From Harlequin TEEN:
Every touch has its price
Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…
The second The Dark Elements novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stone Cold Touch (Harlequin Teen), picks up shortly after where White Hot Kiss ended. In the aftermath of losing Roth to the pits of Hell, Layla is struggling with grief and her guilt over her evolving relationship with Zayne, her best friend and super-hot gargoyle whom she’s had a crush on forever. To make life more difficult, her half-demon powers are growing stronger and her school-mates are acting weird. And then Roth returns in all his sinful glory and tells her gargoyle clan that their worst fear is a real possibility: a Lilian, the most powerful kind of wrath demon, may have been created.
If The Dark Elements series is not already on your must-read list, add it! Right. Now. And don’t worry if it’s been a while since you’ve read the first book—there is a good amount of refresher details that make it easy to slip back into the storyline.
I was immediately sucked into Armentrout’s urban paranormal romance in the first book and while the title may suggest cold, she turns up the heat even more in Stone Cold Touch. Funny, sexy and wickedly dark, I devoured this book from the first page. I just can’t get enough of this fantastically built world.
Fans of a good love triangle with have plenty to root for as Layla’s relationship with Zayne goes from pipedream to steamy reality. I’m so torn up between who I’m rooting for, him or Roth. (I’d take both if they wouldn’t kill each other.) I like that the romantic interests are good for Layla in different ways but that they also have some serious hang-ups. It makes Layla’s unsteady relationships all the more intriguing.
Stone Cold Touch does an awesome job of setting up the final book while being a satisfying read in its own right. With a ton of action, sexual tension, and laugh-out-loud and “holy crap!” moments, I just couldn’t get enough. One thing is for sure: the shit’s really going to hit the fan in Book 3! I can’t wait.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)
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Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this review are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.