Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Bittersweet Blood by Nina Croft

Bittersweet Blood
Author:Nina Croft
Release Date: February 17, 2013
Publisher: Entangled
The Order Book #1
ISBN:  1622669592
ISBN13: 9781622669592
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher

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.

The cover of BITTERSWEET BLOOD didn't really draw me in but I ended up enjoying it despite that. Tara really has no clue who she is and when she seeks out answers Christian Roth ends up turning her world upside down. 

Tara has spent her whole life following weird rules her aunt drilled into her head. Now that her aunt is gone Tara wants nothing more than to be normal and finds herself breaking the rules one by one. Unfortunately she is anything but normal and slowly finds out why. Tara starts off pretty reserved but once she starts opening up she doesn't let anything stand in her way of living how she wants. Christian is the sexy vampire. He was protective and surprisingly understanding most of the time. Tara had no idea he was anything but human when she hired him to look into her past and her aunt. In fact Tara has no idea about anything paranormal in the world. Christian is instantly drawn to Tara while Tara has a little more hesitant about him. The relationship between the two builds slowly but heats up fast. Even though Christian and Tara are the main character focus we still get to learn enough about the supporting characters so that we feel like we really know them too. 

 BITTERSWEET BLOOD had a really neat world set in London. There are Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Fae and other types of Shifters. We get to experience both the city as well as the country. The action was nicely displayed and the story had an easy flow to it. I'm hoping book 2 will still be focused on Christian and Tara but I wouldn't be disappointed if one of the other characters was the focus.

I gave it 4/5 stars