Friday, November 29, 2013

Release Day Review: Bitter Sweet Love (Dark Elements Series 0.5) by Jemmifer L. Armentrout

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Bitter Sweet Love
A Dark Elements Novella
By:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 12/01/13
By:  Harlequin Teen

GR's Summary:

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...

The Dark Elements Series:
Prequel: Bitter Sweet Love (Dec 2013)
Book 1: White Hot Kiss (March 2014)
Book 2: Stone Cold Touch (November 2014)

Read an Excerpt of Bitter Sweet Love HERE

My Thoughts:

I am beyond thrilled that Ms. Armentrout has given us a spectacular and colorful new series filled with vivid imagery, magic, passion, excitement, and adventure!  Bitter Sweet Love, is a prequel in the Dark Elements Series.  This little novella hooked me from the very first page of the story, and took me on an unbelievable ride.  Jas, is a warden (similar to the gargoyles of urban legend), which were created by Alphas (Angels) to protect humans from the dangerous and sinister actions of demons.  Dez, a gorgeous and sexy warden, comes to live with Jas' clan, when his parents, and clan are brutally murdered by a powerful, and upper level demon.  Dez is completely disturbed and devastated by what occurred.  He refuses to eat, talk, or let anyone near him.  Jas finds a way to break down Dez' walls, and they become inseparable.  The two fall madly in love, but one day Dez just disappears, leaving Jas completely heartbroken.  Three years later, Dez returns, and tells Dez' father that he wants her for his mate, and Dez has seven days to decide if she will accept or deny him.

As a female warden, Dez doesn't have any freedom.  She is constantly monitored, and protected.  Females are not trained to fight, and are only expected to give birth.  Unfortunately, many female wardens die in childbirth.  Dez has a very adventurous spirit, and gives Dez a list of conditions that he must complete in order for her to consider his proposal, but she has no intention of accepting it.  She still loves Dez, but doesn't trust him to not leave her, and break her heart all over again.

Bitter Sweet Love was a fast paced, and addicting read!  The world building was amazing.  The descriptions were vivid, and brought the whole story to life.  I experienced flying, looking down at the city, the rush, and sense of freedom, right along with Jas.  I quickly learned of various demons, what they looked like, their abilities, and ranking.  I repeatedly swooned over Dez, and felt the intoxicating intensity, and anticipation of every moment that Jas and Dez were together.  This story was unique, imaginative, magical, and and seductive.  I loved it, and am highly anticipating, White Hot Kiss.  I am so excited to find a fresh, and unique new paranormal series, by the queen of swoon!    

My Rating:

I highly recommend, Bitter Sweet Love, by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  Ms. Armentrout never ceases to amaze me.  She has made gargoyles sexy, in this new series, the same way that she made aliens sexy in her Lux Series.  I'm not into reading about gargoyles (or aliens), but make an exception to that rule, when I see that the author is the talented Ms. Armentrout.  She consistently takes my breath away with the beautiful, sexy, and addictive romances she seamlessly creates.  I give, Bitter Sweet Love, 4.5 Intoxicating, Seductive, and Swoon Worthy Stars!  

My Favorite Quote:

"Nothing in this world is stronger than love.  It should always be enough, no matter what."  (eARC, Loc. 1532)


"Dez" as Ms. Armentrout Views Him

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Jennifer would love to hear from you. If you have questions about any of her books, would like to set up an interview, book signing, etc, please use the email address below. Please check out each book/series individual page for more information about each title and the FAQ section.


  1. Great review! I am so excited to read this book! It sounds so fantastic and I love anything and everything JLA!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. I'm not even a littke bit surprised you loved this. Sounds like Armentroug has another hit on her hands. Great review, Lindy!

  3. Oh yum! I guess I'd fall in love with the hero if that's what he's supposed to look like *grins* Can you believe I haven't read any Armentrout books yet? I have a couple on my kindle, I just haven't gotten to them yet. Maybe I should start with this? I think I need some shorter stories for the next few weeks, because my finals are coming up in a couple of weeks, and I am also traveling next week...

    Excellent review as always, Lindy. You have really gotten me interested in this hot Dez :)

    I hope you're having a wonderful weekend :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. Aww, thanks Lexxie :) I love your reviews as well, and hope that you get to read some JLA books! They're awesome, and you'll love Dez!!!!

  4. Yay! I just bought this one today! I am excited to read it, as I have my copy of WHK waiting to come right after! Dez and Jas sound awesome and I cannot wait to meet them and start yet another fabulous JLA series!

    1. You will love it Jess! I can't wait to see what you think!


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