My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Paranormal, Demons, Supernatural
REVIEW:Armentrout hasn’t let me down yet, again another series that has me hooked. With a mix of supernaturals, demons and gargoyles are the good versus evil; it all revolves around one young woman who is sucked into the middle of a war.
White Hot Kiss is the first in the Dark Elements series, which follows seventeen-year-old Layla. At a young age she was taken in by the most powerful protectors known as the Wardens, who are gargoyles that shift into human to protect the world from demons that roam the cities. Layla has always felt like an outsider, as her blood is half Warden and Half demon. But what she doesn’t know is that on the day of her birthday, her life is about to change forever. The demons want her, the wardens are keeping a secret and one demon is sent to protect her. With Layla heart torn between a Warden and childhood crush Zayne and the mysterious demon that is determined to protect her, Roth. Her life can make or break the beginning of a war between good and evil.
Layla is a strong young woman, always been on the outside of both her Warden family and her human friends. She doesn’t quite seem to fit in anywhere, but hoping that one-day the Wardens will fully welcome her. That is until she meets a demon named Roth, who seems to want to protect her and is the only one who seems to understand her the most. With her childhood friend and crush Zayne beginning to pull away from her, it seem her demon side may be winning the battle. I loved the idea of a girl with good and evil inside her, it makes her flawed but also the perfect middle ground to help with a war the most likely will happen. She has good intentions and has been kept in the dark for so long, it’s understandable that she wants to get to the bottom of all the lies. Her relationship with the Wardens changes so much as she discovers more about herself and also she opens their eyes to the demon world, and made them see that there isn’t all doom and gloom with some of them.
The boys are complete opposites, good and evil but both have good intensions and hearts for Layla. Zayne has always been her number one supporter and never judged her because she had demon blood. But he also is easily swayed by his father’s actions and makes mistakes when it comes to handling Layla. Where Roth, is the ultimate bad boy with the persona to fit it, he has one job and that’s to keep Layla safe. Roth starts out a mystery but soon becomes Laylas partner in crime and they just connect. It was hard for me to decide which guy I liked best because they both have the best intensions for Layla. But in the end it’s a major win for me with Roth, because he knows how to make the biggest statement.
Overall this series has become my new favorite, I wasn’t expecting the intense plot line but all the wonderful aspects of Armentrout’s fantastic writing are all here. The paranormal world building is fantastic, and I love the mix of two supernatural’s that don’t normally go together. The romance is sweet and sexy but not the major focus; Layla is the key to unfolding the mystery behind why the demons want her. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this exciting new series.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a new adult romance story with some mature content. Fans of the Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins and the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, will love White Hot Kiss.
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