White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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.
Seventeen year old Layla has always been treated different. She is half demon half gargoyle and doesn't belong in either world. She can do things others can't and most of the Wardens don't want her around or alive. She has to stay out of the way and keep the demon side of her under control. She has always crushed on Zayne and always hoped they could have a future. He is the one of the few Wardens who don't look down on her and he is always there for her. Roth enters her life and she doesn't know what to expect. He is a demon and he seems to know all about her. Things that the Wardens have kept secret from her. Now the demons seem to be coming more often and it looks like Layla may be the reason they are coming. She has to see who she can trust Roth or Zayne and she has to be careful cause she may just cause the world to end.
I have to say I love Layla. At times you can see the teen she is and others you see just what she really is. She isn't afraid to help the Wardens in the hunt for demons even if in some ways it is going against part of who she is. She is confused, scared and doesn't know who to trust at times. It all makes her a great character. Zayne has always been there for Layla and isn't afraid to be near her or help her when she needs it. He is the one she has always liked and dreamed about. He is sweet at times and the bad thing about him is sometimes I can see him treating her like a little sister. That isn't to bad a thing but for Layla it is. Roth may be a demon but I love him. He is the bad boy but yet he in a lot of ways is a wonderful guy. He tries his best to protect and to help Layla as well. The more I read about him and learned about him the more I fell for him I think.
Ok I read the prequel to this book and loved it. I just couldn't wait to read this book. Demons and Gargoyles and a wonderful plot makes this an amazing book. I have read a few books about Gargoyles and I have to say i believe this is my favorite one. The author has created a fresh take on both paranormal creatures that have left me dying for more. Layla stood out in some ways in the prequel and I thought I knew where it would go in this book. I was so wrong. I loved her story and the author created twist and turns that kept me intrigued. I was surprised numerous times and I like when a book can do that. There is tons of action as the demons and the Wardens fight. Layla has so much she learns in this book and she does take it pretty good considering she is young. I have to say Roth was a favorite to me I love how he shows a sweet side at times and how he stands up for Layla. If you want something to read you can keep wanting to read over and over till you get the next one here it is. Be sure to pick this book up as it is a favorite of mine.
5 out of 5 Bats~Pam
I would like to thank Harlequin Teen for the review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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