Tittle: White Hot Kiss
Author:Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publishing : Harlequin Teen 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
This story pulled me in with the first chapter alone. The book starts of with Layla balancing her life as a teenager and a Warden, by tracking and spending time with her two best friends. But this night everything changes when she is attacked by a demon and rescued by one. Right there the author has a fight that immediately makes you want to know who this guy is that came to her rescue. I would describe Layla as very nevi, as where she believes what she is taught and nothing more. She was raised with the Wardens, so she believes everything about that side of her gene pool. And she denies her demon side. And I get that you, do identify with what you were raised with. But once she begins to learn what her history and she begins to question everything and everyone around her. All the while she is trying to figure out her feelings for Zayne and for Roth.
The boys, I don’t know if I would call this a triangle, because she has an “un-returned” crush on Zayne. He is a Warden and has been in her life since she was eight, she developed feelings for him over the years. But she has always felt that he sees her as nothing more than a little sister. This is why I see her as nevi, because she doesn’t see the little things he does for her. Like taking care of her when she is fight her demon urges. Or the surge of anger he shows when he think she is hurt. She just brushes it off. And then there is Roth, he is the complete opposite of Zayne, I like to think of him as a big ball of sexual tension. He is a demon but he is working to protect Layla and keep her safe, and help her learn about who she came from. Even though he may have the greater good at heart he still feels the need to push Layla’s boundaries. Both he and Layla begin to develop feelings for each other, and those feelings are either going to bring them closer together or tear them apart. But if your asking me I would rather see Layla end up with I would have to say Roth, not because he is a demon but because when she is with him, she becomes more aware of what is truly going on around her and helps he see that not everything is as is seems.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Yes I am going to recommend this book, to both teens and new adult readers because i feel as if its right on the cusp of both genres.