Monday, January 20, 2014

Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett

There's a big curse in little Chinatown…and it's not Prohibition.

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…

Review:  ~by Micaela

I give this book a 4.5/5 stars because I really enjoyed it! The whole book had the perfect blend of romance and mystery/ suspense. I never knew what would happen around each twist and turn. The pacing was very well done because Jenn Bennett paced Winter and Aida's relationship throughout the book. Even in the last 50 pages it was still not certain if they would be together and I loved that. It made it very interesting and suspenseful. She also handled the plot very skillfully. I never felt that the book was dragging on, so it was a joy to read.

The book was set in the 1920's in San Francisco and I felt fully immersed in this time period. The characters felt real to me. The title of the book was also very clever. At first I didn't notice the double meaning, but as I read, it made sense. Bitter Spirits could mean ghosts or alcohol because Aida is a spirit-medium and Winter is a bootlegger. As this is a new book series, I can't wait to read Grim Shadows (book #2 in the Roaring Twenties series).

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