Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bittersweet Darkness by Nina Croft

Title: Bittersweet Darkness
Author: Nina Croft
My Rating: A+

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: The Order #3
Main Characters: Faith and Ash
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
There are no monsters, only good guys and bad guys. That’s the creed by which Detective Inspector Faith Connolly has always lived. 

When Faith discovers that she has a time bomb counting down in her head, she has one goal; to solve the murder case she’s working on—a young girl who was found drained of blood—and in doing so gain closure for a long ago murder never solved. Her investigation brings her in contact with Ash Delacourt. Ash is all black leather, big guns and sexy bad attitude—definitely not one of the good guys.

As payment for a debt, Asmodai AKA Ash Delacourt, finds himself working with the Order of the Shadow Accords. He’s the demon representative on the newly formed Committee for the Integration of Mankind and well…everything else. It’s a chance to be near his daughter, make a new start, and—once he’s met the delectable detective—maybe have a little fun.

There are no monsters. But as Faith’s investigation deepens, her beliefs are eroded and for the first time, she is falling in love—with one of the bad guys. But how can she ever let Ash close when her time is running out…?

My Review:
I loved everything about this book. I've read a few other books by Nina Croft, but this was the first book I've read from this series. Although it was obvious which characters featured in the first two books, I didn't feel like I was ever missing out on anything by dropping into the series at book #3.

This book features Faith, a detective who sees everything as black and white. There are no gray areas for her. Her long-time partner has just quit to go work for a mysterious company. She's also in the process of finding out that she probably is dying because she has a blood vessel in her head that could burst at any point. She's trying to solve a mysterious serial killer case which has all the signs of pointing to a vampire....something that Faith refuses to even consider...monsters aren't real. In the middle of it all, she's forced into a reassignment working for paranormal investigations...not great for the girl who absolutely does not believe in paranormals of any sort. Just don't tell her that her new boyfriend is a demon and there are all kinds of things out there that go bump in the night. 

Like I said, I really, really liked this story. I love how tough and independent Faith is...she's truly alone in this world and my heart hurt for her throughout so much of this book. She's so lonely. But Ash has that issue, too. He hasn't been involved with anyone in 23 years when his heart was shattered. He has no desire to ever put his heart out there like that again...but he keeps feeling the pull to Faith, which is the worst thing in the world since she is especially vulnerable as a human. He doesn't even know about the time-bomb in her head. 

I liked the set-up of the romance and the story and the world. It was interesting. The whole premise is that the supernatural beings are setting the groundwork for outing themselves to humans which is creating new partnerships within those groups...but not everyone is happy about that. In this book, there is definitely a switch around with the parameters of good and evil and how the traditional elements like demons and angels aren't what humans have always thought. I loved it. I need to go back and read the first two books and definitely look forward to more books that take place in this world. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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