Series: The Dark Elements #0.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen on December 1, 2013
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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 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 lips pursed. ‘Is there a reason why you’re here?’ ‘Yes.’ I waited. And then I waited some more. ‘Anytime now.’ Dez’s gaze moved from the top of my head to the tips of my neon-purple toenails. ‘I like what you’re wearing.’ Frowning, I glanced down at myself. I had on a camisole covered by a cardigan and a pair of god-awful sleep shorts Danika had bought me for my birthday. They were covered with teddy bears. Not the best fashion choice. ‘Gets me in the mood for cuddling,’ he murmured lazily.”
“He clamped his arms around my waist as I started to wriggle away. ‘Jas,’ he said, his voice dropping low. ‘You should stop squirming.’ Then he paused. ‘Or not. I’m kind of partial to it, honestly.’ I froze, hands planted on his shoulders. Warmth crept over my cheeks. ‘You’re terrible.’ ‘I’m a lot of things right now.’ He lowered his head to mine and inhaled deeply. ‘I bet you can figure out one or two of those things.’”
Bitter Sweet Love is the prequel to The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout. In this novella, we are introduced to Armentrout’s fictional world of gargoyles as Wardens who protect the human race from evil creatures: demons. And I am just going to apologize right now for the influx of quotes: like all JLA books, this one was just so dang quotable!
“I’ve missed you, Jas. You have no idea,” he continued, reaching toward me again but stopping short of touching me. “I thought about you every damn day. All I wanted was to get back to you and the clan. But mostly you. Always you.”
The main characters are Dez and Jasmine. They had been best friends since Dez showed up at their compound years prior but that friendship, on the edge of something more, was shattered when Dez left with no goodbye. But then he reappears and asks her father to be her mate. However, Jas isn’t letting him off that easily. I really liked Jasmine. She didn’t take Dez’s crap. She was tough and independent. Dez was determined. He was dealing with some stuff and like all Armentrout boys, he was extremely swoon-worthy. I liked them together because their chemistry was off the charts. And their personalities were so different yet they meshed so well together. They were funny to read because they were both so sarcastic!
“‘I know it’s probably too little, too late.’ He kissed me softly, just a brush of his lips, and then pulled back, his fingers trailing down my face. ‘But what I’ve told you is true. And like I said before, I’ll wait. No matter how long it takes to prove that I do love you, I will.’”
As I mentioned, this novel was intended to introduce us into the world of gargoyle and it did just that. We even got a glimpse of a younger Layla, the female protagonist of White Hot Kiss, and a certain demon. This world building sneak-peek had me wanting more. Bitter Sweet Love was another extraordinary story by Jennifer Armentrout and I couldn’t recommend it more—even though it was a bit too short for my taste (what can I say? I wanted more Dez!)
“‘I was serious inside, Dez. There’s nothing we need to talk about.’ ‘Are you sure about that?’ His heat warmed my back, warning that he was closer still. ‘Because the way you kissed me tells me something totally different.’ ‘The way I kissed you?’ I spun around and had to take a step back. He was right there. ‘I didn’t kiss you, you jerk. You kissed me.’ ‘Technicalities,’ he murmured, and in a flash of a heartbeat, he was so close we were breathing the same air again. ‘You kissed me back.’”