“People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils. No one is prefect, no matter what they are or what side they fight for.”
In this paranormal YA adventure, 17-year-old Layla just wants a normal life. But she can’t. Especially when she spots a demon in MacDonald’s. So much for being normal. Born with the ability to tag demons and see souls, Layla has a job to do, helping her adopted family, the Warden, commonly known as Gargoyles, rid the world of demons. Simple. Of course, this task is burdensome, seeing that Layla herself is a demon–half demon actually, as well as half Warden. This unusual combination allows Layla to feed off the souls of others with a simple kiss–not exactly something to brag about as a Warden. Raised to hate her demonic half, Layla finds herself utterly lonely despite having the friendship and protection of her eldest friend Zayne, a fellow Warden, but untouchable since he’s dad in Abbot, the DC Warden Clan leader. In spite of it all, Layla continues to try to find her place in a world where only half of herself is acceptable yet she’s both equally hated.
When Roth, a demon with tattoos and a smexy wicked smile saves her from being nom nom’ed on in an alley way, not cool. He’s probably not what Layla would have imagined her rescuer to look like . . .
Layla has lived her entire life believing that the Wardens were good, after all they have pure souls. So, duh! Of course they’re good. Meaning Demons are bad as they have no souls. Simple enough. …that was her view of the world until Roth swaggered into her life. He explains that half of Hell are out to kill her, while the other half would happily use her as a pawn in a devious plan that’s void of details. Typical. Time is running out and Layla’s safety as well as her loyalty depend on which side of this confrontation she’s willing to stand with–meaning Zayne or Roth.
White Hot Kiss, is a hilarious, addictive paranormal tale that will not let you put it down and leave you wanting more. Jennifer L Armentrout has created a fearless female protagonist that’s not afraid to take changes, and make mistakes. All isn’t what it seems. Is the right path as simple as it seems? What exactly will Layla do?
” People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils.”
It is no surprise that Jennifer L Armentrout has a step style of writing. Their will be a swoon-worth tall mysterious figure that has the “infamous” indents their hips. They will graciously wear their pants unforgivably low, while their shirts seem to either be to small or MIA entirely.
“Modesty belongs to losers.”-Roth
Their will be romance, arguing, adventure and of course unavoidable drama, with a heart wrenching plot twist! This I can assure is your fate when reading Amrentrout’s books, The Dark Elements.
Layla our protagonist, is out of place, we are introduce to this by the first scene because she’s the only person that is actually able to see that their is a demon in McDonald’s. She is trying to find her place within the Warden’s lifestyle by doing her part in the battle between Good and Evil. She is so eager to please the Wardens she puts herself in danger by fallowing the McDonald’s demon into a ally. umm bad idea 101! This is where we are introduced to swoon-worthy, rock-n-roll listening, demonic tattoos wearing Roth.
[ I’ll give you a moment to swoonfully-sigh, now]
Roth is a much needed differences in Layla’s life because he’s introducing to her a new perspective of life she was never given an opportunity to explore while living with the Wardens. The Warden’s have only introduced Layla’s limitation while Roth constantly introduces the capability of living for more.
“Your life isn’t about all you can’t do. It’s about what you can do.”
How can a good guy if you are a demon? Demons are evil, no gray spot in Layla’s mind, that’s what she was taught thus what she believes. With her ability to see souls she knows her belief system to be true, until Roth challenges her entire belief system with each moment she’s with him.
“People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils.”
White Hot Kiss, a great beginning to an adventurous, urban fantasy trilogy, filled with much needed swooning, mental contemplation of what judges as a “hero” or a “villain”. I rated this novel 4/5 stars because I love the novel so much however I would have given it 5/5 stars if they would have included the prequel Bitter Sweet Love, which is only available on eBooks, however the bonus scene of Roth almost made up for it, almost. This novel is an easy read with it’s great human, contemporary feel to it’s dialogues in addition to it’s locations references.