Series: The Dark Elements #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 25th 2014
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.
Holy crap on a cracker! I love this book! JLA is THE queen of writing about guys that you know are bad news, but can’t help falling in love with anyway. Honest to god, White Hot Kiss + Me = Love at first word.
The pace of the story is really good. It felt easy and effortless, yet thrilling at the same time. There were some moments to catch your breath, and then you were thrown right onto another rollercoaster. You can’t help but read this in one sitting (seriously, I think I looked all crazy eyed murmuring ‘must keep reading’ the whole time).
The characters are fun and witty and so damn adorable. Layla was strong and feisty and the guys in this story… *fawns self*. In true JLA style there’s some drool worthy guys in this story. And I’ve picked what side I’m on! #TeamRoth all the way.
I think what I love most about Jennifer Armentrout’s books is the dialogue. It’s just so good and entertaining. It’s what I loved so much about Katy and Daemon’s relationship, the funny bantering and bickering. And White Hot Kiss had the same top notch dialogues as well.
White Hot Kiss is a fantastic read. Lots of good plot twists, great romance, awesome dialogue and drool worthy guys to add to your list of fictional crushes. I all but devoured it in a few hours. LOVED it.
Stone Cold Touch picks up right where book one left off. With Roth temporarily out of the picture we get to learn more about Layla and Zayne’s relationship. As I am team Roth all the way, I was afraid this book was going to annoy me something fierce. But it didn’t really. View Spoiler » Plus, Roth all but actually pushed her in Zayne’s direction… He kinda had it coming with the douchy things he said to her (even though he had a VERY good reason to act that way) « Hide Spoiler JLA’s books are one of the few where I don’t mind a little love triangle, because they’re extremely well done.
Layla really grows throughout this book. She was already feisty, but she’s fierce and badass when she has to be. Some of her actions had me laughing out loud, others had me pump a fist in the air yelling ‘GIRLPOWER’. She’s awesome.
That ending was absolutely killing. And mean. And really really really damn mean. Meaner than mean. And the wait for Every Last Breath has been killing me (even worse is that I’ll be on holiday and won’t be back until somewhere in August… meaning I have to wait even LONGER). Also, I can’t believe that who Layla is going to end up with is being decided through a poll! I sincerely hope Roth wins that damn poll, if not… I’ll go Thumper on people’s asses.
I have so much love for this series. I read this series about a year ago and never typed up a review… I just reread them both and IT WAS BLISS. My emotions are through the roof, jumbled and messed up thoroughly. Jennifer Amentrout has all the ingredients to make a story that you won’t be able to put down, the first sentence had me hooked.