Bittersweet Magic (The Order #2)
By Nina Croft
Published November 11th, 2013
Source: Received from Entangled in exchanged for an unbiased review (Thank You, Kt!!)
About the Book:
Roz has been indebted to the demon Asmodai for five hundred years, and her freedom is just around the corner. All she has to do is complete one last task for him—obtain a key that had been hidden in a church centuries ago.
Piers, the Head of the Order and an ancient vampire, is intrigued by the woman who comes to him for help. She’s beautiful and seemingly kind, but she’s hiding something. And he’ll find out who she is and what she really wants once he uses his power to get inside her head. But Piers has no idea that Roz is immune to his mind-control…or that he is simply a pawn in her dangerous mission for freedom.
I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Bittersweet Blood, and I LOVED it! I’m really bad about keeping up with all the authors of all the series that I read and like. I just don’t have a good system yet. One day while I was trolling around NetGalley, a big beautiful manly chest behind a blackish/grey wife beater stood out on the screen with the author’s name written under it – “Nina Croft”. Oh, happy dance! Ms. Croft has written the second book in The Order series and it’s staring me in the face.
Request, request, request!! Denied?? Oh no… Now this is where I will offer proof that when a publisher tells you that if you’ve been denied a book on NG and you don’t think you should have been, you should definitely contact the publisher. I did and found out that it was an accident that I was denied. Woot, woot… happy dance again! Eh, I would’ve and probably should’ve just bought the silly book but I get those book blogger blinders on and I see nothing else (sadly, I’m human).
Oh, yeah… review…
Second books in a series are toughies; so many expectations, a world to continue building to keep readers interested, and you have to introduce a couple that readers want to invest their time in. Ms. Croft did indeed deliver a hot paranormal romance with a side of mystery. She managed to stay highly original in her world building and tight in her writing. Her supporting characters are again stupendous and I needed to know more about everyone! Yeah, I kind of liked this book…
Roz (short for Rosamund) isn’t entirely sure what she is but she’s been on the earth for a long time. She was “rescued” from being burned at the stake as a witch by Asmodai but at the price of having to do 13 tasks for him. She’s almost done and on her last task when she runs into complications in the form of Piers Lamont and the Order of the Shadow Accords. It doesn’t help that she’s been told very little about the supernatural world but does know she needs to steer clear of the Order.
Roz, for all her years, is resourceful, smart, slightly jagged around the edges, but is definitely a heroine I could get behind. I almost likened her to some of my favorite leading male characters, those guys who are cranky and closed off but always end up doing the good, soft-hearted thing in the end. Kind of like John Wayne in “True Grit”, but without all the stories about his life (okay, my limb is shaky, work with me here). Either way, she could have ended up a total wanker from all the years of servitude, torture, and such but she really is kind of cool, calm, and has a good heart. It’s about time she got a HEA.
I met Piers in Bittersweet Blood and he almost stole the scene from Christian (who is the hero in that story). He literally strolled into the room in all his leather-clad, rock-star hotness, tried to pick up Tara (our previous heroine), and left. He was not the nicest guy. So I was really curious how Ms. Croft was going to win me over to his side. Turns out his backstory is quite “colorful”, as in the color blood red. I thought this is where Ms. Croft’s world building really shined. His story is very unique, gave his character a ton of depth, and made it very easy for me to “fall” for him.
There were so many other places that Ms. Croft took us that I just wanted to know more about: the Faelands, the Abyss, the Crooked Hat. I actually came into the story hoping it would have more of Christian and Tara because to me, it seemed like Tara’s story wasn’t quite finished at the end of Bittersweet Blood. But Piers distracted me so I got over it.
I’m getting long winded with my reviews again so let me sum this up… awesome supporting characters in Ryan, the cop, and Sister Maria, the nun. The story flew by with no lulls and Ms. Croft managed to jam a ton of story in just 300 pages without leaving anything out (except specific Tara and Christian follow-up). And the last 25% of the book surprised me and held me captive. I actually just got done re-reading those pages – still loving it!
Now, where’s book three?
About the Author:
I grew up in the north of England, and after training as an accountant, I spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left me with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. I then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but have now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds.
I share the farm with my husband, four dogs, three cats, a horse, two goats, a three-legged Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, and a handful of chickens. It’s a perfect place to indulge my two great passions, reading and writing.
I write lots of different things, but mainly paranormal and science-fiction, usually with a strong element of romance.
Other books in the series:
Because I was such a dolt about getting my hands on this book, I’m going to buy a copy of one of Ms. Crofts books and someone gets to win it. I’m giving away one ebook copy of either Bittersweet Blood or Bittersweet Magic (in your choice of format). Winner picks which book they would like. Open internationally in countries where I can get an ebook to you. 18 and over, please.
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