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Bitter Spirits

Roaring Twenties, Book 1
Written by: Jenn Bennett
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Roaring Twenties, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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...

©2013 Jenn Bennett (P)2014 Tantor

What the critics say

"Complex and smart romantic leads. . . . Expect historical romance authors and fans to eagerly hop on the Roaring 20s bandwagon, following Bennett's very able lead." ( Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 2017-08-13

Cute paranormal romance set in the 1920s

I have had this book on my TBR pile for awhile now. This is first book in The Roaring Twenties trilogy; and is a cute paranormal romance set in the 1920's. It was a bit too romancy for me at times but I still enjoyed it; it was a nice, light, fun read.

The plot is fairly simple and isn't a huge part of the story; many times the plot is overshadowed by the romance. However, there are some paranormal elements in here too such as Aida’s ability to see ghosts and the Chinese curse put on Winter.

I did enjoy the two main characters and the chemistry they have, they end up in a sweet yet tumultuous romance. The story ties up at a good spot too.

Overall this was a cute paranormal romance read set in the 1920’s in San Fran. I enjoyed the setting and the chemistry between the two main characters. The plot was fairly simple though and the romance definitely overshadowed everything else. I prefer my stories to be a bit more balanced and because of that I don’t plan on reading any more books in this series. Those who enjoy romance heavy paranormal reads should check this book out.

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  • caitlin long
  • 2020-08-13

Steamy Romance

I love Bitter Spirits! This is a great romance story. I enjoyed Aida and Winter's relationship. The sex scenes were steamy and hot. The narrator was great at doing the female and male main character voices.

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  • Tabatha Schmitt
  • 2020-06-14

Interesting plot but...

It’s an interesting plot but predictable villain. I also think a lot of the sex scenes took away from the story instead of adding.

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  • N. H.
  • 2019-12-29

Ice and Fire

I thoroughly enjoyed Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett narrated by Amy Landon. It is the first book in Bennett's Roaring Twenties series. The characters reflect the diversity of San Francisco, including American, Swedish, and Chinese. Winter Magnusson is a wealthy bootlegger in San Francisco. He deals with the physical and mental scars of an accident that took his wife and parents. Winter is an apt description of his heart. Ada Palmer can see and speak to the dead. She earns her living traveling the country doing appearances at speakeasies and clubs. From their first meeting to the last sentence, Winter and Ada are Ice and Fire and it is marvelous. Amy Landon does a fantastic job narrating the book. The voices she creates for Winter and Ada are perfect. All the different accents are well done. I am looking forward to Amy Landon narrating the rest of the series.

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  • Jessica
  • 2019-04-22

...bland....😶

A bit...bland...I didn't connect with any of the characters. I didn't root for them nor did I fall in love with any of them. It wasn't a total tragedy of a story. It was a breezy book.

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  • Vinity
  • 2014-07-07

A bit disappointing

I like Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series very much. So I'm sad to report I didn't like this book very much. The writing is fine, I just felt the plot was a bit thin, a good portion of the book is really just about getting the leads together in bed. I think some people like the romance to be the *A* story line, for me, I prefer the romance to be in the background. I like the idea of the world, I just wish there had been more focus on that.

Amy Landon did a fine job reading.

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  • Share Faerber
  • 2014-06-17

Formula Romance with an interesting story

OK, Beautiful girl who doesn't think she's beautiful, though almost every man she meets hits on her, meets gorgeous man with scar who thinks he's ugly. Of course it's lust at first site. She's a medium and he's a bootegger cursed into seeing ghosts fom his past. That is the interesting part of the story. If you've read romances before, you know the romance part of the story. No suprises there. The writing is good, and the story is entertaining.
The sex parts weren't as bad as many I've read. Though I enjoy romance, I don't really like much sex in books, and please skip the thrust by thrust details! Leave it to the imagination. Not too bad, but not one I will read again.