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January 2, 2014

Loved It: Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett

Series: Roaring Twenties 1
Format: Print ARC
Release Date: January 7, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo 
First in a new romance series: 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.

BITTER SPIRITS by Jenn Bennett is gangsta!

This new series from the same lady who brought us the hit urban fantasy series, Arcadia Bell, churned a new historical paranormal romance series, Roaring Twenties. And I was sighing in delight because I love the notoriety of '20's America with gangsters, bootleggers, speakeasies, flappers and the world's fascination with the occult and other mystical stuff. JBennett captured all of those in BITTER SPIRITS and added her own twist which made this such a fascinating page turner. 

In otherwordly talk, BITTER SPIRITS is a ghost story with a hint of Chinese superstition. Aida Palmer got hired by the dangerously sexy bootlegger, Winter Magnusson, to help him get rid of ghosts that are haunting him. Turns out Winter is cursed and with Aida's help, they now investigate who's behind the curse before too much damage is done. Their only clue lies on Chinese coins and buttons slipped on Winter's person which the ghosts are attracted to. As the mystery unfold, we'll meet more bootleggers, a necromancer, acupuncturist, a wizard and various ghosts from the past, both living and dead, that will make your hearts beat a little faster in excitement.

The world building isn't too fantastical, JBennett didn't create an alternative past where magical people populate the streets of San Francisco. It is more of an exaggeration of the occult which mesmerized a lot of people at this time. Seances were held at private homes, events held on different locations where mediums claim that they can talk to the dearly departed, temporary possessions and the like. Only this time, JBennett's "mediums" are for real and these ghost apparitions are freakin' creepy! There's only two things that I won't be able to handle: possessions and ghost haunting. And JBennett gave me the heebie jeebies, no doubt about it!

As for the romance and sexual tension, it's roaring in more ways than one. There's no insta love (thank goddess!) but there was certainly an attraction between the two. When Aida was sizing up Winter with her eyes for the first time, I was fanning myself with her observations because the man is drop dead gorgeous! Aida I like very much because she's very independent and has much pride on who she is and what she does even if some people look down on her for being a medium. When she came head to head with Winter, I was applauding Aida in the background for standing her ground and staying firm to her principles [see screenshots below], exhibiting girl power to the nth degree. Winter I LOVED! He may be gangsta but this bootlegger is no Al Capone. He's sweet, romantic, very protective and although he's unquestionably an Alpha, he didn't bully his way to Aida's life. The seduction between these two is sweeping you'll find it a challenge not to get invested in their romance.

BITTER SPIRITS is a strong and solid series beginner. The world building down to the setting and characters are romantic in every sense of the word and it really gave me a firm sense of the Twenties with or without its paranormal elements. JBennett captured the feel of that decade and I can't wait to read the next one. And from the looks of it there's a new couple in every installment and I have a feeling that the world of Roaring Twenties is going to expand and grow from here onwards which means more myths, more otherworldly and more adventures. So Supies, I recommend BITTER SPIRITS as your first book purchase of the year, it's worth every penny.









36 comments:

  1. I am hearing good things about this one from all corners of the blogging world :D

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    1. And there's a reason for that because this series is one of the good ones.

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  2. *Must. Resist. Buying. Books* Oh Braine, you really are not making things easy for me! I went through my kindle today, just to organize things and see how I'm doing. I have enough books to last me for over a year o.O

    But I really, really want Bitter Spirits. It sounds awesome! Both the setting, the time, and the characters, as well as the hauntings. *Must! Resist!*

    Thanks for sharing, Braine :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Same here that's why even if I feel like I'm going through withdrawals, this cold turkey thing with NG & EW is going to do me some good.

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  3. I really cannot wait to read this it sounds awesome and I LOVE the cover. Romance covers are so hard to get rught but this one is awesome! Great review : )

    Kate @ The Little Blog of Geek

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    1. Yup this is a great balance of Paranormal & historical romance plus the setting is not too archaic.

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  4. Squee..I am about 35 pages in. We are on vacation and yeah..not reading like I thought. We are so busy and then I get back to our room and crash. So far I am enjoying it :)

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    1. Enjoy your vacay, READ LATER, you animal!

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  5. I loved this book so hard! Jenn Bennett is one of my favourite Urban Fantasy writers and now, she's working her way up my Paranormal Romance list too. Great review!

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    1. This is my first Bennett book & I'm coming back for more. I have bk 1 of Arcadia Bell and I am planning to read those babies in succession.

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  6. This is completely new to me, and I do like the sounds of it. Glad you loved it. :)

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  7. I was already eager to read this. Now I'm DYING to read it! I keep telling myself I'm not going to start any new series until I get through some I have, but I'm just so eager to read this! It just sounds SO good!

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    1. This should be on your list, Candace. It's not a meh or average read

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  8. I do have a love for time period romances and the 20's...gah! lovely review Gorgeous! I'll be sure to check this one out :D

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    1. Flappers, bootleggers and gangsters with their fedora & trench coats. Very Casablanca to me :D

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  9. Ahhhh not reading not reading not reading. Just saw you loved it and had to squee! It's my next read and I was so hoping it would be a good one. Love the different time period. Yay. Really looking forward to it now :)

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  10. I keep hearing really good things about this one, so I really hope I end up liking it just like everyone else! Hurry up, January 7th!!!!

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    1. I know you like JBennett so I'm sure you'll at least give it a 3 if not higher.

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  11. Got to love the roaring twenties. Happy you liked this one. But I don't know, I am so over ghost stories.

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    1. In case you're in the mood for a good one, check this out first.

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  12. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one as well, I just loved it! It's a really great new series and I can't wait for book 2!

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    1. Yup, I rarely read teasers but I was so hungry for more I read the first chapter of book 2!

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  13. I only skimmed to see if you liked it b/c I have it for review too. Glad its good stuff.

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    1. I hope you're reading it right this minute, Sophia!

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  14. Hmmm I don't read Historical Romances much, but this one sounds pretty good. Haven't read anything by that author yet either :D

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    1. Make an exception for this Mel, it's worth the shot

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  15. The romance and tension sound wonderful!!

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    1. It is so good! Thanks for stopping by Brandi!

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  16. I loooooved this books so much! Aida and Winter are a dreamy couple. I can't wait to read Winter's brother's book. :)

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    1. I was half expecting it'll be the sister's and maybe Bo... the brother is a curve ball although the premise of that novel is intriguing too!

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  17. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS!

    Her Arcadia Bell series is one of my favorites. She writes the most amazing characters.

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    1. You won't be disappointed then because her roaring twenties peeps are awesome too!

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  18. When I first saw your review of this book on Goggle I came to read it right away, and as the other reviews starting rolling combined with the seed you planted in bookworm's head, my enthusiasm has skyrocket!!...I just hope I'ts as good as I'm hoping it to be. I loved everything you said about it :)

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  19. Nice! I'm definitely looking forward to a good non-instalove-bossy-wannabe-alpha-controlling-douche-to-the-weak-willed-females-who's-supposed-to-be-tough. LOL I'm adding this to my tbr too! Great review Braine! (;

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