White Hot Kiss [NOOK Book]

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One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she's crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is anything but normal. She's half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity ...

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Overview


One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she's crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is anything but normal. She's half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla's kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it's tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne—and brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her. But as Layla discovers she's the sole reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
Armentrout (the Covenant books) launches her Dark Elements series with a forbidden romance—or two. Layla is a half demon, half celestial Warden in a world where balance is maintained by implacable hatred on both sides. Protocol dictated Layla’s destruction, but for unknown reasons, the patriarch of the Washington, D.C. Warden clan has raised her as an adopted daughter. That hasn’t prevented her from falling in love with the son of the house, Zayne, though her demon heritage means she can never kiss him without killing him. Her kisses are safe for Roth, however—a high-ranking demon who knows Layla’s secrets and keeps many of his own. Layla’s 17th birthday has triggered changes in the supernatural balance that only Roth seems to understand, but accepting his knowledge also means accepting truths about her demonic nature that Layla is desperate to ignore. For all its paranormal apparatus, this is, at base, a good boy/bad boy love triangle, well-paced and peppered with intriguing details that allow both Romeo-and-Juliet swoons and a zombie apocalypse to have their turns. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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"[The] drama and angst...will keep female teen soap opera fans transfixed." -VOYA

"Intense, well plotted, and very readable, this title should fly into the hands of every paranormal reader out there." -Booklist

"Armentrout works her magic with swoon worthy guys and a twist you never see coming." - #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines

VOYA - Lucy Schall
Half-divine Warden and half-demon high school student, Layla Shaw fights a continuous inner battle of good versus evil. She lives with the Wardens but never feels part of them even though she tags the demons that the Wardens send back to hell. She loves her stepfather's son, but her kiss would suck out his soul, a result that Wardens condemn. Then Layla encounters the hunk-handsome, no-soul, very kissable demon prince, Roth, who sports living snake, dragon, and kitten tattoos that are ready for a fight. He warns her that her tagging brings danger. Their start-stop romance complicates her view of good and evil, as well as her emotions, as it draws her to her mysterious past and untapped powers that could save or destroy the world. Layla concludes that all demons are not so bad, and all good guys are not so good. Both can be sexy, but whom should she trust? Her drama and angst as she and her Warden and demon protectors help her fight off endless attacks will keep female teen soap opera fans transfixed. Through endless steamy scenes which culminate in a full scale, pits-of-hell demon and warden confrontation, Lalya's search for true love and acceptance never takes her virginity, the key, it seems, to holding back the apocalypse, but forces her to find her own transforming and fighting powers. With so many varieties of evil, a glossary and character list would help. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-07
Yes, it's another novel about exotic paranormal hybrids, but this one's written with wry humor that seeps into nearly every sentence, making it constantly entertaining no matter its subject. Layla is half Warden, gargoylelike creatures aligned with angels who roam cities slaughtering demons. She's also half demon. Layla has been crushing on Zayne, a Warden who lives in their communal home, but knows she can't ever kiss him for fear of sucking out his soul. Instead, Layla spends her after-school hours on the streets of Washington, D.C., marking demons so that Wardens can easily find and kill them later that night. However, Layla misidentifies a demon that turns on her, whereupon she meets Roth, who shows up to protect her. As an upper-level demon, Roth can't be tagged and would prove a difficult target for the Wardens. However, Layla finds herself strongly attracted to him and reluctantly begins to trust him. It doesn't hurt that Roth is a great kisser. Layla's problem with divided loyalties doesn't interfere with the stopping-Armageddon plot, and the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance. Armentrout's sophisticated, layered humor keeps the narrative bubbling all the way through, and she delivers a terrific character in Roth, the unrepentant demon. Of course, both Zayne and Roth fit the chiseled-abs, drop-dead-gorgeous mold, but this is a romance. Totally entertaining. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460323687
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Dark Elements , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 4,631
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 399 KB

Meet the Author


# 1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. Find her on Twitter @JLArmentrout or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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There was a demon in McDonald's.

And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs.

Most days, I loved my after-school job. Tagging the soulless and the damned usually gave me a mad case of the warm fuzzies. I'd even given myself a quota out of boredom, but tonight was different.

I had a paper to outline for AP English.

"Are you gonna eat those fries?" Sam asked as he grabbed a handful off my tray. His curly brown hair fell over his wireframe glasses. "Thanks."

