Publication Date: 01/07/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Sensations
Genre: Paranormal Romance
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Sensation)
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Excerpt from, Bitter Spirits, courtesy of the author's website (bottom of the page).
It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…
Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act.
Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who’s more comfortable with guns than ghosts—unfortunately for him, he’s the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida’s supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her...
On the hunt for the curseworker responsible for the hex, Aida and Winter become drunk on passion. And the closer they become, the more they realize they have ghosts of their own to exorcise…
Jenn Bennett's first foray into Paranormal Romance is sure to be an instant hit! Bitter Spirits is the first book in the Roaring Twentie's series featuring a lush historical landscape and multi-faceted characters. Urban Fantasy fans have long loved Bennett's Arcadia Bell series and will definitely be impressed with Bitter Spirits. Bennett's voice is strong and full of mystique and magic in this novel that will allow readers to journey back to 1927, San Franciso and the Prohibition Era. The paranormal aspects of the book only heighten the allure. A fantastic new series!
What I liked:
In short, I liked every single word of this book. Jenn Bennett writes a brilliant and intelligent novel with an incredible setting and characters who live up to the readers expectations. I have not read the author's Arcadia Bell series, but after reading Bitter Spirits it is a given that I will read her other books sooner rather than later. Bennett writes with passion for her subject, her setting and her characters and it can be felt by reader on every page. This is more than a novel, it is perhaps better described as an expression of the author's creativity. I was wowed continually as I read it and I can't recommend it enough.
What I liked:
As I said earlier Bitter Spirits is an intelligent read. It sparks the readers curiosity about more than just the setting. Paranormal Romance is a genre that is receiving so much attention right now, that it is difficult to sort the wheat from the chafe, so to speak. There are a lot of writers who are just jumping on the band wagon and throwing books out there, that do not possess anything close the quality of this one. Bennett makes the reader believe in ghosts to such a degree that they will find themselves wanting to know more about them in the real world. Her writing is intuitive and riveting. Readers will not want to put this one down!
The 1920's Prohibition Era is not a setting that I would expect for paranormal romance. Actually, it is not one I was very familiar with until reading this book. I had of course the cursory knowledge we get from history class, but that doesn't begin to convey the rich history and beauty that is described so effortlessly in this book. Bitter Spirits takes setting to a whole new level. Bennett's descriptions of everything from the dress and customs to the speakeasies and the bootlegging industry was flawless. The reader is basically immersed in the culture of the time and almost becomes a part of the setting themselves. It was amazing!
I loved the main characters for a lot of reasons. Winter is a man with a commanding presence, an alpha in every sense of the word, but he is flawed and real. Bennett brings his character to life with such resonance that readers will be hard put not to fall for him instantly. Who could blame Aida, he is quite a man. Aida was a sharp and world wise character who had a gift for spirits. She was sassy and resourceful and definitely held her own next to a strong male lead. Both characters were so much more than two dimensional. They had fire and depth and showed strength and vulnerability. Bennett has created a couple who were meant for each other and the reader will know it from their very first meeting, though the author is cognizant to keep readers off balance and wondering until the end.
What I didn't like:
Absolutely nothing! I loved this book!
If you have even the barest inkling that you might be interested in reading a paranormal romance, this is a great book to start with. Fans of the genre will be in awe as well. Bitter Spirits is a smart, highly detailed novel, with an unusual setting and a fiery romance. This book sizzles in more ways than one. You gotta read it!
Bitter Spirits is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning artist and author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She currently lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs.
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