White Hot Kiss
(The Dark Elements # 1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub. Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen.
My friends know that I really am not a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout's books. The ones that I have read, I thought were just bad. But still, I decided to read White Hot Kiss. I am always looking for a good gargoyle story, and I have not found many I actually like. I am so glad that I read this book! I loved it so much. The writing was perfect and kept me interested the whole time, and I loved the main characters, Layla, Zayne and Roth, and I also loved the supporting characters, especially Stacey and Sam.
Layla is a very interesting character. Her mother is a demon and her father in a gargoyle, so she is a little bit of both. Since she was raised by the Warden (gargoyles), she likes to believe she is more good then bad. Wardens are protectors, and she wants to be like that too, but she also has cravings for human souls, which she does her best to resist. Her whole life has been black and white, Wardens=good, demons=bad, but this thinking changes when she meets Roth, an upper level demon. She starts to see those shades of grey. As she starts to spend more time with Roth, she learns about her biological family, the family that raised her and why demons are after her.
OMG, I loved Layla and Roth together. Their connection was so hot! Roth is one of my favorite guys in YA. He was so sexy, but also sweet, especially for a demon. Zayne and Layla's connection felt more brother/sister to me, so it was always weird when things started to get a little heated. I am definitely team Roth!