Friday, November 14, 2014

REVIEW: Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title/Series: Bitter Sweet Love | The Dark Elements #0.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: December 1st 2013
Format: eBook | Pages: 105
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Amazon
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

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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...

"You will be mated in seven days."

I haven't read any of the blurbs for any of these books yet. If it's a book written by Jennifer L. Armentrout I just buy it no questions asked because she's golden that way. All I knew from following her posts was that it was going to be about gargoyles. I couldn't help but think about how very different that would be and was excited to see how she'd pull that off. Not that I was worried I love everything she writes and she got me to fall in love with a cocky alien for crying out loud! But I had assumed Layla would be human (wrong) and maybe either Zayne or Roth would be as well while the other was a gargoyle (half wrong). So there was a lot that surprised me with this story in the best ways of course. In fact it has me even more excited to get into this series and I already have a few theories. (Don't worry about those I'm  generally wrong 98% of the time with my theories!)

"Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough, no matter what."

Dez and Jasmine's story sucked me in immediately. I loved Jasmine and her thirst for freedom and how she's even a bit reckless even though she seems to have everything under control. I liked the way she thought when it came to Dez coming back into her life, don't get me wrong I had my fingers crossed the whole time hoping she'd crack and say yes (once you read it you'll understand better). But still deep down I didn't want her to just give in. Dez had me so intrigued. He was very mysterious and sexy. It drove me crazy not knowing his secrets in the beginning!

"Herbert bit me."

As with every single one of her books, JLA has this brilliant sense of humor that shines through her writing. I always seem to find myself laughing out loud whenever I read one of her books, and do it often.

"I'm in this for the long haul."

This book really is bittersweet because while it was a huge slice of perfection, I easily became attached to Dez and Jasmine and they aren't the focus of the series. Though while my heart is a little sad over that and will miss being inside Jasmine's head, I did get to see a brief glimpse of a younger Layla and Zayne and that had me really excited to get into their story. Layla had a piece of my heart from the first moment she meets Jasmine and I felt that hurt twinge because of it. As did Zayne. The way he stood up for her was so swoon worthy. Roth has a lot of work to do if he's going to have any sort of chance to sway me in his direction. The bad boys usually do it for me but I'm not that impressed yet. Intrigued? Yes. Impressed? No. So's Team Zayne for me. Let's see what the next two books have in store. Will I change my mind? Hmm...

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