- File Size: 558 KB
- Print Length: 103 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen (December 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2013
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DPAFPQG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements) Kindle Edition
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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.
When I first heard that she was writing about gargoyles, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of that. I mean, it is JLA, so I was sure there was going to be plenty of smexiness, but gargoyles? I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea.
And then I read Bitter Sweet Love, and well, I am now completely sold on the idea.
I think what I enjoyed most about Bitter Sweet Love was that it reminded me of the Covenant series. And that isn’t meant to be a bad thing. At all. The Covenant series will always be my favorite of Jennifer’s books, and this reminded me of everything that I love about that series. Strong characters. Excitement. Danger. A swoonworthy romance. Action. An exciting plot. Bitter Sweet Love had all of it.
The main characters: Dez and Jasmine are fantastic characters. What surprised me the most while reading Bitter Sweet Love, which is only fifteen chapters long, was how much character development took place within this story. After their seven days were up, Jasmine seemed more certain of herself and of what she wanted. It was a far cry from the girl we met in the beginning of the story.
Layla: This was my favorite part of the story. I actually liked her character, but those scenes toward the end, when she discusses love with Jas? It makes me fear what’s going to happen in White Hot Kiss.
The whole gargoyle thing: Like I said, I was worried about the story centering on gargoyles. But, as usual, Jennifer managed to make it work. These are not the same hideous creatures that we’re used to. They are a lot different, I promise.
All in all: Bitter Sweet Love was a nice introduction to the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to read White Hot Kiss.