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Peek Inside Bittersweet Christmas

Winter, the half-pixie daughter of Father Christmas, has a chance to make her own Christmas dream come true. For years, she’s longed for a job at The Order. Now, she has a chance at that job, while fulfilling an orphaned boy’s dream of having his uncle back. Little does she guess that finding Liam’s Uncle John will fulfill a few dreams of her own...

Bittersweet Christmas

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Orphan Liam Ryan isn’t asking for much this Christmas--just his Uncle John. And he’s counting on Father Christmas to find a way to make that happen.

But when Father Christmas tosses Liam’s letter, claiming that the kid is asking the impossible, his daughter, Winter, takes over. Half-pixie, Winter, longs to do something important with her life, starting with getting a job at the Order of the Shadow Accords, the organization that polices the supernatural world. When she discovers Liam’s uncle works for the Order, it seems like fate.

Savaged by werewolves and bitten by a vampire, no one knows what to expect of John Ryan, but it won’t be anything good. So there’s no way he’s getting involved with his nephew...or anyone else. Worse, he’s getting a babysitter over the holidays. But when he meets irrepressible Winter, all that matters is whether she likes her guys to be naughty or nice....


An engaging, romantic, and suspenseful story. Good for getting in a Christmas mood!” –Marisela L. Goodreads

“This is the perfect addition to The Order series and only makes me crave more!” –Rachel H., NetGalley

“I really loved this novella, it was such a fun read!” –Heather A., NetGalley

Strong characters, great world building and a gripping storyline, made this a thoroughly engaging read.” –Karem R., Goodreads

“This book was very short but sweet. It was a cute, fluffy kind of story. Of course, with it being for Christmas, everyone gets their happily ever after. Take a small time and read this book if you want something to just warm your insides.” –Angela C.  NetGalley

“This was a cute read! I really enjoyed the sweet story and the characters as well.. The fantasy aspect was pretty cool too, I look forward to reading more!” –Shooting Stars Reviews

“This was a cute little holiday read. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, and I think it holds up fine as a quick standalone. I found it to be well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and intrigued me enough that I will be checking out the other books in the series!” –Eve R. Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634527
Series: The Order, Book 4
Release Date: Nov 27, 2017
Page Count: 137
Imprint: amara next
Genre: paranormal
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Eve (Between The Bookends) November 18, 2017



descriptionThis was a cute little holiday read. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, and I think it holds up fine as a quick standalone. I found it to be well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and intrigued me enough that I will be checking out the other books in the series. There ...more

By Claire November 16, 2017

4 - "I've wanted you from the moment I saw you..." Stars!

It was really great to return to get a chance to return to The Order series with this short and sweet seasonal novella.

Fitting in was so hard…

If you have read the previous books in the series you will know who John Ryan is. The once police ...more

By Elaine December 03, 2017

Rating: 4.5/5

What a delightfully different Christmas story this proved to be! For Winter, being the youngest daughter of Santa Claus comes with its own drawbacks - especially when he’s so overprotective! When Winter discovers a letter to Santa from a young orphan in which he asks to spend the festiv ...more

By Marta May 02, 2018

I’ve loved The Order series by this author and finally found time to read this novella that connects to it. Ok it’s a seasonal Christmas story but I didn’t mind that and it was such fun to reacquaint myself with favourite characters.
It starts out in such a poignant yet snappy way that I defy anyone ...more

By Faith89 January 05, 2018

cute Christmas read with some paranormal humor. Quick pace but still gives a good story. Liam only wants one thing for Christmas, his Uncle John.
John Ryan loves his nephew but because of certain circumstances, he feels that Liam is better off without him. When Father Christmas doesn't have time, his ...more

By Sandy S November 26, 2017

3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 27, 2017

Orphan Liam Ryan isn’t asking for much this Christmas--just his Uncle John. And he’s counting on Father Christmas to find a way to make that happen.

But when Father Christmas tosses Liam’s letter, claiming that the kid is asking the impossibl ...more

By Penny December 13, 2017

This was such a treat! I loved every second of Bittersweet Christmas; from its version of Father Christmas, quirky and mischievous Winter, our sexy and brooding were-pire (yes, a werepire: a hybrid between werewolf and vampire) Ryan, to the action, suspense and holiday spirit it includes. It has it ...more

By ~Mandi~ December 30, 2017

Bittersweet Christmas
Discover the Order #3.5
Nina Croft
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a short and sweet Christmas novella. This is a paranormal romance with vampires, werewolves, and other supernaturals.
Winter is the daughter of Father Christmas and it is her wish to give a boy his Christmas wish. She gets assig ...more

By Alison November 29, 2017

Three and a half stars.

