From Harlequin TEEN:
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.
Speaking of one-way-tickets, Jennifer L. Armentrout just won a one-way ticket straight onto my autobuy list. White Hot Kiss, the first book in The Dark Elements series (Harlequin Teen), follows Layla, a seventeen-year-old half gargoyle, half demon, with a soul-stealing kiss and a tendency to crush on boys she has no business crushing on. I was hooked from page one.
Armentrout’s fresh and hilarious voice is a welcome edition to the world of YA paranormal romance. I couldn’t stop laughing. Layla is a straight-shooting, gutsy, at times self-deprecating and always funny heroine whose narration is never boring.
And let’s not forget the beautiful boys! What is it about a bad boy that is so damn appealing? And when that bad boy has golden eyes, razor-sharp wit and abs that should be illegal like Roth does…? You might need a cold shower after meeting this demon, that’s for sure.
This is my first gargoyle story and I loved Armentrout’s spin on the mythology. She has created a very believable and well-crafted world for her Dark Elements series that had me reluctant to leave. Between all the smoldering sexual tension, demonic surprises and monster butt-kickings, I think my heart didn’t stop pounding the whole way through.
Dark, dangerous and oh-so sexy, White Hot Kiss is a must for fans of paranormal romance.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are my own.