Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Dark Elements (Book #1)
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 0373211104 (Harlequin Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0373211104 (Harlequin Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: Wonderful story that was fun and fast paced. Jennifer Armentrout has done it again, pretty much everything she writes is golden, and White Hot Kiss is no exception!
Opening Sentence: There was a demon in McDonald’s.
Layla has never really fit in. She was raised by wardens who are a race of gargoyles that hunt demons. But Layla is only half warden and her other half is demon. While there are a few wardens that treat her kindly, like Zayne, the boy she grew up with and has been madly in love with ever since she was a little girl. Most of the warden’s fear her and keep her at a distance, and they should since a slight kiss of her lips can suck out their souls. She has fought her demon urges her whole life, but the temptation has only heightened over the years. Soul sucking isn’t Layla’s only talent, she can also sense demons and has the ability to tag them (or in other words make them light up like a Christmas tree, so any warden can easily find them). She has been “tagging” demons ever since she was 13 years old, but she sticks to just lower level demons.
But there has been a surge in demon activity lately and Layla runs into a upper level demon. Roth is gorgeous, dangerous, and someone that Layla should steer clear of, but that’s easier said than done. Not to mention the fact that Roth doesn’t have a soul, so kissing him is not dangerous, well at least not to his health. Layla always thought that demons were the enemy and that you can never trust one, but the more time she spends with Roth, the more she starts to question everything she has been taught. Everyone seems to be keeping secrets from her and it turns out that there is a lot more at stake then Layla could ever imagine and she is the key to saving the world.
I adored Layla. She has a great personality with lots of spunk and attitude, but she is also a really good person. She has spent her whole life wishing that she could just be a full blooded Warden, it would make things so much easier for her. But I love that even though she has had it rough, she never gives up and even though she will hide her nature from others she always strays true to herself. I just loved Layla and being inside her head was very entertaining.
Zayne is such a great guy. He has been like an older brother to Layla even since she came to live with him. He is the only person that has fully accepted her for who she is and doesn’t want her to be anything different. They are best friends and he is the one person Layla can always rely on to be there for her. Of course there is also some serious attraction between the two, but it is impossible for them to ever be together. Zayne is so sweet and I am hopeful that we get to see a lot more of him in the coming books.
Roth is your average hot bad boy, well except for the fact that he’s a demon. It’s in his nature to be deceiving and cunning, but Layla seems to pull out the best in him. They have some pretty amazing chemistry and I can see why she had such a hard time resisting him, I would too. He is charming, funny, and did I mention that he is just totally dreamy! I instantly loved Roth and the more I got to know him the more I liked him.
In true Jennifer Armentrout fashion, White Hot Kiss is an excellent read. Filled with adventure, hot guys, and a witty protagonist, this is sure to please YA paranormal fans across the board. It is very fast paced and was pretty much impossible to put down. Armentrout does a wonderful job implementing steamy romance, but not overdoing it since this is a young adult novel. I loved the characters and just the whole idea was great. The ending was pretty torturous, so now I am dying to read the next book, but luckily it comes out later this year. One of the things I love most about Armentrout is that she can really write anything and it is amazing. She can do any genre and her works range from YA to Adult, I just think that is impressive and she will forever be one of my favorite authors. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun young adult paranormal story.
He dipped his chin again, looking terribly innocent. “You’ve never been kissed before, have you?”
“That’s so not your business.” I folded my arms as Roth waited for an answer. “I think it’s obvious. I can’t kiss anyone.
You know, the whole soul-sucking thing makes it difficult.”
“Not if you’re kissing someone who doesn’t have a soul.”
I made a face. “And why would I kiss someone who doesn’t—”
He moved unbelievably fast. I didn’t even have a chance to react. One second he was standing a good three feet away from me and the next his hands were gently clasping my cheeks. There was an instant when I wondered how something so strong and deadly could hold anything so carefully, but then he tilted my head back and lowered his own. My heart rate kicked into hyperdrive. He wasn’t going to kiss me. No way—
Roth kissed me.
The Dark Elements Series:
2. Stone Cold Touch (October 28, 2014)
FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with a copy of White Hot Kiss. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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