Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett
Series: Roaring Twenties #1
Published: January 7, 2014 by Berkley Sensation
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
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…
I loved that Bitter Spirits was set in 1920’s San Francisco during prohibition; throw in some magic, ghosts, a spitfire heroine, and a giant of a hero and this has long been a favorite of mine. I loved Winter and his bristly personality and his resistance to falling for Aida. He’s immediately attracted to her and he also wants to protect her from whoever is targeting him, but he’s not interested in another failed relationship. A tragic accident has also left Winter filled with guilt as well as physically scarred. A large facial scar combined with his hulking size makes Winter an intimidating figure and he doesn’t have the best view of himself as husband material. Winter has a bit of a temper and he doesn’t play games but at his core he’s a really sweet protector.
“Sure, he’d been thinking about her a lot – too much – but he thought a lot about bacon, too.”
Aida is also a fantastic character and a I loved her spark and her independence. She’s been on her own for a while, traveling around the country using her skills as a medium. Aida’s a bit of a wandering soul and I laughed every time she held her own against Winter. He might love feisty women but he’s also not totally sure how to handle one that doesn’t always jump to his commands. I also really enjoyed how Aida begins to show Winter that he’s not monster he believes his outside reflects. Aida brings a level of compassion and caring to Winter’s life that wasn’t there before.
I enjoyed every second of this unique and fun romance!
5 stars – loved it!
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