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Product Details

  • Series: Roaring Twenties
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425269574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425269572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Bennett’s absolutely delightful first in a new series stirs intrigue, paranormal activity, and romance into a wonderfully refreshing brew. In 1927 San Francisco, spirit medium Aida Palmer is working speakeasies, reuniting customers with their loved ones, when she meets rugged bootlegger Winter Magnusson, who’s been poisoned and put under a spell he hopes she can cure. While this isn’t her bailiwick, she knows someone who can get right of the poison, but not the curse that induces ghosts to attack him. As Aida and Winter hunt down the origins of the curse in Chinatown, they learn that a secret underground tong is trying to take over the bootlegging business. Fighting for their lives, they grow closer, and they finally agree to an affair. But what if their temporary liaison isn’t enough? Will Aida give up a career that includes so much travel? Will Winter jump into marriage again after his tragic first foray? Bennett’s fast-paced dialogue, often witty and sharp, as well as her charming characters and detailed setting, will truly captivate romance readers. --Pat Henshaw


"An inventive setting, delightfully sharp-tongued characters, white-hot chemistry, and wry, subtle humor make for a truly enjoyable read." --Molly Harper, national bestselling author of the Nice Girls vampire series

"I loved this book! Bennett delivers a sizzling-hot yet swoon-worthy love story with a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end, all set in the fresh and ultra cool world of 1920s Jazz Age San Francisco." --Kristen Callihan, author of the Darkest London series

"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

"Stupendous." --RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

"Absolutely delightful... Bennett's fast-paced dialogue, often witty and sharp, as well as her charming characters and detailed setting, will truly captivate romance readers." --Booklist, starred review

"The time period and setting are depicted superbly; Winter and Aida are smart yet vulnerable, and the story offers both shivers and steam... There's danger all around, and the couple bump up against it more than once in this action-packed tale." --Bookpage

More About the Author

JENN BENNETT writes the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Roaring Twenties paranormal romance series for Berkley Sensation. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

Customer Reviews

Really loved the main characters.
L. Hanes
I loved delving into Chinatown and the surrounding areas and found the setting incredibly unique for a historical romance.
All in all a great story that blends paranormal, history and romance together in a wonderful book.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RabidReads on January 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Jenn Bennett’s urban fantasy series is already on my auto-buy list so when Bitter Spirits landed on my to-read pile I couldn’t resist opening it to see if her romance measured up to her action. And, it most certainly does! This author’s ability to write stunning characters, magical universes and gripping plot lines transcends genres. I loved everything about this novel from the setting, to the love story to the oh-so satisfying ending. This is going to be a hard act to follow but with another installment due out later this year plus a new Arcadia Bell book; I’m betting this won’t be Bennett’s only wow moment of 2014.

This isn’t the first novel that I’ve read set in the 1920′s but it is the only one that’s made me want to climb between the pages and experience the prohibition era for myself. The world-building is exceptional; I adored the bootlegging aspect of this story line. The author successfully straddles the deliciously thin line between excitement and fear and, the result is infectious. I truly felt like I was stepping into another universe while reading this book; I loved the speakeasy atmosphere and the raids helped to amp up the danger element even more.

Another element that immediately caught my attention was the fact that the heroine has freckles! Most protagonists in paranormal romance are portrayed as having flawless skin so I loved how Bennett took a trait that’s commonly viewed as an imperfection and turned it into something beautiful. I’ve never hated my freckles but by the end of this book, I was feeling pretty darned good about them, especially considering Aida was able to nab a hottie like Winter with hers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janice (Rabidreading) on January 8, 2014
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Bitter Spirits and I were a match made in heaven. Everything about it, from the cover to the blurb to the sheer coolness of the 1920's setting, said, "You're going to fall madly in love with me!" - and that's exactly what happened. Bitter Spirits rang my bells, blew my whistles, and made me wish I could carry even half a tune so I could sing its praises properly.

Now, you could argue I'm biased because I'm already a Jenn Bennett fan. Her Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series is one of my favorites, so I knew going in that she would write this story right, but even I, devoted fan that I am, could not have imagined how much she would rock this new book.

With the hustle and bustle of 1920's San Francisco providing a colorful backdrop, Bitter Spirits tells the story of two strong but damaged people who are brought together by an unusual set of circumstances. Winter, you see, has somehow become the victim of a curse that causes ghosts to follow him wherever he goes. Desperate to stop the hauntings, he seeks out Aida Palmer, a spirit medium who, he's been told, can send the ghosts back to wherever they came from. That's all Winter wants - an end to his supernatural woes so he can get back to his bootlegging life. That is, until he meets Aida and discovers he wants something else too. Namely, the spirited, independent woman with the forthright gaze and the most beautiful freckled skin he's ever seen.

Winter isn't the only one who feels an attraction. Aida does too, and the sheer force of their desire for one another knocks them both for a hefty loop. They don't know what to make of it, or each other, and do their best to ignore the inconvenient pull they feel toward one another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on January 7, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Aida Palmer makes her living as a spirit medium performing in speakeasies, but unlike many others, her performance is genuine. When her boss asks for her assistance freeing bootlegger Winter Magnusson from a haunting, Aida has no idea that the simple task will ultimately change her world forever. For the hex put on Winter is just the beginning, and he needs Aida’s help banishing the ghosts an unknown enemy keeps sending after him. Even the chilling presence of spirits can’t dampen the heat between Winter and Aida. Soon the two are throwing caution to the wind and embarking on an affair that could cost them everything if they don’t exorcise the ghosts of their own pasts and defeat the enemy now targeting them both.

Bitter Spirits is a wildly original paranormal adventure through Prohibition-era San Francisco. Jenn Bennett brings sizzle to her first Roaring Twenties romance, but what really makes Bitter Spirits stand out is the unusual setting, well-crafted mystery, and sly humor.

Aida and Winter are lively, spirited (no pun intended) protagonists who’ll grab your attention from the start and not let go. Each is unusual in their own way, and both are incredibly independent and wary of letting others in. Sparks and delightful banter fly as they circle one another, and when they do give into their desire for each other…get ready for some serious steam. Ms. Bennett doesn’t make their romance uncomplicated, however. Winter and Aida have both been hurt badly in the past and it’s left them reticent to risk their hearts. It was easy to become invested in their love story, and the two of them alone could have made me devour Bitter Spirits.

While Winter and Aida are undeniably the heart of Bitter Spirits, Ms.
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