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Bittersweet Blood (The Order #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  303 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
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,
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Published February 17th 2013 by Entangled
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 09, 2013 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
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I liked BITTERSWEET BLOOD way more than I was anticipating. It featured a sexy vampire and a woman with a secret so hidden even she doesn’t know it, with enough action and mystery to keep me hooked the entire time. There were so many things to like- strong leads, great sexual tension, and even laugh out loud funny parts amongst it all.

BITTERSWEET BLOOD takes place in a London where all kinds of supernatural creatures, including vampires, werewolves, dem
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian

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For the most part, this book was a hit for me. I enjoyed the plot, the setting (London, whoo!), and the surprises and twists along the way. Mostly I liked the characters and the romance, too, but I felt both could have been better.

The romance between Tara and Christian happened a little too quickly for my liking, and the attraction felt somewhat baseless. It did pick up, though, and they certainly had some nice (and hot) moments togethe
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Wow! When I started Bittersweet Blood , I was not expecting the unique world Nina Croft created: Vampires in a secret society, hunting and feeding off demons; ancient mages and trained witches; assassin fae and bodyguard werewolves as well as other shapeshifters—all buried deep in sensuality and darkness while still being FUN.

I was immediately transported into a world that felt urban yet fantastical, yet Nina Croft also eased me into the dynamics, craftily mixing traditional vampire lore, sm

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
Nina Croft has created a fun and fast-paced novel with Bittersweet Blood! Yes, we have vampires, we have fairy assassins, we have demons, and we have Tara Collins, who spent most of her life with her loving aunt, living in seclusion. Now Tara is on her own and wants to find out what its like to be a 'normal human'- except, guess what, she isn't and never will be 'normal' or 'human!'

After living with all of her aunt's 'rules' and having no other family, Tara hires a private investigator to find o
Mar 04, 2013 Cinzia rated it really liked it
How cute this book! While I was reading it I think of me as one of Whitesnow's seven dwarfs: Happy. I picked it out just reading the synopsis, not having read other Nina Croft's books and I was sooo happy! From the title you can guess that it is a paranormal romance book with the presence of my dear vampires, but not only them...
The only desire of Tara Collins is to be a normal girl and live a normal life, something a little difficult to do if everyone else, or the most, will want your dead.
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 03, 2013 Jeannie Zelos rated it it was amazing
Bittersweet Blood. Nina Croft

I received this book free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I don't gush and give false praise – I don't believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.

Vampires and Romance, love those books so I was eager to crack on with this one. Since Twilight however, it seems every other book has vampires of some description and some are really trite stories so I'm quite picky about which ones I pick. The sample on this w
Mar 21, 2013 Melliane rated it really liked it
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Mon avis en Français

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 th
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
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My reading interests are normally more geared toward the Young Adult and New Adult categories. That's not to say that I never branch out, like now. I received an email from NetGalley about Entangled Edge, a new branch of the Entangled publishing team, and there were a few books suggested. Bittersweet Blood being one of them. The description had me very interested so I sent in a request. The world of vampires is very intriguing to me. I've generally stayed in t
Paranormal Romantic Redux...

Since the overview does a great job of outlining the story line, I'll focus on my thoughts about the book. Our heroine just wants normality after having grown up in an isolated part of England with almost no interaction with other people. She is now in her twenties her guardian is dead and she wants to know more about herself - where she came from so she hires a PI - Christian Roth who just happens to be a paranormal PI (She doesn't know this when she picks him). He
Many aspects of the world in this book reminded me of various movies and images from those movies popped up in my head while I was reading. If you're a fan of such movies like the Underworld trilogy or the two Hellboy movies, then this book may have some appeal to you. It takes some aspects from those movies such as gun-wielding supernatural beings and said being are involved in a organization that seeks to keep the peace between several groups of supernatural creatures.

I liked this book well en
Sep 04, 2014 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Bittersweet Blood is a paranormal romance and as such it is big on romance, somewhat less rich on plot.

It's absolutely nice to read and has a good world-building. Nothing is really new but this helps the author who doesn't have to create a world from scratch and the readers who don't fight with understanding and info-dump. On the other side it may sound somewhat familiar. It's like a puzzle, you might not know exactly the final image, but you know how to "play". So we have the usual type of char
J.L. Berg
Mar 21, 2013 J.L. Berg rated it really liked it
One of the many things I love about receiving advanced reader's copy's from publishers is the opportunity to be introduced to new authors. My reading addiction started many years ago with a little book called Twilight. You may have heard of it? No? Anyway...after reading it, I was hooked on reading, but I wanted something more "adult". So I hunted down every paranormal romance author I could find. After few years, I think I had read literally every known book and series about vampires, witches, ...more
Douglas Meeks
Mar 14, 2013 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing
Tara has led a very sheltered life, unknown to her there was a very good reason for that and a good part of the book’s plot is figuring out the “why” that goes with that story.
Christian is the ex-Order hunter that crosses paths with Tara and he ends up with the job of keeping her alive when Fae and demons are both hunting her and seem to wish her very dead.

The story is very good, the vampire rich guy and the girl with hidden secrets is a well worn plot device but that does not mean it is not ent
Mar 16, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Book Lovers Inc.

In most fairy tales, terms like demon and fae have automatic associations with them. Fae=good and demon=bad.