Father Christmas is a lot less like the Hallmark stereotype we know and love and a lot more like Odin, the one-eyed Norse god. His daughter Winter is half-pixie and desperate to get a real job with the Order of the Shadow Accords, the organisation that polices the supernatural ...more

By Malinda December 24, 2017

4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked both Winter and Ryan and was happy with how they got together. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm likely to try more of her work in the future. Obviously, I haven't read the other books in this series but th ...more

By Heather November 11, 2017

Ryan knows when he's in deep doo-doo, "they all trooped out, Winter at the rear. She hesitated at the door, cast a look over her shoulder, and blew him a kiss. His ***k twitched. Yup, he was definitely in trouble." Ryan can be a territorial man, “I’m glad. I don’t want you feeding any other vampire. ...more

By Romantic Reads and Such December 01, 2017

I’ve never heard of this series but I saw Nina Croft on the cover and I knew I needed to give it a go. And she definitely didn’t disappoint!

John Ryan is struggling with his new state of being. A vampire-werewolf is something new and no one knows what to expect. He’s getting a little tired of everyo ...more

By All Things Urban Fantasy January 18, 2018

Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

Novellas are the perfect medium for Christmas themed stories: perfect to read in one sitting under a blanket on a gray day. That said, I think I would have gladly read a full length novel about Ryan and Winter and their roller-coaster week before Christmas ...more

By Carrie December 20, 2017

What an adorable and quirky (and smutty) Christmas short story! I really enjoy the order books, but if you haven’t read the series, you can probably still enjoy this short little gem.

Winter, Father Christmas’s half-pixie daughter, intercepts a letter written to him from a lonely orphan. Said orphan ...more

By Nikki January 02, 2018

Great little vignette in world of The Order!

Winter may be the daughter of Father Christmas (Think Odin not Santa!) but he doesn't exactly exude enthusiasm at her pleas to go work for The Order. But he eventually cracks and makes arrangements for her to do a babysitting job for them. How hard can bab ...more

By Eva November 26, 2017

Nina Croft has provided a wonderfully romantic holiday story that warms the heart while providing a thrilling adrenaline rush!

The Order is an exciting series full of brilliant characters that takes place in a vibrant world and Nina Croft brings it to life with well written words that grabs the reade ...more

By Mari's Struggle is Real November 03, 2017

Winter is the daughter of a pixie and Father Christmas. John Ryan is a human turned vampire/werewolf working for a supernatural organization called the Order. I thought it was a rather engaging story. So, Pier is his boss and wants to go on a holiday with his lovely witch wife, Roz. He is worried ab ...more

By bookaholic ge December 16, 2017

Orphan Liam Ryan feels alone in the world. His mother and father is gone and the only person he has left in his life is his uncle. Liam decides to try one last effort to get his Uncle John home...a letter to Father Christmas. Unfortunately for him his Uncle John has changed in a big way...

Winter see ...more

By TW November 23, 2017

At last, finally, Ryan gets a story of his very own. With a peppermint twist?
Okay, it's a Christmas short story and it is perfect for the season and as an 'in-between' novella.
It is a mostly humorous seasonal romance, with Father Christmas being a bit of a scary bad-ass I would never want to see ...more

By Terri December 11, 2017

Thank you, NetGalley for giving me a copy of this ebook.

I liked this story so much that after reading it I bought the box set of this whole series. I enjoy paranormal books that incorporate various paranormal beings rather than focusing on just one. This story piques my curiosity to want to learn mo ...more

By Rachel November 05, 2017

What do you get when determined half pixie sets her sights on making a Christmas wish come true for a lonely orphan? You get a fast paced, fun story that will keep you glued to the pages just to see what happens next.

Let's not forget that the wish is for an a uncle that is a vampire/werewolf hybrid ...more

By Jo (Mixed Book Bag) November 29, 2017

Winter is such a great character. Daughter of Father Christmas (boy is he a surprise) and a pixie she is a little impulsive. When she sets out to accomplish a task she has no boundaries. Ryan on the other hand is the opposite. He is very closed off and thinks that if he stays away from getting close ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review December 02, 2017

Bittersweet Christmas by Nina Croft is the story of Winter and John.
This is a Holiday Theme short story with about 122 pages.
Winter is the daughter of Father Christmas and is also half Pixie. When her father tosses Liam letter assigned where he is asking that his Uncle John be home for Christmas, ...more

By Lin November 29, 2017

I had forgotten just how good The Order books are so was very pleased to be given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This time John who was bitten by a werewolf & turned into a vampire is being watched by Winter who is the daughter of Father Christmas over the festive period. While that seems ...more

By Denise November 28, 2017

Just could not pass up this one especially since I have tasted the Order before this one. This is really then a holiday treat that you can eat. Little ones too do have a way to bring some together like you watch this one do. In this one see how Winter and John interact together thanks to a request. ...more

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Nina Croft

About the author

Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction. And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here:

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