Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


∴ White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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.


“I lost myself the moment I found you.”

I loved this book! It was so fast paced and constantly had my attention. It had all that I want when reading a book and I was so happy. I actually went into fan-girl mode a few times because of all the feelings I was experiencing while reading it.
I liked Layla and agreed with most of her decisions. I felt bad for her because she constantly felt like an outsider to the Wardens and she thought that all of the demons where bad so she never felt apart of either race. I completely understood her feeling like she wasn’t good enough because of her demon blood. I also understood her confusion when it came to Roth and wondering where exactly she fit into the demon/Warden world after he showed up.
Zayne was okay. I liked his personality and how he stood up for Layla when the other Wardens were against her. I felt like he was a good guy that under normal circumstances, I would root for. He did show his ass a few times. Especially when he “forgot” his and Layla’s Saturday thing and when he turned his phone of because he was mad at her. Overall, I did like him but he wasn’t the guy I was rooting for in this love triangle.
Roth… Roth… Roth… I will admit, I have a weakness for the “bad boy” or the morally grey characters. I love how complex they are and I love trying to figure them out. Roth was no different. I enjoyed all of his dialogue and I adored his snarkiness. He was constantly making me laugh and I really enjoyed whenever he was present. I did end up rooting for him and Layla to be together because I enjoyed how he embraced what she was instead of hiding it and making her feel ashamed. Roth drew the line when he had to but ended up toeing the line most of the time. I was heartbroken at the end of the book when he was sent to Hell. I felt SO bad for him but I know he will be back. I would be devastated if he wasn’t so I can only hope he will be.
Overall, I loved this book and enjoyed every minute of it. I am disappointed in myself that I didn’t start this series sooner because of how much I ended up loving it. I couldn’t imagine not continuing the series. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Other Books in the Series:

4 🍁s ~ Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

5 🍁s ~ Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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