Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: December 1st, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age and Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Source: for review
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 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...
Jennifer blew my mind again! Well..she always does with each and every one of her books. But this one is so special because I've been wanting to read about this series ever since she said she's writing a demon/gargoyle story. I love gargoyles! Anyway, Bitter Sweet Love is an explosive start to what I'm pretty sure would be an amazing series.
As this is a prequel novella, it's about Jasmine (who I'm guessing will be a side character in the first book White Hot Kiss) and Dez. I loved Jasmine! As with every JLA heroine, she's snarky, strong and really just so relatable. Well..except for the gargoyle bit of course! Dez is now another addition to my Book Boyfriends list! He's hot, a little bit mysterious and sweet. I was a bit annoyed with him and want to know exactly why he left Jasmine all those years ago..but I get why he did it in the end.
The storyline and the world building is by far the best thing about this. I applaud Jennifer for creating such a unique world and writing about a paranormal creature that we haven't really seen enough about. I love gargoyles and demons so of course I was all over that. The whole mating thing was explained and I love how they all live in colonies. Also, the humans know about them! Which I found was so cool and interesting.
Aside from that, we also get to meet the main characters from the White Hot Kiss. Layla, Zayne and Roth appeared and I admit I was grinning so big when Roth made his. We also get to see a little more about Layla and Zayne's 'relationship' which was so sweet. But I'm so Team Roth. ROTH ALL THE WAY. He's a badass demon with tatoos and piercings in hot places and he's got a super cool but scary snake tattoo. Yeah. I'm in love with Roth already and I haven't even read WHK yet.
Bitter Sweet Love is everything that you would want in a prequel YA paranormal novella. The only bad thing is that after finishing this book, I want to cry as I don't have WHK yet! I'm soooooo excited for that book and all my blogger friends said it's epic. So yeah. This is such an amazing start to the Dark Elements series!