"Just don't take her sweet tea." Stacey slapped Sam's arm and several fries fell to the floor. "You'll lose your entire arm."

I stopped tapping my foot, but kept my eye on the interloper. I don't know what it was with demons and the Golden Arches, but man, they loved the place. "Ha-ha."

"Who do you keep staring at, Layla?" Stacey twisted in the booth, looking around the crowded fast-food joint. "Is it a hot guy? If so, you better- Oh. Wow. Who goes out in public dressed like that?"

"What?" Sam turned, too. "Aw, come on, Stacey. Who cares? Not everyone wears knockoff Prada like you."

To them, the demon looked like a harmless middle-aged woman with really bad fashion sense. Her dull brown hair was pinned up with one of those old-school purple butterfly clips. She wore velvet green track pants paired with pink sneakers, but it was her sweater that was epic. Someone had knitted a basset hound on the front, its big, sappy eyes made of brown yarn.

But despite her drab appearance, the lady wasn't human.

Not that I had a lot of room to talk.

She was a Poser demon. Her astronomical appetite was what gave away the breed. Posers could eat a small nation's worth of food in one sitting.

Posers might look and act human, but I knew this one could snap the head off the person in the booth next to her with little effort. Her inhuman strength wasn't the threat, though. It was the Poser's teeth and infectious saliva that were the real danger.

They were biters.

One little nip and the demonic version of rabies was passed to the human. Totally incurable, and within three days, the Poser's chew toy would resemble something straight out of a George Romero flick, cannibalistic tendencies included.

Obviously, Posers were a real problem unless you considered a zombie apocalypse fun times. Only good thing was that Posers were rare, and every time one bit somebody, its lifespan was shortened. They usually had about seven good bites in them before they went poof. Sort of like a bee and its stinger but dumber.

Posers could look like anything they wanted. Why this one was rocking an outfit like that was beyond me.

Stacey made a face as the Poser moved on to her third burger. She wasn't aware of us watching her. Posers weren't known for their keen powers of observation, especially when preoccupied with secret-sauce awesomeness.

"That's disgusting." Stacey turned back around.

"I think the sweater is hot." Sam grinned around another mouthful of my fries. "Hey, Layla, do you think Zayne would let me interview him for the school paper?"

My brows rose. "Why do you want to interview him?"

He gave me a knowing look. "To ask what's it like to be a Warden in D.C., hunting down the bad guys and bringing them to justice and all that jazz."

Stacey giggled. "You make the Wardens sound like superheroes."

Sam shrugged bony shoulders. "Well, they kind of are. I mean, come on, you've seen them."

"They're not superheroes," I said, falling into the standard speech I'd been giving ever since the Wardens went public ten years ago. After the skyrocketing increase in crime that had nothing to do with the economic downturn the world faced, but was more like a signal from Hell saying they no longer wanted to play by the rules, the Alphas had ordered the Wardens to come out of the shadows. To humans, Wardens had come out of their stone shells. After all, the gargoyles adorning many churches and buildings had been carved to resemble a Warden in his true skin. Sort of.

There were too many demons topside for the Wardens to continue to operate without exposure. "They're people. Just like you, but-"

"I know." Sam held up his hands. "Look, you know I'm not like those fanatics who think they're evil or something stupid like that. I just think it's cool and it would be a great piece in the paper. So what do you think? Would Zayne go for it?"

I shifted uncomfortably. Living with the Wardens often made me one of two things: a back door to gain access to them, or a freak. Because everyone, including my two closest friends, believed I was just like them. Human. "I don't know, Sam. I don't think any form of press makes them comfortable."

He looked crestfallen. "Will you ask him at least?"

"Sure." I fiddled with my straw. "But don't hold your breath."

Sam leaned against the hard seat back, satisfied. "So guess what?"

"What?" Stacey sighed, exchanging a woeful look with me. "What random piece of knowledge are you going to wow us with?"

"Did you know you can freeze a banana until it's so hard you can actually nail something with it?"

I lowered my sweet tea. "How do you know these things?"

Sam finished off my fries. "I just do."

"He spends his entire life on the computer." Stacey pushed thick black bangs off her face. I don't know why she didn't cut them. She was always messing with them. "Probably searches for random crap for the fun of it."

"That's exactly what I do when I'm at home." Sam rolled up his napkin. "I search for little-known facts. That's how cool I am." He threw the napkin at Stacey's face.

