Bittersweet Blood by Nina Croft

The Order, Book 1

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I didn’t know anything about Nina Croft before discovering this first novel. I did not know what to expect but it was ultimately a good discovery. It is a light and fast read.

We discover a girl, Tara, lost in a world she does not know anything about. She lived her entire life in a bubble away from the people of the society, raised by her aunt who never left their home. What a strange life would you say? Yet she was always happy and loved by her family. But then her aunt died and our young heroine finds herself alone with many new paths opened to her. Many rules were erected throughout her life and so far she had followed them quite strictly. Rule 1: Never question the past. Rule 2: Never drink alcohol. Rule 3: Never remove the talisman. But now that she is far from the reprimands of the last member of her family, Tara is determined to break each rule and discover what are the lies behind. And the first thing she wants to know is who she is and who her aunt really
was. Indeed after discovering some papers at home, she realizes that her life is finally a big lie. To find answers, she goes to see a private detective (who seems very mysterious) so he could help her for the answers she seeks. But breaking the first rule will have some dire consequences and our young heroine who did not really know yet the world that surrounds her, now finds herself thrust into a world filled with creatures that she did not suspect the existence. And many of them seem to want to kill her at all cost without her knowing the reason.

We are very intrigued at first by Tara and her nature. We suspect that she’s hiding something and we look forward for Christian to discover the truth. But he also holds many secrets himself and we will discover all that in due time. There are some very good ideas in this novel, but it is true that in the reading we understand several things before the characters. There is however something that I really did not see coming, it is the revelation about Jamie, the Tara’s friend. I was completely surprised, I did not expect that at all. 

Tara and Christian are really quite cute together and it’s funny to see them fighting their attraction in vain. We will follow them both throughout the story, learning the truth with them and it was a great pleasure to understand what was happening. I’m curious to see what Nina has for us for the second volume as this one has a good end.


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