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Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements prequel) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Elements book 1 24 April 2014
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When Dez walked away from Jasmine without a word he broke her heart so when he comes waltzing back into her life after three years with no word she isn't about to forgive him easily. Dez seems to expect her to welcome him back with open arms and for them to pick up their relationship where it left off but Jas has no intention of letting him into her heart for a second time. She has no idea where he has been or what he was doing and until she understands his actions she will never be able to trust him not to desert her all over again. When he asks her to be his mate she has seven days to make her decision so she decides to set him a series of tasks to see if he can win her heart and regain her trust. If nothing else having Dez on her side will allow her to get away from the clan and have an adventure.

Bitter Sweet Love is the prequel novella to Jennifer L. Armentrout's Dark Elements series and it introduces readers to a world of gargoyles who protect humans from the demons who walk unseen amongst us. The gargoyle society is quite old fashioned with the men becoming Wardens who fight to protect both the clan and the human population while the women are expected to stay safely at home raising the children. This is something that Jasmine has been fighting against her whole life, she doesn't want to just be a wife and mother, she wants the freedom to explore the world and to be allowed to do her part in the war against the demons. Dez broke her heart by leaving and she has no reason to trust him but when he agrees to spend the next week helping her achieve her dreams she agrees to spend time with him. If it means she'll be able to leave the clan and get to travel even a tiny bit then it is worth having Dez around for a week.
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Title: Bitter Sweet Love
Series: The Dark Elements (#0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love is a brilliant start to the Dark Elements series. Jas is still in love with Dez even though he disappeared years ago without a word to her. When he returns with the intention of being mated to Jas she's determined not to just open her heart again without an explanation. Dez has seven days to win her over and in those seven days Jas wants to see the world and have experiences she's never had before.

The idea of gargoyles is quite new to me and I absolutely loved how JLA presented them. What the gargoyles do is hunt and fight demons of to keep them from wrecking havoc in the human world. As well as the purpose of the gargoyles though is how their society works. There are fewer females than males so the women are protected and kept away from the outside world. Jas has been kept pretty cut off from "civilisation" for most of her life so when Dez provides her with the opportunity to see the world she grabs it. The way the females are treated annoyed me but in a way where I just supported Jas in her little rebellions against the rules :)

Dez was just so sweet. Don't get me wrong - he's hot as he'll - but as well as being extremely good looking he is also Jas's best friend, despite their time apart. He does his best during the seven days to change Jas's mind and I loved him the whole away.

Bitter Sweet Love is short and sweet (no pun intended) and it definitely prepares you for the first full novel of the series. We see the main characters of White Hot Kiss in Bitter Sweet Love and I can't wait for a whole book on them :). And seriously - sexy gargoyles. What's not to like? ;)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Love 27 Jan. 2014
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I wasn't sure if I was going to like this in the beginning, but I have to say that I really enjoyed this! I think there was slow part but after a few pages it really got going and the ending was a cliff hanger and a half! I will definitely be buying the sequel to this book when it comes out!! Any Jennifer L. Armentrout fan will love this! I did!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Read 15 Jan. 2015
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I adore Jennifer's Dark Elements series so I was looking forward to reading Bitter Sweet Love, but unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations.
There is nothing wrong with the writing or the pacing, I just didn't connect with either Jasmine or Dez and found that I really didn't care what happened to them.
It was incredibly short, an easy, quick read, but it may have benefited from a little more detail and depth.
I really enjoyed the glimpse we got of a younger Layla and Zayne, and the scene with Roth was brilliant. It got extra brownie points for that, and I'd recommend it to fans of this series purely on that basis alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. 3 Mar. 2014
By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I liked it, I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this more though. I love all the authors other work especially her New Adult stuff and The Covenant series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 27 Dec. 2013
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I am a big fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout and although I thought it was a bit short I loved the story!
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