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The Dark Elements #0.5

Bitter Sweet Love

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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...

105 pages, Kindle Edition

First published December 1, 2013

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Jennifer L. Armentrout

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, 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, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

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 Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

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166 reviews
December 2, 2013
5 amazing stars!!!

"I loved you the night you brought me pudding and stayed with me until I fell asleep. That was eleven years ago and my love for you have never faded. Not for one second."

Jennifer L. Armentrout is an amazing author. Every book she writes- I love!

So... Bitter Sweet Love is a prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS. It goes without saying- it's amazing! It’s a wonderful beginning of the series. The story and the new world that Jennifer introduces are stunning and captivating...I loved every word.

Dez and Jasmine (two interesting creatures- gargoyle Wardens) are friends since they were really young. Dez is everything to Jas right until he disappears for three years without contacting her during this time. Now he is back and he wants to mate her. But Jas is not ready to forgive him so she agrees to give him seven days to convince her. Also she has some conditions he has to meet...

Dez is perfection!!! He is ready to prove his love. He is ready to give Jasmine everything she wants and to make her happy. But first he has to explain where he was for the past three years...

“But what I’ve told you is true. And like I said before, I’ll wait. No matter how long it takes to prove that I do love you, I will.”

The novella introduces the characters from the next book- Zayne and Layla. Although this is a very short read I can say without hesitation- this series will be epic!!! If only I could read White Hot Kiss NOW.....!! !!!
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194 reviews45 followers
August 19, 2021
This was a re-read because I read it over a year ago and I forgot how much I liked it.

The story follows Jasmine who is a gargoyle (yeah you read correctly… a gargoyle) who was promised to a young gentleman Dez that her family took in after a tragic accident. This is everything that Jas wants yet after her father lets the rest of the clan know his intentions of them mating Dez disappears the next day without a word… urgh, men!

Jas is heartbroken which is completely understandable, imagine the love of your life just disappearing after your father swears you to him?! Dez turns up 3 years later (way hotter and a lot manlier) like nothing has even happened (again men urgh!) and expects everything to go back to normal. Jas finds this hard to swallow just like any female would, why did he leave? Was it because of me? Where did he go? So many questions yet so little answers.

So obviously, like any other female Jas doesn’t take this too well as everyone rejoices at the fact that he is back and both of them are back on, she uses this to her advantage to lay down some conditions for their promise to each to go ahead. She has never really left her home so she wants to go see New York, Washington, Philly, learn to drive and even skinny dip, Dez like any red blooded male (gargoyle or not) loves the idea of this but also has one condition… he gets a kiss after each condition is completed… SWOON!

The story leads up to you meeting Zayne (again swoon) and Layla who have such an unusual story which I have fallen in love with already. The way he treats our little half demon had me in complete awwwwage smiling from page to page wanting to know more. Then out the blue, the untrustworthy hot stranger gets thrown into the mix which has you opening the next book before the previous has even closed.

I love Jennifer L. Armentrout, her writing style and the way she makes you swoon over characters has always made her my favourite author and this little add on reminds me of how much I love her books. In true Armentrout style it is packed with lots of heartbreak, drama, and more swooning than one girl could ever imagine.

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622 reviews946 followers
March 20, 2015
"Because loving you... loving you was bitter sweet."

Bitter Sweet Love is the prequel novella of the Dark Element series. I started White Hot Kiss few days ago but while I was reading the first few chapters, I found myself quite confused with various terminologies such as Seeker demons, fiends, Poser demons, etc. that I was wondering if there is a prequel that will explain all these things.

Thankfully I found this novella here on GR *facepalm* and I realized I should've read it fist before White Hot Kiss.

Anyways, this novella is quite helpful because it explains those terminologies and it also somewhat gave me the brief narration as of how countless of demons scattered on earth, and what Wardens are, and what their duties are. So yeah...

This novella features the love story of Dez and Jasmine-- both Wardens who fell in love since they were still kids. The romance was okay. I found the characters sweet, but there's a downside. I thought their storyline was quite a cliche and a bit shallow.

