Series: The Dark Elements #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 25th, 2014
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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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.
First off, This review needs a song…
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(Paradise City by Guns N Roses)
Second…one of the best characters in this book: BAMBI. That’s all I’m gonna say..I’ll let you meet Bambi on your own. 😉
Jennifer L. Armentrout never fails when bringing us a swoony boy..and this book is no exception..In fact, she gave us TWO SWOONY BOYS! We’ve got Zayne ,who is a warden (aka Gargoyle) and Roth, who is a demon.
Our female MC in this book is Layla. Layla is half-warden, half-demon. She was raised by the Wardens and because of that she feels insecure around them. She may be half-warden, but she doesn’t have the capabilities they possess, so she feels…inconsequential? around them.. Yeah, something like that. She does have the ability to “tag” demons, which she uses to help the Wardens, who hunt at night, identify them. Which in turn makes their job a bit easier..and makes Layla feel as though she’s doing something positive.
Due to her being half-demon, she has the ability to suck the soul right out of someone..literally. Because of that whole soul-sucking thing, she’ll never be able to have the one boy she wants..Zayne, or anyone else for that matter.. That all changes when she meets Roth. Roth is a demon, he has no soul, so his lips are free game to Layla..and boy does she take advantage of that..Or maybe it’s Roth that takes advantage of that… 😉
The chemistry between Layla and Roth was so explosive.. I thought my iPad was going to over heat.. 🙂 I loved them together. I loved Roth and the things that came out of his mouth..the way he was with Layla and how he managed to look out for her even when he wasn’t actually there. I’ve heard that Daemon’s character was based on Roth and I can totally see it..Big Ego, Snarky Comments, Total Bad Ass. Yep.. a lot like Daemon…BUT.. I think I might like Roth more than Daemon. Roth is a real bad boy, I mean.. he is a demon after all! He has a legit reason to be a bad boy…and well I like my book boyfriends to be bad. Yum! 🙂
ZAYNE! OMG Zayne! You gave me so many feels in this book..I don’t even know if I can talk about it. Zayne, you had me in tears quite a few times. I HOPE THAT YOU MAKE IT UP TO ME IN THE NEXT ONE. I have a feeling he will most definitely make it up to us somehow in the book..because after the way this book ended (HOLY CRAP! DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!!) Zayne better be there for
White Hot Kiss is a great start to a new and unique book series. Jennifer Armentrout did not disappoint. This is a great story with amazing characters and some interesting twists. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK if you haven’t already. But first, You’ll definitely need to check out the Prequel BITTER SWEET LOVE.
Thanks to HarlequinTEEN for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Some of my favorite quotes from White Hot Kiss:
“We demons are all alike. We covet pretty things, corrupt what is pure and whole, take what we can never have.” – Roth
“Free Will is bullshit.” – Roth
“See, I was raised in Hell. You could say I’m socially awkward.” – Roth
“Free Will, huh? Damn. It is a bitch.” – Roth
“I lost myself the moment I found you.” – Roth
“Just so you know, your virtue isn’ t safe with me. So when you look like you want me to devour every inch of your mouth, I will, without an ounce of regret.” – Roth
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I love my paranormal with a side of romance. 😉 As much as I love vampires and am okay with werewolves, I really enjoy reading paranormal that’s out of the box. Really excited to get to know these characters!
I’m excited to read this now! Great review, Erin! 🙂
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Thank you! Thank you! I love Jennifer’s books and i can’t wait for the new series!!
Hmmmmm…I love all the paranormal types…but if they had romance, the better!!!
I’m so excited to read White Hot Kiss!!! Great review, by the way!!!
And thanks again for the chance!!