Release Date: December 1, 2013
Format: eARC, 105 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Dark Elements #0.5
Description from Goodreads:
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...
Time to say hello to another fantastic series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Goodness, I love this. Starting a new series, especially by Jen. And especially when I absolutely adored the prequel novella, which is a good sign for where this series is headed.
In this novella, we get a taste of the world we'll learn even more about when White Hot Kiss releases. I must say, I very much enjoy JLA's take on gargoyles. I've never given much thought to them before. But now they're so...ahem, attractive and highly interesting and entertaining to read about. I liked learning a bit about the world, Wardens, and demons and now I can't wait to get more in depth with them as we move farther into the series.
The characters in this one were just as great as would be expected. Jas was nice and strong. She was somewhat bothersome in her reluctance with Dez, but then again it was understandable considering how Dez left. And Dez...oh sweet goodness, Dez. He was sweet and wonderful and I want to keep him. MINE. MINEMINEMINE.
Jas and Dez together is just perfect. Nothing else to say about it, except maybe to let you know that I want to see more of them, together. MOAR.
The plot in this one wasn't too intricate, but it is only a novella. The storyline sufficed for the novella and captivated my attention completely. The pace was good, and the sweetness sprinkled throughout was more than enough to keep me smiling.
Overall, Jennifer L. Armentrout has written a fantastic novella to start up The Dark Elements series, where we got a nice glimpse into the world and the characters we're going to be spending some time with in White Hot Kiss and the books to follow while still holding its own sweet story. Not only did I love the tease for the series, but I did highly enjoy these characters and how their story went.
SO MUCH LOVE RIGHT NOW, Y'ALL. SO MUCH.