At some point I found myself feeling bored simply because I could not connect with the characters. I think there's something wrong with me. :/

But this book somehow helped me clear up the confusion in White Hot Kiss, and it's basically a good introduction to the series so I didn't regret reading this. :)

Rating: 3 Stars
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288 reviews31 followers
December 8, 2013
"I loved you the night you brought em pudding and stayed with me until I fell asleep. That was eleven years ago and my love for you has never faded, Jas. Not for one second."

This one's definitely the start of something new and AMAZING!!! JLA, you really do know the way to a broken girl's heart. This book came in at the right time since I'm still grieving the end of the Covenant Series. But for a few minutes... I'm so ashamed to say that I actually forgot all about my #1 book boyfriend, Aiden St. Delphi (so sorry agapi mou).

I'm such a sucker for second-chance romance stories and with JLA's creativity and way of writing, I really got what I was looking for and more. It's like gods and aliens are so yesterday and gargoyles are the shit right now thanks to The Dark Elements. It's the perfect combination of swoony and steamy romance with a heavy dose of supernatural action, and JLA never failed in holding me captive since the first page. I would've loved to read more about Dez and Jas' past and how they'll make up for lost time but hey, beggars can't be choosers and I just hope that I still get to see these two in the next books in the series.

But you know what got me all excited about this book? That little tease of what's to come in White Hot Kiss and I can already predict that it will be a hundred times more exciting and swoon worthy than this one. Hell, I'm already in-love with both Zayne and Roth. And I already feel so much for Layla as the main heroine as well. Because of those scenes with Zayne, Layla, and Roth, I even forgot that this novella was about Dez and Jas. It was just that good. Le sigh.

I'm definitely counting down the days till White Hot Kiss is here. And I HIGHLY recommend you get in on The Dark Elements series if you're a fan of JLA's Covenant and Lux series.
Profile Image for Jennifer Kyle.
2,356 reviews4,604 followers
October 10, 2014
3.5 Stars

How does she do it?

Gargoyles, Demons, Pukwudgies and who knows what other creatures are waiting for us in this new series.

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(PS- couldn't find a good female gargolye so pix looks more like an angel)

This novella is Jasmine and Dez’s story. Both characters are Wardens (a type of gargoyle). They are old friends who find their way back to each other.

During this short novella we learn about gargoyles of the New York area. Dez returns after a three year unexplained absence and claims Jas as his mate. Jas longs to fly, to explore and to battle. All of these activities, females are forbidden to participate in. Jas goes for broke and asks for all the things she longs to do before she gives Dez her answer.

The couple leaves the mansion and sets out on a mini journey. Here’s where I wish the book was LONGER because I had a hard time getting invested in this couple’s love for one another because I just didn’t have much to go on.

I noticed that the next book, which will be a full length novel will not be more on these two. It will be about other characters which were introduced during their short journey. This saddens me because I would have liked to have gotten more of Jas ad Dez. They had the makings of a great couple but for me just needed more.
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2,308 reviews24.7k followers
November 12, 2015
I have never read a gargoyle book before but had a picture of what gargoyles were like in my head. This book dispels all of those previous beliefs. Jennifer Armentrout paints them as beautiful, both in their human skin and in their true forms. And though their ways of life may differ somewhat from ours, they love and protect one another just as we do.

Jasmine has loved Dez almost her entire life, from the day he came into their life as an angry little boy until they day he left. It was the day after her father announced that he approved of a mating between Jasmine and Dez, he just left, without saying good bye. For three years she grieved for him, never knowing why he left or whether he was alive or dead, until the day he came back and announced that he was ready to be mated with her. Jasmine has seven days to give him her answer but she has some requirements she wants fulfilled before she does so. Can Dez win Jasmine's forgiveness? Can Jasmine love him again and is she ready to make a lifelong commitment to him.

This is a wonderful first look into this new world J.A. has created. It is different from anything she has written before and I am so excited to see where she is going to take it.
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170 reviews154 followers
September 26, 2015
3.5 Stars

This novella should be read before starting White Hot Kiss, which is the first book in the series. Des has left Jas after their 'mating' was supposed to proceed. He left without informing Jas, or even saying goodbye. Three years forward, Dez returns, wanting her back, but Jas can't simply forgive him after he left her. She only has seven days to make up her mind, whether she agrees or disagrees to the 'mating' proposal.