"I stand corrected," Stacey said unabashedly. "It's porn you spend all night searching."

The hollows of Sam's cheeks turned bright red as he straightened his glasses. "Whatever. Are you guys ready? We've got some outlining to do for English."

Stacey groaned. "I can't believe Mr. Leto wouldn't let us do our classics report on Twilight. It is a classic."

I laughed, momentarily forgetting about the job I had to do. "Twilight is not a classic, Stacey."

"Edward is definitely a classic in my book." She pulled a hair tie out of her pocket, tugging her shoulder-length hair up. "And Twilight is way more interesting than All Quiet on the Western Front."

Sam shook his head. "I can't believe you just used Twilight and All Quiet on the Western Front in the same sentence."

Ignoring him, her gaze bounced from my face to my food. "Layla, you haven't even touched your burger."

Maybe somehow I'd instinctively known I was going to need a reason to stick around. I sucked in a sigh. "You guys go ahead. I'll meet up with you in a few minutes."

"For real?" Sam stood.

"Yep." I picked up my burger. "I'll be down in a few."

Stacey eyed me suspiciously. "You're not going to bail on us like you always do?"

I flushed with guilt. I'd lost count of how many times I'd had to ditch them. "No. I swear. I'm just going to eat my food and I'll be right there."

"Come on." Sam wrapped an arm around Stacey's shoulders, steering her toward the trash can. "Layla would've been done eating by now if you hadn't talked to her the entire time."

"Oh, blame it on me." Stacey dumped her trash, sending me a wave as they headed out.

I set the burger back down, watching Lady Poser impatiently. Pieces of bun and meat fell out of her mouth, splattering on the brown tray. My appetite was effectively slaughtered within seconds. Not that it really mattered. Food only eased the ache gnawing at my insides, never stopping it.

Lady Poser finally completed her feast of fatness, and I grabbed my bag as she ambled out the door. She plowed straight into an elderly man, knocking him right over as he tried to come in. Wow. This one was a real gem.

Her cackle could be heard inside the noisy restaurant, sounding as thin as paper. Luckily, some dude helped the man up as he shook his fist at the retreating demon.

Sighing, I dumped my food and followed her out into the late-September breeze.

Different shades of souls were everywhere, humming around bodies like an electrical field. Traces of pale pink and robin's-egg blue trailed behind a couple walking hand in hand. They had innocent souls-but not pure.

All humans had a soul-an essence-good or bad, but demons weren't rocking any such thing. Since most demons topside looked human at first glance, the lack of soul around them made my job of finding and tagging them easy. Besides the soulless factor, the only difference between them and humans was the odd way their eyes reflected light like a cat's.

Lady Poser shuffled down the street, limping slightly. Out in the natural light, she didn't look well. She'd probably already bit a few humans, which meant she needed to be tagged and dealt with ASAP.

A flyer on a green lamppost caught my attention. A fierce scowl and sense of protectiveness filled me as I read the thing. Warning. Wardens Aren't God's Children. Repent Now. The

End Is Nigh.

Underneath the words was a crudely drawn picture of what I assumed was a rabid coyote mixed with a chupacabra.

"Sponsored by the Church of God's Children," I muttered, rolling my eyes.

Nice. I hated fanatics.

A diner down the block had the flyers plastered across its windows and a sign proclaiming they refused to serve Wardens.

Anger spread through me like an out-of-control wildfire. These idiots had no idea of all that the Wardens sacrificed for them. I drew in a deep breath, letting it out slowly. I needed to focus on my Poser instead of silently stomping my mental feet on my pretend soapbox.

Lady Poser turned a corner and glanced over her shoulder, her glassy eyes drifting over me, dismissing me outright. The demon in her didn't sense anything abnormal about me.

The demon inside of me was in a hurry to get this over with.

Especially after my cell went off, vibrating against my thigh. Probably Stacey wondering where in the Hell I was. I just wanted to be done with this and go back to being normal for the rest of the evening. Without thinking, I reached up and pulled on the chain around my neck. The old ring dangling off the silver rope felt hot and heavy in my hand.

As I passed a group of kids around my age, their gazes moved over me, stopped and then swung right back. Of course they stared. Everyone did.

My hair was long. Big deal there, but it was such a pale blond that it looked nearly white. I hated when people stared. It made me feel like an albino. But it was my eyes that really caught people's attention. They were a light gray, almost leached of color.

