Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted October 19, 2015 by Stephanie in 4 Stars, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Paranormal, Review, Romance, The Dark Elements, White Hot Kiss, Young Adult / 5 Comments

Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Publication: February 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal
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Rating: 4/5

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.

It took me a long time to finally read White Hot Kiss, but I finally did it. And, not surprisingly, it was awesome. Because duh, it’s JLA. I always like her stuff.

I must admit I wasn’t a fan of Layla right away. At times I thought she acted a bit too childish, especially where Zayne was concerned. And I didn’t like Zayne all that much either, in fact. But thankfully Layla grew on me as I read more of the story. Now I really like her!

It wasn’t until Roth came into the picture that I really started loving the story. He was by far my favorite character. I loved him and Layla together so much. I also loved this world of gargoyles and demons that JLA created. Especially the part where the gargoyles came “out” ten years ago. I’m usually not a big fan of heaven/hell type of stories but I really digged this one.

Overall, White Hot Kiss was awesome. Hot gargoyles (who knew, right?) and even hotter demons made for an interesting read. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat and the writing was great as always. I’m a fan!

       About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Jennifer would love to hear from you. If you have questions about any of her books, would like to set up an interview, book signing, etc, please use the email address below. Please check out each book/series individual page for more information about each title and the FAQ section.
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5 responses to “Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. Everyone seems to always be loving all of JLA's books! I have only read the one, which was Obsidian and I found it to be okay but not wonderful. I need to get tot he sequel, and it sounds like this series is one to look out for as well.

  2. ROTH ROTH ROTH ROTH ROTH ♥♥♥♥ I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. Sadly, I haven't read the sequel because I couldn't find it at the bookstore before going to a JLA signing, but I do have Every Last Breath. It's been tough not to take a peek ans¡d see how it all ends, lol. So glad you liked this one as well! 😀

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