Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

every last breathFrom Harlequin:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath 

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

Spoiler Alert: Though I try to avoid spoilers, if you’ve read my review of White Hot Kiss and Stone Cold Touch my following reactions will likely give some stuff away regarding the love triangle (that’s unavoidable). I will, however, avoid specifics.

Every Last Breath, the conclusion to Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s The Dark Elements trilogy, picks up right where Stone Cold Touch left off. Layla is a fugitive from her surrogate family. A Lilin is on the lose threatening to destroy the world. And she is faced with choosing between the love of gargoyle Zayne, her childhood crush, and demon Roth, the crown prince of Hell. For Layla, the stakes have never been higher. Thanks to a dodgy deal with some witches that saved her life, Layla is more powerful than she ever thought possible but will it be enough to kill the Lilin? Or is the cost too high when the witches come to collect on their bargain?

Oh, so many feels! Every Last Breath is a tightly wound adrenaline rush that gripped me to the last page. Fans of the first two books won’t be disappointed. It’s just as sexy as ever, with plenty of heart-in-throat moments, great laughs and a few tears. It was exactly the conclusion I wanted.

Layla has grown quite a bit from when the series started; she doesn’t fully understand all that she is capable of but she’s coming to understand that suppressing her demon half only holds her back. If she wants any hope of defeating the Lilan, she has to embrace all of her powers, not just those the Wardens think are acceptable.

One of my favourite things about this book is that Layla breaks the love triangle early on. Armentrout doesn’t draw out Layla’s decision but has her confront it right away. She makes a choice and she sticks to it. None of this washy-washy drama over the two boys. The first two books sufficiently explored Layla’s heart conflict enough. Now it’s time for a choice. I thought this approach made for a much stronger book. It also means that the reader gets to see Layla and her guy (I won’t say who but I will say YAY!) together as a couple without doubts. You get to see how their relationship grows, how they’re right for one another, something that doesn’t happen much in romance stories when the characters often don’t get together ’til the end.

I like the give and take in Layla’s romantic relationship. The balance of power and control is so much more equal than I’ve found in other paranormal romances *cough* Edward and Bella *cough*. They build each other up instead of trying to hold one another back.

Even when I thought I had everything figured out, Every Last Breath still had surprises in store. This epic conclusion to The Dark Elements is steamy, tense and 100% kick-butt satisfying. I can’t wait to see what Armentrout hits us with next.

PS. I love Caymen! He deserves his own series *hint hint, Ms. Armentrout!*

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this review are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

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