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

Bitter Sweet Love

“Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough, no matter what.”

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…

Personal Thoughts:

I have read the first full length novel of The Dark Element series a month ago courtesy of PBT book tour, but I’m lost where to start my review for that one so I decided to read this novella so I can refresh my mind about the world of this series. And fortunately for me, this prequel novella is available for free from Amazon.

Jas were still young when Dez moved in to their family after his family and clan were brutally killed by a powerful upper level demon. He was devastated, and tried to shut himself to everyone, but Jas managed to get close to him. They become inseparable since then until Dez leave Jas with no explanations, just the night after Jas’ father announce that he approved of them as couple.

Three years later Dez returns and asking Jas to be his mate. Jas is much pissed off than happy. As much as she loves Dez, she can’t trust the guy again. She can’t understand how can he walked back as if nothing happens in that three years that he left her. She mourn his loss and now he is just walking back like he didn’t break her heart before. But as warden customary, Jas got seven days to answer the mating proposal, and this seven days is also the only chance that Dez got to convince Jas to trust him again.

Honestly, I enjoy reading Bitten Sweet Love more than the full length novel, White Hot Kiss. For a short read this prequel novella is so much fun and entertaining. And even with a little time to tell a story, Jennifer L. Armentrout managed to bring enough character development and world building in this novella.

Though the plot line is pretty simple, the main characters are spot on. For a short period of time Jas and Dez captures my attention and makes me care for them more than I care to admit. In the span of seven days from their time or an hour or two in mine, I become so enamored with this lovely couple. I giggle, laugh, and even sigh reading their story — from their banter to their little sweet moments and close interactions. Their chemistry is undeniably oozing!

“Wait.” He barked out a laugh.
“You think I left because of that?  Are you insane?”
I shot him a droll look. “You’re really not helping your case.”

Jas is tough, carefree and smart. I love how she value her life and freedom. For a female warden, with so much protection and around the clock monitoring around her, she managed to get a way to seek her freedom and explored places. It’s incredibly smart of her to use her seven days grace period to answer Dez’s proposal to do things she always wants to do.

Dez is simply stunning!!! He is strong, patient, skilled, confident without being arrogant and sometimes adorably sweet. I can’t see any negative traits from him, even when he leaves Jas. Somehow I accept his reason, though I must say he should have at least tried to call Jas few times while he is away. Just to let just know that he is  still alive or something. And for some reason, I kinda like Dez acting like he never left. Some might find that part of him annoying but for me its nice and comfortable. I also like his attitude toward things and life — very optimistic and ‘give all his best’ kind of person.

Having read the first full length novel of this series before this novella, I am already aware of the world and creatures that Jennifer Armentrout is bringing, with the exception of Pukwudgies, which I admit a good little addition to this prequel novella. Gargoyle, demons, alphas/angels were all mentioned in the first book, White Hot Kiss. If there’s anything new for me, I guess it’s the more detailed picture of the warden’s culture and tradition, particularly the mating and how female wardens are treated or cared.

Overall, Bitter Sweet Love is a light and entertaining read which makes a good introduction to The Dark Elements series. I hope to see Jas and Dez again in the future book of this series with more exciting and deeper story to tell. I honestly like them better than the full length novel main characters.

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