Thursday, October 9, 2014

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout


From Harlequin Teen:

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.
White Hot Kiss is a scorching paranormal YA that will keep you up all night!  Layla and Roth are phenomenal.  Poor Layla doesn't fit anywhere, being half Warden and half Demon.  No one can get close, because her ability is to suck out a person's soul.  Luckily, Roth is a demon, so no soul, which means Layla can get as close as she wants, and she definitely wants.  Roth is by far my favorite JLA boy (sorry Daemon, I still love you too!).  He's sarcastic, seriously hot and a completely lovable bad boy.  

Zayne on the other hand is supposed to be the whitehat Warden.  He clearly cares for Layla, but is so bogged down by the expectations of his family, he can't admit it.  I like Zayne, I just don't think he and Layla fit.  Her crush on Zayne was a product of her loneliness as a child.  Her burgeoning relationship with Roth, while admittedly borne of circumstance, is certainly not because Roth is the only person to treat her with any kindness.  In fact, he's kind of a jerk a lot of the time, but he challenges her, forces her to think about her preconceptions and makes her a better person. 

I've probably read WHK four or five times.  It's action packed, emotional and completely awesome!  I'm dying for Stone Cold Touch, the next in the series.   White Hot Kiss in a nutshell = hot demon boys, hot gargoyle boy, awkward and hilarious bffs and a seriously fantastic story.  


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