Series: The Dark Elements #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen on February 25, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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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.
Check out my review of Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5)
“‘You need something,’ he said, and when I stared at him, he added, ‘Your face.’ ‘My face?’ ‘It’s in need of my kisses.'”
I absolutely adore anything that Jennifer Armentrout writes and this was no exception. White Hot Kiss is the first in a series that follows Layla, a half-Warden, half-Demon, Roth, a Demon, and Zayne, a Warden. I had been looking forward to this novel since it was announced and it exceeded my expectations. The plot was filled with action and thrills and kept me completely engaged. I loved that the paranormal creature of choice was gargoyles. I had never heard of or read a novel centered around gargoyles. I love that Armentrout took the paranormal genre and made I her own, much like she did with her Lux and Covenant series.
“The newcomer stood well over six feet, as tall as any Warden. His hair was dark, the color of obsidian, and it reflected blue in the dim light. Lazy locks slipped over his forehead and curled just below his ears. Brows arched over golden eyes and his cheekbones were broad and high. He was attractive. Very attractive. Mind-bendingly beautiful, actually, but the sardonic twist to his full lips chilled his beauty. The black T-shirt stretched across his chest and flat stomach. A huge tattoo of a snake curled around his forearm, the tail disappearing under his sleeve and the diamond-shaped head rested on the top of his hand. He looked my age. Total crush material—if it wasn’t for the fact that he had no soul.”
Layla was head-strong and kick-ass yet caring. She just wanted to fit in completely with a group. She is becoming one of my favorite heroines. We didn’t see much of Zayne, Layla’s crush and full-fledged Warden. I’m thinking we will see a lot more of him in Stone Cold Touch. I positively adored Roth. He was a demon who was cocky and arrogant. His dialogue constantly had me laughing and swooning. The romance was chemistry overload which is typical of Jennifer Armentrout novels.
I cannot wait to see where Jennifer goes with this series in book two. Jennifer does it again—positively ‘wow’s me—with this unique, thrilling, and just overall fabulous novel.