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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    4.5 Stars

    4.5 stars
    Worth Reading...
    Total Pages: 237; Story Pages: 227
    The Order series, book #1
    Tara's & Christian's story.
    New series by Nina Croft. Vampires, werewolves, demons, angels, witches, Fae, etc.
    Tara: half Fae, half demon.
    Christian: Vampire

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    By: Nina Croft Published By: Entangled: Edge Age Recommend: Adu

    By: Nina Croft
    Published By: Entangled: Edge
    Age Recommend: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Series: The Order #1

    "Bittersweet Blood" by Nina Croft was a real active force of 'werewolves, witches, shape shifters, vampires, beasties and fairies, a good paranormal, so get ready for a awesome read that only this author gives her readers. This is the first in this series: The Order #1 by this author. We will find from the read that with Tara's aunts death, she finds out that everything had been told to her by her aunt had been a web of lies. What were these secrets and rules? So, Tara hires a 'private investigator(Christian) to help her uncover the truth.' However, Tara did not know that he was not only a PI but a 'vampire and ex demon hunter' and their is a demon who is trying to hunt him down. We will find that Tara's past will 'collide with problems in Christian's present and will their be a attraction for this PI that she has hired? This is where I say you must pick up "Bittersweet Blood" to see what all this author has in store for the reader. For many of us who know this author knows she will bring it to us....the reader. Its always a interesting ride. The characters all were indeed interesting and captivating only leaving you to continue reading this good read.

    I liked this quote:

    "You smell so delicious."
    Tara twitched, but his hands held her in place. His lips were on her skin and a wave of heat washed over her. Her eyes fluttered closed as his mouth opened against her throat and his tongue stroked, slow and cool against her heated flesh.
    "Maybe just a little taste...," Wow!

    "Bittersweet Blood" was a quick read and somewhat predictable but still a good read that I would definitely recommend to you as a good read.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Werewolves, and witches and fairies, oh my!  Most novels take on

    Werewolves, and witches and fairies, oh my!  Most novels take on one or two of the paranormal, but this series seems to be taking them all on, and I love that.  Why not?  So many possibilities.  I was genuinely shocked at every revelation and jaw-dropper.  I love a book that can shock me.  I hate predictability.  This one had so many great twists that I didn't see coming.

    I loved Tara's character.  She was sweet, but tough and knew how to stand her ground.  I felt like I really got to know her and she was unique.  A lot of times in these para-romance novels, the characters just sort of blend and don't stand out.  I really felt Tara's voice in this story and I really liked her a lot.

    At the start, this story began to run a path a little to close to a Fifty Shades parody for my taste.  I really didn't want this story's Christian to be like that other story's Christian.  Thankfully, he wasn't.  He wasn't a phenomenally intriguing character, and I hope she develops him into something less perfect and more interesting in the next few books, but I still thought their relationship was sexy and sweet.  It had the right amount of tension without him being a controlling psychopath...whew!

    This series has a lot of potential and though I would have liked for her to take more risks and break the mold of the para-romance genre, I will definitely be picking up the sequel to this first book.  I just hope she sticks with Tara's journey.  I cannot wait to see how this character develops over time.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

    I blazed through this book! I couldn¿t put it down¿. I love when

    I blazed through this book! I couldn’t put it down…. I love when a story sucks me in and and time speeds by. :D I adored the world building in Bittersweet Blood by Nina Croft. It’s filled with some of my favorite fiction beasties. Vampires, fey, demons, shifters, and witches oh my. And the two realms they come from besides earth, the Faelands and the Abyss, were intriguing. I want more! I was nearly clapping my hands in glee. So much fun!

    The heroine is named Tara. She had a rather unusual upbringing and is determined to unravel the mysteries of her past. She wants to know why she was isolated and hidden from people most of her life. She had rules, THE RULES, drilled into her head, Never question the past, don’t drink alcohol, don’t take off the necklace. I was hooked from the moment I met Tara. I really liked her. Yes, she’s pretty innocent, but I didn’t feel she was naive. I thought she was brave and funny and I was rooting for her. Oh! She doesn’t know anything about the supernatural…. yet.

    Her cat helps her pick an investigation agency… He stepped on its add and drew her attention to it. The agency is run by Christian Roth. He’s yummy! *swoon* really yummy. He’s a 500+ year old vampire. He loves the way she smells and loves her attitude. He became a vampire for vengeance against the demons that slaughtered his family but he’s been out of the demon hunting business for over 20 years and is focused on running his business. He’s rich, charismatic and single with a heart open to committed love. Damn! I love that fiction trope. I want a rich, single, hot guy too. :P I fell for him with Tara. He’s determined, forceful, when desired, and he could be so gentle with Tara .

    As they begin looking into her past and secrets are revealed I liked Tara even more. I admired her determination, her acknowledgement of a new reality and her honesty regarding her feelings for Christian. I loved watching them spend time together investigating her beginnings and each others emotions and potential futures. *swoon* They are delectable together. lol Yep. In more ways than one. He is a vampire.

    The secrets discovered about Tara and what that means for her and their worlds was full of suspense, danger and death. I liked that it wasn’t easy and there was risk and loss. I wanted to shake a certain someone for his solo decision making before he went all noble. Grr! Men! I also adored that Tara was not about to just sit like a fragile doll and let everyone else protect her.

    I got a kick out of the secondary characters too. The friends of Christian, Graham, his human assistant and Piers, the vampire head of the demon hunting Order especially. I also want to know more about Tara’s friend Jamie. I’m hooked on this world and I want more stories!

    Some of my fav lines:

    ♥ “I want you to find out who I am.”

    There, she’d done it. Broken Rule Number One.

    She sat very still, staring at her hands. Her aunt had always been a little vague about the actual consequences of breaking the rules—just that they’d be dire. Tara had always imagined some sort of fiery bolt from above. Now she waited for it to crash down and annihilate her.

    ♥ He hadn’t been able to resist that one fleeting kiss, and she tasted as good as he’d expected. A delicious combination of bitter and sweet he’d never encountered before. If he had put his hands on her he probably would have dragged her back in here and not let her out again until sunrise.

    ♥ Still, she wasn’t going to sit back and let him do everything alone. He would keep her safe but she planned to do the same for him

    If you are in the mood for an exciting paranormal romance with delicious chemistry, characters and world building that made me hungry for more, then give Bittersweet Blood a try. I’m glad I did.

    ((hugs))) Kat

    The Queen of Tarts

    ♦ ebook provided for review for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    *may contain slight spoilers* If you are looking for a story fe

    *may contain slight spoilers*

    If you are looking for a story featuring a spicy alpha male and a virginal damsel in distress, look no further! Tara, our main female character, has been living in isolation since her birth. When her "aunt" dies, she decides it's time to join the real world. But Wait! There are family secrets that are unknown to our Tara. So who better to help her find these secrets out than vampire PI, Christian Roth! So starts an interesting story involving all types of supernaturals, all which Tara has no clue about! You've got vampires, demons, faeries, werewolves, and shapeshifters! There's steamy love scenes with sweet romantic yearning. Also gruesome fights. Great cast of characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves steamy romance with alpha males. There is some violence, so beware of that. This seems to be part of a series, and I will definitely be read more in this series. I will also read any further Nina Croft books.

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    Posted May 28, 2014

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