The novella has a simple storyline, and it was ok for me. I didn't quite enjoy it as much as I wanted to because I didn't like Jas as much. The part when Layla & Zayne make up their appearance was my favorite. Let's not forget the 'demon' who watched Layla!!!

I gave this book a three stars because it was ok, the .5 was because I really liked Layla & Zayne's scene and I enjoyed how another person viewed her. It also pumped me to pick up where I left in the series...
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430 reviews73 followers
January 27, 2015
Si digo que es adictivo me quedo corta. Jenn tiene una manera de escribir que hace que no puedas parar de leer y te engancha a los personajes de una manera alarmante. Nunca decepciona.

“—but with him, I wanted everything and that was frightening.”
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169 reviews22 followers
March 20, 2018
RESEÑA EN EL BLOG: https://bookstwins.wordpress.com/2018...
Me encantó. Creo que lo tendría que haber leído antes que la trilogía principal porque así le hubiera dado más bola Dez y a Jasmine.
Además me súper emocioné cuando aparecieron Layla, Zayne y Roth (especialmente Roth, #TeamRothForever ).
Creo que he terminando amando más a Dez que a Zayne, ese es un punto en favor de este libro.
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498 reviews825 followers
July 20, 2016
4 out of 10

It was ok and I didn't care about the characters at all. Layla's appearance was cute, many thanks for Roth, but the rest of the story is meh. Typical romance. Nothing paranormal.

The Dark Elements (Тёмные элементы):
Bitter Sweet Love (Горько-сладкая любовь) #0.5/3
White Hot Kiss (Жаркий поцелуй) #1/3
Stone Cold Touch (Холодные объятия) #2/3
Every Last Breath (Каждый вдох) #3/3
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1,026 reviews122 followers
May 27, 2020
“And I’m just saying that by the end of these seven days or maybe a week from then, or a month, you’ll say yes.” He cupped my cheek and leaned in, pressing his forehead to mine. “And I’ll be waiting. No matter how long it takes.”

So amazing.

This is one of those novellas that I can read over and over and still love just as much as the full-length novels from the series. I know I can always count on JLA to get me out of a book slump. This novel did exactly what a prequel novella is supposed to do: pull you in to a new world, give you just enough background info to get the gist of the setting, introduce you to the main characters without giving too much away, and make you excited for the rest of the series. I was completely enthralled by Jas and Dez's story and fell in love with them both instantly. My only negative: I wanted more!! Great start to what I know will be a heart-wrenching series, and I can't wait to continue.
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436 reviews703 followers
July 31, 2015
I'm finally starting this most-anticipated series of mine. The prequel was great, and I like the new characters in it. Partly because the female mc's name is the same as mine(which makes me feel much more related to the story, umm... I hope so), and partly because those protagonists had special power and fascinating skills. The idea of gargoyle and demons is quite fresh to me and I'm very curious about their species. Even though the Upper Level Demon() appearing in the end of the book looks like Seth from the Covenant series, with amber-colored eyes and the moving-snake tattoo, I'm still thrilled to meet new guys here. So I'm going to have an amazing journey with them now! :D
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1,005 reviews9 followers
April 2, 2020
Bitter Sweet Love Review on K-Books

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

Oh. My. Gargoyles!
AAAAAHHHHHH I cannot believe I have read this book! Ever since I heard about Jen writing a series about Gargoyles I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I mean after the initial Gargoyles? Really? It's such a weird yet wonderful thing to write about. Bitter Sweet Love was incredible and possibly one of the most unique stories I have ever read.

Jasmine is torn between her head and her heart when her first love appears in her life again after three years. He wants to pick up where they left off but Jasmine knows she shouldn't trust him. Why did he up and leave without a word three years ago? Where has he been and what was he doing? The more time they spend together the more Jasmine finds it hard to resist Dez. Can she trust him and be able to follow her heart or will her head get in the way?

I love love loved this novella. White Hot Kiss is one of my most anticipated books of next year. I am seriously counting down for it I cannot wait so when I got a eARC of this one I just had to dive right in. It was utter perfection. I loved learning about this fantastic world of the Gargoyles and it's such a new creature to read about and I love that we get this little background to them in Bitter Sweet Love.

