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

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kindle Edition, 105 pages
Published: December 1st 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: Purchased
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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...

My Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bitter Sweet Love is a prequel novella to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new series, the Dark Elements.

When I first heard that she was writing about gargoyles, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of that. I mean, it is JLA, so I was sure there was going to be plenty of smexiness, but gargoyles? I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea.

And then I read Bitter Sweet Love, and well, I am now completely sold on the idea.

I think what I enjoyed most about Bitter Sweet Love was that it reminded me of the Covenant series. And that isn’t meant to be a bad thing. At all. The Covenant series will always be my favorite of Jennifer’s books, and this reminded me of everything that I love about that series. Strong characters. Excitement. Danger. A swoonworthy romance. Action. An exciting plot. Bitter Sweet Love had all of it.

The main characters: Dez and Jasmine are fantastic characters. What surprised me the most while reading Bitter Sweet Love, which is only fifteen chapters long, was how much character development took place within this story. After their seven days were up, Jasmine seemed more certain of herself and of what she wanted. It was a far cry from the girl we met in the beginning of the story.

Layla: This was my favorite part of the story. I actually liked her character, but those scenes toward the end, when she discusses love with Jas? It makes me fear what’s going to happen in White Hot Kiss.

The whole gargoyle thing: Like I said, I was worried about the story centering on gargoyles. But, as usual, Jennifer managed to make it work. These are not the same hideous creatures that we’re used to. They are a lot different, I promise.

All in all: Bitter Sweet Love was a nice introduction to the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to read White Hot Kiss.
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