Review: Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements) by 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…

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Jasmine flies at night to escape for a while.  She isn’t supposed to leave unescorted, but she must, to stay sane.  One night her dad catches her flying back and he is not happy but informs her that Dez is back.  She is shocked.  He left without saying good-bye three years ago.  She hasn’t heard from him in all that time.  She is angry and hurt.  Her father had expressed his hope that she and Dez would be mates.  He left the next day.  He obviously didn’t want to be with her then.  Now he wants to claim her.  She can’t believe his nerve.  He has seven days to win her over.  She decides to use the time to her advantage.  She gives conditions that he has to accompany her on.  She doesn’t guarantee that she will say yes at the end of that time.  Dez is willing to do anything to show her he is serious about her.

I love this author and this novella is the beginning of a series.  It gives you a sneak peak into the gargoyle/guardian world.  Demons are everywhere, and guardians protect humans from them.  Females are protected, and you can feel Jasmine and Danika’s frustrations.  Then enter Dez and Jasmine’s anger and hurt completely take over.  Her relationship with Dez is complicated.  It is interesting to watch her try and hold on to her hurt.  Dez is there for her every step of the way.  I liked his determination and his feelings.  It is a good pairing but Dez needed to be honest from the start.  You learn eventually why he leaves and it’s understandable, but Jasmine is right to feel the way she does.  Her reaction is real.  The ending is interesting.  It is a great read leaving you wanting more for the next installment.  I do wish this book was a bit longer.  I give it a 4 out of 5. 

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