Jennifer is just phenomenal at everything and yet again she captured my attention and my heart from the very beginning and left me begging for more... literally begging. I am begging the publisher for White Hot Kiss right now. She is cemented as the best author in the entire world in my mind and nobody is going to beat her based on this.

One extra thing I LOVED is that not only do you get the fantastic heart-pounding story of Dez and Jaz but you get a little glimpse of what is to come in White Hot Kiss. We get a little preview and meet Zayne and Layla briefly as well as a little glimpse of who I assume is Roth. Let me tell you I'm in love with Zayne already and I seriously cannot wait to see what happens with them. I seriously need White Hot Kiss NOW!

If you are a fan of Jennifer L Armentrout then I highly suggest that you pick this one up. I love love loved it. It's a heartstopping novella filled with heartpounding romance and breathtaking adventure and action. It has everything you could possibly want and more. A must-read for everyone and I am counting down the days until I can read White Hot Kiss.

"I loved you the night you brought me pudding and stayed with me until I fell asleep. That was eleven years ago and my love for you has never faded. Not for one second."

Additional Favourite Quotes:

"I don't bite. Unless you want me to."

"Maybe at the end of these seven days, you'll still say no. That doesn't mean it's over. I'm in this for the long run."

"And I'm just saying that by the end of these seven days or maybe a week from then, or a month, you'll say yes." He cupped my cheek and leaned in, pressing his forhead to mine. "And I'll be waiting. No matter how long it takes."

"I mean, if he loves you and you love him, he'll wait and everything will work itself out."
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2,196 reviews641 followers
June 16, 2016

3.5 "prove your love" stars

This novella served as sort of a prequel to a White Hot Kiss.
And we meet all the characters from that book when they were kids...well, early teens actually

but this story is mainly focused on Dez and Jasmine...

and the events that follow on the journey Jasmine and Dez go on...while Dez is trying to proove to Jasmine that his feelingsd haven't changed even after his absence of 3 years..
Well, there are conditions he must fulfill and Jasmine still has to say "yes" to Dez's claim of her...

Will seven days be enough...

Will yearning and tingling passion surpass and overcome the hurt and the feeling of being abandoned and left behind?

Well, it s a novella so it must be fulfilling...well, duh?

there s all of the above in it and yet i felt pushed in all the stirring...and i never quite got the feeling of authentic and real emotions...blime me..

I guess this one is on me alone...

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639 reviews3,804 followers
November 16, 2014

After this sweet and intense tease, I have to impatiently wait for White Hot Kiss. As much as excited I am to dive into Gorgoyle world, I worry about the love triangle thing. Fingers crossed, though, it'll be epic read.
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187 reviews158 followers
August 7, 2021
4/5 ★★★★☆

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

This novella was so cute! I loved the relationship between Dez and Jasmine. I would have appreciated if there was a bit more action, but I really enjoyed it anyway.

I also loved that Zayne, Roth and Layla showed up. Now many things make more sense. Besides, I’m always up to read more of them 🙌🏻
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241 reviews24 followers
May 20, 2015
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So let me be the first to say that it was just decent. Yes it is a novella but I was kind of feeling bored and not excited most of the time. The only excitement I felt was at the end when the Upper Deamon appeared.

The world Jennifer created intrigued me and I need to know more. The good thing was that we got to see the world through Jasmine's eyes. She is a female Warden in addition to the actual story's lead, Layla, who is half-warder and half-demon. So we learned about the lifestyle of a Warden and now I can't wait to get lost in Layla's story. The Upper deamon which is probably the so called Roth that my friends are spazzing about seems like my new book boyfriend. (I was going to say Layla's love interest but nah!)

I also liked Dez a lot and I hope to see him around but Jasmine was boring and she didn't manage to catch my eye.

Anyway, I will not talk about Jennifer's writting style at all because I love it and I am going to analyze more when I finish the first book, which btw I am very excited to read.