Zayne said I looked like the long-lost sister of the elf in Lord of the Rings. That was a huge confidence booster. Sigh.

Dusk had begun to settle in the nation's capital as I rounded Rhode Island Avenue and came to a complete stop. Everything and everyone around me disappeared in an instant. There, in the soft flicker of the street lamps, I saw the soul.

It looked as if someone had dipped a brush into red paint and then flicked it over a soft black canvas. This guy had a bad soul. He wasn't under the influence of a demon, but was just plain old evil all on his own. The dull ache in my gut flared to life. People pushed past me, casting annoyed looks in my direction. A few even muttered. I didn't care. I didn't even care about their soft pink souls, a color I usually found so pretty.

I finally focused on the figure behind the soul-an older man dressed in a generic business suit and tie, briefcase handle clutched in a meaty hand. Nothing to run from, nothing to be frightened of, but I knew different. He'd sinned big-time.

My legs moved forward even as my brain screamed at me to stop, to turn around, even to call Zayne. Just hearing his voice would make me stop. Would stop me from doing what every cell in my body demanded I do-doing what was almost natural to me.

The man turned slightly, his eyes drifting over my face, down my body. His soul swirled crazy fast, becoming more red than black. He was old enough to be my father and that was gross, really gross.

He smiled at me, smiled in a way that should've sent me running in the other direction. I needed to go in that direction, too, because no matter how rotten this man was-no matter how many girls out there would hand me a gold medal for taking him out-Abbot had raised me to deny the demon inside. He'd raised me to be a Warden, to act like a Warden.

But Abbot wasn't here.

I met the man's stare, held it and felt my lips curve into a smile. My heart raced, my skin tingled and flushed. I wanted his soul-so bad my skin wanted to peel itself off my bones. It felt like waiting for a kiss, when your lips were moments away from joining, those breathless seconds of anticipation. But I'd never been kissed before.

All I had was this.

This man's soul called to me like a siren's song. It sickened me to be so tempted by the evil in his spirit, but a dark soul was as good as a pure one.

He smiled as he eyed me, his knuckles blanching around the handle of the briefcase. And that smile made me think of all the horrible things he could have done to earn the swirling void around him.

An elbow dug into my lower back. The tiny speck of pain was nothing compared to the exquisite anticipation. Just a few more steps and his soul would be so close-right there. I knew the first taste would spark the sweetest fire imaginable-a high for which there was no equivalent. It wouldn't last very long, but the brief moments of pure ecstasy lingered as a potent allure.

His lips wouldn't even need to touch mine. Just an inch or so, and I'd taste his soul-never take it all. Taking his soul would kill him and that was evil, and I wasn't-

This was evil.

I jerked back, breaking eye contact. Pain exploded in my stomach, shooting through my limbs. Turning away from the man was like denying my lungs of oxygen. My skin burned and my throat felt raw as I forced one leg in front of the other. It was a struggle to keep walking, to not think about the man and to find the Poser again, but when I finally spotted her, I let out the breath I was holding. Focusing on the demon at least served as a distraction.

I followed her into a narrow alley between a dollar store and a check-cashing place. All I needed to do was touch her, which I should've done back in McDonald's. I stopped halfway, looked around and then cursed.

The alley was empty.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

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    Loved!

    First I'll start off with I was super excited when I got the email that I won this in a Goodreads contest. I rarely win on the website and I happen to win this one. I was doing a happy dance.

    Okay, I just loved it! It has it all: romance, battling, half breed, scary demons, hot demon, and hot gargoyles. Who knew gargoyles could be hot? When I first heard she was writing a book about them, all I thought about was the gargoyles from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. LOL. That quickly changed when I started reading.

    I really like the characters. Layla at times I felt bad for. Since being half Warden and demon, she didn't really fit in anywhere. And when she learned who her parents are, that sucked. She was cool though. She toughed through it. Zayne treated Layle like she was just a normal girl (well for the most part). But I'm still not sure what his feelings are. Roth, what can I say about him? Even though he was a demon, he didn't act like a full on demon. I totally have a demon crush on him. ;) He has these really cool tattoos that are a little more than meets the eye.

