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 that she has a ticking time bomb in her head, a massive aneurism that is building and it's just a matter of time before it ends her life. She is determined to find the person responsible for the murder and see that justice is served. Faith is a pretty straight forward person and views life in black or white, good or evil with nothing in between. You have to be one or the other in her opinion and is very rigid when it comes to changing her views even when it is waved right in her face.
That being said, I really liked her. She was tough and didn't put up with crap from anyone. She also didn't curl up in a ball and give up when she found out about her terminal condition. She was determined to solve the case before her time was up.
Now we come to Asmodai aka: Ash. I loved him! The perfect bad boy, even though he was in denial about his feelings for a fragile human. I loved how he always took care of Faith when one of her migraines struck. Even when he thought she may have been responsible for his daughter's kidnapping he still took care of her and protected her.
This story had a lot of action, suspense, angst and steam! When they all get to Hell that's when everything comes to a head and before they have a chance to sort things out the time bomb in Faith's head goes off.... OMG I bawled like a baby!!! Not many books get my waterworks going but this one did. What a heartwrencher and what a surprise as well! Want to know what happened at the end? Get the book, you won't regret it.
Excellent PNR by Nina Croft and another great series that I will definitely be adding to my must read list.
*I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review