But what if those are just names for otherworldly races who have different agendas from our own, and what humans think of them doesn't enter into it at all?

Tara Collins has been hidden all her life behind a hedge of rules laid down by her aunt. Don't leave our property, don't drink alcohol, don't take off your talisman, and most especially, don't tel
Maya Blake
Aug 18, 2013 Maya Blake rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous read by Nina!
May 27, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
As soon as I was done reading this book I was commenting with my long-lost book signing buddy, Nan, that I haven't been reading any true, straight-up paranormal romances lately and I really missed them. I'm behind on all my Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lords of the Underworld, and Dark Hunter series. But Bittersweet Blood was exactly what the doctored ordered to cure me of the "young adult" stupor I had been wallowing in at the time. It wasn't the shock to my system that a BDB book would have been. ...more
Mar 20, 2013 DemetraP rated it did not like it
It felt like all the usual cliches with nothing new to hold my interest. Demon/fae war, vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves, and mix. Add a mystery involving the main character's parents and voila, a book.

It wasn't bad, it just wasn't good. I had to force myself to finish it and didn't really care what happened to anyone.
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Mar 25, 2013 Jillian (NetGalley Addict) rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review

Tara has lived a sheltered life, her aunt kept her away from the world and now that her aunt has died she wants to know what and who she is. She hires private investigator Christian Roth; she doesn't know that he is a vampire. Christian left the Order and is trying to live as normal life as he can, but demons are killing his friends the fae need his help finding something, the Order wants him back and he now he wants Tara. The tw
Mar 31, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
REVIEW: BITTERSWEET BLOOD is the first storyline in Nina Croft’s new contemporary, paranormal romance series The Order. The Order is the regulating vampire body that polices the supernaturals of the world. Once the presiding head of The Order, five hundred year old vampire Christian Roth is begrudgingly pulled back into duty when demons begin to wreak havoc in the area surrounding his business and his home. But it is not until a young waif-like human requires Christian’s assistance do the demon ...more
The Book Tart
Apr 02, 2013 The Book Tart rated it really liked it
I blazed through this book! I couldn’t put it down…. I love when a story sucks me in and and time speeds by. :D I adored the world building in Bittersweet Blood by Nina Croft. It’s filled with some of my favorite fiction beasties. Vampires, fey, demons, shifters, and witches oh my. And the two realms they come from besides earth, the Faelands and the Abyss, were intriguing. I want more! I was nearly clapping my hands in glee. So much fun!

The heroine is named Tara. She had a rather unusual upbrin
May 10, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
Bittersweet Blood was a deliciously addictive paranormal romance/mystery complete with vampires, fae, and shapeshifters. A combination that ticked all the right boxes for me!

Tara’s childhood upbringing was far from normal. She was raised by her reclusive aunt and taught to live by strict rules. All this goes out the window when her aunt dies and Tara discovers everything was a lie. Aunt Kathy was no relation; she didn’t even exist according to records. Tara wants/needs to find out who she is and
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Bittersweet Blood is a Paranormal Romance written by Nina Croft. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Entangled Publishing, LLC through NetGalley.

3.5 Pretty Stars!
Entertaining and Well Written!

The Review:
I enjoyed this read. It was fast paced, well written and the main characters were interested, sexy and easy to connect with. I even enjoyed the plot, though entirely predictable, which was well developed and flowed easily thr

By: Nina Croft
Published By: Entangled: Edge
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: The Order #1

"Bittersweet Blood" by Nina Croft was a real active force of 'werewolves, witches, shape shifters, vampires, beasties and fairies, a good paranormal, so get ready for a awesome read that only this author gives her readers. This is the first in this series: The Order #1 by this author. We will find from the read that with Tara's aunts death, she finds out t
Jun 22, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book from the first page. I was immediately drawn to the two main characters and felt a particular empathy for Tara who starts off like a little lost lamb. I also liked the film noir setting of a young innocent going in to a strange
Aug 17, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Almost Very Entertaining

Out of everything in the world she could possible have, all Tara Collins wants is one thing: a normal life. A normal life that doesn't include twenty-two years of living a lonely, secluded existence with a sheltering, secretive aunt. A normal life to be found beyond the borders of a small town in the middle of Nowhere, England, one that includes friends, a formal education at an actual university, and breaking every single rule her aunt had drilled into her
Romancing the Book
Dec 22, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Reviewed by Nadene R.
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I came across this title on NetGalley and was intrigued by the blurb so I immediately submitted a request for a copy of this book. I was fortunate enough to have my request granted in return for an honest review. While reading this book I was constantly being reminded of another widely read and watched vampire series. Some may consider this to be a bad thing but personally for me it did not de
Elle Christensen
Sep 03, 2016 Elle Christensen rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Nina Croft! I loved Bittersweet Blood, it was definitely what I’ve come to expect from this author. Tara, has grown up completely sheltered from the world. When her aunt dies, she embarks on a mission to experience the world and find out who she is. Christian Roth is a private investigator. Oh, and did I mention a sexy as hell, badass, vampire? Tara approaches him to find out where she is from and in the process, he discovers she is more part of his world than the one she's try ...more
The bad guys weren't bad enough.

I didn't get a real feel for the characters. I believe croft wanted the reader to believe the demons or vampires were bad but I never felt that from them. More dialog and more depth to the characters were needed.
Queen Bee
Sep 25, 2016 Queen Bee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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