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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 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.