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Peek Inside Bittersweet Darkness

As payment for a debt, Ash Delacourt finds himself working with the Order of the Shadow Accords as the demon representative. It’s a chance to be near his daughter, make a new start, and—once he’s met the delectable Detective Connolly—maybe have a little fun. But Faith has a secret, and falling in love with Ash—one of the bad guys, albeit a stunningly gorgeous one, isn't part of her future. How can she ever let Ash close when her time is running out...?

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There are no monsters, only good guys and bad guys. That’s the creed by which Detective Inspector Faith Connolly has always lived.

When Faith discovers she has a time bomb counting down in her head, she has one goal: to solve the murder case she’s working on and gain closure. Her investigation brings her in contact with Ash Delacourt, who is definitely one of the bad guys, albeit a stunningly gorgeous one.

As payment for a debt, Asmodai, AKA Ash Delacourt, finds himself working with the Order of the Shadow Accords. He’s the demon representative on the newly formed committee for the integration of mankind and well…everything else. It’s a chance to be near his daughter, make a new start, and—once he’s met the delectable Detective Connolly—maybe have a little fun.

But as Faith’s investigation deepens, her beliefs are eroded and for the first time, she is falling in love—with one of the bad guys. How can she ever let Ash close when her time is running out…?


"I loved everything about this book" --Smitten with reading, Goodreads

"At this point I don't think there could be anything written by Nina Croft that I would not like. She just has a way with stories and I am so glad I found her books" --Urban Fantasy Investigations

"This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps the reader on the edge of their seat with lots of suspense, action, revelations and romance." --Evampire, Goodreads

"While this is part of a series, it read like a standalone. The characters were enchanting, the plot fast but detail-oriented." --M. Smith, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661138
Series: The Order, Book 3
Release Date: Feb 24, 2014
Page Count: 302
Imprint: amara next
Genre: angels and demons, paranormal, vampires
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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This is the third book in The Order series. Although it tells the story of a different couple, it would be advisable if you read the previous books before venturing into this instalment. In doing so, you will gain background information on the supporting cast featured in this instalment and learn ab ...more

By Marlene March 09, 2014

Originally published at Reading Reality

I always believed that “bittersweet darkness” was just a description for especially delicious dark chocolate, until I got into Nina Croft’s Order series. The books are every bit as yummy (and addicting) as the best pure dark chocolate.

Like the other books in th ...more

By Denise February 25, 2014

Wowzer she has done it again sucked me in and given me the best she has to offer with this one. When I was done though of course I am left well satisfied but will be wanting more knowing the wait will be well worth it. There is a prologue for those who have not read previous so not to be left in the ...more

By DelAnne June 30, 2017

Title: Bittersweet Darkness - The Order Book 3
Author: Nina Croft
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Published: 2-24-2014
Pages: 281
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: Demons & Devils; Vampires; Paranormal; Sci Fi & Fantasy
ISBN: 9781622661138
Reviewed For NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC
Revie ...more

By Debra September 29, 2017

I think I liked this one best of the series. It had more intense action.
Now to finish with the novella at the end of the boxed set, "Bittersweet Freedom" ...more

By Gloriamarie February 12, 2018

Really enjoyed this. Some surprising plot twists. Good characters. Like how some of the issues from the previous two books in the series are continued here. Looking forward to next in series. ...more

By joan johnston November 20, 2017

Very good

I liked this book a lot and I'm looking forward to other books by this author. It kept me entertained. ...more

By Sandy S June 14, 2014


There are no monsters, only good guys and bad guys. That’s the creed by which Detective Inspector Faith Connolly has always lived.

When Faith discovers that she has a time bomb counting down in her head, she has one goal; to solve the murder case she’s working on—a young girl who was f ...more

By Jeannie February 24, 2014

Bittersweet Darkness (The Order 3) Nina Croft
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This series has hooked me right from the first book, and now I’ve read three I understand book one even better, first books have a hard task, setting characters, a current plot and needing an over them to pull each ...more

By T.A. February 22, 2014

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I had been waiting impatiently for this book to come ever since I read Bittersweet Magic, longing to see what was in store for one of my favorite demons, Asmodai. I am happy to say Croft did NOT disappoint.

