Release Day Launch + Review: Bitter Sweet Love (Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Here at  Typical Distractions we are so THRILLED to be a part of the Bitter Sweet Love release day launch!  Below you’ll find a synopsis of the novella, an incredible excerpt, and our thoughts on the novella.


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…

 Don’t miss White Hot Kiss, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements series from Harlequin TEEN!


I mean just look at that cover! Geez.  Side note:  I think that chick looks like Nina Dobrev and I don’t hate it…

Check out this excerpt and teaser from the novella.

Moving lightning fast, Dez shifted and I was suddenly underneath him. His arms were on either side of my head, caging me in. Our bodies didn’t touch, but I felt him to the tips of my toes anyway.

                The teasing grin disappeared when I dragged in a deep breath and my chest brushed his. Everything changed in an instant. The playful mood faded, replaced by primal heaviness. Our gazes collided and locked. Neither of us moved. His closeness sent a series of shivers skittering across my skin and made it hard to take slow, even breaths. My body tensed when his gaze dropped to my mouth.

                He tilted his head to the side. “I… I honestly have no idea what we were talking about.”

                “Good. Neither do I.”

                He shifted his weight onto one arm, bring him closer. “Have you enjoyed your trip so far?”

                “Yes.” I felt as if I couldn’t get enough air into my lungs.

                “Good.” He lowered his head. His breath was minty as it moved across my cheek and then my lips. “I’m glad.”

                I wasn’t really following the conversation and I wasn’t sure that he was fully aware of what was coming out of his mouth. I searched my hazy brain for something to say and wet my lips. I-

                The sound that came out of Dez’s chest rumbled through me. A stuttered heartbeat passed and then his lips were on mine. There was nothing slow about this kiss. It scorched my skin and caused my body to stretch tight like a bowstring. The kiss deepened, spinning my senses. I shuddered when his hand curved over my shoulder and drifted down to my waist, his long fingers spreading out under the hem of my shirt, grazing the bare skin of my stomach.

                I gasped, floored by the raw sensations pounding through my blood. My skin felt as if I was about to phase. Maybe I was.

              “Jasmine,” he whispered, the word falling against my lips, and then his body was pressing mine into the mattress, heavy, sweet and hard.


Tina’s Thoughts:

We will basically read anything and everything by Jennifer. I have loved legitimately everything she has written. She is an incredible author. I was so excited when she talked about this new series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this prequel novella to the new world, a world full of demons, humans, and Wardens, more commonly referred to as gargoyles.

Originally when I first heard about this series and discovered they were gargoyles, I was naturally both curious and hesitant about how this would turn out. I mean, I saw the cartoon Gargoyles when I was younger and honestly, how do you make a grotesque stone guardian statue hot, which is one of Armentrout’s specialties. I was not disappointed. I loved how this world of demons and Wardens was introduced and cannot wait to read more. This short story was a little taste of what is to come and I cannot wait to see what comes next. Gosh! February 2014 is way too far away.

Lynne’s Thoughts:

Tina and I agree on a lot.  One of our biggest agreements in life is a love for all things written by Jennifer.  Seriously, the woman is a machine.  I absolutely adored this novella.  I knew that gargoyles would be a interesting premise, but I also knew that if anyone could make it incredible, it was Jennifer.  She did not disappoint.  I am so fascinated to see all the mythology and back stories that play out regarding the Wardens.  I loved Jasmine and Dez’s story.  I mean Dez…mercy of God…SWOON.  But more importantly, I was obsessed with Layla and the mysterious demon, that we know is Roth.  Zayne was great too, but I’ve always had a thing for the tattooed ones.  This novella did exactly what it was suppose to do, which was cause enough intrigue to torture me since it’s only December.  White Hot Kiss doesn’t come out till February, which means I’ll be anxiously awaiting to reenter this new world JLA has created for us.  Seriously people, read this novella.  We’ve even given you links below.

















Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads

Jennifer L. Armentrout Amazon

About Jennifer



# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


A special thanks to Ink Slinger PR for the opportunity to celebrate the release of this awesome novella!

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