A few weeks ago the amazing author Jennifer Armentrout released the first book in a new series called White Hot Kiss. This is the first book in her new Dark Elements series. Think gargoyles and demons. Not convinced? Read on and I will see if I can change your mind.
Here is the description from Goodreads:
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.
Now, as much as I love the Lux novels, I am pretty sure I have a new favorite JLA book/series. Seriously, this book was great.
For starters, I loved the concept. Gargoyles? Genius. And throw in some demons and an epic struggle between good and evil, and you have a winning combination. Now, this was not the first book about gargoyles that I have read, I have read one other, but this won was written 10,000x better. I connected with Layla, I understood her struggles, and I felt like I was living her life right along with her.
Speaking of struggles, this might be the first book I have ever read with a love triangle that I did not have a clear favorite love interest at the end of it. In fact, love triangles usually annoy me because they add drama for no reason, but here, it worked, and I really have no idea how this is going to play out. I really liked Roth, and I really liked Zayne, too. Whenever Layla was with Roth, he would absolutely be my favorite, but then whenever she would be with Zayne, I would be. Both guys are completely different, yet at the same time, seem similar enough that I could see either one with Layla. That being said, I don’t really see how she can have a future with either one of them. With Zayne, there is the whole she can’t get close to him without wanting to suck out his soul thing, and with Roth, there is the whole evil demon without a soul thing. To say there are issues regardless of who Layla ends up with would be an understatement.
That’s not to say that I did not have any problems with this book, but in the grand scheme of things they were pretty minor. For starters, Jasmine from Bitter Sweet Love was in the house for pretty much the entire book, and we hardly saw her, other than her doing things that cast her in a bad light. Second, Jasmine’s sister Danika was around, and I just don’t like her. I don’t think she is a bad person at all; she just seems, I don’t know, desperate? Like she was trying to hard to force something? I don’t really know, and I don’t just think that because she annoyed Layla. I thought that when I read Bitter Sweet Love, also. Finally, the whole lack of communication and all of the secrets kept from Layla bothered me. I understand why that had to be part of the story, but that just always bothers me.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.
Interested in checking it out for yourself? Find it on Amazon here.
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