Monday, 10 February 2014

REVIEW - White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: February 25th 2014
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads / Amazon
Source: NetGalley

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.


Oh glorious gargoyles everywhere! This book was everything I thought it would be and then some! JLA has created another gem of a book and I fell head over heels in love from the very first page.

I have been dying to read this book and the main reason for that is...gargoyles. I have always had a love for gargoyles, ever since I got addicted to that kids TV show Gargoyles many years agoI have never read a book about gargoyles before and WHK was like the answer to my prayers. And the fact that it was being written by my favourite author was the icing on the cake. I knew that I would love this book no matter what and oh boy did I love it!

White Hot Kiss follows the story of Layla as she struggles with her half demon side and all that comes with it. I loved Layla. She was such a strong character and was so loyal to the Wardens, even when most of them treated her like garbage. She tried so hard to fit in, to be normal. I felt so bad for what she was dealing with, especially in regards to the whole no-kissing thing. She has had a crush on her protector and best friend Zayne since forever but a relationship between them was just physically impossible. I liked the friendship between the two but I never rooted for Zayne as a love interest.

Enter Roth. Oh holy hotness. Roth was just all kinds of yummy. Cocky, hilarious and covered in the most awesome tattoos ever. I swooned so hard. The chemistry between him and Layla was electric and they shared some really hot scenes. Team Roth all the way!
One of the things I was worried about when starting the book was the presence of a love triangle but thankfully it wasn't as big of a problem as I was fearing. Probably due to the fact that Layla can't kiss Zayne. And I feel like their relationship is better as a brother-sister type than a romantic type. I just really hope that the love triangle isn't more pronounced in the next book. I want Layla and Roth together so Zayne butt out!

Along with being romance heavy there is also plenty of suspense and action. The fight scenes were very well written. There were also a lot of twist and turns to keep you hooked, never knowing where the story was gonna go. I finished the book in no time because I just could not put it down. Never for one second did the story get boring, it was all just go go go. As well as that I loved the history behind the Wardens and the demons that we are given, it was fascinating.

Overall I just loved loved loved this book. JLA's awesomeness shines through, with a smoking-hot romance and heart-pounding action. But that ending killed me! Woman you can't do that to me! I can't wait until November for book 2 :( I need it now!!

*I was provided with an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

1 comment :

  1. kirstymariejonesstudioreads10 February 2014 at 10:42

    I admit, I'm not a big fan of gargoyles, mainly because I haven't come across many things about them to begin wit, but I can't wait to read this one. It's JLa, you know it's going to be good. I liked the novella, but wanted to learn more about them, which sounds like you do in this one, so yay! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads


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