Off to read some more and I'll be back with a full review for the first book of The Dark Elements!
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1,328 reviews73 followers
August 1, 2018
4 Stars... A world filled with Wardens and Demons is introduced in this captivating novella...We journey with Dez and Jasmine as they rediscover their lost love and the true meaning of forever... With a nice mix of action and romance, this novella held my attention from the beginning while also providing a slight backstory to the MC's of the trilogy (Layla, Zayne, and Roth) giving me small morsels of enticement... I look forward to delving more into their story and witnessing the details of this world unfold:)
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358 reviews52 followers
April 4, 2015
Υπέροχη εισαγωγή σε έναν ακόμη φανταστικό κόσμο. Έναν κόσμο από αυτούς που μόνο η J.L. Armentrout ξέρει να δημιουργεί. Και φυσικά δεν χωράει καμιά αμφιβολία πως χάθηκα και ταξίδεψα μέσα σ' αυτόν μαζί με τον Ντεζ και την Τζάσμιν.
Γνώρισα την ιδιαίτερη Λέιλα και τον Ζέιν, ανυπομονώντας να μάθω περισσότερα γι' αυτούς στα επόμενα βιβλία της σειράς.
Άλλη μια ιστορία που ��ίγουρα θα μπει στο ράφι των αγαπημένων.
Καλώς ήρθατε λοιπόν στο μοναδικό σύμπαν των Γκαργκόιλς!!!
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229 reviews41 followers
July 29, 2016
Op zich wel een leuk boek. Ben zelf niet zo van de engelen enzo, maar wel de moeite waard om deel 1 te lezen!
Profile Image for Irini.
215 reviews
January 12, 2015
Για χιλιάδες χρόνια τα Γκαργκόιλ,δεν ήταν τίποτα περισσότερο για τους ανθρώπους,απο κείνα τα άσχημα πέτρινα αγάλματα που διακοσμούσαν τις εκκλησίες,τα σπίτια και τους ναούς τους.Όλα όμως άλλαξαν όταν πριν απο 6 χρόνια μία εξέγερση στη Κόλαση προκάλεσε τον εκδιωγμό χιλιάδων Δαιμόνων που εξαπολύθηκαν σε όλο τον κόσμο.Τα Γκαργκόιλ που δημιουργήθηκαν απο τους Άλφα (αγγέλους)για να προστατεύουν τους ανθρώπους αναγκάστηκαν να κάνουν γνωστή τότε την ύπαρξή τους.
Οι Δαίμονες όμως, δεν αποτελούν το μοναδικό τους πρόβλημα.Οι συχνοί θάνατοι των θυληκών Γκαργκόιλ στην γέννα,κυνδυνεύει να εξαλείψει το είδος τους.Έτσι,τα αρσενικά Γκαργκόιλ είναι ιδιαίτερα προστατευτικά απέναντί τους,με αποτέλεσμα να τους απαγορεύεται η εκπαίδευση στη μάχη και φυσικά να πολεμούν Δαίμονες.Το "ζευγάρωμα" επιπλέον, αποτελεί σημαντικό γεγονός στην κοινότητά τους,για την "διαιώνιση του είδους" και έτσι το πιο σημαντικό καθήκον των γυναικών είναι να μένουν σπίτι και να μεγαλώνουν τα μωρά τους.
Απο την στιγμή που εγκρίνεται η ένωση ενός ζευγαριού,οφείλουν να παραμείνουν για πάντα μαζί,αφού αντίθετα με τους ανθρώπους,δεν μπορούν να χωρίσουν..
Παρόλα αυτά,οι γυναίκες διατηρούν το δικαίωμά τους να αρνηθούν κάποιον που τις διεκδικεί,ή εναλλακτικά να της δοθεί το περιθώριο 7 ημερών προκειμένου να το σκεφτεί.
Ο Dez και η Jaz είναι αχώριστοι απο μικρά παιδιά,και κατα κάποιον τρόπο,ήταν πάντα προορισμένοι ο ένας για τον άλλον.Όταν μάλιστα ο Dez ενηλικιώνεται και η Jaz είναι 15 ετών,ο πατέρας της κάνει γνωστό σε όλους τις προθέσεις του,να γίνουν ζευγάρι.(Δεν χρησιμοποιώ την λέξη γάμος,γιατί δεν αναφέρεται και πουθενά στο βιβλίο έτσι οπότε..) Την αμέσως επόμενη μέρα όμως,ο Dez φεύγει χωρίς καν ένα αντίο και δεν επικοινωνεί ποτέ μαζί της,παρα μόνο 3 χρόνια αργότερα οπου επιστρέφει ξαφνικά πίσω,και την διεκδικεί "ως δική του".
Tώρα ο Dez έχει 7 ημέρες να την πείσει οτι ανήκουν μαζί και μία λίστα απο επιθυμίες της Jam που πρέπει να την βοηθήσει να εκπληρώσει!Μία απο αυτές:να σκοτώσει έναν Δαίμονα!!