    I can't wait to see what the next book holds because I don't think the author can write a book I dislike!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Now, I am officially a J. L. A. fan. I loved Obsidian, too, but

    Now, I am officially a J. L. A. fan. I loved Obsidian, too, but for me to be a fan means I don't like only one of the certain author's books. And this. Well, let's just say I wasn't disappointed. Not at all.

    To begin with, Armentrout one of the those people who can master words in such a fascinating and enthralling way, that very few people can. I already noticed it in Obsidian, but how she does so in this book is incredible. A sentence kept coming to my mind while I was reading White Hot Kiss; words are powerful. They are. And she definitely knows how to guide the reader through her books, how to make a ginormous impact so that they, we feel everything she wants us to feel. The sorrow, the fear, the glee, the happiness, we live it with the characters. And not just this, but her lingo is also very amusing, very neatly inserted puns color her books.

    Secondly, the world, as always, very well-built. The gargoyles idea was unique and frankly, great. They have an interesting appearance and their own rules, habits, living and we get to know a lot of things about them, fortunately because it really is something unusual, new and exciting. There are demons, too but not the usual stuff. There are many types of demons, small and bigger ones, more human-like and less human-like, shifting forms and auras and so on. The author has taken the whole demon thing to a whole new level. The only teeny tiny issue was that there were a few things that were present in White Hot Kiss as well as Obsidian, like true form, the light-thing, the tingling that Layla, the half-breed feels when she's in the vicinity of a pure and even the fact that she's half-this half-that, but it takes nothing away from the story, I swear.

    And last but not least, about the characters. Layla is a really lovable, nice character. She's not a superhero, sometimes she needs rescuing and she has bad days. She also has her problems, the same as other 'normal' teenagers, but there is other than that, too, related to the fact that she is half gargoyle and half demon. But she is not a whining, depressed, suicidal somebody, she's actually quite cheerful and optimist. I can't describe her any better and accurate than by saying that she's affable.

    Roth is a special demon. Or at least a different one. I'd leave the mysterious part to you to find out, I don't want to spoil anything, but what you need to know is that for the first sight he seems similar to Deamon from Obsidian, but he's not like him. The resemblance comes down to the fact that Armentrout wrote this book first and then the Obsidian, and Deamon is based on Roth but their main characteristics are different. It's hard to point out them without ruining any of the books (this and any of the Lux series) so I'll present very few. Let's start off with saying that although Roth is not all that bad, he's not the good guy, either; he is much more bold when it comes to Layla, than Deamon to Katy. Moreover he gives her more space in fights and adventure, however he doesn't like the thought of it, either. His whole demeanor is more sassy, but coming down to the core, he's more insecure than Deamon. I hope I succeeded in persuading you that they aren't that similar because it would be a shame not to read it just because they seem so. If you read it, you'll see yourself. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Yes!

    When I first heard about this series, I thought - gargoyles and demons? - no thanks. But, it is Jennifer Armentrout and she has never disappointed so I decided to give it a shot and - it is a great read! Highly reccomended.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Loved it!! Made me laugh, cry and everything in between. Can not

    Loved it!! Made me laugh, cry and everything in between. Can not wait for book two!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Loved it

    Just loved the book Layla and Roth were just perfect together I hope they get back together in the next book. Zayne I really didn't like him that much he was mainly really annoying. Roth was a majorly awesome hunk to read about. I have a feeling that he really loves Layla and she loves him to I hope Zayne cannot get in the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    loved!

    #TeamRoth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Great book!

    This was a really enjoyable read!! Lookong forward to the second one .....

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  • Posted July 20, 2014

    White Hot Kiss is the first book in The Dark Elements series by

    White Hot Kiss is the first book in The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It's a young adult paranormal romance about a 17 year-old girl named Layla. She is different from those around her, and she doesn't really feel like she belongs. Layla is half demon, half gargoyle. She lives among the Wardens – gargoyles who fight demons to protect the world. Her best friends are human (and clueless as to what she is).

    Layla is a great heroine. She is feisty and brave, and has powers of her own. She has feelings for Zayne, a guy that she has lived with most of her life. They grew up kind of like brother and sister, but now she sees him differently. He might even like her too, but she can't kiss anyone without taking their soul. That's a big problem to have for a teenage girl. She is seventeen, and never been kissed. But then she meets Roth.

