Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Pages: 392 Pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my absolute favorite authors. When she announced Storm and Fury earlier this year, I went ahead and added the Dark Elements series to my TBR to prepare for it. Let me just say that this woman is consistent!
White Hot Kiss gave me every cliche I hate to love; a sexy bad boy demon with tattoos and a sassy mouth, an angelic-ish blonde haired “good guy” and a naive young girl with no control over her emotions or powers all packed within one messy triangle that had me gripping the book in both aggravation and excitement. The humor was up to par with their ages and the whole concept was refreshing yet familiar.
I both loved and hated Layla. I loved her innocence, her cute little crush on Zayne and her willingness to be useful. I hated her indecisiveness and tendency to let her yearning to fit in with the wardens affect how she viewed herself. Her growth throughout the book was small but despite all the things I disliked, I was rooting for her with every chapter that I read. Her character didn’t feel flat to me at all.
Needless to say, I was a Roth fan since the first page he was introduced. Completely unapologetic, sure of himself, sassy, and readiness to make himself the bad guy in all situations…sound familiar? [cough cough Rhysand cough cough] Roth’s actions to help Layla accept herself as she is tugged at my heart strings. He must be protected at all cost!
Zayne was like every good guy you’ve ever imagined, consoles you when you’re conflicted about yourself, protects you and coddles you, completely oblivious to the very obvious crush you have on him…. I am a sucker for all of that. While his dismissal of Layla’s demonic side annoyed me, his constant reassurance of her goodness melted my heart.
Aside from the three main characters, I feel like the book had great support characters for Layla although they didn’t share much page time. Not to mention, the Heaven and Hell interactions in this book were interesting and untypical to what I’ve read before.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely from beginning to end and recommend it to anyone who loves Fantasy or hasn’t ready any of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books.