White Hot Kissby Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Published on February 25, 2014 by Harlequin TEEN
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, 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.
White Hot Kiss is definitely one of my favorites that I have read of JLA’s. The Lux series will always hold a special place in my heart, but WHK was definitely an adventure that I won’t ever forget. The story, the characters, and the writing kept me reading from page one and that is always important. Even though the story of demons vs angels (or in this case wardens) has been told before, JLA managed to make it her own in a very unique way.
Layla was slightly annoying in some aspects, but she was still badass even when she made bad decisions. She was loyal to her friends and family, she hated being told to stand on the sidelines, and she was as normal as any half demon half warden teen can be.
I loved all of Layla’s interactions with Roth…He may come off as overbearing, but you can definitely tell that underneath that rough exterior, he’s just a big softie. (As you can probably tell, I’m definitely Team Roth!)
However, that ending was kind of insane! I was not expecting that at all and I generally guess things pretty easily. This time was not one of those times! I’m intrigued to see where Armentrout takes this series, because I really don’t like Zayne (Layla’s other love interest) that much to be honest. They’re too much like brother and sister and if they ever got together it would be waaaay too weird for me.