White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eARC, 304 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
My goal for this review is to make you desperately want to read the book without giving anything even potentially spoilerish about the actual plot away. This book was fantastic, but it’s something that is best experienced for yourself. I suspected after reading the prequel novella, Bitter Sweet Love, that the Dark Elements series was going to become one of my new favorites. After reading White Hot Kiss, I know this to be true.
The characters in this novel are superb. Layla is a strong, kickass female, the best type of female lead. Zayne, her best friend and the guy she’s had a crush on forever, was hot and protective and, for the most part, had Layla’s best interests in mind throughout the book. Roth, the super swoony demon with a softer side, finished up this triangle in a great way. Yes, there’s a love triangle. But it’s believable and, after meeting both of these amazing men, I can’t blame Layla for being confused.
“See, I was raised in Hell. You could say I’m socially awkward.”
White Hot Kiss is Jennifer L. Armentrout at her best. The storyline is unique (I say again, GARGOYLES!). The characters are well-developed and complex. The world-building was tremendous. I felt like I was living there with the characters. It was witty at times, heartfelt at others and there was more than enough action to keep the interest of those who need to have things happening all the time. I finished it in one sitting because I literally could not put it down until I found out what happened. The ending gutted me and I need more of this series immediately, if not sooner.
The only complaint I had with this book is that Jas and Dez from Bitter Sweet Love were nowhere to be found. I loved them. I wanted them to make an appearance in this book. Fingers crossed they’ll be in the next one…
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.