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Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Book Description

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…

"With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers' hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout's previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!" -RT Book Reviews

Don't miss White Hot Kiss, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout's The Dark Elements series from Harlequin TEEN!



Product Details

  • File Size: 293 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPAFPQG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout December 1, 2013
By Alyssa
Format:Kindle Edition
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book 0.5 of the Dark Elements series
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (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...

What I Liked:

I will be the first to tell you that novellas are unnecessary and a slight waste of money. Usually, I skip novellas in series, because I think it's a waste of money to pay $2.99 for less than a hundred pages of content - and it's not even printed. Novellas don't continue the plot; their purpose is to give more background or more insight on an event or a character or a mixture of both.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Gargoyles! December 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been putting off reading White Hot Kiss because I wanted to read this novella before it. It's released before it and it takes place prior to the book so I wanted to get my start like everyone else. I am so glad I waited because let me tell you, this story gets me really excited for White Hot Kiss. I was excited before but now I'm like . . . drop everything and read this book excited.

I've yet to read a book about gargoyles to say I was intrigued was putting it lightly. I mean, how is this possible? She got my attention when she mentioned this series about gargoyles. Whether it sounded good or not, I wanted to know how this was going to work. Have no fear, it totally works and it's as amazing as it sounds. These characters are a little older than what YA characters are but it's okay because it's basically introducing us to the world and we also meet all the main characters in White Hot Kiss.

I love the whole 'mating' thing in this world. Not that I like that term but most of these 'couples' are put together for repopulating their kind not about love. It's rare that love comes along with the responsibility of keeping their kind alive. But once a male announces his intentions of mating a female, she has seven days to accept or deny the request. It's fascinating. I guess if you don't love your 'mate' you might learn to love them? I can't even imagine it but Jasmine is lucky because the man announcing his intentions is the one man she loved and her best friend. The only problem is he left her three years ago without so much as a goodbye; not calls or emails saying he was okay or why he suddenly left. Then he reappears back in her life and the first he does is make his claim on her. Yeah, I'd be a little pissed off, too.
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I never read a gargoyle book, but I don't care. The Dark Element series are my favorite gargoyle book! I don't think I've ever enjoyed so much a novella and be so sad when it was over. I think Jennifer L. Armentrout not only writes breath-taking and amazing stories, but she simply creates magical stories, because when you end her books you are aching for more, need more and regret to finish the books so early. And Bitter Sweet Love was no exception.
Sometimes when you read a novella you know when it would be best to read it, before or after reading the first book. But with Bitter Sweet Love I'm not sure.
The Dark Elements novella tells us the story of Dez, a hot gargoyle Warden, and Jasmine, a female gargoyle who Dez broke her heart three years ago. They have an unbreakable bond together, because they met when they were kids and lived together until Dez left. And not only that, they were going to be mated! So you can see who deep their feelings for each other were and still are, although Jasmine doesn't want to forgive him so easily.
While knowing how these two end up together and become the admired couple that Layla likes so much, you get a glimpse of Zayne and Layla when they were kids. You get a different perspective and view, from Jasmine's eyes, about their relationship and you kind of admire Zayne and can help but like Layla.
That's one of the main reasons I don't know if this novella should be read before or after reading White Hot Kiss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cant get enough love the series!
Published 10 days ago by jacqueline garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Bitter Sweet Love
This was another fantastic edition to my Jennifer L. Armentrout obsession. We have more gargoyles and more demons, and we get to see our girl a bit younger. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Future Slayer Girl (aka: kitten)
4.0 out of 5 stars I am loving The Dark Elements series
Jennifer L. Armentrout always has a way of immediately hooking her readers and keeping them invested in her characters, conflicts, and dramas. Read more
Published 16 days ago by L. L. Treacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book ! Great series !
Published 27 days ago by mary jakoubek
5.0 out of 5 stars Love JLA!!!!!!
Excellent book!!!! JLA ALWAYS blends the perfect characters with the perfect story lines!!!! Can't wait to read the next Dark Elements book.
Published 1 month ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars great novella/ pre-quel to #1 in the dark elements seris dieeeing for...
I have all the books that are out currently except for stone-cold touch I love how you saw them then you saw from the end and it start from the begging in this book you'll want to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series start and I can't wait for more!
Can't wait to read more of this series. Love the chemistry between all of the characters. I can't wait to see how things unfold between everyone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ramblings From This Chick Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
This is a sweet love story and I was so happy how the ending turned out even though it took them 3 years to get there.
Published 1 month ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Jas and Dez's story is one of both heartache and love. They were...
I am even more excited for this series after reading this one! I mean it's about gargoyle's!!! Jas and Dez's story is one of both heartache and love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brittany @ Spare Time Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing prequel!
Absolutely amazing prequel to White Hot Kiss. Loved it! 5/5 stars.
Published 2 months ago by Cassandra
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More About the Author

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.

When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don't Look Back (2014) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion. She is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.

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