Μέσα απο την μικρή αυτή νουβέλα της Jennifer Armentrout παίρνουμε μια μικρή γεύση,σχετικά με τον κόσμο των Γκαργκόιλ αλλά και τους Δαίμονες. Και παρότι η νουβέλα αυτή εστιάζει κυρίως στον Dez και την Jam,έχουμε την ευκαιρία να γνωρίσουμε τους τρείς βασικούς χαρακτήρες του 1ου βιβλίου της σειράς,που οφείλω να παραδεχτώ δείχνουν πολύ ενδιαφέροντες!!

'Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough. No matter what.'
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527 reviews223 followers
November 26, 2013

A story about gargoyle, WHAT?

OK this was one different read that’s for sure!! I just love the flow and writing of Armentrout she had me hooked from the start! Well let me say it was HOT, powerful and a true love story!

Jasmine was one character I never expected when I started to read this one she knew what she wanted and she was going to get it. Even after her father announced that her and her long time crush and BFF where going to be mated and he, Dez, took off. She was determined to move on and forget him but you guessed after three years and time to mate he was back and oh was he even better looking.

It was fun to watch these two together. Dez acted like nothing happened and he never left, and Jasmine fought everything inside her to not fall for him again. But does it work and are they meant to be together? There is so much in this one that makes you hunger for more never wanting to stop. There is demons, fights, love, friendship and so much more on the story of Jasmine and Dez so get ready to fall into this one! Thanks Armentrout I cant wait for more from EVERYONE in this one!

I know there are a lot that leave quotes but I think in this novella I have to say I LVOED IT ALL! Its such a great read I promise you will love it and EVERYTHING it has to offer!
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3,861 reviews69.2k followers
March 23, 2014
2.5 stars

So this novella introduces us to Armentrout's new Dark Elements series.
Going strictly off of the novella, I doubt I would be interested in reading the first book.
To me, this was horribly boring.
No real action, no real plot, no characters that I really loved.
With the exception of a smirking demon who showed up for a few minutes toward the end of the book...
Jasmine and Dez were just kind of blah, and I had to make myself to keep reading about their not-very-interesting love story.

However, since I did find the demon-guy interesting, and the excerpt for the next book was included on this one...
Read an excerpt for Armentrout's new book White Hot Kiss to find out more about Layla, Zayne, and the cute demon guy!
Or something like that...

So I read it.
Now that book sounds like it might have some potential.

I snagged this when it was free on Amazon, but that's not the case anymore.
My opinion says it's not worth spending money on. Skip to White Hot Kiss unless you're a completionist.
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851 reviews123 followers
December 10, 2013
At first I wasn't sure about this, but then I'd just literally finished reading about Aliens (Lux) and suddenly I'm reading about the Wardens, who are gargoyles!

A great introduction to a couple who found love at a young age, only for Dez to leave Jaz for no apparent reason, returning to 'claim' her. She is given the natural seven days to accept or deny this claim. It's during the seven days that I realised the story had pulled me in and I was enjoying this new species... then I was introduced to Layla, a cross between a Warden and a Demon...

Although this story finished off in a good way, it left me wanting more of Layla and Zayne - and that is exactly who the first book is about and I really can't wait...

I really enjoyed this!!
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512 reviews228 followers
July 29, 2015
Re read July 2015

Me ha encantado! (Again) y no puedo evitar pensar que quiero más de Dez y Jas porque son <333

Y ahora estoy deseando ponerme ya con la trilogía en sí jijiji.

First read in Decembre 2013 (15/12/2013 - 16/12/2013)

4'5 stars!

A pesar de ser una historia corta la he disfrutado un montón. Creo que voy a amar esta nueva trilogía ^^


Loved it! Looking forward to reading more about wardens and demons and meet (again) Layla, Zayne and the Upper Level demon, aka Roth ;D
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