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- Print Length: 113 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen (December 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2013
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DPAFPQG
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Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements) Kindle Edition
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Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer Armentrout is a prequel novella to her Dark Elements series. This world that JLA created is full of mystery, suspense, and a love story between two Gargoyle Wardens.
Jasmine and Dez have been friends since they were young. Where one goes the other follows.
They share a bond that can’t be broken..... or so they thought.
One night Dez disappears, and is never seen again. Leaving Jasmine’s heart in shatters.
Years pass and Dez is back, and wants to be more than just friends with Jasmine..... a mate. But her heart is still broken for what he did, and is not so willing to forgive.
So she gives him seven days to convince her why hey should be together.
The tension between these two was fantastic. Dez’s love for Jasmine was so heartwarming, and him ownimg up to his mistakes...... gah I wish he was mine.
A fantastic start to this series, that I can’t wait to read Layla and Zayne’s story next.
Jasmine is seventeen, beautiful, has been completely sheltered all her life, and has never traveled anywhere. Dez is a super hot guy-one that makes all the women’s head turn wherever he goes. He’s also a really sweet guy that loves Jasmine, and he does have his reasons why he disappeared.
For such a short read, this was full of world building. In this world, demons live among clueless humans, and gargoyle wardens are tasked with killing them. Jasmine’s mom was killed by a demon when she was a child, and Dez’s family was wiped out by demons. The author’s vision of demons was unique. There’s all different kinds of them, and they show up when you least expect them. Since demon hunting is one of the items on Jasmine’s wish list, this goes a long way towards checking this off her list.
During the seven days, the pair travel to several places. When they visit D.C., they meet a demon/human hybrid named Layla. She is a rarity, and can easily steal their souls-if she gets close enough to kiss. This was the introduction to the main character of book one of this series, White Hot Kiss, and just made me want to read it more.
Since it was a novella, it was an extremely fast read, and set up the world for the series. I enjoyed the characters, and the descriptions of the demons the pair meets. The romance was sweet, and the characters fairly well developed. I think if the story had been bit longer, there could have been a lot more fleshing out of the characters. Also, although we find out why Dez left, I was wishing for more of a story of what happened to him after he left Jasmine. While it’s explained why he left without telling her, I think it needed a better reason for not getting in touch for three years. So yes, that’s the part of the read that bothered me.
I do already own White Hot Kiss, and plan to read it hopefully soon. I bought it because Jennifer Armentrout wrote one of my favorite series, The Lux Series, and I wanted to read another by her. While this didn’t really come close to being as good as Lux, I am hoping the rest of the series lives up to it.(RabidReads.com)
Bitter Sweet Love also has a brief introduction to Layla, who is the main character of the series. She's unusual even among her kind and isn't welcome or accepted because she's half demon. She can also steal souls, which obviously no one wants to have done to them! It's not like she's going around threatening anyone, and she has to be close enough to kiss in order to even do it, but that doesn't stop anyone from being afraid of her. Even Jasmine was standoffish with her at first until she got to her know her. All in all, I think this was a good short story that packed in a lot of information that I'm happy to have known before going into the first book.
Jasmine's resistance to the newly returned Dez was understandable as was her stir crazy feeling of being useless and pend up, but at the same time I felt she was stubborn and naive, too. Dez reason for leaving and not contacting her for 3 years had me hoping that all this drama was worth it. The leaving part made sense. The no contact afterward? Not so much.
Good lead in to the main novels of the series.