    Roth is a demon, but he seems to be protecting Layla for some reason. Her job is to tag demons for the Wardens to find and kill. Roth asks her to stop. He has his own reasons, but after all – she is part demon. Roth helps her to see that not all demons are as terrible as she is lead to believe. And she is able to be herself around Roth. She doesn't have to hide her demon side like she does with the Wardens. Roth is a hot, arrogant bad boy – but he can be sweet and is very protective of Layla. They start hanging out in secret, because the Wardens would go crazy if they knew she was friends with a demon. And best yet – Roth has no soul so he isn't on a no-kiss list. However, she doesn't know if she can trust him.

    There are quite a few twists and turns in this book to keep it interesting. There is a little action and a little humor, but my favorite is the romance – although I wanted more. I am a romance junkee. There is a lot of sexual tension between Layla and Roth, and also a little between her and Zayne. But things don't get very far. There is an actual plot – even if other reviewers don't think so. There's not a lot of time for romance. There are two great swoonworthy guys in this book, but I wouldn't say there is a major love triangle – though I could see one happening in the future. The ending of this book is a bit of a cliffhanger. I was surprised how it ended, and not exactly happy. It did what it was supposed to though – it left me wanting more. So now I'm curious what happens in the next book, which doesn't come out until October. I suggest reading the book this fall, right before the next book comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Love!!

    Great read!! Can't wait for the next book!!

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    One of the best books I've read in a long time! I love this auth

    One of the best books I've read in a long time! I love this author and all of her books! CAN'T wait for the next one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Does JLA ever write anything less than extraordinary? I fell in

    Does JLA ever write anything less than extraordinary?

    I fell in love with the Lux series. I became an addict over the Covenant series. And now I am falling, spiraling into crazy book-addiction over JLA's Dark Elements Series.

    Layla wants to be a normal, regular teenage girl. But she half gargoyle, or Warden as their called. And that's not the weirdest bit. She's also half demon. Oh, and she can suck out your soul by kissing you.

    Then there's Roth. He's sin personified, with tattoos that jump off his skin, literally, and an attitude to boot.

    The best thing about Roth? He has no soul, so Layla can kiss away.

    Loved this book. I have always loved gargoyles, especially the ones in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the real ones on the cathedral in Paris. I also have a toy one, that I've had since before I was born. So yeah, gargoyles rock!

    I loved Roth. Of course, who didn't? He was dreamy in the total bad-boy way. And Layla. Her, shall we say, 'powers', were kind of freaky, but in a way that entices you. Though the character herself was sweet. I liked her.

    Favorite thing? Besides Roth, I mean. Bambi. Who knew such an innocent name could work for something so deadly it eats other demons? Then again, I think I've heard it's a popular strippers name.

    Another hit by JLA. She can never do wrong in her writing. Unless she kills an awesome character. Then of course all of us readers will be upset. I can think of several writers that killed off the main characters and were bombarded by messed up readers. Don't torture us, JLA, please. I'd like to come out with my heart in tact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Soooo Good

    When I sat down to read White Hot Kiss, I was pleasantly surprised (which hasn't been the case with all the books I've started lately). I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the premise, and all that smexy Roth and Zayne. I can't wait for the next book so I can find out if Roth returns or if Layla will ever be able to share a kiss with Zayne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Wow...

    If your looking for a fast paced hot romance this is the book for you!! Full of suspense and, at times, tearful moments.... haha its been a while since ive been so wrapped up in a book that i become wholey connected to the characters so much so that i start to cry and actually feel the pain their going through! Love love love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Reading is a must

    I love this book, it caught my eye at kingsoopers and I took a picture of it w my phone and came home looked it up on my nook and bought it, and I'm glad I did, enjoyed it, and I'm upset ihave to wait till oct. To find out what happems next :(

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Before I begin my review, which will involve LOTS of squealing,

    Before I begin my review, which will involve LOTS of squealing, please note that, while not vital, it is VERY helpful to read the prequel novella Bittersweet Love before reading White Hot Kiss!




    White Hot Kiss was AMAZING! I love all of Jennifer L Armentrout's stuff and have been anxiously awaiting this book since it was announced. There are almost no books out there, especially in YA, that have gargoyles in them, but this book mastered them! It was fast-paced, action-packed, and full of swoony moments. I read this book in twenty four hours flat! This book was one of my favorites to date. It's always hard to take on new species, but Jennifer L Armentrout did it well. The other species is demon. Generally, when there are demons, there are also angels. And while they do exist in this world, the main species are the gargoyles and demons!