Asmodai has gone by many di ...more

By Pam September 10, 2016

Faith has never believed in any type of supernatural monster. Even when signs point to what looks like a vampire she will not believe it. The detective has a crime she wants to see solved before her time is up. She doesn't have a lot of time as her health is rapidly going but she vows she will put a ...more

By Marta February 14, 2014

I've only recently discovered this authors work and as a lover of paranormal fiction I'm so very glad I have. Ms Croft writes stories that just capture my imagination and I find them almost impossible to put down until I have finished reading them. If you are looking for a new name in sexy paranorma ...more

By Margaret August 12, 2016

This book had a bit of everything that I like – action, romance, angst, tension, supernatural creatures, sexy alpha males, kick-ass heroines…yep, a bit of everything! Even though I haven’t read the first two books in this series, it was easy to follow the story and I don’t feel that I missed anythin ...more

By Jessie February 24, 2014

This is the 3rd book of the 'Bittersweet' series and is by far the best series out of all them! Nina croft has skills! not only can can she spin a story that is superb, she can also write several series at one time that manages to snare you in to her world of paranormal. Kudos to you Miss.Croft! Asm ...more

By Christi February 27, 2014

My Review:
I loved everything about this book. I've read a few other books by Nina Croft, but this was the first book I've read from this series. Although it was obvious which characters featured in the first two books, I didn't feel like I was ever missing out on anything by dropping into the series ...more

By Jessica March 02, 2014

Due to my overabundance of excitement at the premise of this book, I didn't notice that Bittersweet Darkness is actually the third book in a series. My fault entirely. So, yes I did scramble for purchase a bit as I found my place in Faith's story. Still, this is a solid read even as a standalone! Ni ...more

By angelblue February 24, 2014

Bittersweet Darkness is the third book in Nina Croft's The Order series and can be easily read as a stand alone.

The story starts off with our heroine Faith chasing down a lead on a murder that she is currently investigating with her partner. Just as she closes in on him she blacks out. We find out ...more

By Eva February 26, 2014

The third book in The Order series is a thrilling and entertaining read.

Faith discovers she a time bomb counting down in her head and focuses on solving the murder case she’ working on, a young girl who was drained in blood and in the course of her investigation comes into contact with Ash Delacourt ...more

By Stacy February 26, 2014

At this point I don't think there could be anything written by Nina Croft that I would not like. She just has a way with stories and I am so glad I found her books.

Faith is a bit different from the other female leads in this series. She is 100% human and believes nothing of the supernatural world. L ...more

By Claudia March 09, 2014

This was my second book by Nina Croft and I definitely loved it ... to tell the truth, after the first (from another series) I was not convinced I would read another one written by her but thank good, I got this one and I am really happy about it.

this is the third book in "The Order" series, but the ...more

By Miriam March 10, 2014

***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***

Skepticism in the paranormal is understandable. "I'll believe it when I see it" makes sense when it comes to this sort of thing. In Faith's case, her disbelief in the paranormal realm seemed to stem from...nothing. At least nothing she cou ...more

By Jo (Mixed Book Bag) February 26, 2014

It seems I just could not get enough of Nina Croft this week. I received Bittersweet Darkness from Netgalley and read it right after Death Defying. Bittersweet Darkness is book three in The Order series and I had not read book one, Bittersweet Blood or book two, Bittersweet Magic. It did not take me ...more

By Mandy March 11, 2014

I wasn't terribly excited about reading this book, simply because it was smack dab in the middle of a series. Reading out of order gives me hives and leaves me feeling a bit faint. Getting into this though, was easy. It was explanatory without me feeling like I was being told the entirety of the pre ...more

By Paula March 02, 2014

What is Bittersweet Darkness by Nina Croft? First and foremost, it is a captivating paranormal read. I have not read the first two in the series but this one convinced me that I just had to, so I’ve already bought them. Let me be clear that it’s not that you are unable to follow the story line witho ...more

By Kae February 24, 2014

I haven't read the first book in the series but I read the second. You can bet after reading this one I will be going back and reading the first one. It did not disappoint. Nina has a way of writing that just sucks me right into the story and I had a hard time putting the book down, much to my husba ...more

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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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