Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bittersweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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 Thoughts:

5 stars - Sexy Gargoyles? You better believe it because Dez will warm you up!
Gargoyles? Really? Oh, yes! From the author that made aliens sexy, we have Dez - one sexy Gargoyle!

I am already so in love with this series! The lore is different and exciting.  Those granite statues hanging around were there to protect human from demons?  Love the way it plays right into reality and yet is filled with all kinds of fantasy.  Perfect urban fantasy.   The world is so perfectly woven between the lines of this short dip into the warden world.  I loved it.  I can't wait for more.

Jasmine is a female warden.  It seems she's meant to procreate a dying breed and is very heavily guarded.  Home-schooled and never let out of the protection of a male, she dreams of freedom.  The freedom she used to feel with Dez - before he left.  Naturally, she's not very forgiving when he shows back up announcing his claim to mate her.  Yeah, she loves him but he left with no goodbye.  I love that she doesn't fall at his feet.  She stands up to him and the tradition of mating.  Oh course, I would never expect anything less than a strong girl from one of Jennifer's books.  Even though the culture is repressive, Jasmine doesn't just take it.  Loved that about her.

Dez is one gorgeous gargoyle! A male warden, he has a duty to hunt demons.  But he loves Jasmine and will do whatever it takes to win her back after his unexplained disappearance.  Yeah, he has a good reason.  I thought as much from the beginning.  But you could tell from the way he treats Jas that he doesn't want anyone else, never has.  I love how he is with her.  He gives her what she wants  and he tempts her with his kisses but he never pushes her too far.  He respects her pain that he caused.  He will patiently fight to win her back.  I respect that and him.

Of course, there is a taste of what is to come in the series too, in this quick read.  It always amazes me how well Jennifer can build a world, endure me to characters and tease me with what is to come in such a short book.  There is a reason she is my favorite author.

This one is quick, brilliant and yummy! You will want it the day it comes out.  You will want the teaser of White Hot Kiss at the end.  You will fall for Gargoyles! If you love JLA, then get it.  If you've never read JAL, what the heck are you waiting for?  It's great urban fantasy or paranormal romance or just a great story.  If you love reading, you should read this one.

About the author:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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  1. It is killing me that I haven't had the time to read this yet! Work has been keeping me from my reading but I have to squeeze this in soon. I am so excited for it. Great review!

  2. I've only read one book with gargoyles and they promptly freaked me out. If anyone can pull that off, it's Armentrout. So glad you loved this, pal!

  3. This was a great book. I wasn't really feeling the gargoyles until I read it..but I ended up loving it. I can't wait for White Hot Kiss!!

  4. "Gargoyles? Really? Oh, yes! From the author that made aliens sexy, we have Dez - one sexy Gargoyle!"---such an interesting idea! I'm so curious about this book, but I had no doubt you would love it! <3

  5. I am so behind on reading that even though this downloaded the day it came out, I still haven't had a chance to get to it yet. I really need to though.