So White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout came out today and it was GLORIOUS! The Supernatural displays my reaction when I started reading it.
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
Here is a closeup of pie so you can really understand how I feel about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. This series is about Wardens, which are gargoyles, but it’s not the gargoyles that you and I are used to reading about and seeing, these are people who can shift into gargoyle form and were created to help protect the world from demonic creatures.The prequel novella to this series, Bitter Sweet Love, told Jasmine and Dez’s story; I suggest reading this first because it does set up this series, and it also introduces you to most of the characters. Now this book is set about 4 years or so later so everyone is older and Layla, who is half Warden, half demon, has finally begun to attend public school. We also meet Roth, who is an Upper Class demon and seems to be trying to help Layla out and keep her safe.
I am always impressed by the way Jennifer can come up with so many different male characters and make me love all of them. Seriously, just from her books alone there’s too many beautiful, witty, sarcastic, guys that I love. In this book Roth just steals my heart from the first moment they meet and the first witty quip that comes out of his mouth. I am a fan of tattooed men so that might have made me love Roth even more. Also, Bambi. His familiar who, when she isn’t out saving Layla or feasting on who knows what, shows up as a quite realistic looking tattoo on Roth’s arm that at times can be seen moving. Now back to Layla. Since it starts out years later than the novella, you can definitely see a maturity difference in the way she does things, even though we didn’t see much of her in Bitter Sweet Love. She is still really in love with Zayne, even though we don’t know if he knows it or not. Most of the story is about her really getting to know Roth, and him saving her life a few times, and also of how her relationship with the Wardens and Zayne starts to change, when she starts to find out more about her mother and as her relationship with Roth progresses.
I definitely recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout books. If you haven’t read any of her books before I would suggest you start because they are all really good and most have some Supernatural references which is a win in my book.