Series: The Dark Elements #1
Published by Harlequin on 2014-03-01
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she's crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is anything but normal. She's half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla's kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it's tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue.
Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne—and brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her. But as Layla discovers she's the sole reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.
White Hot Kiss is about a girl named Layla who is half demon and half gargoyle. Taken in at a young age by The Guardians, her adoptive gargoyle family, Layla has grown up hating her demon half and never really feeling like she belonged. The one person that makes her life a little brighter is her gargoyle best friend whom she grew up with, Zayne. Impossibly sweet and good looking Zayne who can give her butterflies with just a look. Unfortunately Layla can never get close to him the way she wants, or risks the chance of devouring his soul with her kiss. A nasty little trait passed down from her demon mother. The one thing she can do to make up for her demon side is her ability to tag other demons, making it easier for The Guardians to hunt them and eliminate them. Layla’s human friends don’t even know her true nature and always wonder where she disappears to when she takes off after demons. Everything changes though after Layla turns seventeen.
A few days after her birthday Layla is out tagging as usual and is in for a surprise when a demon seemed to be hunting her. Having been trained by Zayne her whole life she knew how to defend herself but does not have the physical strength of her Guardian family. Things look bleak until a very handsome and mysterious demon named Roth shows up and saves her. Roth challenges everything that Layla believes she knows about demons and helps her uncover the mysteries of her past and who her parents are. When Layla discovers the secrets that have been hidden from her since she was a child it is a race against time to stop an unknown enemy from using Layla to bring back an ancient evil. Layla’s loyalties are torn between Zayne and the guardians and Roth.
White Hot Kiss is action packed, steamy and leaves you wanting more. I found Layla to be a likeable and relatable character. She proves to be resilient and brave even when the odds are stacked against her. Despite her upbringing to hate demons and having the belief ground into her that all are evil, she still eventually opens her mind to the fact that they could be wrong and the world isn’t so black and white. I found Roth to be a very complex and compelling character. He wasn’t your typical bad boy that treats the girl like a crap, but she still falls for him anyway, there seemed to be a a spark of good about him through the whole book. I absolutely loved the concept of his tattoos being his familiars. Especially Bambi and the kittens! He has some total “aww” worthy moments when interacting with them or when he would let down his guard with Layla. I really liked Zayne as well but he did have some moments in the book where I wanted to slap him upside the head when it came to the way he would treat Layla. For being her best friend he could be pretty clueless at time. I do forgive him later on when you realize how deeply he cares for her. I absolutely loved Jennifer L. Aremtrout’s nod to Supernatural with his car. I am a Winchester girl for life!
Overall I really enjoyed White Hot Kiss. I found the pacing to be on point and loved the action scenes. I found myself getting quite invested in the love triangle as well. It didn’t feel like one of those stories where it’s obvious the other love interest is just a distraction. I have a feeling after the second book I am going to have a hard time deciding between Team Zayne or Team Roth. I liked that Layla didn’t let other people fight for her even though she wasn’t as strong as the the Guardians or demons. I will always love female heroines or will throw themselves into a fight and not depend on the male characters to save them. I really admire Jennifer L. Armentrout for writing females characters who kick ass. We need more well rounded female characters who don’t have to be super powered to be strong.
I give White Hot Kiss five stars and I absolutely cannot wait for Stone Cold Touch to come out! I will be itching to get my hands on it by the time October comes around!
“At some point, Roth had gotten hold of my cell and replaced Zayne’s name with Stony and listed his own number under Sexy Beast. What a tool.”
“People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils. No one is perfect, no matter what they are or what side they fight for.”
“Then I guess I’ll just have to try biting again”
“You wanna try?” He leaned the curve of my cheek. “Let me suggest more appropriate places. I have this piercing.”
“You need something,” he said, and when I stared at him, he added, “Your face.”
“It’s in need of my kisses.”