    The main character is Layla. She's half demon, half gargoyle. She has a fairly poor image of herself at the beginning of the book. She believes that demons are evil, and that she doesn't have enough gargoyle in her. She can't use gargoyle powers like others can, but she can steal souls with a kiss, which is highly looked down upon. Over the course of the book, Layla really comes into herself and her abilities, making her confident along with a force to be reckoned with. Layla is witty from page one and a joy to read about!




    There are also two male characters, Roth and Zayne. Roth is a demon, and an upper-level demon on at that. According to the author, he's the character that Daemon from her previous novel Obsidian is based off of! Roth is one heck of a bad boy, but I actually like his character a million times more than Daemon. He has an ego the size of Mars, but he doesn't treat Layla horribly, like Daemon sometimes did to Katy. Basically, Roth is made of swoon, kick butt, awesome sauce, and humor, but mostly swoon! The other guy is Zayne. I honestly don't know how readers liked him, because I wanted to strangle him most of the time! I felt he was much better for the best friend role than the love interest one. Maybe that could change in book two, but Roth was the one who was always there for Layla, not  Zayne. Sure, he's hot, and he stands up for Layla when it comes down to it, but he doesn't have much else going for him. My favorite character by far is Bambi. She is a snake tattoo that Roth has that happens to come to life and eat people. If the rest of the review hasn't interested you, that should draw  you in!




    The romance in this book felt a little forced at times, but I still really liked it, and think that it evened out as the book went on. True to its title, there are A LOT of swoony scenes in here. This is definitely not for younger readers. I loved this book from chapter one till the end. The romance blows other stuff out the water, and I was swooning the entire time! If you have not read anything by Jennifer L Armentrout, start with this series! This book was amazing and I see many rereads in my future! A full five stars for sure!

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    I loved this book! I was immediately hooked from the beginning.

    I loved this book! I was immediately hooked from the beginning. The main character's voice was easy to connect with, and I really liked her. Layla is a half-gargoyle, half-demon young woman living with the Wardens. They've adopted her, treating her like their own. But she's not just a gargoyle. She has demon blood in her, something that she can't come to terms with, something she's been told to suppress. Layla just wants to be normal, to be able to shift, to kiss her crush without stealing his soul. Sometimes, she can be pretty stupid, and naive. I did so many face-palms when she talked. However, I thought her innocence and her character was very endearing. She has a likable personality, and she's just trying to understand her past and who she is. And it's a past that will come back to haunt her and make her question everything.

    THE LOVE TRIANGLE
    Even though it's a typical trope, I didn't mind it in White Hot Kiss. I ended up really liking Zayne, the totally off-limits hottie. However, I sometimes hated how he treated Layla like a child, like she couldn't do anything besides tag demons. He's protective, I get that. But she needed room to grow, and he was stifling her. And I think that they are better off as friends, but because of everything happening in this book, I was saddened that their relationship sort of tapered off. I want more of their interactions; I missed them after reading Bitter Sweet Love!

    And that brings me to Roth. Ooh, I have a thing for fictional bad boys, and Roth was no different. I loved him! He's such a three-dimensional character, and I want to learn more about him in book two, and I have to know if he's okay after that ending! He made me swoon, made me laugh, made me absolutely adore him. He's this BA demon who has a trademark smirk and a dirty comment for everything. Sounds typical, right? I thought so, too. But I really loved how he was more than that, more than just a demon. It's too bad he doesn't make it easy for anyone to trust him, and I was nervous, wondering if he had ulterior motives. But he completely surprised me, and I loved that! 

    THE PLOT
    Like I said, I was pulled in from the beginning. I read Bitter Sweet Love first, but I still wasn't convinced of this series. But I loved the paranormal aspects! It was different, unique, and the idea of these "gargoyles" being real and being protectors was awesome. And I'm glad that the plot was about 50/50 when it came to the romance and paranormal aspects. The romance, and the love triangle, didn't dominate the story-line, and for that I was grateful. I also thought the action scenes were well-done, and the characters were all kickass. I liked where the story-line headed, and I can't wait to see what JLA does in book two, Stone Cold Touch. I'm hoping for more swoons, more action, and more Roth. ;)

    This has a cliffhanger, and boy, does it make me want that second book right this minute. I have to know what happens now. I have to see where Jennifer Armentrout takes this series. But more than that, I want to. I want more of these characters, and I want more of this paranormal world. 

