Series: The Dark Elements #0.5
Published by Harlequin
Published on December 1st, 2013
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…
“Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough, no matter what.”
I wanted to read this novella prior to starting White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1). I am very glad I did. This novella is definitely a prequel to the series, and it lays a lot of groundwork and backstory into the world in which the remaining books will take place.
Though there are several characters and creatures that are introduced in this book, the storyline primarily focuses on Jasmine and Dez. Bitter Sweet Love takes us on Jas and Dez’s path of “romantic rediscovery” after Dez returns to their clan after being away for 3 years. They were once best friends, but when Dez left 3 years prior without so much as a goodbye, Jasmine was left to deal with all of her questions would go unanswered.
The interaction between Dez and Jasmine made for a light and entertaining read. If you’re a fan of JLA YA, you’ll eat this up. There’s plenty of tension, suspense, sexiness, and adventure to keep you hooked until the end. It was nice getting to follow Jasmine and Dez as they learn how to cope with their love for one another, and I found myself in a messy puddle of swoonage by the time it was all said and done.
As I mentioned before, this book sets the tone for the next book. We get to meet Layla, who is 13-years-old at the time this novella takes place. She’s half Warden and half Demon, which is not a good combo. You’d think that this would cause Layla to be down and depressed about being an outcast–but even at 13, she shows strength of character. I just know I’m going to love her. I am also very intrigued by Zayne (who is very protective of Layla) and his hunkiness. I’m also curious about a mystery man (who is caught spying on Layla). That guy just oozes sex and danger. (I like!!) This is going to make for some interesting confrontations, I’m sure!
I can’t wait to jump into White Hot Kiss!!
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