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Mini Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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

Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Purchased for Kindle
Page Count: 105 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 5/5 stars

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...

As always, Jennifer L. Armentrout has knocked it out of the park! I absolutely loved this novella! Armentrout has introduced us to another fantastical world that will leave readers anxious for more. It is really interesting (and a bit heartbreaking) to see how female Wardens are treated. Their lives are not their own and have essentially one purpose: to mate and care for the young. Jasmine is the daughter of the head of New York's clan. Her father is powerful and not a force to be reckoned with. Jas longs for freedom- she wants to travel and experience the world before being claimed by another male. She sneaks out to fly and loves the feeling of freedom that it gives her.
I loved Jasmine's character. She is feisty and determined and I like that. Her world is flipped upside down upon the return of Dez, another Warden who she grew up and fell in love with. After disappearing on her, she still feels the hurt he left her with and is determined to stand her ground and not succumb to his charm. He has made his claim to her and she now has seven days to decide whether or not she'll accept his claim. Jas won't be easily swayed by intoxicating kisses or the way Dez makes her feel. He won't tell her the real reason he left and she won't cave in to the sweet boy she grew up with and then was later abandoned by.
Dez is the epitome of sex on a stick. JLA knows how to write her sexy male leads and I found myself falling for Dez right along with Jas. He knows he has to prove himself to her and he won't back down, even after she issues him her conditions. Dez is sly though and he manages to work those conditions to his favor and damn. If I were Jas, I wouldn't have minded ONE BIT.
I like that we get to meet Layla and Zayne in this novel also. I felt bad for Layla- she is Half-Demon and most Wardens are extremely uncomfortable around her. Jas is no exception. There has never been a Half-Demon/Half-Warden before and Layla has a lethal ability that could hurt humans and Wardens. Jas is a bit rude to her- and ends up hurting her feelings. People are afraid of the unknown and Zayne immediately sets Jas straight, defending Layla. I can already tell I'm going to like him as a character.
White Hot Kiss will be released this Tuesday, February 25th!

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  1. Loved this novella! Dez and Jas are wonderful. I can't wait to see what you think of WHK. Great review!

    1. Thanks Teresa! I loved Dez! He was SO sexy! LOL.

  2. I've never been interested in gargoyles, but it anyone can sell them, it's Armentrout. Glad you enjoyed Bittersweet Love!

    1. Haha! I was a little unsure at first too, but you're right. JLA can sell anything!!!

  3. Gargoyles. Gargoyles?!? I was sold at that. ;) And JLA does feisty heroines and sexy heroes with flair! I can't wait to read this, Jessica! Lovely review.

    1. Hahah! At first I was like how the heck is she going to make this work?! But she did because of those feisty heroines and sexy heroes! I can't wait for you to read this Brandee!

  4. I also loved BSL! Yes, Dez and Jas are just amazing together! I preordered WHK... I can't wait! It's JLA and she writes the swooniest boys. Love her so much, can't wait for WHK!

    1. I can't wait for you to read WHK! We get to see Jas, but not Dez. Maybe we'll see him in Stone Cold Touch!

  5. I got this one the other day and I am excited to read it! I love JLA and since this is about GARGOYLES, I am all over it :)

  6. Sex on a stick, lol, that is true! Dez is super sexy, as with all of Jen's boys. I love this series so far and can't wait to see what else she comes up with. Great review!

    1. Haha, Jen really does write the absolute sexiest men!


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