    In-between total swoon-worthy scenes, the characters throw out awesome one-liners, and the suspense and danger is never far from their thoughts. They each held their own weight, and the main character's voice was refreshing in its innocence and curiosity about her identity. White Hot Kiss had everything--a little bit of romance, a little bit of action, and a whole lot of humor. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    MTR

    Absolutely amazing! I can not wait for the second book!

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

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    Ugh!  I hearted this book so much.  And I¿m pretty sure I¿m in l

    Ugh!  I hearted this book so much.  And I’m pretty sure I’m in love with a demon named Roth.  What is it about bad boys that just makes the heart beat double time? But it can’t just be any bad boy…it’s gotta be a bad boy that wants to become a better “man” because of a certain girl.  And they’ve gotta have the cocky attitude and the oh so corny one liners.  And they’ve gotta have that smirk that gets thrown around at just the right moments.  And let’s not forget the smoldering looks… oh yah….

    If you’re looking for a bad boy that will be totally unforgettable, White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout is one that you are definitely going to want to pick up.  Bad boys not your thing?  There’s a pretty sexy gargoyle in this story…Zayne.  You know the type…the sweet, tortured type who can do no wrong?

    Layla’s life is pretty different than that of your typical seventeen year old girl.  She’s half demon and half Warden (Warden’s being gargoyle type warriors sent to earth to protect mankind from demons and other hellish things), and she’s being raised in a home of Wardens who have taught her from the day she was found and adopted that demons = bad…which is kinda difficult since she’s, ya know, half demon.  And to make matters more difficult, she’s in love with a Warden that she has come to be like a brother to her…until those feelings morphed into something more.

    Unfortunately for Layla, demons and Wardens don’t mix.  Wardens mate with their own kind, and being half demon, Layla’s dreams of being with Zayne is impossible.  Throw in the fact that her demon side has pretty much limited her from getting close to any boy since she can suck the living soul out of them…literally.  Sure, sure…she has the ability to see anyone’s soul and has the ability to tag demons for the Wardens to hunt later, but not being able to experience your first kiss because one deadly touch of the lips and it’s bye bye?

    But things have been getting rather difficult for Layla lately.  More and more demons have been coming up from hell and have their sights set on Layla.  And it’s not to have a friendly conversation.  Oh no, it’s to see her dead by their hands or to capture for some other upper level demon.  That is, until Layla meets Roth.  A hot demon in her high school who makes everyone do a double take he’s so hot?  Oh yah.  Roth doesn’t seem to want Layla dead…au contraire.  He’s appearing out of nowhere to save her from some very close calls.

    And it’s only inevitable that Layla falls for her leading man.  But can she trust that his intentions are as he says?  Or is there an underlying reason that he’s helping her?  And just how much information about her life and past are the Warden’s keeping from her?  Is there anyone that she can trust?

    I will admit that it did take me awhile to warm up to the characters in this story, and to warm up to the idea of gargoyles.  But it didn’t take too long for me to become totally engrossed in all that is White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  And when the character of Roth was introduced?  Yah, I was hooked.

    I really enjoyed the humor that was in this story.  The interactions between characters was comical and at times serious and heartwarming.  I loved that as the story progressed, we see Layla become stronger and more confident.  But what I really loved about White Hot Kiss was the scenes with Layla and Roth.  The build up to this epic friendship/relationship is one that I could not tear my eyes away from.  The chemistry between these two was fantastic to watch.

    When the time came for the big show down in the end, I honestly couldn’t stop reading.  It was all go go go and then BAM!  Omg…I felt all the emotions…and I mean ALL the emotions!  I literally cried as I powered through the last few pages.  I am dying for book 2!  I need to know what happens next!  I wish that it were available now because I really wasn’t ready to stop reading about these characters and how their lives were intertwined and coming together. ARGH!

    Trust me when I say that if you’re looking for a book that will introduce you to the world of gargoyles, do not hesitate in grabbing a copy of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  We can fangirl about Roth together!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    A FABULOUSLY DELICOUS YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE

    I don't typically read a lot of young adult romance because some just seem..lacking some how. NOT with White Hot Kiss. This book was both exhilarating, and breathtaking. I am not completely on Team Roth now. I HIGHLY suggest if you haven't picked White Hot Kiss up, you do so. It is just as compelling as The Darklight Series by Darynda Jones.

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