White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Published on: February 25, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
I have never read a book by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I didn’t absolutely love! She is such an amazing writer and her stories are always so easy to get caught up in. I read the prequel to this book when it came out and loved it. I couldn’t wait to read this one and it was so amazing. Gargoyles! How cool is that? And of course they’re sexy. Jennifer could make a gnome sexy, she’s just that amazing at what she does.
He bent forward, placing a kiss on my shoulder. It was so fast I wasn’t sure he’d actually done it.
“There’s sweetness in evil,” he said. “And remember, looks can be deceiving.”
Layla is half demon, half Warden. Wardens are the race of Gargoyles who have the task of keeping the humans safe from the demons. When you think of a Gargoyle, you think of an ugly stone creature, perched on top of a building. These Gargoyles look just like normal humans, except when they are in there natural form. There skin turns hard and grey like stone, and they grow horns and wings and become larger. And they have to sleep in their natural form to really gain more energy and heal. So it’s kinda strange for Layla to be half of each when they hate each other so much. Layla grew up raised by Abbot, the leader of the clan of Gargoyles in that area. His son Zayne has been Layla’s best friend pretty much her whole life and of course she has a major crush on him. But she could never have a real relationship with him because she’s half demon, which means she could accidentally suck his soul out if they get too close. Demons suck the souls out of humans and its pretty much like a drug to them. All Layla’s life she’s been taught that the demons are bad, none of them are good and they all just want Hell on Earth. And she believes that, until she meets Roth.
Ohhhh, I love Roth. He’s that sexy bad boy that you just can’t help but want. Dark hair, tattoos. Except his tattoos actually come off of his body and help him when he’s in a fight. Bambi is his familiar, a snake that hides on his body as a tattoo. He is an Upper Level demon, so he’s pretty powerful and he was sent topside to help protect Layla. She finds out that her blood is needed for a certain incantation to raise the Lilin, Lilith’s children she created. And why is Layla’s blood the blood that’s needed for this? Because her mother is Lilith. I’ll save the surprise of her father for you guys. So of course, once Layla figures all this stuff out, her and Roth get a lot closer and things start to happen between them. Roth is one of my all time favorite male characters. He is funny and witty and he makes you want to think that he doesn’t really care about anything when really he cares a lot. There is a lot of depth to Roth that I can’t wait to read more about in the next book.
I gasped, but the air got stuck in my throat. Sharp tingles spread down my arm and across my chest, then lower, much lower. A heaviness settled just below my breasts, different and intense, but not unpleasant. “That…that makes me uncomfortable.”
Roth peered up at me through thick lashes. “That’s because you like it.”
There’s a lot of action and some great humor. The romance is pretty epic too. Jennifer keeps you smiling the whole time, even when things get a little crazy. If you’ve never read a book by Jennifer L. Armentrout then you better get to clicking because you are seriously missing out on some epic stories with witty dialogue and sexy bad boys. 😉