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Review of Bittersweet Magic (a novel of The Order) by Nina Croft w/giveaway

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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.


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As most know, I don’t read a lot of PNR because of Twilight, but I am beginning to read it again.  I’m so glad that I picked up Bittersweet Magic to read.  It has everything I want to read in a PNR.  Demons, fae, vampires and a suspense element that keep me going from page 1 until it ended.  😉

Roz was a character that I fell in love with from the beginning.  I completely understood the “why” she worked for the demon and it wasn’t just because he had her life in his hands.  She lost the only person in her life at an early age.  Much to her chagrin, she needed him in her life.  She needed Ryan in her life, too.  In some ways, she felt “normal” with him.  He didn’t demand anything from her, just her help.  Plus, come on…she drank whiskey and always had her B.O.B. on standby.  Problem was she wanted the real thing…not battery operated.  Don’t we all…

Pier was such an enigma in the beginning.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t understand him at all.  I thought he was all sexy as sin but his motivation was lost on me.  The whole seducing of the nuns was funny so when he thought he could do that to Roz…let’s just say it didn’t work out like he thought.  🙂

Being the leader of the supernatural police you would have thought that he would figured out Roz from their first meeting.  This was a great part of the book for me.  Pier had to get to know Roz on levels that he wasn’t used to.  He couldn’t use his seductive powers on her.  He had to work for it.

I will have to say that the story was a little slow from the start.  The dialogue was good but it wasn’t until the action really started picking up that the book shot off like a canon.  I was in the ride of my life.  The characters became more developed and the world that Ms. Croft built really came together.  I want more of this world and I can’t wait to read the first book in the series.  I must read Tara and Christian’s story.  Don’t worry about reading the first book before this one.  You will not be lost when Tara and Christian make appearances.  Ms. Croft does a great job of weaving their story into Bittersweet Magic.

I would be a poor reviewer if I didn’t tell you about the smexy times.  I want to be kissed by Pier.  Their first kiss is powerful and makes Roz…oops, almost a spoiler.  He he!  These two have near misses, so when they do finally get together…BAM!  I had to put the Kindle down for a drink of water.  Pier and Roz were made for each other in and out of bed.

This is my first book by Ms. Croft and it definitely won’t be my last.  Again, I must read Tara and Christian’s story.  If you want to read a PNR (paranormal) with a great suspense element, a vamp and fae falling for each other when they know its wrong…this book is for you.  Plus, it has a demon.  Woot!  Love me a demon…

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Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.


Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of paranormal and science fiction.

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