Series: The Dark Elements #0.5
Published by Harlequin on December 1st 2013
Genres: 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…
My reaction when I found out JLA was starting a new YA Paranormal series:
Now, this is a prequel novella, so it’s not the same main characters as the first book of the series, but you definitely meet them, and that was fun. I really enjoyed this book, as I do with all of JLA’s books. After reading this novella, this is sure to be another wildly successful YA series, that fans of the recently concluded Covenant Series and the soon to be concluded Lux Series will ravenously devour.
If you’re looking for your next fix of sweet yet sexy paranormal romance, look no further. We enter the story when Dez returns after three years of being gone. He and Jasmine already had a relationship. But he broke her heart and didn’t tell her why he was leaving, so she gave up on him. Let’s just say they don’t spend a lot of time getting to know each other since they already have history. And it’s not insta-love either. Dez has seven days to woo Jasmine, lest she turn him down, and lets just say that boy knows how to woo.
There’s some action as well, seeing how there’s a war going on or at least brewing between the Wardens and demons. We didn’t get a ton of information on that, but I’m assuming that will be very clearly explored in the first book, White Hot Kiss. I know, all these titles sound like straight romance novels. I’m sure there will be plenty of that, but knowing JLA, there will be lots of action and fantasy elements as well.
This is a quick read (only about 100 pages). Very well written. If you’re a fan of JLA, you’ve probably already read it and loved it. She never seems to disappoint, and Bitter Sweet Love is a great introduction to a new world that I’m sure will be just as popular as her previous works.