affects Aida too. Once the danger escalates, with both Winter and Aida getting hurt along the way, they both work together to try to resolve these attacks.
The unlikely couple of sweet, but independent Aida; and Winter, the gorgeous hunk, whom most people were afraid of, was the main part of the story. It was fun to watch them together, the witty comments between them, and their sexual scenes, which created sparks throughout. Each were totally in denial about their true feelings, due to their past issues. Aida, having lost her family at a young age, was totally alone and survived on her measly salary as a spirit medium. Winter, lost his mother, father and wife to a tragic car accident years before; not to mention being in a loveless marriage, makes him avoid any kind of relationship.
The second half of the book was very exciting, with the non stop action, danger and the race to survive the magical curse aiming to destroy them. The mystery was tense, but also a bit confusing trying to understand the Chinese unrest, and bootlegger war. Bennett kept us on our toes, and it wasn’t until the very end did we discover who was indeed behind the mystery. Despite all the mystery, action and danger, it is the romance between Aida and Winter that made this book fun to read. It was a different type of romance, though very hot, it had it humor that made it so enjoyable. Jenn Bennett’s writing style is very nice. If you want a hot, steamy romance; a fun flirty couple, and a tense, action filled mystery, with a paranormal twist; then Bitter Spirits is perfect for you.
Posted January 13, 2014
While I am a paranormal romance fiend, I will admit that it's ha
While I am a paranormal romance fiend, I will admit that it's hard to find new and unique twists on the usual tales. Bitter Spirits is a wonderful high ball of spooky paranormal action with a great "twist" of steamy romance to make me a very happy camper. This is a Roaring Twenties ghost story, but there's so much more. Aida Palmer can really talk to ghosts - and let them possess her to pass on their messages to loved ones. This is how she makes a living as an act in San Francisco while she lives in a small apartment on her own. Because her entire family is gone. Her parents were killed, her adoptive parents die, and then her beloved brother Sam is killed. But she's a fighter. And that's what attracts Winter Magnusson, the larger-than-life bootlegger whose scars and injury keep the ladies away - unless he's paying them or they're three sheets to the wind after enjoying his product. When she's summoned by Velma, a witch of considerable power, it's because Winter's been hexed, and there are insistent ghosts following him around. Aida exorcises the ghosts, but the danger doesn't stop there. Poison, Chinese tongs, bootlegging wars, and some wonderful history of San Francisco (Aida's parents died in the earthquake)as well as a tormented and feisty love affair between Aida and Winter. The end is anything but a sure thing for either of them, however, as mysterious deaths, more ghosts and missing hootch pile up. I loved this book for all of these reasons, as well as the plethora of fascinating secondary characters and the setting. If you like tense thrillers and sexy romance blended together like the perfect Sidecar? Then Bitter Spirits should be your drink of choice - I mean, book of choice! Bottoms up!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2014
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