By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: December 1, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Personal Kindle Library
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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.MY REVIEW:
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...
Does anyone really doubt the awesomeness that is Jennifer Armentrout when it comes to yummy books with yummy males? I have to admit though, gargoyles were a stretch for me. It took me just a bit to get used to and then I was sold!
This book is a novella that came out as a precursor to White Hot Kiss, which is coming out February 25, 2014. This novella follows eighteen year old Jasmine. She is a gargoyle Warden. Their races job is to hunt and kill demons, but being a female among their kind pretty much just means birthing babies to further the race. Her best friend and love of her life, Dez, left with no word three years ago and all of a sudden shows up, staking his claim on her. The boyish look he still had at 18 when he left is now fully transformed to all male at 21. She has seven days to give an answer. For their people she knows she should say yes, after all their unions aren't about love but procreation. She never stopped loving him, but she can't get passed his leaving without a goodbye and then wanting to pick up as if nothing ever happened. So she comes up with conditions she wants him to do before she gives her answer.
Once I got on board with the hotness of the gargoyles, I loved this book! It's so short you'll read it in a very short amount of time, and then you'll be panting for more. Problem is, we still have a couple of weeks until book one comes out, and book one follows different characters than Jasmine and Dez. (sad face)
"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 haul."
"...I'll be waiting. No matter how long it takes."
"Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough, no matter what."
Final Rating - 4 stars