Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 12 hours (400 pages)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Tantor Audio
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Recommended for fans of: The Mortal Instruments, Crave, Vampire Academy, Supernatural
Layla just wants to fit in at school and go on a date with Zayne, whom she’s crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister–and Layla is a 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 keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul–including him.
Then she meets Roth–a 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, but as Layla discovers she’s the reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.
Demons and gargoyles and wardens, oh my! This was a fun paranormal, urban fantasy. It features an irresistible book boyfriend like I have come to expect from JLA. Since this is YA, it’s not as steamy as some of her other series, and it features a love triangle and some unnecessary high school drama. However, I was here for Layla’s struggle with her dark side and the demon romance. I’m excited to see where this goes in book 2!